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T2: The Arcade Game
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Publisher:
Arena, Acclaim (JP/BR)
Developer:
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Publisher(s) of original games: Midway
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
Krisalis sound driver
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
Sega Game Gear
IT
T-81088-50




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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

Versions

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

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

Main article: T2: The Arcade Game/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
55 №1994-03, p18[6]
54 №, p85[7]
90 №136, p68/69[8]
95 №44, p42/43[9]
80 №2, p60/61
50 №1994-03, p61
80 №35, p192
79 №6, p56/57
85 №6, p56/57
82 №4, p55[10]
86 №13, p42/43/44/45
75 №3, p74-76[11]
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[12]
86 №7, p19
Sega Mega Drive
81
Based on
20 reviews

Mega Drive, US
T2tAG MD US Box.jpg
Cover
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
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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
T2tAG GG JP Box Back.jpgT2tAG GG JP Box Spine.jpgT2tAG GG JP Box Front.jpgT2tAG GG JP Box Spine2.jpg
Cover
T2tAG GG JP Cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 93CA8152
MD5 F1983C31F965AA8DE77DF64483883550
SHA-1 CFA4A899185FCED837991D14F011CDACA81E9DD7
512kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 0B1BA87F
MD5 95C43A0846089717FCA37C4D26373973
SHA-1 A56FC1154709CAE443EFEED6E6310CC059396605
512kB Cartridge (JP)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 9479C83A
MD5 D459D14BADDFA9F8A69E91F79BE71B9B
SHA-1 12B6F5542B6CEBFE872096EAB2A885D297EEFA2F
512kB Cartridge (US/EU)

References


RoboCop and Terminator franchise games for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
The Terminator (1992) | T2: The Arcade Game (1992) | RoboCop 3 (1993) | Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1993) | RoboCop Versus The Terminator (1993)
Sega Master System
The Terminator (1992) | T2: The Arcade Game (1993) | RoboCop 3 (1993) | Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1993) | RoboCop Versus The Terminator (1994)
Sega Game Gear
The Terminator (1992) | T2: The Arcade Game (1993) | RoboCop 3 (1993) | Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1993) | RoboCop Versus The Terminator (1994)
Sega Mega-CD
The Terminator (1994)