Terminator: Salvation Arcade seen on location test

Shaggy June 20, 2009 22


[Thanks to Malovane for sending us these shots]

As arcade location tests are rarely announced in the US, at times savvy gamers who frequent game websites visit their local arcade and just so happen to come across these secret location tests. One player has done this and has come across the Terminator: Salvation arcade game, which is being done by Play Mechanix (who has done both Aliens: Extermination and Big Buck Hunter/Safari) and Raw Thrills. You might recall that we posted about this rumor a little while ago and while we didn’t have many details on it at the time, with this revelation we learn quite a bit about the upcoming title. As you can see, the cabinet is just like the deluxe cabinet for Big Buck Safari, which a large LCD screen. Of course the cabinet could change by the time they release it but I imagine that it would be easier to use these modified cabinets. It is interesting to see how they made a “Sneak Preview” version of the game for the location test, I have not heard of using this technique before but it certainly is a good idea. The artwork on this cab is pretty good although at the moment you can’t really tell how it performs graphically. More information will probably be forthcoming so stay tuned. Click on the thumbnails below for the full view

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UPDATE: For a more recent look at this cabinet(with video), go here and here.

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  1. arcads4ever June 20, 2009 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    those guns are the same as sega’s ghost squad and rambo (UK version of rambo) except with the guns being silver and slightly different at the end of the shooter.

    it would be cool is they did a sit down version cross between midways teminator arcade game 1991 and lets go jungle, that would be too cool and who knows if this game performs well enough maybe will get just that like how rawthrills has been milking the fast and the furious lincence.

    my friend loves america and goes every year and when he watched me play the fast and the furious on the new york level he found it funny because of the statue of liberty being in the middle of the city instead of on its own little island which I find funny too since the game was made by rawthrills being an american arcade company, don’t know if any of you lot ntice or not but we certainly think its funny.

    is rawthrills involed with this game as well as paly mechanix?

  2. arcads4ever June 20, 2009 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    never mind I now know its rawthrills after looking at the maquee :S

  3. editor June 21, 2009 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    take a close look at the guns as they are far from the same as anything you have seen before (look at the magazines)

    • arcads4ever June 21, 2009 at 4:56 pm - Reply

      well they nearly look the same. The outline of the gun is simular apart from the front bit missing that is used for ghost squad and rambo anger rage button. but I see now that its more different and more detailed to the gun than most gun controllers. could be the silver that makes it easier to see now its not black.

  4. editor June 21, 2009 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    As a shooter I will go a little nerd –

    – US/UK ‘Rambo’ uses the same gun kit as ‘Ghost Squad’, and that is based on the HK USP45 submachine pistol(with grip modification)

    – ‘Terminator: Salvation’ is based on the M4A1 (with improvised M203, and grips)

    It funny that the RT team have actually mixed the design of the M4, that Connor’s used slightly in the film and poster, with the mainly used HK416. Would suggest that they got designing after post production.

    • arcads4ever June 22, 2009 at 12:45 pm - Reply

      I knew that the rambo and ghost squad guns are the same. but I’m not sure what your saying about M4A1 AND M203 ETC…

      • editor June 22, 2009 at 1:12 pm - Reply

        They are the real weapons that the guns are based on.

  5. editor June 21, 2009 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    …been corrected – the ‘Ghost Squad’ gun is a mix of the HK USP45 and the HK G36.

  6. RJ Amusements June 22, 2009 at 6:55 am - Reply

    The game looks to be good, Unfortunately like many “Movie” based arcade games it will come out light years after the movie is in theaters. I haven’t even heard any rumblings of preorders from my distributor (betson) like I did with Guitar Hero, so likely this game wont be out till well after the DVD is released. The only down fall I see is the guns. The Guitar Hero guitars had MAJOR flaws in the original batch. I have (2) and all four guitar went bad, however mine were replaced for free, but the guitars list for $399 a piece now through betson. I see those machine guns an easy $250 because of the unique style and lighting effects. Unlike a generic opto gun on Target Terror which cost me $50 to replace.

