Control-wise the game works in the usual manor for action/adventure titles. There is a third person mode with auto aim which you use most of the time. In this mode you can move and shoot at the same time. There is also a first person mode in which you can shoot (with a much more clear view of the enemy) but can not move. You can take the enemy on in hand-to-hand combat delivering punches, kicks or with your plasma baton. There are also a few gun turrets scattered around which you can take control of using the first person mode. This is where you really get to dish the punishment out!
Through out the game you collect new weaponry included are: pistols, assault rifles, rocket launchers, canister bombs and a pulse cannon. Taking the robot skeletons on by hand can be the most fun way to fight although at points you find yourself with veritable crowds of the critters to deal with.
My main gripe with The Terminator Dawn of Fate is the camera angles and how they affect the controls. This problem is not something that is unique to this game; I have seen it before in other games and it really ticks me off. When the camera is behind you pressing up on the controller will walk you forward but as the camera swings round to the side this also changes the up/down controls to left/right so to continue going forward you need to adjust the controller to left for forward. This is a problem. At the least it is annoying, but when you get caught near a line where the camera change is triggered and you have hoards of cybernetics on your case it can be fatal as well as exasperating.
Overall The Terminator Dawn of Fate is, like most movie title adaptations strong on graphical and sonic assets. Having the well developed characters, cinematic visuals and actor voiceovers help to create a believable and lush environment that pushes the Xbox's capabilities a little bit further than your average game (some of the lighting effects are superb). But unfortunately someone forgot to worry about whether the game-play, camera angles and plot were coherent and compelling. For any major fan of the movies this game offers the chance to get into the driving seat so to speak and also opens up a lot more of the Terminators world than has been previously seen in the films.
6.5 out of 10