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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 Genesis Intro
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Amiga Legal Notice
Terminator 2: Judgment Day SNES Level 4: Inside Skynet.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arcade Explosion

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

Sinclair User Arcade Dec, 1991 91 out of 100 91
CU Amiga Amiga Dec, 1993 90 out of 100 90
GamePro (US) SNES Feb, 1994 4.5 out of 5 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Jan, 1994 34 out of 50 68
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Boy Jan, 1993 27 out of 40 68
1UP! SNES Dec 11, 2009 65 out of 100 65
Video Games SNES Apr, 1994 63 out of 100 63
Play Time SNES Apr 06, 1994 45 out of 100 45
PC Joker DOS Jan, 1994 39 out of 100 39
Entertainment Weekly Genesis Oct 08, 1993 D- 16


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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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