Terminator 2: Judgement Day was released for the Sega Megadrive in 1993 by Flying Edge and developed by Bits Studios. It was a side-scrolling shoot ’em up and driving game based on the Terminator 2 movie. You play as the T-800 and have to find and protect a young John Connor and his mother Sarah Connor from the T-1000.
Title: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
System: Sega Megadrive
Publisher: Flying Edge
Developer: Bits Studios
This game is most likely always confused with the more popular T2: The Arcade game which was also ported to Sega and Nintendo around the same time.
This game had the potential to be a fun and enjoyable game, but quite a few things hold it back, like no continues at all and incredibly frustrating driving controls and navigation in the driving levels themselves.
Plus the difficulty really ramps up after you rescue Sarah Connor (the following driving level is one of the hardest parts of the game if you haven’t memorized the best way to get there.)
At least it follows the plot of the movie quite closely and you get to visit pretty much all of the important locations in the film. (with the exception of the future war, which would have been a nice touch.)
As basic as it gets. Some nice artwork for the Endoskeleton head before the title screen, but the rest is quite drab even the final images when you finish the game are very washed out and boring to look at.
The graphics for this game are serviceable at best. Black is used a little too much during night levels and some of the background sprites are just plain uninspired and ugly. The Terminator and other characters look quite nice and are animated well and the explosions look pretty nifty. Some levels like the first one, for example, are nicer to look at than others, say the steel mill. The isometric driving levels graphics are quite small but decent to look at.
The sound effects in this game are decent at best. The gun sounds kind of sound like gun sounds and the explosion sounds are ok. What really doesn’t sound that good is the music. As far as I can tell there are only two tracks, one for the side-scrolling parts and one for the driving parts, the side-scrolling music is really repetitive and gets old real fast. The Driving one, not so much, because you’ll be too distracted by the frustrating driving controls and difficulty of each part to notice the music much.
On Emulator the game responds ok and on the actual Sega Mega Drive itself the responsiveness isn’t much worse. There is a slight delay between pressing the fire button and the guns actually firing too.
If you manage to get to any of the later levels not using an emulator or cheats you are doing well for yourself. After you finish this game, you most likely won’t want to play it again anytime soon.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is not that great of a game, it has some flashes of brilliance, but, overall it’s a bit of a mess, I was lucky to be able to rent it back in the day from my local video store and at least it wasn’t bad paying $5 to have it for a few days and when said video store was selling it picking it up for next to nothing. I wouldn’t recommend paying too much for a copy of this game with the box, better off just playing it on emulator as the ability to save as you go really helps to get through some of the tricky parts.
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