Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri is a 1996 tactical first-person
shooter video game developed and published by Looking Glass
Technologies. Set in the 24th century, the game follows a faction of
humans who colonize the Alpha Centauri star system to escape from a
totalitarian Earth government. The player assumes the role of Nikola ap
Io, the leader of an Alpha Centauri military unit, and undertakes
missions against pirates and the Hegemony. Terra Nova has been cited as
one of the first squad-oriented games with 3D graphics. Conceived by
Looking Glass after the completion of their first game, Ultima
Underworld: The Stygian Abyss, Terra Nova had a long and difficult
development process. Critical reception was highly positive. Reviewers
praised its tactical elements, and several compared it to the 1995 video
game MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat. However, reception of its
graphics was mixed, and many noted the game's steep system requirements.
Despite critical acclaim and sales above 100,000 units, the game was a
commercial failure as it did not recoup its development costs, and the
company cancelled plans for a sequel.
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King Henry VII of England issued letters patent to John Cabot
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Nicolaus Copernicus's De revolutionibus orbium coelestium,
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by the Roman Catholic Church.
Peninsular War: In the Battle of Barrosa, an Anglo-Spanish-
Portuguese force trying to lift the Siege of Cádiz was able to defeat a
French attack, although they were ultimately unable to break the siege
The Gloster Meteor (pictured), the first operational jet
fighter for the Allied Powers, had its first flight.
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