Review Information
Reviewer Name: Stan
Game Difficulty: Medium
Difficulty Options: True
Game Information
Full Title: T2: The Arcade Game
Year Released: 1993
Game Type: Shooting
Max Players: 1

Oh yeah, yeah oh yeah, here it is. This game is one of the harder to find releases for the SMS, but I really don't have a clue why. Most later releases are difficult to find due to small production numbers and general lack of interest, but there could also be something else I'm not aware of. Anyway, this is the Master System port of the arcade shoot the machinery blow-out from back in the day. During the late 80s and up through the late 90s, this kind of game was pretty popular in the arcades. Most people probably remember Operation Wolf, or Carnevil, or Mechanized Attack, or any one of many different games. Recently they've really seemed to fall out of popularity, and I can't really think of any new games of this type that have been released that anyone cares about.
Great, a shooting game. That's right, but wait, hold on a second, because you DON'T and CANNOT use your Light Phaser with this game. That probably seems conterintuitive, but there's a reason for it. First off, let me say that this DOES NOT take away from the gameplay whatsoever, the cursor you control moves way fast so you won't even notice the gun missing from your hands. You play the part of you know who and essentially run through levels that represent certain parts of the film. The game does a pretty good job of this, in fact it's basically the same set-up as the arcade. I do not remember everything from the original, so there may be a level or two missing due to the SMS not having enough storage for all of it, but I could be completely wrong, this is just to make mention of the fact that if this game is missing anything I'm not aware of it. More importantly, I don't care because it's so awesome. I heard lots of bad stuff about this game before I picked it up, and I assumed the worse, but was quite surprised with what I found. It's a great game. You move the cursor around blowing the crap out of everything, using missles, getting upgrades, getting life, protecting humans, and so forth. If you're familiar with the arcade (or any other ports), you know what to expect. If not, you'll get the hang of it. Just shoot everything that shoots at you.
Very nice, pretty damn true to the arcade for the SMS. This could have never been pulled off on something like the NES (compare Operation Wolf for both systems to get an idea), and it's really nice to see something like this for the Maseter System. I thought they were well done. Lot's of nice detail on the terminators, trucks, you name it.
Sound & Music
The music's a little bland, but I like it overall. It fits nicely and attempts to stay true to the original as much as possible on the SMS. I don't think they could have done any better. Some of the sound effects are funny and a kind of weak (like when an aircraft blows up, same sound as a terminator), but they're decent.
I was surprised with this. When I first put it in I had my Light Phaser all ready to go because I thought it would be used. Forgot that this game was set on rapid fire in the arcade and would be impossible to pull off with the phaser. When I saw that it was Control Pad only I thought oh great here we go, get ready for suckfect. I was wrong. The cursor moves FAST, it's almost hard to keep up with it. Not really, in fact it moves fast enough to get it where you need it to go when you need it to go there, and not fast enough that you can't keep track of what you're shooting at. It's set up well considering everything. I was impressed they pulled it off like this. One button shoots and the other fires off missles, that's all you need to know. The motion pad does the obvious.
Replay Value
Music & Sound
Replay Value
I unfortunately had to turn this game off to go lift after I had made it pretty far, and it seemed generally a medium difficulty run up to that point, so I left the difficult there in case that's what it's like throughout. It probably gets harder, but probably not enough to annoy the piss out of you. I definitely plan on coming back to this one sometime soon. In fact, after finishing another round of Tennis Ace tonight, I believe I will
In conclusion crawl across a desert to find this game. It doesn't pop up often, but when it does, be certain to get your hands on it. I don't know why there's so much mad lingo going around about this title, I think it's great. Not the best, but definitely worth it.
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