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Terminator 2: The Arcade Game Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . He said he would be back! Continuing our week-long look at Terminator and RoboCop games, we're bringing you Terminator 2: The Arcade Game. Who knew this Game Gear product could be so much fun? Find out what Cyril thinks when you read his full review of Terminator 2: The Arcade Game for the Sega Game Gear! Rating: 64%
Terminator 2: The Arcade Game
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In all the years I've been playing video games, I've found that light shooters make very bad portable experiences. It's not just the tiny graphics on the small screen; it's also the fact that you don't have a light gun. This is a genre that prides itself on being as shallow as possible, to the point where a fake plastic gun is normally the only good thing about the game. Terminator 2: The Arcade Game should be a colossal failure that nobody dares bring up in polite company, and yet it turns out to be a rock solid port for the Game Gear.

There's no reason Terminator 2: The Arcade Game should work on Sega's portable. For one thing, the arcade original wasn't that great. Oh sure, it looked good and featured digitized versions of the lead actors, but there wasn't much to it and the action was instantly forgettable. Yet, on the Game Gear it's surprisingly intense, will a lengthy quest and a variety of cool looking backgrounds.

Terminator 2: The Arcade Game (Game Gear)

Much like The Terminator on Sega CD, T2: The Arcade Game takes us from the post-apocalyptic future to Las Angeles in the mid-1990s. No matter where you are, the object is always the same: SHOOT! This is nothing more than a shooting gallery that occasionally scrolls to the right. You're on rails, interacting with whatever jumps in front of you.

In arcades (and on the Genesis), Terminator 2 would have been controlled with a gun. Many cabinets offered a mini-gun to wrap your hands around, an authentic weapon that offered force feedback. On the Genesis this game offered a convincing argument for the Menacer, Sega's transforming light gun peripheral. And yet, even without the fake plastic arsenal, I'm most impressed with this Game Gear version.

Terminator 2: The Arcade Game (Game Gear)

For one thing, the controls aren't nearly as bad as I feared. In fact, I the game handles surprisingly well, all things considered. Plus, the action is intense, especially on the little screen. There's always something going on and it doesn't let up through the game's eight stages. The game can't come close to matching the arcade's graphics, but it does a better job than I expected. This is easily the most action-packed Game Gear title I've played.

As good as the port is, this is still a shallow shooter missing a light gun. It comes real close to making me forget about the arcade's fake plastic uzi, but I can't get over the lack of depth. On the other hand, this is a fun ride while it lasts. In the end, Terminator 2: The Arcade Game is significantly better than it needs to be.
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