Quick Look: Terminator Genisys Future War

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Arriving in time to remind us that the Terminator franchise is still going strong ahead of James Cameron’s and Tim Miller’s impending reboot, Terminator Genisys Future War is an Android and iOS app that gives players the choice of siding with the evil Skynet or the remaining human survivors in a battle for what remains of the Earth. It’s a free-to-play MMO that lets players team up or go it solo to defeat their rival commanders.

Terminator Genisys

Featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger’s likeness, Terminator Genisys Future War is, at its heart, a game of resource management, base-building, research, and conquest from Michigan-based developer Plarium. The game, which holds a rating of 4.5 stars on the Play Store from almost 21,000 user reviews, is the sixth mobile title made by Plarium, a catalogue that includes Vikings: War of Clans and Stormfall: Rise of Balur.

Arguably Future War’s most bankable feature is its official license; the title is a follow-up to the Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney-starring movie Terminator Genisys, which The Guardian referred to as a “$150m cadaver” despite its all-star cast, and includes many of the usual tropes and characters from the franchise. Players can build vast troops of Terminator units like the T-810 Eraser, LP-45 Legionnaire, and NH-101 Sycophant, for example.

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Post-Apocalypse

Once the player has picked their side, the base building begins. The first task, assigned by the T-800 himself, is to build an Ammunition Depot to keep fighters in bullets, followed by a brief introduction to quests (“Build a Power Plant”, “Prepare a ACV Bulldog Troop”, etc.), research (Economic, Military, Recon, and two others) and the game’s map, a purple, blasted wasteland dotted with abandoned bases and enemies.

Terminator Genisys Future War lets players “boost” or speed up tasks that have less than five minutes left to run but there is a microtransaction economy that can make players’ lives easier in the post-apocalypse, beginning at £1.89. The real-money market includes units like the AV Maestro fighter plane, huge quantities of the game’s resources (iridium, materials, ammo), and buffs like attack power and research speed boosts. There are no adverts of any kind.

Killer Robots

Getting started with Plarium’s newest mobile game can seem overwhelming given the range of options and buttons to consider but the interface is intuitive and easy to learn, a trait helped no end by the graphics, which have a hand-painted style. The player’s base develops and grows with each new upgrade too, adding troops to the walkways and jets to the skies. With plenty of units and buildings to create and unlock, Future War is a fun time sink.

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As a final point, here are just a few ways to make your first forays into the wasteland go smoothly – or as smoothly as they can when the world is overrun by killer robots: complete research and start missions whenever possible as they give plenty of rewards for completion. Also, joining a clan with other players bestows boosts upon your base. You can improve your leader’s skills and even change their appearance by clicking on your avatar too.

Terminator Genisys Future War was released on May 18 2017.