N.O.V.A. 3 [IOS] – REVIEW (89%)

13 May

N.O.V.A. 3 is a first person shooter and is released by Gameloft.

“Four months have passed since Kal ruined the Volterites’ plans by sabotaging their war factories, and stopping the extraction of the Judger Artifacts. However, following the assassination of President Folsom, the government surrendered the colonies to the Volterite Protectorate in order to prevent civil war between the increasingly pro-Volterite citizens. Kal Wardin has been laying low since Folsom’s death, nut now he has received a desperate plea from Yelena to come to Earth. Once again, the hero must rise to save mankind!”

N.O.V.A. 3 continues the storyline of the previous NOVA games and continues the fight.

There are 10 chapters in all in the storyline campaign, so it should take some time to complete.

Generally the game works very much like the original NOVA games with the addition of a new “bullet-time” power up. Vehicles are used a little more within the game now, such as Mechs. They even make an appearance in the multiplayer game on some of the maps.

The storyline mode is still solid with lots of auto save points along the way, which is a good job as the chapters are generally very long indeed.

There are several weapons, many of these from the previous game, but some new weapons and equipment has been added.

Gameplay wise, the classic NOVA controls are there, but you now have sprint and powers can be swipped though. The additional controls add to the game, but can leave you sprinting by accident if your thumb moves up the screen or looking for a button that you need in the middle of a fire fight.

There are some disappointing moments in the game. In the middle of combat I ran out of ammo in my shotgun and the game decide to switch automatically to the rocket launcher than a pistol. There is a driving section in the 2nd chapter, and the controls and the graphics are not up to the standards of the main game.

Online Multiplayer was a little bit of a disappointment for me, with no connectivity issues and playing online with people who started with massively better weapons (or seemingly armour) due to in-app purchases. There appeared to be no leveling taking place as in my first level one game there was a level 13, 24 and 53 in the match. The maps can also be too large when only two or three people are playing. Wi-Fi multiplayer is still fun and solid, however, the game appears to have lost the blue tooth option.

The graphics and sound both excellent. They have changed a little away from the original NOVA style, but not too much.

On the upside:

  • A true “Console” style experience.
  • Fast and furious F.P.S. action.
  • Amazing that it runs on the lower spec devices.

On the downside:

  • The biggest application on my device.
  • Too many controls on the screen, I needed to change the layout from the default one.
  • Very long sections, it does autosave, but can confuse if you load back up in the middle of a fire-fight.
  • Memory hungry, so older devices will need a reboot before you can play.

Overall, this is an excellent first person shooter. The N.O.V.A universe continues to evolve and make better use of the hardware available. Gameloft have again managed to put together a high quality game and have left the old game intact without breaking the francise. Unfortunately, In-App purchases have been included within the multiplayer which makes it less than great. If you liked the single player mode in NOVA 2, then you will be very happy with this release, people on multiplayer may not be quite so happy.

Rating: 89%

Size: 1.57 GB (1.86 GB when installed)

Price (at time of review): £4.99

Link: N.O.V.A. 3 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance – Gameloft


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