Terminator 2 review - Nintendo Entertainment System
Los Angeles may once have been a vast, sprawling built-up area humming with activity. But after August 29 1997, it's an unforgiving desert littered with burnt-out debris caused by the nuclear war called Judgement Day. From the ashes of the atomic blast rose the Hunter Killer and Terminator machines, manufactured by the megalomaniacal computer Skynet. Their purpose was simple: to eliminate Skynet's only remaining enemies, the survivors of the holocaust.
Unfortunately, Skynet's plans were foiled by one man, John Connor. He banded the survivors together and launched a devastating counter-attack against Skynet, destroying its main control complex. Almost crippled, Skynet attempted one last desperate gambit. It sent two Terminator machines back in time to destroy John Connor's very existence and thus change the future. In both cases, Connor was able to send a lone warrior back through time to counter the menace.
The first Terminator was sent back to 1984, with John's mother, Sarah, targeted for termination. It failed. The second, deadlier T-1000 machine (that can mimic the appearance of just about anything it touches) was sent back to strike at John Connor himself when he was still a child. In a bid to protect his past from this horrific machine, Connor captures and reprograms a Cyberdyne Systems model 101 Terminator, similar to the one sent to pursue Sarah Connor in 1984. Its mission: to protect the would-be world Saviour...
What the Mean Machines staff thought
It's a complete mystery to me why the programmers of this didn't copy the game design of the Gameboy version. Its varied, multi-level gameplay follows the plot of the film perfectly and makes for a gripping, atmospheric game. This Nintendo version undoubtedly looks and sounds very slick, but features different gameplay which has less levels and variety than the Gameboy version! It's fairly fun to play, but when it comes down to it, Nintendo T2 is a very standard platform game and its five levels offer only a moderate challenge and feature little in the way of thrills and spills - a real shame when you consider the immense potential given by the film's unbelievable out-and-out action! There are plenty of better platform games available on the NES, so unless you're absolutely desperate for a T2 game, shop around before you buy.
After the pretty excellent Gameboy version of Terminator 2, I was expecting a more in-depth, colour version of the same game for the trusty ol' Nintendo. I ended up being rather disappointed. Although there are five levels, there are only three different styles of play - with none of them being that interesting. The most common is a simple search through a platform environment, shooting people who get in the way. At the beginning and end of the game you're treated to dull platform action, where the Terminator indulges in limited fist-related beat 'em up action. Perhaps the most impressive level is the isometric 3D flood channel stage - but this does not take too long to complete at all. As a film tie-in, T2 is extremely disappointing, with too few stages that just aren't varied or exciting enough to make the game worthwhile.
Laurie - 05 Sep 2008, 12:24 GMT
Mean Machines were on the ball when it came to Terminator 2 the movie: remember the editorial notifying the readership of the release of the superb film months in advance? Or giving away a genuine film t-shirt as a prize. (Who won that by the way? A reader from Poole c/o Quay Amusements perhaps?) I remember renting this at the time (50p per day) and completing it within that day but I seem to recall that it was quite fun nonetheless. I suspect this was partly because it was the time of the movie playing in cinemas. I propose, therefore, that this was a film and game of it's time that should be left there in the interests of preserving my rose tinted spectacles (as I only have one pair left.)