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This is an arcade rail-shooter based on the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Up to two players shoot through future and present levels as robotic killers reprogrammed to serve the human resistance.

Both players wield a machine gun with infinite ammo that lowers its firing rate (overheats) as it is continuously fired. A secondary weapon (missile launchers in the future, shotguns in the present) has limited ammo but deals heavy damage. Powerups inside the game world include secondary weapon ammo and coolant for the machine guns, and are shot to be collected.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day, renamed T2: The Arcade Game for home conversions, features seven levels based on specific scenes or general concepts in the film. The first four levels act as a prelude, as the player guns down waves of metal Terminators across a post-apocalyptic Battlefield, a besieged Human Hideout, and through the security checkpoints of the enemy supercomputer SkyNet. After destroying the computer, players travel back in time to protect John and Sarah Connor, while also destroying every scrap of SkyNet research at the headquarters of its manufacturer. From there, players must fend off the indestructible T-1000 until the final showdown in the Steel Mill.

Assets from the movie are used when possible, such as voice clips from Arnold Schwarzenegger, and close-up digital stills of Robert Patrick for the final battle against the T-1000. The Genesis and SNES versions also support lightguns (the Menacer and Super Scope, respectively).


Terminator 2: Judgment Day SNES Closeup on a T-800.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day SNES Try not to hurt the humans...
Terminator 2: Judgment Day SNES The story.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day SNES Gold Terminators, as seen in the arcade.

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Alternate Titles

  • "שליחות קטלנית 2" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "T2: The Arcade Game" -- home version title
  • "T2ザ・アーケードゲーム" -- Japanese spelling

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When home ports based on the Arcades turn completely awesome! Erik Munoz (8) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Feb, 1994 4.5 out of 5 90
Just Games Retro Aug 25, 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Nintendo Magazine System UK Apr, 1994 78 out of 100 78
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jan, 1994 34 out of 50 68
Video Games Apr, 1994 63 out of 100 63
Retro Game Reviews May 02, 2016 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
Mega Fun Apr, 1994 47 out of 100 47
neXGam Dec 27, 2009 4.6 out of 10 46
Total! (Germany) May, 1994 3.75 out of 6 45
The Video Game Critic Feb 24, 2004 F 0


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Midway's arcade version of Terminator 2 used digital stills of props and actors from the film set to render the game's Terminator enemies. With the sole exception of the SNES (using scaled-down versions of those original arcade sprites), the console releases had to use redrawn game assets in the spirit of, but not identical to, the art in the arcade.
Goteki45 (354) added Terminator 2: Judgment Day (SNES) on Oct 22, 2003
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