The Terminator event has been live for a few days now, and I thought I’d share my impressions on it now that I’ve had some time this weekend to actually play it. I’ll do my best to avoid spoilers, for those of you who haven’t given it a shot yet.
For those of you who don’t know, Ubisoft has a penchant for pop-culture tie-ins as demonstrated in Ghost Recon Wildlands; in Wildlands, we had the Predator event. Yes, that’s exactly what you think it is: Hunting down a predator.
It was.. Crap. The Predator event was a half-hearted attempt at bringing the tension of the Predator films to Wildlands, and it fell flat. You got lead along through a quick preamble, and then had to fight the thing.. Which was a challenge that was more nuisance than fun. I actually never did kill it; After a few tries, I just said “screw it” and abandoned the mission.
Breakpoint, however, does a much better job with the Terminator event. Let’s talk about why.
First, it’s split into 2 missions, each with story, proper delivery, and interesting rewards.
Second, the combat, while challenging, is actually FUN and interesting.
Third, as an ongoing live event, it creates more gameplay than the Predator event ever could’ve achieved.
What about the negatives?
Even with the fleshed out story, it is still short. I feel like it could’ve been even further fleshed out; instead, you can plow through it in a couple hours easily solo. The extra random missions thrown in are a nice bonus, and are fun, but when the live event is done, so are those.
The rewards have limited use; the MK 14 Termination DMR you gain is a niche weapon with limited usefulness, and the grenade launcher reward? I just.. I don’t actually see why we get a grenade launcher tied to this; you can’t actually make good use of it in the event, as its really only good against squishy targets.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a cool weapon, but give us blueprints for regular grenade launchers, not one branded specifically for the event. As of right now, we’ve got a special class just for them, with only one weapon available.
Finally, regular enemy soldiers don’t seem to do ANY damage to T-800s; only drones do, apparently, and even then, it is pretty sad when the heavy cannons of a turret don’t even seem to put a significant dent in the danged thing with a shot, while my TAC-50 can chip away with ease. They played up the fact that the T-800s are killing everybody, but made it to where you are basically the sole power against them (especially since you need the unique MK 14 Termination to even destroy them).
Overall, as a fan of the Terminator film franchise, I enjoyed it. It was fun. Could it be better? Definitely. Is it an improvement over what Ubisoft has been doing with Breakpoint? Certainly.