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Sega Ages: Terminator Games

Sega Ages: Terminator Games

Everyone should have believed him when he said “I’ll be back.” Now, Terminator: Salvation has finally hit theaters, and this latest outing seeks to reinvigorize the franchise and kick off a new trilogy. We finally get to see John Conner kick some ass, but what about all the other times Skynet has mangled the time stream, and John was a either whiny little kid or just a faint glimmer in his momma’s eye? There have been several game versions of the first two films on the Genesis and Sega CD, and staff writer Tom Briggs takes a look back at all of them in another installment of Sega Ages. So grab a phased plasma rifle in the 40 gigawatt range, and take on the machines!

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Robocop vs. the Terminator

Robocop vs. the Terminator

Crossovers can be hit or miss. Few of them are great, and even fewer are successful enough to warrant merchandizing. Dark Horse’s Robocop vs. Terminator comic was one that not only brought together two of Hollywood’s most beloved action franchises, but it did it so well that it became an instant classic. Video games were commissioned, and the Genesis got a version that’s as long as it is brutally hard. This one’s not for the squeamish or the easily frustrated, so which one are you?

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Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Terminator 2: Judgement Day

When Arnold said that he’d be back, he didn’t necessarily mean in a good game. Flying Edge’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day had the player take on the dream roll of the Governator himself, as he strove to save John Conner from the more advanced T-1000. With sluggish gameplay, outrageous mission objectives, and some of the most obnoxious bikers ever to curse a video game, it’s amazing the world didn’t end up as one big radioactive crater. Still, there are enough good points to at least keep you plugging away for a while.

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Terminator 2: The Arcade Game

Terminator 2: The Arcade Game

So your Menacer is collecting dust, and you’re wondering why the heck you got one in the first place. Though unlikely, it’s possible that you let Terminator 2: The Arcade Game slip under your radar. A pretty decent conversion of the arcade hit, it’s actually quite playable with Sega’s unwieldy weapon of light, and it’s quite inexpensive nowadays.

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Terminator

Terminator

Virgin Games was entrusted with bringing to the Genesis James Cameron’s apocalyptic vision of a man fighting to avoid the death of the one person who could prevent world domination by ruthless machines. In addition to the cartridge game, versions of Terminator were released for the Sega CD and Game Gear, both of which turned out pretty darn good.

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