IMG_0159Few games have generated the amount of hype that Gameloft's N.O.V.A. - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance [App Store] has, and even fewer have managed to live up to that same hype. NOVA is one of those rare instances where a upcoming game is everything we wanted and more. It's not perfect, but there aren't many games to even compare it to on the platform. NOVA feels like a complete video game experience, something which is quite rare indeed on the landscape of bite sized games that make up the App Store.

In Nova you play as Karl Wardin, an ex-space marine who has been reactivated to investigate some strange alien activity in a futuristic setting where the Earth has depleted its resources and no longer can sustain life, forcing humanity to live on nearby orbiting colonies. Admittedly, the plot isn't anything to write home about and the voice acting ranges from passable to downright cringe-worthy at times-- Especially whenever Karl himself speaks. Thankfully, the gameplay itself more than makes up for these shortfalls.

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The first series of levels will leave you wandering around on a space ship while you're guided by various characters communicating over the radio. An arrow guides you from objective to objective, and gameplay amounts to simply following this arrow, killing anything that moves, and flipping switches to activate or unlock different objects and areas. Deadspace fans will feel right at home when the game asks you to traverse the hull of the space ship, even going as far as to mention enabling your magnetic boots. What do you do while you're outside the ship? Run from pressurized area to pressurized area while avoiding incoming asteroids of course. (If you haven't played Deadspace, you do exactly this several times throughout the game-- The hull is even laid out similarly.)

Eventually after fixing a few different parts of the ship and killing oodles of aliens, you will make your way to the bridge to initiate the self destruct sequence and escape back to your ship. You then fly down to a planet with beautifully rendered lush forests which also happens to be infested by these same (although slightly different colored) aliens. The rest of the game continues in a similar fashion, with different characters telling you where to go and what to do across 13 different levels that take place in five distinctly different environments.

IMG_0156The run and gun action is broken up by mini games, a level where you man the turrent on a warthog-like truck from Halo, and even a couple boss fights. Scattered throughout the levels are locked crates which must be opened by playing a brief mini game where you move different objects around on a grid to solve a puzzle where you're directing a laser beam from its source to the target. None of these are particularly difficult, and depending on how you feel about mini games you will either find these to be enjoyable distractions or just too annoying to bother with. Thankfully, it seems like there is enough ammo dropped by enemies and laying on the ground that the crates are optional but you will be forced to solve a few of these puzzles throughout the game as you "hack" things to progress.

Similar to Halo, your life is measured by a shield meter at the top of the screen which depletes when you take damage and recharges slowly afterwards. Your shield gauge also serves as your oxygen supply when you're in space, and your super abilities also take off a chunk of your shield's power. Super abilities? Oh yes, straight out of Metroid Prime you will slowly gain new abilities such as the ability to freeze enemies, shoot a charged up energy beam, and even run faster with speed boots.

If you've played Modern Combat: Sandstorm [$4.99 / Free], the controls in NOVA will be instantly familiar to you. If not, the game uses a virtual joystick on the left side of the screen for movement, and moving your thumb around the right side of the screen changes your view around. Different buttons frame the screen that do things like fire your weapon, toss a grenade, change weapons, reload, etc. There are two other included control schemes, one where the screen is split in half and moving your left thumb anywhere controls your movement while your right controls your view (essentially just removing the virtual joystick) and another with two virtual joysticks where you tap the screen to fire. I've found the default controls to be fine, although I did spend some time fiddling with the sensitivity.

Another nice feature is the ability to move all of the elements of the game's UI around. I've moved the reload button closer to the fire button because I'm a compulsive reloader in first person shooters, but you can customize it however you want. (Although currently this option only seems available by adjusting your controls mid-game, and not from the main menu.) Strangely enough, even though it seems that Gameloft has put a great deal of thought in to different control options and customizations, the ability to invert the Y-axis of the camera control is notably absent. What will leave you scratching your head even more regarding the lack of invert look is that Modern Combat: Sandstorm, a game which shares a similar engine to NOVA includes Y-axis inversion. You can however flip the screen orientation, something that should make iPod touch users happy.

The performance of the game is phenomenal on the iPhone 3GS with fast load times, high frame rates, and everything else you could ask for in a first person shooter. Meanwhile, reader reports all the way down to the slowest device in the iPod family have been said to be smooth. Even while playing online in NOVA's four player deathmatch mode, which surprisingly enough seems to be working just fine for everyone, a nice change of pace from Gameloft's recently released Modern Combat: Sandstorm multiplayer update.

