2019 saw the release of Terminator: Resistance, a dull FPS that performed poorly and boasted unconvincing character models. This year, Reef Entertainment has released Terminator: Resistance Enhanced on PlayStation 5, complete with additional content, bug fixes, and DualSense features. Unfortunately, much like Judgement Day, it seems that this game’s fate is inevitable, as the new version is as ugly as ever and remains burdened by frustrating performance issues.
The campaign is still generally enjoyable and the story and soundtrack are crafted for the benefit of long-time Terminator fans. However, this version offers a new game feature: Infiltrator Mode. This challenge allows players to take control of a T-800 and wreak havoc on the fleshy resistance. While this sounds great, the mode is indicative of the wider game’s issues: it spontaneously cuts out all sound effects and music, and the character models remain of poor quality.
It’s difficult to imagine how a game so focused on positioning itself as a love letter to the franchise managed to create a T-800 model that more accurately resembles John Cena than the iconic Arnold Schwarzenegger. Overall, it defies belief that a game made for PS5 boasts character models reminiscent of those in early Elder Scrolls titles.
The enhanced edition has almost eliminated load times as a benefit of the superior hardware. Yet, while the game mostly runs fine at 60 frames-per-second, it’s still prone to audio bugs. Could the new DualSense features be Resistance Enhanced’s saving grace, then? Sadly not. While the developer attempts to use the DualSense’s adaptive triggers when firing weapons, the result is barely a step up from last gen’s rumble features.
Terminator: Resistance Enhanced is a decent looking PS3 game that’s 10 years too late. It adds little value to the disappointing original release, and will only please hardcore fans of the movies. If you want to read more about the game, check out our review of the PS4 version.