These days the Terminator franchise is all about John Connor. He was the focus of the recent FOX TV series and is the focus of the new movie that is the basis of this game. Terminator Salvation : The Future Begins focuses on the exploits of the now 30-year-old Connor. The world is in chaos and humanity is in danger of coming to an end (this is the future, right?)
The game is played in third-person action. You assume the role of John Connor and take it from there. The concentrated combat action is top notch. The graphics are impressive. The explosions are loud and encompassing and realistic (not that I've ever seen an explosion first hand, outside of the usual TV, movie and video game world that has come to saturate most of our lives.)
As John, you battle for survival against the forces of Skynet (who clearly have the advantage here, which is one of the strong points of the game, you are constantly challenged to just stay alive.) Terminator Salvation offers plenty of concentrated armed combat action against all of the Skynet enemies from the movie along with new enemies designed just for the game.
The only downfall is that gameplay isn't long enough. When you are in an action game you need, well, action to sustain the game, and that's where Terminator Salvation falls a little short. Granted it probably was hard to design a game that can sustain the action of the film, but what is offered is a great escape into the world of John Connor.