596730_4Playing online requires both WiFi and a Gameloft Live account. Registering for Gameloft Live is easy, and once you're online you will have the option to play deathmatch or look at the worldwide leaderboards of players with the most points and kills. When creating a deathmatch game, available options include choosing one of the five maps, as well as enabling or disabling weapon stay and aim assist. Games can be set with a time limit or a frag limit, and both can be set to none to play for as long as you'd like.

When joining a game, you're thrown in to a lobby which lists available games that have open slots for you to join. Those of you waiting for an Eliminate "killer" will be disappointed to discover that currently there doesn't seem to be any random matchmaking, or the ability to have friends-only private matches. All you can do is create a game and hope that three of your friends join it before other people do.

Despite its limitations, online multiplayer (as well as local bluetooth/WiFi multiplayer) is a lot of fun and performs surprisingly well. I haven't come across any lag or connection issues, and so far it just works-- Although the true test of NOVA multiplayer will be how well it holds up once players start getting good at the game and scrutinizing the weapon balance. It's too early to say how large the online community will get and what kind of staying power NOVA's online presence will have, but it seems quite enjoyable right now.

If you're a fan of first person shooters, or any of the previously mentioned console classics that NOVA is obviously inspired by, then you too will also likely really enjoy NOVA. It's one of the most ambitious iPhone games I've played so far, and despite the questionable originality of the game I've really got to hand it to Gameloft for creating such an amazing iPhone experience.

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

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  • Aaron

    N.O.V.A. > Eliminate

    Definitely get this game.

  • Aaron

    N.O.V.A. > Eliminate

    Definitely get this game.

  • darwiniandude

    This is unbelievably good. As in, it's not actually possible to have a game this good on the iPhone. Impossible I say!

    Stunning, simply stunning. With this and Avatar, it seems Gameloft has grown up. Incredible.

  • darwiniandude

    This is unbelievably good. As in, it's not actually possible to have a game this good on the iPhone. Impossible I say!

    Stunning, simply stunning. With this and Avatar, it seems Gameloft has grown up. Incredible.

  • Deewin

    Pretty soon the iphone will be 99 percent of gamelofts business. I've never bothered much with games on my old cell phones but it's so quick and easy to do it on the iphone!

  • Deewin

    Pretty soon the iphone will be 99 percent of gamelofts business. I've never bothered much with games on my old cell phones but it's so quick and easy to do it on the iphone!

  • tonyunreal

    "...and moving your thumb around the right side of the screen changes your view around."
    You can touch and drag anywhere in the screen that is not part of a button, It's explicitly stated in the MC:S tutorial, guess Eli hasn't been playing that for a while. :p

  • tonyunreal

    "...and moving your thumb around the right side of the screen changes your view around."
    You can touch and drag anywhere in the screen that is not part of a button, It's explicitly stated in the MC:S tutorial, guess Eli hasn't been playing that for a while. :p

  • Brusilov

    From now on my (i)Phone is my new handheld :D

  • Brusilov

    From now on my (i)Phone is my new handheld :D

  • Dark NRG

    Man, Eli's articles have been the bomb lately!
    Great job!

    • Sticktron

      Except for two errors:
      1. You can swipe anywhere to look, not just the right side.
      2. Screen flip benefits the iPhone, not the touch.

  • Dark NRG

    Man, Eli's articles have been the bomb lately!
    Great job!

    • Sticktron

      Except for two errors:
      1. You can swipe anywhere to look, not just the right side.
      2. Screen flip benefits the iPhone, not the touch.

  • Adams Immersive

    Sounds like it has just the controls I’d have hoped for.

    And I too am a compulsive reloader.

  • Adams Immersive

    Sounds like it has just the controls I’d have hoped for.

    And I too am a compulsive reloader.

  • Vertigo131313

    Was gameloft trying to see how many games they could blatently rip off? Game looks pretty cool though.

    • bob

      I'm more than happy to give my money to gameloft for ripping off games, as the 'big' devs are far too slow moving and only bring big brand name games to the iphone in the form of dumb mini games.

    • Vick

      I'd gladly give 'em 7 bucks! The graphics are amazing with a great interactive experience! 7 dollars is incredibly cheap compared to other handheld games. Im Sold....!

  • Vertigo131313

    Was gameloft trying to see how many games they could blatently rip off? Game looks pretty cool though.

