The highly anticipated sci-fi action first person shooter N.O.V.A. - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance [App Store] was released mere moments ago much to the excitement of forum members in the NOVA thread. With a single player campaign that reportedly takes around 8 hours to finish, four player online multiplayer, and online leaderboards tracking performance both in game and (apparently coming soon) on the NOVA web site, NOVA does not disappoint.

We'll have a review out shortly, in the meantime, check out the thread in our forums, with posts regarding the American release starting here.

App Store Link: N.O.V.A. - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, $6.99

  • xdanleex

    DUDE ITS OUT AND SOO AWESOME! LETS GO BLOW OFF SOME ALIENS

  • http://apperizer.com AlexisV

    My God. It is a beauty of a game.

  • xdanleex

    DUDE ITS OUT AND SOO AWESOME! LETS GO BLOW OFF SOME ALIENS

  • http://apperizer.com AlexisV

    My God. It is a beauty of a game.

  • Narziss

    DOWNLOADING!!!!!!!!!!111111

  • Narziss

    DOWNLOADING!!!!!!!!!!111111

  • MicroByte

    So far it's great! I'm actually taking a break to load my Halo soundtracks onto my iPod Touch. LOL, might as well since it feels like a portable version of the game and has in game custom music ability! :)

  • MicroByte

    So far it's great! I'm actually taking a break to load my Halo soundtracks onto my iPod Touch. LOL, might as well since it feels like a portable version of the game and has in game custom music ability! :)

  • AC

    Awesome, I have been checking on the status of this since I saw the gameplay trailer. Downloading now, I can't wait to try it!

  • AC

    Awesome, I have been checking on the status of this since I saw the gameplay trailer. Downloading now, I can't wait to try it!

  • Narziss

    Join the NOVA CHAT!!

    http://xat.com/novafps

  • Narziss

    Join the NOVA CHAT!!

    http://xat.com/novafps

  • Sho

    Hmm... playing it atm. Not as superfantastic-omg-omg-toast as expected.
    Features that should be there.. Melee, and Ironsight.
    Like the level design though and still... Impressed that this is on an iPhone.

    • Mr Slinky Spring

      And that it costs roughly the same as a blow job in Mongolia

  • Sho

    Hmm... playing it atm. Not as superfantastic-omg-omg-toast as expected.
    Features that should be there.. Melee, and Ironsight.
    Like the level design though and still... Impressed that this is on an iPhone.

    • Mr Slinky Spring

      And that it costs roughly the same as a blow job in Mongolia

  • jeffyg3

    Downloading now. Hopefully the multiplayer will be good and not unbalanced and crappy like Eliminate.

  • jeffyg3

    Downloading now. Hopefully the multiplayer will be good and not unbalanced and crappy like Eliminate.

  • jeffyg3

    Good game so far...but god damnit Gameloft! Where's the inverted controls!!?!?!! This is a critical option all FPS games should have, what were you thinking? Or maybe it's available and I'm not seeing this option

    • tadad1

      If you mean flipping the screen try Options>Advanced>Orientation.

      • jeffyg3

        I meant inverted look controls. I've been playing with inverted look controls on FPS games since I was little, it's very awkward playing with non-inverted look controls. I can live with it for now, but I hope Gameloft puts inverted in their next update.

  • jeffyg3

    Good game so far...but god damnit Gameloft! Where's the inverted controls!!?!?!! This is a critical option all FPS games should have, what were you thinking? Or maybe it's available and I'm not seeing this option

    • tadad1

      If you mean flipping the screen try Options>Advanced>Orientation.

      • jeffyg3

        I meant inverted look controls. I've been playing with inverted look controls on FPS games since I was little, it's very awkward playing with non-inverted look controls. I can live with it for now, but I hope Gameloft puts inverted in their next update.

  • AC

    Game runs extremely smooth on my 3GS. I do wish that it had vehicles like Halo does, but considering that Halo will never come out on the iPhone and this is a good clone, it's hard to complain too much. I've not played any other shooter on the iPhone, but I find these controls to be pretty good. Good job, Gameloft :).

    • Adams Immersive

      I think I saw a Warthog-like gunner scene in the trailer. Maybe there’s a scene or two like that? (Or maybe you’re not driving, but gunning on rails a la Quake 4?)

      BTW, what’s the aiming control? Can you put your thumb anywhere, like Elinimate? I greatly prefer that kind of FPS aiming: it’s like a laptop trackpad.

