The Terminator, Megadrive/Genesis

This 1992 release from Virgin Games is one of a number of video game adaptations of James Cameron‘s famous 1984 sci-fi film, The Terminator.

This particular adaptation was developed by British company Probe Software and is a fairly standard – though fun and playable – run and gun game, flicking through all the major settings of the movie with cut scenes in-between.

The game begins in the future (Los Angeles 2029), with Kyle Reece being chased by Hunter Killers (and weird, yellow Arnie-style T800s) as he tries to make his way to a lab complex. He only has grenades at his disposal to begin with (disappointing!) but can pick up timed bombs and a machine gun as he progresses.

The middle levels take place in Los Angeles 1984 and Reece this time only has a shotgun. There’s a police chase (where he has to gun down a lot of cops – not in the film), and then a short section in Tech Noir (the club where The Terminator first sees Sarah Connor). After that there’s the Police Station and a frantic battle with the T800, before the last level – set in the Cyberdyne factory – where you have to lure The Terminator into a crusher to destroy him.

Brad Fiedel‘s iconic Terminator soundtrack is great in this. Graphically: the game’s not great, but it’s not bad either. The Terminator is also quite a short game, but is reasonable fun for a while. It is certainly not the best Terminator game ever made, but neither is it the worst. It’s a middle-of-the-road run-and-gunner.

More: The Terminator on Wikipedia

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