Terminator Genisys: Future War

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Bland, confusing strategy game released too late.

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Ease of Play

Packed with confusing, repetitive, mandatory steps that could easily frustrate players. 

Violence

While ultimately about battle, it's not especially violent. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Players can buy upgrades using real-world cash. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Terminator Genisys: Future War is a strategy game based on the film with a similar name from the Terminator movie franchise. Players attempt to conquer real-world opponents while supplementing and enhancing their own base. The battles are frequent but don't feature any real graphic violence. Before getting to the action, though, there's a lengthy, confusing building-your-base phase that could confuse even veteran players -- and almost certainly will frustrate younger players. Players can also use real-world cash to purchase power-ups. Read the game's privacy policy to see what developers do with your personal information. 

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What's it about?

In TERMINATOR GENISYS: FUTURE WAR, players choose whether to play as Skynet or the human resistance, building a base with its various components and, ultimately, battling other players to plunder their resources. While players can do this individually, most join an alliance to make the game more social. Battles are won largely based on the player's level and the number of resources dedicated to each attack. 

Is it any good?

Released two years after its film tie-in, this game makes you wonder: Was there really any demand for it? Terminator Genisys: Future War falls short of being a truly terrible game, but it also falls short on any measurable level of quality. The player's choice of human or Skynet makes no real difference in terms of gameplay. Battles are largely automated (and come down to your level and how many resources you dedicate to attacks). And a large number of players are unlikely to even get to the battle phase, as the game is front-loaded with confusing, repetitive, mandatory steps that get old fast. It's a shame, really, since the Terminator franchise seems ripe for a good strategy game, but this one seems more interested in loud machine-like sound effects and generic gameplay than in creating something memorable. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about online privacy and safety. Why should you be careful about what you share, especially when using a chat feature?

  • Set expectations for in-app purchases before downloading the game. How much would you be willing to spend on a game like this?

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