Westwood’s Recoil doesn’t do anything particularly new. Yet it does a number of things particularly well. But not for particularly long.
In your basic Terminator plotline, the future is ruled by The Network, with humans now obsolete and doomed to enslavement by the robo-computer-type totality. Except, of course, there’s the Alliance of Dissidents, which is humanity’s last hope. The Alliance has reached back in time to you, the player. Help me Obi Wan et al.