Terminator 2: Judgement Day – The Blockbuster Re-envisioned Image

Terminator 2: Judgement Day – The Blockbuster Re-envisioned

By Chris Gore | May 27, 2021

Terminator is a big name franchise and remains one of the best known and profitable in blockbuster history. Since the release of the second film in 1991, Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day have been re-envisioned in many ways as fans continue to enjoy the film’s thrilling plot lines and its characters.

The franchise was developed by director and screenwriter James Cameron (who also wrote the film Avatar) and film producer Gale Anne Hurd in the 1980s. The storyline follows a total war between a self-aware military machine network of synthetic intelligence and a resistance force comprising the surviving members of the human race. 

The terminator model T-800 is one of the most well known in the series and is portrayed by world famous Austrian-American actor and former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Following the success of the first film, Terminator 2: Judgement Day was put into development on an impressively short timescale. 

In this action-packed sequel, after the plot to prevent John Connor from ever being born was defeated, the machines later try again using the more advanced T-1000 model. However, John has sent back a reprogrammed terminator to protect him. 

Sarah also uses the same defence and is eventually able to prevent Skynet from ever being invented. 

At the time this film was one of the most expensive to have ever been made, costing in the region of $94 to $102 million US dollars. On its release, Terminator Two was highly acclaimed and grossed a whopping $520 million US dollars globally.

This made it the highest ever grossing film until The Matrix took over in 2003. It has gone down in blockbuster history as one of the most highly anticipated films and most talked about franchises, even in the era before the World Wide Web, the media reported on Terminator and its success constantly.

For fans of the Terminator franchise, their love for it did not end after the final film’s release. The storyline and characters from it have been reenvisioned and adapted for other forms of entertainment, such as gaming.

Many different Terminator 2 games have been created, including online games, console games and even board games and gaming machines. 

Terminator fans who enjoy playing on online casino sites can even play a Terminator themed online slot game, you can find the Terminator 2 slot game at slots.info. Slot games are well known for the vibrant themes and and brilliant graphics and the Terminator slot is no exception to this.

Soon after the release of the second film, the plot was reimagined in the video console game named Terminator Two: Judgement Day (Ocean) in 1991. This game software could be played on all the popular nineties consoles including the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari, Commodore 64, DOS and the ZX Spectrum. 

Following the same plot as the movie, the player must save John Connor, leader of the human resistance, and his mother Sarah from the menacing terminator, the T-1000. A similar GameBoy game was released around the same time.

It isn’t just action and adventure games that have been inspired by Terminator 2, in 1992 a chess game ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day – Chess Wars’ came out and featured all of the characters from the film as chess pieces on the board. The game used the United States Chess Federation scale and had a variety of different settings and levels of difficulty for players to choose from.

Classic game fans who enjoyed the Terminator series were also pleased with the development of a Terminator Pinball machine, which featured film artwork and the face of the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger.

There have also been a variety of micro gaming machines, card games and even Terminator action figures that were popular with children in the late nineties and early noughties. These action figures are now valuable collectors items for film fans. 

The Terminator films, particularly Terminator 2: Judgement Day have achieved legendary status in the world of film and cinema. The Terminator character even features in the list of the 100 greatest screen heroes and villains of all time from the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Heroes and Villains. 

Although the original blockbuster is now a few decades old, it is still fondly remembered by the fans who watched it when it was first released. Now that the film has been envisioned in a number of ways, more audiences have been able to enjoy the action and thrill of this science fiction classic, allowing it to live on and not fade into history.

Who knows what exciting Terminator inspired creations are yet to make it to the market?

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