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    This was a good port. The only reason to play it over the MAME emulator version is because it is fair on the Genesis and not a quarter stealer like on MAME.
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    Oh yeah I remember this game since I had it. It was interesting whenever I had some friend over we would play it and always beat it. I was the only one who could beat the game because in the stage when you are trying to protect the truck I had it memorized from which side the drones are coming which was crucial and I could never beat this game alone.
    But I also remember one day some friend in school (who didn't own any gaming console) told me about the cheat in this game when you enter some moves in intro section and you get to skip levels but I don't get how did he found out about it? I mean how did these things like cheats got revealed to people in pre-internet era? Was it in gaming magazines? Or conventions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Sagan View Post
    Oh yeah I remember this game since I had it. It was interesting whenever I had some friend over we would play it and always beat it. I was the only one who could beat the game because in the stage when you are trying to protect the truck I had it memorized from which side the drones are coming which was crucial and I could never beat this game alone.
    But I also remember one day some friend in school (who didn't own any gaming console) told me about the cheat in this game when you enter some moves in intro section and you get to skip levels but I don't get how did he found out about it? I mean how did these things like cheats got revealed to people in pre-internet era? Was it in gaming magazines? Or conventions?
    Most of us kids in the pre-internet era got cheats for games from magazines of the day then passed them around at school.

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    Did anyone play this game with "menacer"?

    WTF is that? It always reminded me of some sort of Star Trek ship. How good was playing game with that?

    I remember I once borrowed "Lethal Enforcers" game from videostore that came with that blue gun and T2 wouldn't play with it Too bad it was so localized.

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    This was a game I was particularly excited for since I loved the arcade game, and it didn't disappoint. I do remember the truck level being the toughest (which oddly comes near the begining of the game), but I was able to eventually beat it. At the time, it definitely felt nice to be able to play this game at home.

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    so the justifier doesn't work with this game? what about the light phaser? or those chinese ones that look like a PPK?

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    More Justifier support would have been great, as it is though, I loved lethal enforcers 1&2. Too bad though, T2 with the Justifier would have been great.

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    Never had a Menacer or a Justifier, but man, even with my trusty pad this thing was a FUCKING BLAST and still is! I remember passing the truck level when I was a little child (last time I tried, I wasn't able to). Good graphics, nice music (Matt Furniss, baby!) non-stop action and a hard but relatively forgiving difficulty level for a game that still makes my adrenaline boil, just like the last iterations of Doom and Uncharted, games made to feel almost like a VR experience, do, maybe even more!

    And like somebody sayes here, I think this game is superior to the arcade version. I tried it with MAME and, well, let's say I find it dissapointing. Too Midway for my tastes.

    Edit: How in the world could have I mistaken "level" for "scene"? Maybe I was thinking about "act" and...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigladiesman View Post
    Never had a Menacer or a Justifier, but man, even with my trusty pad this thing was a FUCKING BLAST and still is! I remember passing the truck scene when I was a little child (last time I tried, I wasn't able to). Good graphics, nice music (Matt Furniss, baby!) non-stop action and a hard but relatively forgiving difficulty level for a game that still makes my adrenaline boil, just like the last iterations of Doom and Uncharted, games made to feel almost like a VR experience, do, maybe even more!

    And like somebody sayes here, I think this game is superior to the arcade version. I tried it with MAME and, well, let's say I find it dissapointing. Too Midway for my tastes.
    Interesting take on the game.

    And yes, Matt Furniss, baby. I will always remember this guy's name for the excellent MK1 music he created on Genesis.

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    The soundtrack to this game is indeed awesome it has to be said. A great port of the excellent coin-op that plays great using the joypad and I imagine it is even better with the Menacer! I must pick up a Menacer one of these days...

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    This gets an 8 while Revolution X gets a 3? Hmm. Personally I think Rev X is the better game (crappy music in the Genesis/MD version aside), but both would be around the 6 mark for me. I do like this game but some things about it feel a little unpolished or limited by using an 8Mb ROM.

    I like the soundtrack in this, although it's got the classic Matt Furniss thing where it's not even trying to sound like the arcade soundtrack. That's probably for the best though. It's missing most of the sampled sound effects from the arcade version, which is a bummer, although the ROM size probably limited what could be done. Revolution X did a much better job with the sampled sound but came out a few years later and had a ROM four times the size.


    What bugs me more is that they took most of the digitized sprites from the arcade game and replaced them with hand drawn ones. Okay, colour limitations might have been an issue but surely an attempt to keep at least some of them could have been made; the redrawn close up T1000 in particular looks kind of ass. What's odd is that they kept exactly one digitized sprite, adult John Connor, and it does look kind of rough but I think I'd rather have had rough looking digitized sprites than cartoony ones. There were a few missing graphical effects that should have been possible to implement too, like the whole screen going red when the Terminator analyses John Connor. That should have just been a palette change of the backgrounds, shouldn't it? Oh, and somehow they managed to misspell the Cryoco truck logo as Croyco. I might be being picky but I think it could have been more faithful than it was without a bigger ROM.

    Another thing that's not so great is that the game's kind of easy when you realise a couple of things in the third level: the Terminators don't hurt the truck and the hunter killers always follow the same pattern. Either save up the rockets from the previous levels and spam the top of the screen or learn the HK's pattern and you're gold. You might lose a continue for doing so, but you can ignore the Terminators.

    Overall I think it's an decent adaptation of the arcade game that plays well, but it's quite severely watered down.

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    The SNES port makes the Genesis version its bitch. The Genesis game is still fun and all, but the SNES game is far more faithful to the arcade. Given the choice between the two home ports, there's no contest.

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