    • bob

      I'm more than happy to give my money to gameloft for ripping off games, as the 'big' devs are far too slow moving and only bring big brand name games to the iphone in the form of dumb mini games.

    • Vick

      I'd gladly give 'em 7 bucks! The graphics are amazing with a great interactive experience! 7 dollars is incredibly cheap compared to other handheld games. Im Sold....!

  • Gekkota

    I got all excited for a minute there...I thought Modern Combat: Sandstorm was on sale for $2.99, but when I checked the app store it wasn't.
    :(

  • Gekkota

    I got all excited for a minute there...I thought Modern Combat: Sandstorm was on sale for $2.99, but when I checked the app store it wasn't.
    :(

  • MrMuesli

    Hi,
    I was having a blast in MP mode last night until the wee small hours before it hit the US. I was playing some regular members of TA I think (LBG, Gabrien?). Well, they royally whipped my ass! And someone called 'Orgasmatron' whom I have decided must be a machine. The game has only just come out and he(it; ) has clocked in around 800 kills!
    Anyway, wonderful game etc etc. My only wish is that there could be a team function in MP. 2 against 2. I really enjoyed the Co-op in COD. 2 teams fighting to reach 10 frags first would be more fun than going it alone....oh, and some sort of taunt sytstem too, a la Skies of Glory.

    • MrMuesli

      More random thoughts; )
      Scrap my idea of a taunt system. Every second counts it seems in MP so there's not much time to be fiddling with a taunt system. But, the 2 on 2 idea would be really great. Red vs Blue?
      I strongly advise racking up the control sensitivity to max!
      Has anyone seen a speed up power up yet? I'd like to really sprint across the map sometimes.
      The sniper gun is very powerful, IF you hit someone. I can see myself needing a bit of practice with that one.
      As for the Story mode, I find turning off all the assists (auto-aim, green arrow etc) to really help with the challenge factor: )
      I'd also like to know what '180 on/off' means in Advanced options??

  • MrMuesli

    Hi,
    I was having a blast in MP mode last night until the wee small hours before it hit the US. I was playing some regular members of TA I think (LBG, Gabrien?). Well, they royally whipped my ass! And someone called 'Orgasmatron' whom I have decided must be a machine. The game has only just come out and he(it; ) has clocked in around 800 kills!
    Anyway, wonderful game etc etc. My only wish is that there could be a team function in MP. 2 against 2. I really enjoyed the Co-op in COD. 2 teams fighting to reach 10 frags first would be more fun than going it alone....oh, and some sort of taunt sytstem too, a la Skies of Glory.

    • MrMuesli

      More random thoughts; )
      Scrap my idea of a taunt system. Every second counts it seems in MP so there's not much time to be fiddling with a taunt system. But, the 2 on 2 idea would be really great. Red vs Blue?
      I strongly advise racking up the control sensitivity to max!
      Has anyone seen a speed up power up yet? I'd like to really sprint across the map sometimes.
      The sniper gun is very powerful, IF you hit someone. I can see myself needing a bit of practice with that one.
      As for the Story mode, I find turning off all the assists (auto-aim, green arrow etc) to really help with the challenge factor: )
      I'd also like to know what '180 on/off' means in Advanced options??

  • Rep

    In advanced controls you can turn off/on
    180 turn, what Does this do?

    • WiseWeasel

      I'm guessing it's a fast swipe gesture to do a 180-degree turn.

      • Will Richie

        FYI
        the 180 degree turn option means that you can turn completely around by double tapping the control stick. dont move the stick, just double tap it in the middle. I figured it out early on by pure luck but even on my third time through the game on hard, I still dont use it that much. like at all.

  • Rep

    In advanced controls you can turn off/on
    180 turn, what Does this do?

    • WiseWeasel

      I'm guessing it's a fast swipe gesture to do a 180-degree turn.

      • Will Richie

        FYI
        the 180 degree turn option means that you can turn completely around by double tapping the control stick. dont move the stick, just double tap it in the middle. I figured it out early on by pure luck but even on my third time through the game on hard, I still dont use it that much. like at all.

  • Dark NRG

    only problems: controls could use a little more customizing, like virtual joysticks on both sides, and on my iphone 3G i do get some hessitation/stutter during play here and there during level/animation loading.

    • Sticktron

      That IS an option, control scheme 2 or 3.

