||(DOS) (Jewel Case) (TERRANOVPJ)
Teenage Advisory Animated Violence
90% from PC Gamer -
4 stars from CD-ROM Today
4 1/2 stars from PC
4 stars from Multimedia World
B+ from PC Games
Strike Force Centauri
How did the world get so ugly so fast? We were almost there,
and then Gomez got scragged by a heavy turret and Slugger learned the
difference between horseshoes and hand grenades. That left Rossi and me.
"There's the dropship!" Rossi screams.
"We're outta here, Nik!"
"Rossi, wait!" But it's too late. A particle beam turns
Rossi into a smear on the landscape. The pirate sniper makes a quick sprint for
cover... not quick enough.
"Get aboard, Nikola!" your radio squawks. Suddenly, a
hulking tank crests the hill launching a deadly hail of missiles at your
The radio crackles: "Nikola? Nikola, are you there? Come in
Suit up in Scout, Standard or Heavy Hi-Tech Powered Battle
Armor depending upon your mission. Each suit is bristling with particle beams,
grenade launchers, missiles, thermal disruptors, jumpjets, recon drones, mine
layers, and other deadly tools of your trade.
Take charge of a crack unit of Strike Force commandos
trained to follow your lead. Assemble mission specific teams to face an
increasingly cunning foe. Employ "fire and maneuver", diversions and other
squad combat tactics. Send individual team members on special missions; or,
sometimes, simply trust your buddies to get you out of hot water.
Move out into a fully rendered 3D outdoor environment. Fight
your way through richly detailed worlds with realistic terrain and stunning
atmospheric effects: rain falls, lightning strikes and clouds race across alien
skies. Experience the shattering reality of 3D Q-Sound audio and a driving
musical score. See the drama of the campaign unfold in full motion video
Kick butt across the bloody battlefields of four unique
worlds where only your "combat smarts" will buy the squad a ticket home. With
39 missions plus a scenario editor for creating your own combat adventures,
Terra Nova grabs hold and doesn't let go.
Pentium 60 or better, 2X CD-ROM drive, MS-DOS 5.0 or
higher, 8 MB RAM, 30 MB hard drive space, 256 color 640x480 VESA SVGA,
Microsoft or 100% compatible mouse; Sound cards: Soundblaster, SBPro, SB16,
AWE32, Ensoniq Soundspace, Gravis Ultrasound.
CD-ROM Today, June 1996
"Terra Nova from Looking Glass Technologies is on terra
firma. This splendid, Pentium-only action game of futuristic, squad-level
combat isn't so much Breach 3 as it is Breach 3D. Your command a squad of up to
four specialists that moves and fights in 3D over uneven terrain, in variable
weather and against increasingly uncomfortable odds."
PC Entertainment, May 1996
"It's really the compelling story that separates Terra Nova
from similar titles like Activision's Mech Warrior 2, which, while an excellent
game, has essentially no story at all. Video sequences spread throughout Terra
Nova's 37 missions advance the plot and reveal your squadmates' secrets. Though
the sequences, are, for the most part, badly overacted, they do draw you into
the game and make you want to finish it."
"Fortunately, a brilliantly simple user interface helps make
that goal possible. You view all the action through the heads-up display (HUD)
inside the helmet of your PBA. By clicking on a few icons on the screen, you
can switch weapons in an instant, check on your status or the situation of your
squad-mates, issue a variety of orders, call up the mission map, or magnify
"Awesome sound effects also help offset the graphical
shortcomings. Audio effects such as drop ships taking off and landing,
artillery barrages, and thunderstorms will blow you away. The addition of a
scenario editor that lets you create your own missions is another nice
"The worst thing I can say about Terra Nova is that there's
no network play. For that you'll have to wait for a sequel. Until then, if
you've been looking for a good first-person, real-time combat simulator, Terra
Nova can't be beat. Period."
PC Gamer, October 1995
"Terra Nova is an entire world, built in exceptional detail
by the design team. Gameplay takes place in the early 24th century on a planet
called Centari, but the story begins two centuries earlier, when the Earth
government, called the Hegemony, seeks to impose its will on the colonies that
populate the outlying planets; and naturally, these colonies resist. Most
noxious of all to the colonists is the Hegemony's belief that strife and unrest
are caused by cultural differences - and their totalitarian efforts to repress
culture at all costs."
The force called Strike Force Centari, that the colonies
create is deployed to engage piracy wherever it proves too powerful for the
local forces to deal with. "The player assumes the role of a field commander,
leader of a highly trained and armed squad of troopers."
"In building this detailed cultural and historical backdrop,
the Terra Nova team invested considerable time and effort. But the time spent
creating a full-blooded, complex world will pay off in the end."
Multimedia World, May 1996
"If you like the 3-D graphics of games like MechWarrior 2 or
Magic Carpet, you'll love Glass Technologies' Terra Nova. Part first-person
robotic shooter (a la Mech Warrior) and part squad-based tactical combat sim
(X-Com and Jagged Alliance), this game provides spectacular 3-D environments
that let you see all the way to the horizon."
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