Hack Showcase: T2 Arcade Remix & Macross Scrambled Valkyrie Overtech (SNES)

Hack Showcases and RPG Hack Showcases are a series where I show off various game and rpg hacks. I try to stick with hacks that improve gameplay or add quality of life features, completely or partially change the plot and characters, along with additional content, dialogue, graphical and sound improvements. Non-rpgs I try to give a full run to, or at least enough for a solid review. Rpgs I will stick with titles that have enough changes in the beginning to show off, and when I can, show parts later in the games where more differences appear. There may be spoilers in the reviews and videos. Some of these I may stream fully in the future or play on my own. Reviews are open to later revisions due to bug and content updates or me playing them and finding anything new I wish to bring up.

Note: Seeing how I streamed both games together, I kept the gameplay video together along with this double review.

T2 Arcade Remix is another great game hack from BillyTime! Games! This hack tones down the difficulty of T2 The Arcade game and makes a number of changes to make the game more welcoming to newer and veteran players:

  • Infinite Continues
  • John Connors Truck is now invincible in Stage 3
  • The Swat Van is now Invincible in Stage 6
  • Gunpower for both Player 1 and 2 regenerate faster
  • Less Cyberdyne Items need to be destroyed on Stage 5 to obtain the good ending.
  • Damage Upgrade is available until end of the level once obtained.

SO HOW IS IT? Playing this was the first time I had Played T2 in a long time, having loved playing it in arcades (I don’t remember if I have this for MAME) and on the Genesis, and never getting past the Stage 3 with John Conner’s truck. Having the truck in Stage 3 and the SWAT van in Stage 6 invincible really cuts down on the stress while you’re fighting off other enemies. This was my first time getting past Stage 3 and seeing how the rest of the game played out!

I’m not sure what the normal amount you have to destroy in Cyberdyne is but having it reduced down lets you mow down more enemies instead of having to worry about destroying objects and makes a tough level easier. Regenerating gunfire helps a lot since there’s nothing worse with your gun slowing down and you’re trying to beat down Terminators, SWAT or the T-1000 in the liquid nitrogen level. Infinite continues is basically the same as having a jar full of quarters when you go to the arcade to play this, or just playing it on MAME.

I really recommend this if you’re a fun of T2 The Arcade Game and want the game balanced out more, instead of feeling like a quarter munching port of the arcade game. I had a blast streaming this one!


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