    • arcads4ever June 22, 2009 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      that doesn’t matter too much (although it would be nice to have at the launch of the film) because sega’s rambo is very popular and those films cam out year’s ago in 1982-85-88. yeah I know a rambo film came out last year but is not connected to the game much at all.

      $400 for a few plastic guns? I can understand that the guitars are more thicker and being heavier to stop it taking bigger damage but never though it was that much

  7. editor June 22, 2009 at 10:42 am - Reply

    amusement offers a unique gaming expereince – unachievable@home. That means a unique control interface. I know the last four years have seen cheap interface systems for operators, but the reality is that the machine and interface are important and unique – not cheap and simple.

    I have had it with the distribution routes altogether. Betson are famous for selling direct on some occasions and I wait to here that some venues get T:S before others!

    • arcads4ever June 22, 2009 at 12:36 pm - Reply

      I have quite a few ideas for arcade games which cannot be done properly at home which makes it unique compare to being at home. this sites really helping me taking in to account what needs to be done about the state of the arcade industry. I’ve learned that games don’t just need to be fun and unique outside the home but also affordable for any arcade operator. arcades are still popular with many people all over the world but the reality is the games that people and arcade companies come up with need to be in a budget and sell at a price that anyone can afford and also a good size that can fit into the smallest of location (depending on the game). I have many ideas, but unfortunatly it will have to wait until I finish uni in 2 years.

  8. myfantasyweb September 19, 2009 at 1:04 am - Reply

    Terminator Salvation ( or Renaissance . I play the french version !! ) game is not the best FPS of the year but is a decent game. I very like it. Maybe because i’m a big Terminator fan from the first movie ???

    ( Go here http://www.myfantasyweb.com/terminator/videogames/screenshots.html for screenshots gallerie )

    Some Terminator Salvation game trailers:






    You can see my own Terminator site here:

    Full of wallpapers, screenshots,action figures,soundtracks and movies

  9. gyrobot April 23, 2010 at 3:29 am - Reply

    Managed to play the game, here are some of the details

    -This game is HARD! Unlike Razing Storm or Ghost squad, your enemies are durable, they take about 30 rounds out of the 60 round magazine of your assault rifle to put down. And head shots are NOT instant kill. You will be occasionally given the shotgun (which does a lot of damage up close) and grenades (A pseudo smart bomb which allows you destroy everything in a splash zone) and a minigun which lays down the hurt

    -The enemies in this game is a lot more dangerous then the light gun games, swarms will eat you alive even with the assault rifle, and fast enemies will make your life very painful. A red glow allows you to know how close they are going to attack

    -There is a minimum distance you have to be away from the screen unlike other light gun games. This is due to the ability to move the screen around to see enemies from elsewhere. Plus the reload feature is replaced by pressing the ammo clip up. No more “cover the gun lens to reload”

    Overall this game is challenging for the average light gun player compared to its newest cousin razing storm

  10. Bill April 23, 2010 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Well, our official operating results are in. Terminator is earning better than any other gun shooter we have had since the original Ghost Squad. Not turning huge numbers, but at least respectable.

    • Shaggy April 23, 2010 at 1:22 pm - Reply

      That is great to hear Bill as I know you’ve been trying to find a good earner for sometime now. I want to get a TS myself and I am thinking of applying with Firestone Financial although I wonder if it’s better to wait until they offer some sort of deal.

      • Bill April 24, 2010 at 1:50 am - Reply

        Yes, maybe an interest free deal will pop up.
        Doing 300.00 a week, as compared to Rambo Dlx at 140.00, Ghost Squad 85.00, Primenal Hunt 90.00 to give some comparisons of other shooters in same location.

    • gyrobot April 23, 2010 at 10:42 pm - Reply

      Game`s hard I would like to say. Really captured the deadlinesss of Skynet

  11. Fernando Lozano June 21, 2010 at 1:13 am - Reply

    im interested in buying one how much would it be

    • Shaggy June 21, 2010 at 11:53 am - Reply

      Depending on where you buy you’re looking between $8000-$9000. Depends on the distributor

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