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- Terminal velocity -

After the incredible success of doom there were bound to be games that followed the same basic formula. Terminal velocity is a first person shooter but this time you don't control a person but a ship. The action plays out on the surface of several planets where you are given a number of different objectives like destroying a radar or a command center. Along the way you can pick up powerups and new weapons with which to defend against the hordes of enemy ships waiting for you.

You can start the game on any of the three worlds, the first of which was released as shareware, and you get only the ship with the most basic laser. Luckily this weapon has infinite ammo but it is not very powerfull so you'll soon have to find some better ones. There are 9 weapons in total ranging from xx to xx. Other things you can pick up are health (forgot what they are called) and xx. Many of these powerups are not located on the surface of the planet but in secret underground tunnels. From the surface they look like a landing pad but instead of landing you will go underground, there are plenty of obstacles there that you have to fly through and enemies as well but often there are good items to be had here.

The objectives that you have to complete are clearly shown on your radar as it always shows you the correct way to fly. Objectives are shown before the mission starts so you can view how they look, not all of them are single targets though as sometimes you have to take out all the intended targets like radar stations. All this is shown in a complete 3D environment with plenty of hills where enemies hide. Unlike some previous shooters the enemies are rendered in complete 3D as well mainly because there are no people but only ships and structures.

Terminal velocity is a game that even at the time of release was nothing revolutionary as most of the technical stuff like 3D ships had already been done before. There is also a highres mode but it didn't work on my PC but looking at similar games of the time you can get an idea of how it should look. That said as an action game it's not bad and it should keep you occupied for at least a while.

Overal rating: 7/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for one system here are some notes:
DOS Released in 1995.
Game has been tested but not completed on a DOS and Win2k PC.
In the game you can change options to speed up the game for slower PC's but I doubt you'll need them with today's fast computers.
BTW this is the shareware version.

Date added Jun-27-2005 20:19
Name Terminal velocity
Developer Terminal reality inc.
Publisher 3D Realms
First released 1995
Genre Action
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Download MS-DOS, filesize: 3699 Kb
Manual No manual available
Solve / Docs No solve available
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