  • MrSpud

    Link doesn't work at the moment...

    • MrSpud

      Edit: Works now!

  • AC

    Game runs extremely smooth on my 3GS. I do wish that it had vehicles like Halo does, but considering that Halo will never come out on the iPhone and this is a good clone, it's hard to complain too much. I've not played any other shooter on the iPhone, but I find these controls to be pretty good. Good job, Gameloft :).

    • Adams Immersive

      I think I saw a Warthog-like gunner scene in the trailer. Maybe there’s a scene or two like that? (Or maybe you’re not driving, but gunning on rails a la Quake 4?)

      BTW, what’s the aiming control? Can you put your thumb anywhere, like Elinimate? I greatly prefer that kind of FPS aiming: it’s like a laptop trackpad.

  • MrSpud

    Link doesn't work at the moment...

    • MrSpud

      Edit: Works now!

  • Aaron

    The single player is really eight hours? Wow.

    • Adams Immersive

      And I play on the slow/cautious side, so I’d get more :) AND there’s multiplayer. Not bad for the price of a soggy sandwich.

  • Aaron

    The single player is really eight hours? Wow.

    • Adams Immersive

      And I play on the slow/cautious side, so I’d get more :) AND there’s multiplayer. Not bad for the price of a soggy sandwich.

  • Druid

    Just finished 2 missions (1 is training). The game is so damn good, even in training you won't be bored since there are real enemies.

  • Druid

    Just finished 2 missions (1 is training). The game is so damn good, even in training you won't be bored since there are real enemies.

  • Chris

    Has Gameloft ever made a compelling game? The trailer depicts yet another bland and rushed (albeit fairly good looking) cash cow. Am I jaded? Perhaps. But they have the funding and developers to make great stuff. Based on what I've seen though, this will be one more offering that'll bore within an hour.

    • Anon

      Sheesh, enough with this incessant Gameloft bashing already. Your comment can't be taken seriously if you think Gameloft hasn't released even one compelling game. Gameloft may not be the maker of "original" games, but at least give them sone credit for bringing clones of popular games that are reasonably well-made and offer huge bang for the bucks. If the original makers aren't going to bring their games to the app store, then I say more power to Gameloft.

      • Chris

        Huge bang for the buck? They are some of the most expensive and least original offerings in the App Store. I'm all for competition; I hope they make a fortune. Their success will only bring more developers and better games. But come on - the fare is lackluster at best. Graphics and length do not equate with quality. Every GL title I've purchased is tiresome and generic. It looks like they have a great business model, but dedicated iPhone game sites and (apparently) savvy consumers shouldn't suckle at their uninspiring teat.

  • Chris

    Has Gameloft ever made a compelling game? The trailer depicts yet another bland and rushed (albeit fairly good looking) cash cow. Am I jaded? Perhaps. But they have the funding and developers to make great stuff. Based on what I've seen though, this will be one more offering that'll bore within an hour.

    • Anon

      Sheesh, enough with this incessant Gameloft bashing already. Your comment can't be taken seriously if you think Gameloft hasn't released even one compelling game. Gameloft may not be the maker of "original" games, but at least give them sone credit for bringing clones of popular games that are reasonably well-made and offer huge bang for the bucks. If the original makers aren't going to bring their games to the app store, then I say more power to Gameloft.

      • Chris

        Huge bang for the buck? They are some of the most expensive and least original offerings in the App Store. I'm all for competition; I hope they make a fortune. Their success will only bring more developers and better games. But come on - the fare is lackluster at best. Graphics and length do not equate with quality. Every GL title I've purchased is tiresome and generic. It looks like they have a great business model, but dedicated iPhone game sites and (apparently) savvy consumers shouldn't suckle at their uninspiring teat.

  • Deewin

    Ok I was going to buy this game but then I saw metal slug touch to the right of my comment! Decisions, Decisions....

    • David Stephens

      hehe, ok you got me. I thought wow there must be something even better over there next to his comment named "Metal Slug".

      After watching the video I now realise you were pulling our leg.

      Thanks for the giggle :)

  • Deewin

    Ok I was going to buy this game but then I saw metal slug touch to the right of my comment! Decisions, Decisions....

    • David Stephens

      hehe, ok you got me. I thought wow there must be something even better over there next to his comment named "Metal Slug".

      After watching the video I now realise you were pulling our leg.

      Thanks for the giggle :)

  • alxcoolastru

    Playing it now, dang a mindblowing game very, very impresive on my 3GS !!!

