So, I've finished my first play-through of Terminator: Salvation on medium. Overall, I'm glad I didn't spend $60 on it, and I'm almost regretting the $7 I spent to rent it from Blockbuster.
The graphics are terrible. The ones in the cutscenes are bearable, even good, but the entire game is one bland grey/brown rubble. I understand that it's destroyed L.A., but could you put some color into the levels with actual plants in them? As for the graphical part of the graphics, they're PS2-level graphics with touch-up paint and some shiny effects. Also, watch for John Connor's mic sometimes remain stiff and away from his mouth, and sometimes attached to, and moving with, his mouth. Nice work guys.
Controls can be hard to get used to. Aiming is as accurate pissing off the Empire State building onto a dime, and it doesn't help that most enemies constantly move. Luckily there's enough random ammo laying around to make up for that, but that's later. Movement is even slower than Dave's analysis of KZ2's walking. I feel like I'm moving a 55 year old obese woman rather than a 20-something savior-soldier.
The dialog, and overall script, is horrible. Most lines are given without any emotion, and are nothing more than "we need to get to Location X". And of course, they'll yell random things during a battle with the same amount of emotion and preparedness as the rest of the dialog (my favorite: Blair or Angie (they're practically same the person) causally says "get away from me", as if the T-600 was hitting on her in a bar). There's absolutely 0 characterization of anyone in the game, making most characters interchangeable and forgettable. The plot doesn't fare much better; John goes out to the middle of the Skynet building to rescue 3 guys. Just 3 average soldiers. No real reason, either; just to "inspire the troops". No twist, no "OMG, they're T-800s!", nothing. And he takes his sweet time getting to them, doing 165468465 side quests along the way.
The gameplay is below average. It's a Gears of War cover system without the fun. Most of the action sequences didn't feel too actiony, and there's only 5 guns, and 2 grenade types. RPG, Grenade Launcher, M-16, LMG, Shotgun, Pipe bomb, and grenade. And there's only 4 enemies; T-600s, Aerostats (small flying things), T-70s (4-legged turrets), and a T-600 with rubber skin on it. Also, you recover health only after a battle section, so if you have 10% health, you're fucked. Luckily, there's a lot of checkpoints along the way, but for a game that installs onto the harddrive, the load times are forever. The game is also the definition of linear; there is a very tight walkway you have to take (even in super slow running, it takes only a second or 2 to get to the other side), and Skynet must have severed everyone's Achilles's Tendon, because no one can jump. And this is only a short list of complaints.
Overall, it's only a rental if you really want an easy Platinum, and are willing to withstand 4-6 hours of shitty game for it. With terrible just about everything, this game is meant for the rental shelves at best.