  • Dark NRG

    only problems: controls could use a little more customizing, like virtual joysticks on both sides, and on my iphone 3G i do get some hessitation/stutter during play here and there during level/animation loading.

    • Sticktron

      That IS an option, control scheme 2 or 3.

  • http://www.revjuegosiphone.com Anibal
  • http://www.revjuegosiphone.com Anibal
  • Seemarz

    Yeah, I have the regular 3G and I must say it does lag quite a bit here and there. The little I tried of multiplayer was so laggy and stuttering it was almost unplayable..

  • Seemarz

    Yeah, I have the regular 3G and I must say it does lag quite a bit here and there. The little I tried of multiplayer was so laggy and stuttering it was almost unplayable..

  • http://www.fine.sk onefine

    Perfect game!!! I play now 3rd mission :))). I love these games NOVA, Moder Combat, Eliminate, Terminator Salvatio, Brother in arms, Gangstars. I hope there will be more games like this :) I heard about Brother in arms 2! So excited! I heard that there will be ported original Quake1 and Quake 2 :). Someone could port Half Life or Counter Strike.. It will rocks! :)

  • http://www.fine.sk onefine

    Perfect game!!! I play now 3rd mission :))). I love these games NOVA, Moder Combat, Eliminate, Terminator Salvatio, Brother in arms, Gangstars. I hope there will be more games like this :) I heard about Brother in arms 2! So excited! I heard that there will be ported original Quake1 and Quake 2 :). Someone could port Half Life or Counter Strike.. It will rocks! :)

  • repooc

    Before I dish out quality money on this game I need to know if you are able to flip the controls like you are in Eliminate Pro. The game looks incredible, and if it provides this common feature its an instabuy

    • Sticktron

      Yes, you can move the controls anywhere you'd like on the screen.

      • Adams Immersive

        But what about inverting them? (I don’t need that, but many like to have the option.)

  • rodneyjacobs

    I can't believe what I'm seeing. I can't believe where Gameloft has taken Iphone gaming. UnBelievable!!!!!!!!!!

  • repooc

    Before I dish out quality money on this game I need to know if you are able to flip the controls like you are in Eliminate Pro. The game looks incredible, and if it provides this common feature its an instabuy

    • Sticktron

      Yes, you can move the controls anywhere you'd like on the screen.

      • Adams Immersive

        But what about inverting them? (I don’t need that, but many like to have the option.)

  • rodneyjacobs

    I can't believe what I'm seeing. I can't believe where Gameloft has taken Iphone gaming. UnBelievable!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.allan-lee.com Allan

    Oh he's an Ex-Space Marine, thank goodness, I was getting sick of all those employed space marine games.

  • http://www.allan-lee.com Allan

    Oh he's an Ex-Space Marine, thank goodness, I was getting sick of all those employed space marine games.

  • alxcoolastru

    Damn I'm loving this game it's just great : if you want to play with me add : alxcoolastru94 to freinds list !

  • alxcoolastru

    Damn I'm loving this game it's just great : if you want to play with me add : alxcoolastru94 to freinds list !

  • GDSage

    "inspired by"... That's an incredibly kind / sugarcoated way of putting it, article writer.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      You beat me to it!

    • Thomas

      If you've played "star wars: republic commando" you will see this isn't a Halo rip off, but it looks more like star wars and deadspace. I own all Halo games, and Nova doenst look like Halo so much. The video the showed when they revealed the game looks like Halo, but the actual game doesn't, the levels are different, much darker(compared to halo 1). It looks more like stat wars republic commando!

  • GDSage

    "inspired by"... That's an incredibly kind / sugarcoated way of putting it, article writer.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      You beat me to it!

    • Thomas

      If you've played "star wars: republic commando" you will see this isn't a Halo rip off, but it looks more like star wars and deadspace. I own all Halo games, and Nova doenst look like Halo so much. The video the showed when they revealed the game looks like Halo, but the actual game doesn't, the levels are different, much darker(compared to halo 1). It looks more like stat wars republic commando!

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    Ha. "Inspired by". A rather charitable way to say "blatant ripoff".

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    Ha. "Inspired by". A rather charitable way to say "blatant ripoff".

  • Dark NRG

    Get it before some copywrite infringement crap a'la EDGE

  • Dark NRG

    Get it before some copywrite infringement crap a'la EDGE

  • Noman

    This is the best iphone game ever, I expect this will completely change iphone gaming. It runs perfectly on my ipod touch 2g.