  • alxcoolastru

    Playing it now, dang a mindblowing game very, very impresive on my 3GS !!!

  • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

    Wow...This game feels like a steal at $6.99!! Really this just might be the best looking iPhone game I've ever seen! Just the level of polish that went into this thing is amazing. Yes, it's a shameless Halo clone...but it has just set the bar for iPhone games to come.

    I'm glad I caved in and let the hype get to me. I'm not even a big FPS fan but I love this game. The controls are miles better than Eliminate... I don't feel like I'm fighting with the game. Everything works like it should.

    Seriously it's 1:55am and I'm tempted to stay up all night playing this. Bravo Gameloft! If Microsoft was smart they would have them make a Halo game for the Zune HD (Since Microsoft wouldn't make a game for the appstor). Give them a bigger budget and a little more time and they could make something great. This game is already great but I think they could do even better.

    Anyway I'm done gushing...

  • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

    Wow...This game feels like a steal at $6.99!! Really this just might be the best looking iPhone game I've ever seen! Just the level of polish that went into this thing is amazing. Yes, it's a shameless Halo clone...but it has just set the bar for iPhone games to come.

    I'm glad I caved in and let the hype get to me. I'm not even a big FPS fan but I love this game. The controls are miles better than Eliminate... I don't feel like I'm fighting with the game. Everything works like it should.

    Seriously it's 1:55am and I'm tempted to stay up all night playing this. Bravo Gameloft! If Microsoft was smart they would have them make a Halo game for the Zune HD (Since Microsoft wouldn't make a game for the appstor). Give them a bigger budget and a little more time and they could make something great. This game is already great but I think they could do even better.

    Anyway I'm done gushing...

  • Hans

    I am really impressed I must say. The game runs smooth on my 3G. It is a shame that the game has no UMTS/3g network multiplayer though :(

  • Hans

    I am really impressed I must say. The game runs smooth on my 3G. It is a shame that the game has no UMTS/3g network multiplayer though :(

  • David Stephens

    Is there downloadable content for N.O.V.A. that is going to shoot the cost of this game up?

    • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

      No I don't think that's Gameloft's thing. It's a full game! :)

  • David Stephens

    Is there downloadable content for N.O.V.A. that is going to shoot the cost of this game up?

    • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

      No I don't think that's Gameloft's thing. It's a full game! :)

  • dumas1000

    No Gameloft game has ever had 3g network play, so of course NOVA doesn't. I'm not impressed with the multiplayer at all. It's, well, brainless. The same exact feeling I got from playing Resistance on the Ps3. The actual core of the gameplay itself is much better on MC:S. Meh, I'm not one of those MP makes or breaks the game kind of guys anyway.

  • Dustin Leiblein

    Peronally, I'm fed up with Gameloft recycling sfx.

    Am I the only person on the planet that realizes that all the explosion and grenade sounds in all the Gameloft games are EXACTLY the same sound?!

    • momokoto

      Yes.

  • dumas1000

    No Gameloft game has ever had 3g network play, so of course NOVA doesn't. I'm not impressed with the multiplayer at all. It's, well, brainless. The same exact feeling I got from playing Resistance on the Ps3. The actual core of the gameplay itself is much better on MC:S. Meh, I'm not one of those MP makes or breaks the game kind of guys anyway.

  • Dustin Leiblein

    Peronally, I'm fed up with Gameloft recycling sfx.

    Am I the only person on the planet that realizes that all the explosion and grenade sounds in all the Gameloft games are EXACTLY the same sound?!

    • momokoto

      Yes.

  • Rep

    Like someone says before, iron sight woold have
    been Nice thought,

  • Rep

    Like someone says before, iron sight woold have
    been Nice thought,

  • thailandgod

    It is so werid because multiplayer in Nova is work perfectly , but why modern combat sandstorm has unpn thingy - -

  • thailandgod

    It is so werid because multiplayer in Nova is work perfectly , but why modern combat sandstorm has unpn thingy - -

  • KwikPwn

    Yeah, it's a shameless knock-off, but since I'll never get Halo for my iPod touch I'm glad they made it. Hey gameloft, how about a left 4 dead clone next? Thanks guys

  • KwikPwn

    Yeah, it's a shameless knock-off, but since I'll never get Halo for my iPod touch I'm glad they made it. Hey gameloft, how about a left 4 dead clone next? Thanks guys

  • DeVitus

    This is no doubt worth the price. The single player is of a quality of PC FPS of around 2001-2002, the controls are just great (except for some occasions where the movement virtual joystick doesn't get caught and does the look-around movement instead). Playing it on good old iPhone 2G, the frame-rate is almost always satisfactory, not perfect though.
    Regarding multiplayer, it's a huge advancement in comparison to MC. I have experienced quite a serious lag right after joining, but then everything kind of sorted out.

