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T2: The Arcade Game
Publisher: Arena, Acclaim (JP/BR)
Developer:
Publisher(s) of original games: Midway
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Original system(s): Arcade Boards
Peripherals supported:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Menacer
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Number of players:
Sega Mega Drive
1-2,
Sega Game Gear
1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,800 T-81023
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.95 T-81156
Sega Mega Drive
US (Menacer)
$89.99[1] ?
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[2] T-81156-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-81156-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-81156-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-81156-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? 044220



Sega Master System
UK
£? MK-27061-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F MK-27061-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? MK-27061-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas MK-27061-50



Sega Game Gear
JP
¥4,800 T-81027
Sega Game Gear
US
$? T-81088
Sega Game Gear
UK
£27.99[4] T-81088-50
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F T-81088-50
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? T-81088-50
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas T-81088-50



T2: The Arcade Game (T2 ジ・アーケードゲーム), is a light gun arcade game originally released by Midway in 1991. In its original form, it was simply known as Terminator 2: Judgment Day, being inspired by the film of the same name. When brought to the home the following year, it was renamed, and should not to be confused with different Terminator 2: Judgment Day games released around the same period. Despite the change in title, this game is often referred simply as "T2", which prone to cause confusion.

T2: The Arcade Game was ported to the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear. The Mega Drive version of the game is compatible with the Sega Menacer.

A Sega Mega-CD version appears to have been planned (with a US release of August 1993[5]), but was cancelled for unknown reasons.

Gameplay

You start the game with a full health bar and a minium of three continues. B shoots and A fires rockets or shotgun shells, depending on the stage. The standard gun slowly overheats, so shots need to be placed carefully. Stages scroll automatically, sometimes a certain amount of enemies or locks have to be taken out to proceed. Various items are hidden that increase firepower, grant extra credits etc. Enemy amount and layout sometimes make it impossible to avoid damage, meaning the game can't be cleared without using continues. The game seemingly acknowledges this by not resetting score upon continuing. The game has two endings depening how much equipment was destroyed in the Cyberdine stage. Only 100% destruction will trigger the good ending, which differs only by the text displayed on screen.

Stages

The game has a total of 7 stages, sometimes containing mutiple sections

  • Stage 1: Wasteland
  • Stage 2: Resistance hideout
  • Stage 3: Jeep ride (Jeep must be protected)
  • Stage 4: Skynet, Time Machine
  • Stage 5: Cyberdyne (destroy 100% equipment for good ending)
  • Stage 6: Highway (SWAT Van must be proteced)
  • Stage 7: Steel Mill

Trivia

The game is not region locked and thus runs on any region system.

Versions

Compared to the Arcade version and the SNES port, the Sega Mega Drive differs greatly in terms of visuals and slightly in content.

  • Visually, the game now mainly features pixel artwork instead of digitized graphics. The palette has also been considerably brightened for unknown reasons.
  • In terms of content, enemy layout has been altered, there is no wall and no resistance soldiers before stage 1 boss, no elevator in stage 3 (also missing in the SNES port), some missing speech samples (most notably in the final stage after meeting the T-1000 for the first time the liquid nitrogen fight), no enemy helicopters in the Cyberdyne stage, no rope SWAT in the Cyberdyne stage and final stage. This list is incomplete.
  • The ending cinematic has been replaced by a single picture of John Connor (also in the SNES version)

Magazine articles

Main article: T2: The Arcade Game/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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EGM US 041.pdfEGM US 041.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #41: "December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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ElectronicGames2 US 05.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US) #5: "February 1993" (1993-01-12)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #43: "February 1993" (199x-xx-xx)[6]
  • VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) #50: "March 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[7]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #45: "April 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[8]
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SegaVisions US 11.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #11: "February/March 1993" (199x-xx-xx)
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CVG UK 134.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #134: "January 1993" (1992-12-15)
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MegaForce FR 13.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Mega Force (FR) #13: "Janvier 1993" (199x-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №136, p68/69[10]
95 №44, p42/43[11]
80 №2, p60/61
80 №35, p192
79 №6, p56/57
85 №6, p56/57
82 №4, p55[12]
86 №13, p42/43/44/45
75 №3, p74-76[13]
85 №27, p90/91
88 №38, p48/49
89 №39, p51
94 №15, p22/23/24
92 №18, p68
89 №3, p20/21
92 №14, p38-40[14]
86 №7, p19
Sega Mega Drive
86
Based on
17 reviews

Mega Drive, US
T2tAG MD US Box.jpg
Cover
T2Arcade md us cart.jpg
Cart
T2 Arcade MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
T2tAG MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
T2tAG MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
T2 The Arcade Game MD EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, JP
T2tAG MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
Terminator2Arcade MD JP CartTop.jpg
T2tAG MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
T2thearcadegame md br cover.jpg
Cover
T2tAG MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
69 №29, p122
Sega Master System
69
Based on
1 review

Master System, EU
T2tAG SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
T2tAG SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
79 №30, p154
80 №146, p112[4]
75 №29, p123
70 №39, p112
64 №50, p47
71 №25, p74
Sega Game Gear
73
Based on
6 reviews

Game Gear, US
T2tAG GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngT2tAG GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
T2 GG US cart.jpg
Cart
T2tAG gg us manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
T2tAG GG EU Box Back.jpgT2tAG GG EU Box Spine.jpgT2tAG GG EU Box Front.jpgT2tAG GG EU Box Spine2.jpg
Cover
T2 GG EU cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, JP
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Cover
T2tAG GG JP Cart.jpg
Cart

References

  1. File:GamePro US 044.pdf, page 45
  2. File:SegaForce UK 14.pdf, page 40
  3. File:GamePro US 052.pdf, page 213
  4. 4.0 4.1 File:CVG UK 146.pdf, page 112
  5. File:SegaVisions US 14.pdf, page 104
  6. File:EGM US 043.pdf, page 5
  7. File:VG&CE US 50.pdf, page 26
  8. File:EGM US 045.pdf, page 73
  9. File:MegaForce FR 15.pdf, page 5
  10. File:CVG UK 136.pdf, page 68
  11. File:GamePro US 044.pdf, page 44
  12. File:Mega UK 04.pdf, page 55
  13. File:MeanMachinesSega03UK.pdf, page 74
  14. File:SegaForce UK 14.pdf, page 38


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