N.O.V.A. - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance Review
- Amazingly responsive controls.
- Beautiful environments.
- Well paced gameplay.
- Stilted voice acting and story.
- Currently only 4 player deathmatch available.
NOVA is almost the physical manifestation of just how well the iPhone and iPod Touch are doing in terms of handheld gaming. If you're an action fan it'd be a shame to miss out on this.
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Halo as a franchise was the start of a console revolution for the first person shooter. It combined well designed controls with a highly anticipated adventure story and amazing multiplayer paving the way for future FPSs. NOVA (Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance) may not be as epochal, but it has refined the genre for the iPhone in a way that can't be ignored.
Veterans of FPSs will quickly adapt to the controls that are purpose built and well considered for touch screens. Of the three control options available, the default is designed to work the best using a virtual stick for movement, swiping the screen to aim and UI elements around the screen to fire, throw grenades, swap weapons or deploy a special attack. This all sounds fairly standard, but the magic is in the firing button that allows you to correct your aim while holding down the button much like a secondary analogue stick.
However, the best controls in the world would be for naught if the game ran terribly so thankfully NOVA is beautiful beyond comparison. Each of the 3D environments are spectacularly detailed and make the most of the iPhone's capabilities. The musical scoring is limited, but appropriate and well worth putting on headphones for. And if the interface isn't to your liking then there's also an option to change the layout to your preference.
Obvious comparisons aside, this is one of the best FPSs currently available and a late hot contender for a game of the year. A definite must buy for all action fans.
DescriptionNEWLY UPGRADED FOR iPHONE 4 with optimized graphics for the Retina display & gyroscope support for innovative controlling and aiming precision.
**IGN - Best Action Game of the Year: "A slam-bang action game that draws a new line in the sand"
**Pocket Gamer - 9/10 + Gold Award: "Extraordinarily polished gameplay and high production values guarantee a blast"
**Touch Arcade: " One of the most ambitious iPhone games I've played so far"
The most revolutionary sci-fi FPS for your iPhone & iPod Touch!
Join the fight for mankind's survival against the aggressive aliens known as Judges in this immersive space opera.
With Earth no longer able to sustain life, huge artificial satellites called “near-orbitals” were constructed for people to live on. To protect themselves, the near-orbitals banded together to form N.O.V.A., the Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance. Now, a strange threat has emerged from the darkness of space. A Marine ship, reported missing just a week ago, has suddenly reappeared and is headed directly for the near-orbitals, ignoring all communications. Against his will, retired Marine hero Kal Wardin is forcefully returned to active duty to prevent mankind's annihilation.
Plunge into an unparalleled gaming experience!
EPIC SINGLE-PLAYER CAMPAIGN
- 13 insane levels
- 5 radically different environments, from the real to the fantasic - jungle, snow mountains, spaceship, bunker, and an alien city
- 6 weapons: Assault rifle, shotgun, sniper rifle, handgun, rocket launcher and plasma gun – plus grenades & machine gun turrets in certain levels
- An intense drama sustained by transitional cinematics and character voices
FRANTIC MULTIPLAYER MODE
- Play locally or online via Wi-Fi or Local Bluetooth connection
- 1-4 player Deathmatch (1-2 players via Bluetooth connection)
- 5 different maps
- Play against your friends or the entire world through Gameloft LIVE!
- Worldwide leaderboards in the game & on the official website, www.near-orbit-vanguard-alliance.com
- Full 3D rendered environments enhanced by highly detailed graphics
- 4 control schemes
- Customizable interface
N.O.V.A., the Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, wants you to support the fight!
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Visit www.near-orbit-vanguard-alliance.com for more information.