Terminator 2 - The Arcade Game DownloadsTerminator 2 - The Arcade Game download
He said he'd be back, and he is. That sly cyborg, that mechanical master of mayhem, that silver-plated Conner-stomper- the Terminator of movie fame -- is here. Zip back and forth in time in this Genesis adaptation of the popular arcade game as you try to stop the Terminators from doing what they do best.
The original bad boy of the 'borgs made a pretty fair dent in the quarter industry with the arcade version of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Well, you can put your change back into your piggy bank, because this version is just as much fun. Like the arcade game, T2 is a one- or two-player, first-person-perspective shoot-em-up that uses either the joypad or the Menacer.
You blast your way through eight stages, (including a nuclear wasteland, an old warehouse, and a metal factory) in order to annihilate a race of mechanical monsters from the future that want to make you takeout for worms. They better take a rain check on that, though, because you're part of a resistance movement that wants to put these platinum pinheads back in the scrapyard. To clear each stage, you have to shoot everything that moves before it shoots you as the game auto-scrolls from left to right. Some stages finish with a big bang in the form of a mechanical end boss.
ProTip: Shoot the lights in the warehouse to pick up power-ups and dim the T-800s' hopes for survival.
Terminators are virtually indestructable, but fortunately you've got some heavy-duty weaponry to use against them. You begin the game with a Machine Gun and some Guided Missiles, but you can also find Plasma Pulse Guns, Rapid Fire Coolant, Smart Bombs, Shields, and assorted other goodies. Even this may not be enough to take out silver and gold Endoskeletons, flying HKs (hunter-killers), T-800s (the original Ah-nuld), and the other walking, flying, and killing nightmares that overrun every screen.
- Shoot at the Endoskeletons' heads when they get up close and personal. A chip may pop out that allows you to pick goodies from a menu as a reward.
- The truck is the most difficult obstacle in the entire game. To get past it, you need to keep the truck from blowing up. The trick is to ignore the Endoskeletons and time your hits so that they hit the HKs just before the HKs hit you. It'll take a couple of tries, though, so don't be discouraged.
You'll Be Back
T2 for the Genesis looks good and sounds good, too. Although the limited color palette makes things look just a tad T2-dimensional, the movement of all of the characters is fast and smooth with no slowdown. Of course, the Genesis version can't match the arcade unit's huge, cabinet-rocking explosions, but who needs more noise, right? This makes the music and sound effects a welcome din, which include real digitized speech and pretty good tunes. When Arn says "Terminated," you don't ask any questions.
- Watch out for Sarah Connor in the later levels. Although she puts a lot of goodies on the floor for you to pick up, she gets in your way.
- Watch out for the copter when it goes after the SWAT van. All you need to do is strafe the copter with the machine gun to nose it out of the picture.
The game's controls are so easy for either the Menacer or the controller that even musclebound metal heads will understand them. Be warned, though, only one person in a two-player game can use the Menacer. The other player is stuck with the joypad. That doesn't cut the fun down in the least, though. The Menacer's fun and the controller is too. You'll spend lots of time blasting your way to rescue John Conner.
- Blow up the silverfish (the creepy- crawly inhabitants of Level Four) and then blow up the doors they came out of. After you've destroyed the top doors (don't fret about the bottom doors), you can move on.
- Waste the head of the end-level boss in Stage One first, then go for his hands, torso, and finally his missile launcher. Save some guided missiles for the torso, since that's the toughest part.
- To demolish the end-level mechanical demigod on Level Four, shoot every port on the wall and then go for its guts. Make sure you've destroyed all the ports before you attack the middle.
They're All a Bunch of Girly-'Bots
T2: The Arcade Game is a real callous maker. If you've always wanted to help the Resistance but couldn't make it to the screen, now's your chance to kick sand in the face of those slipshod, sheet- metal, overgrown, tin cans. Pick upT2 and start blasting.