  • DeVitus

    This is no doubt worth the price. The single player is of a quality of PC FPS of around 2001-2002, the controls are just great (except for some occasions where the movement virtual joystick doesn't get caught and does the look-around movement instead). Playing it on good old iPhone 2G, the frame-rate is almost always satisfactory, not perfect though.
    Regarding multiplayer, it's a huge advancement in comparison to MC. I have experienced quite a serious lag right after joining, but then everything kind of sorted out.

  • Gnintendo

    This game looks more like a modern Metroid game than a Halo clone.

    • spiffyone

      No Metroid game, except Hunters, is an FPS, and this most definitely is an FPS. Don't be confused by Prime's first person viewpoint - it was, and is, a Metroid style action/adventure game through and through, not a shooter. This, on the other hand, is most definitely a shooter. The primary gameplay focus is shooting combat. Adventure and action tropes (item hunts, back tracking, environmental exploration for the former, action gameplay such as some shooting combat and quite a bit of platforming action fulfill the latter) were in equal amounts in Metroid Prime games (hence, action/adventure). This, like Halo which inspired it, is focused clearly on the gameplay of shooting combat over all else.

  • Gnintendo

    This game looks more like a modern Metroid game than a Halo clone.

    • spiffyone

      No Metroid game, except Hunters, is an FPS, and this most definitely is an FPS. Don't be confused by Prime's first person viewpoint - it was, and is, a Metroid style action/adventure game through and through, not a shooter. This, on the other hand, is most definitely a shooter. The primary gameplay focus is shooting combat. Adventure and action tropes (item hunts, back tracking, environmental exploration for the former, action gameplay such as some shooting combat and quite a bit of platforming action fulfill the latter) were in equal amounts in Metroid Prime games (hence, action/adventure). This, like Halo which inspired it, is focused clearly on the gameplay of shooting combat over all else.

  • Garbage

    Gameplay and graphics remind me of halo, but the storyline is totally different, but gameloft did amit this was an inspired game, totally worth my 6.99

  • Garbage

    Gameplay and graphics remind me of halo, but the storyline is totally different, but gameloft did amit this was an inspired game, totally worth my 6.99

  • jake

    Just downloaded it. Great game,good controls but the story is a little weak and sketchy. I just wish they would make halo for the iphone.

  • jake

    Just downloaded it. Great game,good controls but the story is a little weak and sketchy. I just wish they would make halo for the iphone.

  • jake

    Forgot to mention...this game is better priced than most first person shooters that are actually worth playing....koff koff(COD ZOMBIES 9.99)KOFF lmao

  • jake

    Forgot to mention...this game is better priced than most first person shooters that are actually worth playing....koff koff(COD ZOMBIES 9.99)KOFF lmao

  • SnOwRiDe1080

    WHERE THE HELL ARE THE INVERTED LOOK CONTROLS!!!!..... Really? I mean , your really going to finally create a great FPS game for the iPhone and not give the option for inverted look controls. My nintendo64 gave me the options for inverted, I prbly won't even take the time to beat the first level cause I've spent the last 12yrs of my life using inverted controls.... PLEASE ADD INVERTED LOOK CONTROLS IN THE NEXT UPDATE, otherwise I may never have the joy of playing this game

  • SnOwRiDe1080

    WHERE THE HELL ARE THE INVERTED LOOK CONTROLS!!!!..... Really? I mean , your really going to finally create a great FPS game for the iPhone and not give the option for inverted look controls. My nintendo64 gave me the options for inverted, I prbly won't even take the time to beat the first level cause I've spent the last 12yrs of my life using inverted controls.... PLEASE ADD INVERTED LOOK CONTROLS IN THE NEXT UPDATE, otherwise I may never have the joy of playing this game

  • Venum

    One of the best games on the iPhone i have ever played. I think Game-Loft should add more weapons though. BTW, what's the name of the planet that the Xenos were from?

  • Venum

    One of the best games on the iPhone i have ever played. I think Game-Loft should add more weapons though. BTW, what's the name of the planet that the Xenos were from?

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