Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Game Gear

Review by Will Matson

Flying Edge


Graphics: 3

Sound: 2

Gameplay: 2

Overall: 2

This is a poor game for the Sega Game Gear (not an uncommon thing among the library). It's as simple as that. Some of the other Terminator games (for different systems) were quite adequate but this one doesn't make the grade.

For starters, the graphics are poor. They are not even up to the standards of the Gameboy (original) or the NES. You may say, 'so what?' It becomes more noticeable when you remember the Game Gear has similar capabilities to the Sega Master System, a machine technically superior to either of those systems (GB/NES). Then again, this is commonplace among the Game Gear library. In "T2: Judgement Day", the characters are very small and there is a lot of repetition among the enemies you will face. As you might expect (not just from reading the score, but being a Game Gear owner...) the music is weak and totally forgettable, despite being repetitive. Ditto for the sound effects.

The control isn't so bad but that doesn't mean a thing. The difficulty level is ramped up very high. In fact, I never made it further than five minutes into the game. Each time after a couple scenes, I am always killed off by a very large enemy. I have not found a way to stop him (and never will, I pawned the game off). It doesn't matter since I was not having any fun beforehand.

This is a very weak side scroller. In the end, this game is just another weak movie tie-in. On top of that, it seems like a lot of these weak tie-in's are put together by companies such as Acclaim, Flying Edge (Acclaim bought them out, right?) and Ocean. Giving a personal opinion, I always thought the Game Gear had a weak library and this just reinforces it.


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Last updated: Sunday, October 02, 2005 08:29 PM