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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 Statistics screen
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Game Boy Level 1 Boss
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Game Gear Game over.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Amiga Game options

Promo Images

Terminator 2: Judgment Day Magazine Advertisement
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

SuperGame Genesis Feb, 1993 91 out of 100 91
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Game Gear Jan, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Amiga Force Amiga Feb, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Amiga Dream Amiga Jan, 1994 73 out of 100 73
Amiga Format Amiga Jan, 1994 73 out of 100 73
Amiga Games Amiga Jan, 1994 69 out of 100 69
Score SEGA Master System Jul, 1994 53 out of 100 53
Play Time Game Gear Feb, 1994 49 out of 100 49
Score Amiga May, 1994 45 out of 100 45
PC Player (Germany) DOS Feb, 1994 23 out of 100 23


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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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