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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 SEGA Master System The Battlefield
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Amiga Title screen
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Game Boy Take out the flying H-K
Terminator 2: Judgment Day SEGA Master System Low on energy

Promo Images

Terminator 2: Judgment Day Magazine Advertisement Back cover

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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User Reviews

When home ports based on the Arcades turn completely awesome! SNES Erik Munoz (8)

Critic Reviews

WIZ DOS May, 1994 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Mean Machines Genesis Dec, 1992 75 out of 100 75
Amiga Format Amiga Jan, 1994 73 out of 100 73
Amiga Dream Amiga Jan, 1994 73 out of 100 73
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Boy Jan, 1993 27 out of 40 68
Video Games Genesis Jan, 1993 66 out of 100 66
neXGam SNES Dec 27, 2009 4.6 out of 10 46
Score Amiga May, 1994 45 out of 100 45
The Video Game Critic Genesis Oct 20, 2012 D+ 33
Defunct Games Game Gear Jul 05, 2008 30 out of 100 30


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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.
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