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Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri (DOS)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

I am acting! BostonGeorge (226) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
A great squad-based combat game with just one problem Roedie (5226) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Great action, good strategy and kickass gameplay! Aamir Alavi (5) unrated
One of the forgotten classics... Kasey Chang (3654) unrated
Out in the open air Ashley Pomeroy (233) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars
Classic Sci-Fi Fun Adam Baratz (1352) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Overall MobyScore (59 votes) 4.0

The Press Says

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PC Player (Germany)
Grafisch hätte Looking Glass mehr tun können, eigentlich müssen. Dafür gefällt mir die Handlung um so besser, wenngleich das Geschmackssache sein mag. Die Atmospähre stimmt zumindest, so daß ich gespannt auf den angekündigten Mehrspieler-Modus warte.
Coming Soon Magazine
After "Flight Unlimited" last summer, Looking Glass Technologies is back with their second title as a publisher, "Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri". Described as a 3D combat simulator, "Terra Nova" uses a first-person perspective view that will surprise many by its game play and graphics quality.
A breakthrough in outdoor 3-D action sims, Terra Nova gives mech games and flight sims something to aspire to.
PC Games (Germany)
Looking Glass hat es wieder einmal geschafft. Terra Nova reiht sich nahtlos in die Riege der zahlreichen Referenzspiele ein und zeigt, daß Actionspiele mit einem Schuß Strategie und Taktik noch viel mehr Spaß machen können. Die packende Hintergrundgeschichte und der rasante Spielablauf fesseln für lange Zeit vor den Bildschirm - und sobald der Multiplayer-Modus integriert worden ist, steht auch stundenlangen Netzwerk-Duellen nichts mehr im Wege.
PC Zone
Basically, Terra Nova is a good, fast-moving and atmospheric game - which is probably no surprise as it comes from the people who brought you System Shock. My only problem is that, despite the supposed pan-galactic nature of the thing, it's very American - the actors, the accents, even the fact that you get a medal just for being crap enough to get shot (which is very American). Still, you can't have everything.
PC Player (Brazil)
Terra Nova é um jogo de combate futurista, da Looking Glass Technologies. Nele, você é Nikola Ap Io, líder de uma infantaria de elite a Strike Force Centauri, protegida por Poderosas Armaduras de Batalha (Powered Battle Armor, PBA). Sua missão: proteger os Clãs Centauri de piratas.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Despite this, Looking Glass has once again upped the ante on a genre, as it did to dungeon hacks with UNDERWORLD and adventure games with SYSTEM SHOCK, by creating an entire environment for players. About the only reality quibble I had was that the game takes into account gravity effects for projectile weapons but nor air-density for energy weapons. Ultimately, TERRA NOVA succeeds because above all else, it conveys a real sense of being an armored soldier. Given that, seeing the whites of their eyes doesn't seem as important any more.
High Score
En gripande mix av action och strategi.
Computer Games Magazine
Terra Nova offers a wonderful variety of terrain, mission types, and scenarios. As a building block for a future multi-player addition, it has outstanding potential to be a network gamer's dream. Though the potential of the game still hasn't been fully tapped, I seriously hope Looking Glass will consider a Terra Nova 2, implementing even more terrain, battle equipment, and additional mission types. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to work on my tank-busting skills provided only with a croissant, a simple blowtorch, and those new killer drone packs they gave me a couple missions ago.
Power Play
Mit dem eher gemächlichen Action-Adventure „System Shock“ hat diese hektische Gefechtssimulation nichts mehr gemein. Hier fliegen so richtig die Fetzen. Der Schwierigkeitsgrad bleibt aber trotzdem moderat, denn die intelligenten Kriegerkollegen nehmen Euch den Großteil der Drecksarbeit ab. Die rege Kommunikation per Funk dient nicht nur der Information im Kampfgetümmel, sie ist auch der Atmosphäre zuträglich. Zwiespalt befällt mich bei der Grafik: Die sanft abgerundeten Berge und Täler der riesigen 3D-Landschaften sind definitiv prunkvoller als bei der gesamten Konkurrenz, aber über alles, was darauf kreucht und fleucht, hüllen wir lieber gnädig den Mantel des Schweigens. Eine längere Kampagne steht ebenso auf meinem Wunschzettel wie Missionen im Inneren von Gebäuden. Der von allen erwartete Superhit ist es nicht geworden, dennoch gehört „TN“ zu meinen Favoriten des Monats.
Probably the most unfortunate and even shocking aspect of this game is the complete lack of modem or network support. Looking Glass stated a while ago that a multiplayer add-on would appear soon, but has anybody seen it? As a single-player action game, I found Terra Nova: SFC to be well-designed and good for several hours of gaming, but the lack of multiplayer support is a glaring flaw. How popular would MechWarrior 2 have been without at least modem play capabilities? If you are looking for a solid single-player action title, Terra Nova is worth checking out. If going toe-to-toe in a little mechanized slaughterfest with your best friend is more your style, you may want to borrow this one, but not buy it. Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri receives a respectable, but "room-for-improvement" score of 71.
An diesem Spiel ist nichts, was wirklich hervorsticht und den Spieler packt. Das Beste am Spiel sind die Zwischenszenen, in denen gerenderte Charaktere und Fahrzeuge gezeigt werden, die einen zu den Missionen bringen und wieder zurückholen. Das besagt aber nicht viel. Ohne einfallsreiches (oder zumindest für Augen und Ohren gefälliges) Gameplay lohnt sich ein Spiel nicht. Animierte Zwischenszenen sollten zu einem Spiel beitragen, nicht das ganze Spiel ausmachen.