PC Terminator Salvation gets total recall

Evolved Games acknowledges debilitating install issues related to retail desktop edition of blockbuster movie tie-in; replacement program to be announced "shortly."

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It would appear as if the machines are rising up against the PC edition of Terminator Salvation. After the game's release on Tuesday, purchasers of the PC edition flocked to publisher Evolved Games' message boards, reporting the following error:

Something is certainly broken here.

"An error (-5006:0x80070002) has occurred while running the setup. Please make sure you have finished any previous setup and closed other applications. If the error still occurs, please contact your vendor: Evolved Games." The error, which was also experienced by GameSpot, occurred on installation of the retail PC edition only and rendered the game unplayable. However, copies of the game purchased through Valve's online portal Steam install correctly.

Today, Evolved Games acknowledged the error in a statement posted to its official forums, saying that it will recall and replace all afflicted copies of the game.

"Unfortunately a defect occurred during replication of the PC version of Terminator Salvation, which does not allow end users to install the game," the publisher said. "The Xbox 360 and PS3 are not affected and function properly. We have recalled all PC copies of Terminator Salvation from retail in North America and are currently in the process of replicating new copies."

"The new copies will be on store shelves in a few days," the statement continued. "A replacement plan for all end users that purchased the defective units is currently being set up. Details to get a replacement copy will be announced shortly. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused the end users that purchased the defective copy."

Installation issues pertaining to the PC edition aside, Terminator Salvation has thus far received a critical drubbing. For more information, check out GameSpot's full review of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game.

Discussion

135 comments
mariotheblaze
mariotheblaze

Great game for me :) i play it without problems :) Kidiing but i realy like this game

denisduh
denisduh

Graphics were awfull for a game in 2009. Gameplay was so bad that i couldnt finish the game. You can't get cover because your movement is limited by unvisible border. Disgrace for such an epic title. I realy hope that movie isn't quite as bad as the game.

DarKxRaideR666
DarKxRaideR666

Graphics were nice, but nothing special, finished it in 3 hours, i hope the movie is better than the game.

Hedfix
Hedfix

Shovel-back ware

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

This has to be a crushing blow to the 230 people out there who were going to buy this game.

SciFiCat
SciFiCat

Way to go Evolved Games, you can't even get that right.

Noah-Phoenix
Noah-Phoenix

Well, its cack anyway, so who cares? Bin it.

Squeets
Squeets

LOL whoever provided the funds for this game is probably doing a *self facepalm* and thinking "WTF was I thinking?"

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

It's getting recalled to the bargain bin.

Head_Psychosis
Head_Psychosis

Everything I've read about this game would suggest to me it's in their best interest to just write it off, rather than recall it. Even if the PC version were to work, people will finish it in a day, and return because it's so bad. I could not agree with skyydragonn more, in this case, but if he's including the Wolverine: X-men Origins game then i would have to disagree as it's a decent movie adaption. Too bad the film didn't stick to the comics, but hey whatever... definately not the firs time, and it won't be the last. Stan lee should be publicly executed after the The first Hulk film and then the second (remake, not a sequel. He still ballsed that one up!)

Rickymog
Rickymog

TERMINATOR gets TOTAL RECALL Lol, hope it's an intended joke on Schwarzenegger movies... :p

skyydragonn
skyydragonn

after reading the horribad reviews this game has recieved almost universally.. who the hell cares about replacing it, I'de be returning it if I were you. Movie-to-Game conversions almost always fail, this one does so exceptionally well.

dg3215
dg3215

This game is the same as the movie FAIL.. Maybe they need Bale to come throw a hissy fit at the programing studio and it will work better.. Another stupid game and another deserving failure..

Mr_Versipellis
Mr_Versipellis

What are the chances this is DRM-related? In a word, Phat.

couly
couly

why would anyone want to play this anyway?

jmoussa1987
jmoussa1987

5 hr SP that appears to play like any regular fps. yeah right! atleast the graphics are nice

sTyLnK
sTyLnK

Who knows the real reason. They could have possibly sent the wrong disc to be copied. Regardless of what the reason actually was it was incredibly dumb.

mikeyg756
mikeyg756

This is why people pirate games. Seriously, start testing your damn games out and stop screwing up so badly when it comes to PC games. When they do it right for the PC the game will always feel incredible.Obviously not this one though even if they did do it right. This game sucks hard.

Shootn
Shootn

I think they are trying to make everyone go to consoles imo. They want you to spend money on a big hd tv then spend 60 bucks a game to buy and for pc it is 39-49. I think most of these game companies are starting to get real lazy on game transporting. I also start to wonder if they even test the game before sending out on market. These are things that cause people to pirate and etc.

