Mean Machines Sega

T2: Judgement Day
By Flying Edge
Sega Mega Drive (EU Version)

Published in Mean Machines Sega #15

T2: Judgment Day

Yesterday, sometime in the future, a man who in 1984 isn't even born yet sent/is sending a man, who tried/is trying to kill his mother, back to the present day for the sole purpose of protecting/having protected himself from an assassin... Eh?

This is a twisted tale to swallow yet it's the basic plot behind 1992's spectacular sci-fi movie: Terminator 2. The story is now being retold on the Megadrive in Acclaim's T2: The Movie.

In this platform/exploration game, one player leads a model T800 Terminator as it locates and protects future hero John Conner. Danger comes from a model T1000 Terminator intent on killing the youth.

Guns And Posers

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

The T800's first mission involves bashing up gangs of bikers at a seedy truck stop in order to equip itself with ammunition and find John's address. The game later adopts an overhead view of our motorcycling neighbourhood T800. After finding John Conner's home, the scene reverts to the platform type scenario.

And so it goes on with the platform section/driving section pattern, repeating itself over and over as the superior T1000 is kept at bay.

Future Wares

One of the main aims running through the game is to collect objects from the future because only with these can the doom of the future world be halted (yeah, we all remember that from the film, don't we?). Only when Termie has collected enough from each level can he progress.


Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Dire, awful, dreadful, utter pap... pick an adjective, any adjective as long as it means the pits of the earth, and apply it liberally to this game.

Graphically a joke, a shambles on the playability front - Termie jumps like a constipated bunny and hits like a baby and the motorbike sections are atrocious as you bounce about like a ping pong ball, usually in reverse.

I could go on and on but suffice to say. Acclaim has got to be barking to let something like this out because it is quite simply, the worst Megadrive game I've ever seen.


Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Ramming a brick into the brain would provide more pleasure than playing this game - it's sheer mental torture! The graphics are dreadful and this cart is to playability what a three-month kipper is to environmental concern.

It stinks! Players only need experience the T800's failed attempts at striking an enemy down even when standing almost on top of them to realise just how poorly the game plays.

The motorbike scenes are utter trash - whoever heard of a bike speeding in reverse? Rather than count sheep at night I now count the reasons why people should never buy this game.


Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Presentation 39%
Neat opening presentation and the digitised stills.

Graphics 16%
Utterly tragic - a child could almost certainly do better!

Sound 23%
Rotten psuedo-techno trashy music backs some equally sub-standard sound effects.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Playability 14%
The gameplay is so poor it's not funny.

Lastability 12%
Prolonged exposure to T2: Judgment Day is bad for the health.

Overall 15%
An outright disaster for Acclaim who ought to bin this title before anyone notices it exists.