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  • Summary: IGN’s Action Game of the Year is now available for your iPad!
    The premier sci-fi FPS on iPad takes full advantage of the device’s capabilities for optimal fluidity and staggering graphics, creating the most impressive gaming experience to date.

    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.

    Get ready for unparalleled action on the iPad!

    - Curve your grenade’s trajectory with the new 2-finger-based throwing move
    - Perform multiple surgical kills at once with multi-target acquisition
    - More intuitive than ever, thanks to numerous multi-touch controls on-screen

    - 13 insane levels
    - 5 environments, from the real to the fantastic: 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 on certain levels

    - 1-4 player Deathmatch locally or online on 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
    - 3 basic control schemes, plus a fully customizable interface
    - An intense drama enhanced by cinematics and character voices

    Join the fight for mankind's survival against the aggressive aliens known as Judgers in this immersive space opera.

    N.O.V.A., the Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, wants you to support the fight!
    Enlist on Twitter: @NOVA_fps
    Visit www.near-orbit-vanguard-alliance.com for more information.
    Also available from Gameloft on the iPad: Asphalt 5, Real Soccer 2010, Modern Combat: Sandstorm, NFL 2010, Dungeon Hunter and Let's Golf!
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  1. Feb 6, 2011
    If you're a first person shooter fan, and you have an iPad, and you care much more about blasting mindless aliens with a shotgun than being immersed in a riveting story, then Nova could well be for you.
  2. Feb 6, 2011
    It's a graphical achievement, and it's a launch title no less. Sure, the plot is paper thin and the campaign is short at 5-6 hours, but for the price and the console, you'll be hard pressed to find anything better.
  3. Feb 6, 2011
    In the end, NOVA is still the best shooter on the iPhone, but I think iPad version just does not stack up.
  4. Feb 6, 2011
    N.O.V.A. is still the best shooter for your iPhone, so I recommend you definitely hang with that version. N.O.V.A. HD is just too clunky to get behind, even though it has all the same great set pieces from the iPhone hit.
  5. Feb 6, 2011
    Customisable controls prevent this reloaded version of N.O.V.A. HD from shooting blanks but it could have been so much more.
  6. Feb 6, 2011
    Despite its gorgeous visuals, the awkwardness of the controls and lack of new content in Nova HD mean you're better off playing it on your iPhone or iPod Touch.