  • Noman

    This is the best iphone game ever, I expect this will completely change iphone gaming. It runs perfectly on my ipod touch 2g.

  • Eyemh8

    You people really have no idea how the copywright laws work do you. From a leagle point of view this is stealing from space invaders just as much as it steals from halo.

  • Eyemh8

    You people really have no idea how the copywright laws work do you. From a leagle point of view this is stealing from space invaders just as much as it steals from halo.

  • Buskape

    This game is excellent! a 5 stars games, the controls are perfect and the graphics really nice, worth every single dollar!

  • Buskape

    This game is excellent! a 5 stars games, the controls are perfect and the graphics really nice, worth every single dollar!

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

    Review is spot on! I was up all night playing this haha

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

    Review is spot on! I was up all night playing this haha

  • Sticktron

    Unbelievable achievement in graphics.
    This is next-gen compared to MC/BiA/Terminator.

    I'm playing on a 3GS, I wonder if there is a separate render path for it, or if all devices look this good?

  • Sticktron

    Unbelievable achievement in graphics.
    This is next-gen compared to MC/BiA/Terminator.

    I'm playing on a 3GS, I wonder if there is a separate render path for it, or if all devices look this good?

  • dumas1000

    This is the. Most technically impressive online game the AppStore has ever seen. There's no way i would have believed a year ago that something like this could even be possible on the iPhone. I just don't like how the game plays. Mindless run and gun with little to no strategy. People running around the map with chickens with their heads cut off. Eliminate is perhaps a little more refined in the way it plays, but both games prove what happens when you don't sight your guns in an online game. I'm not a fan of scope-spamming, like what happens in MW, but scopes and sights are too diffent things. Guns are "sighted" in Modern Combat and it makes for a far better experience. Also, the maps are odd. And I don't know how or when a match actually ends. Eventually, I just quit the match, if I'm doing okay, simply because I don't know when it will end.

    • Sticktron

      Multiplayer is definately Not this game's strongsuit.
      This is a single player story-driven FPS, first and foremost.
      Online play is there, but it's basic. Don't be expecting Quake3 engine quality multiplayer, leave that for Eliminate.

  • Wary

    Every time I've purchased a Gameloft game it's been with high hopes. And every time they've let me down. While pretty, their games lack soul. I think I've gotten bored out of mind after a few hours. I haven't finished a single one.

    • Adams Immersive

      Did you buy and play this one too?

  • dumas1000

    This is the. Most technically impressive online game the AppStore has ever seen. There's no way i would have believed a year ago that something like this could even be possible on the iPhone. I just don't like how the game plays. Mindless run and gun with little to no strategy. People running around the map with chickens with their heads cut off. Eliminate is perhaps a little more refined in the way it plays, but both games prove what happens when you don't sight your guns in an online game. I'm not a fan of scope-spamming, like what happens in MW, but scopes and sights are too diffent things. Guns are "sighted" in Modern Combat and it makes for a far better experience. Also, the maps are odd. And I don't know how or when a match actually ends. Eventually, I just quit the match, if I'm doing okay, simply because I don't know when it will end.

    • Sticktron

      Multiplayer is definately Not this game's strongsuit.
      This is a single player story-driven FPS, first and foremost.
      Online play is there, but it's basic. Don't be expecting Quake3 engine quality multiplayer, leave that for Eliminate.

  • Wary

    Every time I've purchased a Gameloft game it's been with high hopes. And every time they've let me down. While pretty, their games lack soul. I think I've gotten bored out of mind after a few hours. I haven't finished a single one.

    • Adams Immersive

      Did you buy and play this one too?

  • Narziss

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  • jezzahardin

    As I said for Eliminate...

    Add an invert-Y, and I'll buy.

    (Eliminate's free, sure, but I'll pay for this one if they add the invert.)

    • NeoTrunks

      I concur. I can't play Terminator because they never added the invert. Strange that they do not have it in this game when it's present in MC: Sandstorm since day one.

  • jezzahardin

    As I said for Eliminate...

    Add an invert-Y, and I'll buy.

    (Eliminate's free, sure, but I'll pay for this one if they add the invert.)

    • NeoTrunks

      I concur. I can't play Terminator because they never added the invert. Strange that they do not have it in this game when it's present in MC: Sandstorm since day one.

  • Frej444

    I didn't expect much from this game, but i bought it anyways, andi am blown away. You definitly gotta try this out, it's great.

