This game is based before and during the events that lead up to Kyle Reese being sent through the time displacement equipment, to protect Sarah Connor. The story introduces players to Skynet models not previously seen and introduces hybrid human/cyborg soldiers created by Skynet. The character of Perry, mentioned in the first Terminator film, appears as a major playable character in the game.
In March 2002, two songs were recorded for the game by industrial metal band Fear Factory, whose members are serious fans of the Terminator franchise. This would be the band's final work before temporarily breaking up that same month. Songs include "Full Metal Contact," "Terminate," and "Hi-Tech Hate" from the album Obsolete.
The game was met with mixed reception upon release. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it 55.54% and 58 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version, and 55.51% and 53 out of 100 for the Xbox version.
Maxim gave it a score of eight out of ten and said that the game "dispenses with T2’s cyborg-boy love plot, so you can focus on blasting titanium drones into nuts and bolts." However, Entertainment Weekly gave it a C− and stated that the game "could have been a conspiratorial mind-bender like The Thing; instead, it's a pretty, empty third-person shooter (which, like Superman [Shadow of Apokolips], suffers from a slipshod control interface and horrible camera placement)."