HaRiZ420
HaRiZ420

This is why people pirate games...

Wolfie600
Wolfie600

This game still got a 5... what a dissapointment.

josiah4972
josiah4972

What a disapointment, I was looking foward to this

BladeTrinity114
BladeTrinity114

@Chr666 why are you missing out when on a console? I admit PC's are better than consoles but some people just can't afford to keep up with upgrades etc. If I had the money, I would be a PC gamer....but I don't so i have consoles.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

@ChR666 - This particular article has everything to do with PC. Do the X360 and PS3 editions work? Yes... How do you let something like this slip through QA? Because PC was the afterthought... I then went on to point out why I don't bother with PC gaming anymore. The quality level is too low for me to merit immediate interest until they work out the bugs... By then, I usually played it somewhere else or lost interest in the material. Thanks for the personal slam too. Surely you could comprehend that it has nothing to do with my personal laziness from what I described? meh, probably not...

kira1
kira1

Do people even bother reading the whole thing judging from the comments they post? Looooooooooooooooooooooool

More_Dakka
More_Dakka

@marco 1: Ah- but there probably won't be a demo! Because if there was one- they'd be showing most of the game with it... :P If there was an actual demo for this- It'd be about the length of Killzone 2's demo- if not slightly shorter. As the installation issues- it's inexcusable. Even if the game was rushed- they should have been able to catch the installation issue- even if the problem was created during replication.

ChR666
ChR666

@raahsnavj I can't believe you can be so unintelligent. This has nothing to do with PC. It is the company's fault. If you can't be bothered to use a PC, being too lazy to, then you'd better leave it alone and stick to your console. Either way, it's you who's missing out, nobody else.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

and it's a wonder I don't bother with PC much anymore. Between the Demigod early release and subsequent online BS and now games that don't install... heck I pre-ordered Duke 3D back in the day and got a crappy cardboard box with a disc in a sleave as my reward for buying day 1... PC games should not be bothered with until a few patches come out which makes release dates little more than a signal to wait a few months before purchasing.

starduke
starduke

Evolved Games = idiots.'Nuff said!

i_c_dead_people
i_c_dead_people

serves em right for rushing it and making an absolutely hideous game

marco_1
marco_1

a demo before will be nice! it should prevent craps like that

Draaagoon
Draaagoon

@ adamosmaki They spent all that time making the game and knew what to expect so the last thing they wanted to do was actually install and play the game! :P

vunacar
vunacar

@ Bhinder94 Because error occurs in setup and setup is on ROM disc and as such cannot be patched because nothing can be written.

Bhinder94
Bhinder94

Why do something idiotic and costly like recalling all the copies. And instead create a mandatory patch for the game?

adamosmaki
adamosmaki

Just one thought. Did they actually never try to install the game of the master disc to see if its working?

Draaagoon
Draaagoon

When they say "purchasers of the PC edition flocked to publisher Evolved Games' message boards", do they mean all of the 5 people that bought this game who did not see, or hear, or get told that the game is a waste of money. I would say waste of time but 4 hours spent watching paint dry is a waste, spending 4 hours completing a game at least gives you gamer point, trophies or something to complain about.

jmartinez1983
jmartinez1983

Was the debilitating install issue the fact that the game SUCKS? Not only that, but everyone expected it to suck.

Dimebag_Darrell
Dimebag_Darrell

I wonder how much they are losing on this. Cost to recall the bad copies in stores back to the distribution facilities, Cost to unpack the old bad disks from the boxes, cost in making the new working copies, Cost to repack the games, cost to reship the game, and legal costs of the ever litigious people out there that will try to sue for this simple problem. Definitely gonna eat into the gross income margins... Not to mention the false negative press they'll get from all the idiots now fully reading the news on this and claiming they miscodeded the game. Then more idiots adding ont the first idoits mistakes and claiming viruses and malware. I feel sorry for Evolved Games on this.

Junooni
Junooni

why bother buying..its not worth it

stanleyCG1_2
stanleyCG1_2

Did anyone actually read the article? It has nothing to do with "hastily written code" or them being crap at developing games. It was a replication error in the factory that made the discs. It probably isn't a very good game anyway so i don't care, but people should read the article properly before slagging off a developer for something that wasn't their fault.

Generalmojo
Generalmojo

they should concentrate on the damn game as much as the film, :|

Altiar25
Altiar25

an epic fail after an epic fail :shock:

jordan_johnson
jordan_johnson

3 companies which I wished made this game: BUNGiE, VALVe or ID. I think one of those would have done it right. What a waste of a good opportunity.

Rhen_Var
Rhen_Var

An issue? may as well just cancel it if they aren't planning to improve the failure of a game.