  • Frej444

    I didn't expect much from this game, but i bought it anyways, andi am blown away. You definitly gotta try this out, it's great.

  • -=XX=-Nephilim

    I boycotted Modern Combat for personal reasons of not supporting anything out there that's based on "war on terror" - out of principle...

    However - am defo buying NOVA as of right now! :D

    eeeeeeeeeee

  • -=XX=-Nephilim

    I boycotted Modern Combat for personal reasons of not supporting anything out there that's based on "war on terror" - out of principle...

    However - am defo buying NOVA as of right now! :D

    eeeeeeeeeee

  • -=XX=-Nephilim

    Bought it!

    Played it!

    WoW!

    Simple as that...

    Officially the best iDevice game so far :)

  • -=XX=-Nephilim

    Bought it!

    Played it!

    WoW!

    Simple as that...

    Officially the best iDevice game so far :)

  • Jecht

    This game is good and the controls are great but I think the story is going to end up like The Conduit on the Wii. A mysterious guy named Prometheus says not to trust the federation or whatever?Yeah, that's the same thing as The Conduit. If he ends up being an alien I will flip.

    • judge

      jeez, thanks for the spoiler

  • Jecht

    This game is good and the controls are great but I think the story is going to end up like The Conduit on the Wii. A mysterious guy named Prometheus says not to trust the federation or whatever?Yeah, that's the same thing as The Conduit. If he ends up being an alien I will flip.

    • judge

      jeez, thanks for the spoiler

  • MtnBiker

    Will not let me play online! Dang it gameloft sucks! Sandstorm still won't let me play online either! WTF

    • MtnBiker

      Yeah screw Gameloft! They can't get an online game working right!! This sucks balls! Maybe they will give me my money back!

      • add

        wow you fail so epicly..... Who are you? A poor eliminate nerd who doesnt have the cash to buy any quality game? It's even more sad that you try to make this gane sound bad by replying to your own comment.... Get a life, get a job, and get your face out of a poor man's fps. A.K.A- Eliminate Pro.

  • MtnBiker

    Will not let me play online! Dang it gameloft sucks! Sandstorm still won't let me play online either! WTF

    • MtnBiker

      Yeah screw Gameloft! They can't get an online game working right!! This sucks balls! Maybe they will give me my money back!

      • add

        wow you fail so epicly..... Who are you? A poor eliminate nerd who doesnt have the cash to buy any quality game? It's even more sad that you try to make this gane sound bad by replying to your own comment.... Get a life, get a job, and get your face out of a poor man's fps. A.K.A- Eliminate Pro.

  • Nukie

    Beyond stunning. I can't believe a game of this quality is playing on my iPhone. Tonight my Xbox 360 served up the red ring of death. (with only 3 days left on the extended warranty...phew!) This is my Xbox 360 replacement. Both the game and the online gameplay are incredible! (Plus no Xbox Live subscription needed!) Three words: JUST BUY IT!

  • Nukie

    Beyond stunning. I can't believe a game of this quality is playing on my iPhone. Tonight my Xbox 360 served up the red ring of death. (with only 3 days left on the extended warranty...phew!) This is my Xbox 360 replacement. Both the game and the online gameplay are incredible! (Plus no Xbox Live subscription needed!) Three words: JUST BUY IT!

  • Vicius

    First of all, NOVA is a great game, but the single player mode is too short. It took me 4 hours. I tried the multiplayer part of the game of course. In my opinion it's too slow, compared to Eliminate, but the areas are bigger and better.

  • Vicius

    First of all, NOVA is a great game, but the single player mode is too short. It took me 4 hours. I tried the multiplayer part of the game of course. In my opinion it's too slow, compared to Eliminate, but the areas are bigger and better.

  • Volodymyr

    nothing special. Why all are so exited?

    Eliminate is better looking in terms of graphics... Also controlling is more user friendly there. Not to mention that this game is so easy to walkthrough even in normal mode.

    For multi-player only one map is really can be used for playing.... other is crap. This game max price is 3 $.

  • Volodymyr

    nothing special. Why all are so exited?

    Eliminate is better looking in terms of graphics... Also controlling is more user friendly there. Not to mention that this game is so easy to walkthrough even in normal mode.

    For multi-player only one map is really can be used for playing.... other is crap. This game max price is 3 $.

