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'Terminator3: War of the Machines' Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Dec. 3, 2003 @ 9:56 a.m. PST

Atari shipped "Terminator3: War of the Machines" today to retail stores for the personal computer, a single-player and online multiplayer first-person shooter set in the ravaged battlefields of the Tech Com-versus-SkyNet conflict. Developed by Hungary-based Clever's Games, "Terminator 3: War of the Machines" allows up to 32 players to face off online as either technologically-advanced SkyNet Terminators or battle-hardened Tech Com Special Forces in an epic multi-player struggle for supremacy.

"PC gaming fans can now suit up as The Terminator and defend the fate of humanity against an onslaught of online foes, or, power on as SkyNet and try to exterminate the human race," said Steve Allison, vice president of marketing for Atari's Los Angeles studio. "'Terminator 3: War of the Machines' recreates the dark futuristic vision of the 'Terminator' film series like no other PC game before, putting gamers on the front lines in the Epic battle between man and machine. Dominance over planet Earth now rests in the balance -- online!"

"Terminator 3: War of the Machines" thrusts players into the very center of the conflict outlined in the Terminator world -- the struggle of the humans against the sentient machines. The battle rages in both single- and multi-player modes across a variety of vast landscapes taken straight from the theatrical release, "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," including downtown Los Angeles, a ruined ocean harbor, devastated highways, Tech Com and SkyNet bases, crumbling factories and more.

In "Terminator 3: War of the Machines'" vast multi-player mode, players compete online as either a member of Tech Com or as a SkyNet Terminator model. Eight playable character classes are available for SkyNet and Tech Com forces and up to 32 players can wage war in each server. Humans have the advantage of cunning and stealth while SkyNet brings to bear the awesome power of overwhelming force, brutality and durability. Each class offers unique advantages and disadvantages in numerous battle situations. For example, SkyNet T-900 Endoskeletons can utilize their unique vision to quickly and easily identify even the most camouflaged opponents, but will be unable to heal or repair themselves in combat like their human counterparts.

"Terminator 3: War of the Machines" also features the voice and likeness of Arnold Schwarzenegger for the first time in a PC video game. In the special multiplayer "Termination" mode, players on the Tech Com side compete for the highest frag count. The human player with the most frags has the option to respawn as The Terminator himself. The Terminator fights alongside the humans, adding a more powerful character to the Tech Com side.

Weapons in "Terminator 3: War of the Machines" run the gamut from modern-day and near-future weaponry. Humans have the option of a variety of rocket launchers, sniper rifles and automatic machine guns. SkyNet features many futuristic weapons, including phased plasma rifles, plasma cannons and other assault weapons.

A number of armored and weapon-equipped Tech Com and SkyNet vehicles are at the player's disposal both in single- and multi-player modes. Vehicles include modified trucks, cars and personnel transports for the humans with mounted guns, plasma rifles and rockets. SkyNet vehicles include a variety of land- and air-based machines. In addition, the player is able to call in air strikes by targeting an object and issuing commands to offscreen allies.

Gamers who purchase "Terminator 3: War of the Machines" are eligible to enter to win the Ultimate Gaming Machine -- an Aurora system from Alienware, featuring an AMD Athlon(TM) 64 FX-51 processor and an NVIDIA® GeForce(TM) FX 5900 Ultra. "Terminator 3: War of the Machines" owners should visit www.alienware.com/T3 to enter the contest or for more information.

"Terminator 3: War of the Machines" is now available for personal computer for an estimated retail price of $39.95 and an ESRB rating of "T" for Teen.

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