Exciting and complex shooter
Terra Nova is a squad-based tactical shooter that plays like a mix of Rainbow Six and MechWarrior and provides an excellent mix of fast-paced combat action and complex tactical gameplay. Set in the far-flung future of the 24th Century, the game sees colonists battling against both pirates and a totalitarian government in their struggle for survival. The player is thrust into the role of the leader of a military unit who is armed with a hi-tech battle-suit packed with gadgets and weapons. Accompanying you into battle are your similarly-equipped squadmates and who can each be given orders as your mission unfolds and who each have specialities like weapons, repairs or demolitions. The missions themselves are quite varied, and include full-on assaults, rescues and surveillance and prior to starting, you can outfit your team in the most appropriate manner, choosing from a good range of weapons and equipment. Terra Nova stands up pretty well now, with fast-paced and exciting gameplay that is more complex than your average FPS thanks to the squad-based and tactical elements. The scenarios and environments are all varied enough to maintain your interest for some time, with the free form nature of the missions providing plenty of replay value. Graphics are solid rather than spectacular now, but are certainly atmospheric enough and really there isn't much to find fault with here. If you're in the market for an action packed sci-fi shooter with a bit of depth, you can't go wrong with Terra Nova.