  • Jamie

    To the creators of N.O.V.A You guys are awesome, this game so fun :)
    you guys should make a zombie version of this game.
    This game is the best first person shooter and I love the weapons and the controls and the interface I love the game completly. But really the thought of playing a game like this, but with zombies insted of aliens would be amazingly awesome!!! I love blood dripping flesh eating zombies and Guns becuase it's a great mix! Lol if you guys could make games kinda like "FEAR 2" or "DEAD SPACE" and use this kinda interface and game play, controls ect.. That would be awesome... Just given you guys some ideas because you guys have made the best game ever for itouch/iPhone :D for that I thank you. And thank you for reading this :)

  • Jamie

    To the creators of N.O.V.A You guys are awesome, this game so fun :)
    you guys should make a zombie version of this game.
    This game is the best first person shooter and I love the weapons and the controls and the interface I love the game completly. But really the thought of playing a game like this, but with zombies insted of aliens would be amazingly awesome!!! I love blood dripping flesh eating zombies and Guns becuase it's a great mix! Lol if you guys could make games kinda like "FEAR 2" or "DEAD SPACE" and use this kinda interface and game play, controls ect.. That would be awesome... Just given you guys some ideas because you guys have made the best game ever for itouch/iPhone :D for that I thank you. And thank you for reading this :)

  • brad

    !!!!!!I CANT PLAY ONLINE!!!!!! i connect it to the internet through my router then i try to play this online, i go into a death match join a game then when the death match starts it says waiting for server and like 5 secs later it says no connectivity and it counts down from 10 and then it says server did not respond in time

    SOMEONE HELP ME!!!

  • brad

    !!!!!!I CANT PLAY ONLINE!!!!!! i connect it to the internet through my router then i try to play this online, i go into a death match join a game then when the death match starts it says waiting for server and like 5 secs later it says no connectivity and it counts down from 10 and then it says server did not respond in time

    SOMEONE HELP ME!!!

  • bleeps

    I'm glad I read this review before purchasing.

    "the ability to invert the Y-axis of the camera control is notably absent"

    That's a deal breaker for me. Otherwise I'd be ready to buy. I'd be willing to get over my hate for virtual sticks but I *need* inverted Y-axis. Too bad. This game looks fantastic.

  • bleeps

    I'm glad I read this review before purchasing.

    "the ability to invert the Y-axis of the camera control is notably absent"

    That's a deal breaker for me. Otherwise I'd be ready to buy. I'd be willing to get over my hate for virtual sticks but I *need* inverted Y-axis. Too bad. This game looks fantastic.

  • chris

    brad - sounds like your are timing out. maybe try to restart the router. i have to do that to mine every month.. should just buy a new one.. but im to cheap.

    thanks for the reviews guy. im not really a gamer like most of you. but after reading this. i had to buy!! i am probably the worse player on the death match tho. i just want to keep looking behind me.. but takes all week to quickly turn around. heh. so i guess you do not worry about what is behind you till you get shot. easier to say than done for me. heh

  • chris

    brad - sounds like your are timing out. maybe try to restart the router. i have to do that to mine every month.. should just buy a new one.. but im to cheap.

    thanks for the reviews guy. im not really a gamer like most of you. but after reading this. i had to buy!! i am probably the worse player on the death match tho. i just want to keep looking behind me.. but takes all week to quickly turn around. heh. so i guess you do not worry about what is behind you till you get shot. easier to say than done for me. heh

  • http://aimbotdownload.com Aimbot Download

    Jesus, I know iPhone development has come far since the first apps, but this is a WHOLE new level, I never figured that they'd get around to developing fully fledged FPS's!

    Really amazes me how much effort these developers put into their games!
    Brilliant review by the way!

  • http://aimbotdownload.com Aimbot Download

    Jesus, I know iPhone development has come far since the first apps, but this is a WHOLE new level, I never figured that they'd get around to developing fully fledged FPS's!

    Really amazes me how much effort these developers put into their games!
    Brilliant review by the way!

  • http://www.thestockade.com.au Tony

    I must be the only person in Australia playing NOVA on my iphone. How do you defeat the sentinell flying saucer? I have run myself silly until the cystals are depleated and I still get zonked before I can do any damage.

  • http://www.thestockade.com.au Tony

    I must be the only person in Australia playing NOVA on my iphone. How do you defeat the sentinell flying saucer? I have run myself silly until the cystals are depleated and I still get zonked before I can do any damage.

  • Trevor Jones

    how do you cross the green gunk on the floor in this game

  • bob

    The ultimate NOVA website: http://www.novateams.com