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Terminator 2: Judgement Day

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Genre: Shoot-’em-up

Format reviewed: SNES

Publisher: Ljn

Submitted by: James Evans

Ok so I know this game is universally disliked but as a kid and a massive fan of the film I loved it.

The screen shot depicts the game – side scroller, shoot and punch stuff, impossible difficulty, try not to die, die, do it all again. Simple stuff.

You start as in the film – arse naked as you go into the bar and then the clothes happen. All you can do is punch until you find the various guns so you need to be good at ducking knives and fists. You have a computer effeciency % at the top of the screen that lets you know when you've been battered.

For some inane reason (and this is most definately down to the designers being lazy and the game being a bit watery thin) you have to collect several boxes sent from the future in order to progress. Easily done in level one…

In between each level is a bike level that is impossible to control – even more so when being chased. So in that respect its bobbins.

The game does have nice touches – John Connors house (lv2) you can burst in setting the alarm off, which calls the police and the T-1000 or you can shoot the alarm for silent entry. Depending on the level you also have followers such as the Connors to assist and the sprites all look faithful. The T-1000 is most impressive. Blast away with bullets and watch him split apart, riddled with bulletholes before he eventually returns.

The game is fun if you stick with it. It is marred by its unforgiving difficulty – but it has to be hard because you would clock it in 20 minutes otherwise. The plus side though is that John Connor does die alot. Whingey bastard.