N.O.V.A. 3 - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance Image
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  • Summary: The most immersive and impressive sci-fi FPS franchise on smartphones is back! Fight for mankind's survival in the greatest space shooter on mobile devices!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!

    - An epic storyline: Humanity finally returns to Earth after years of exile! Fight in 10 immersive levels across the galaxy, from a war-torn Earth to a frozen Volterite city.
    - Multiple weapons and powers: Run, shoot, drive vehicles, and pilot a mech to defeat hordes of enemies.
    - Join 12-player battles in 6 multiplayer modes (Capture the Point, Free-for-All, Capture the Flag, etc.) on 6 different maps.
    - For the first time, multiple allies can jump inside the same vehicle and spread destruction on the battlefield.
    - Discover the new FPS benchmark for graphics and gameplay on iOS (real-time shadow & lights, particle system, ragdoll physics, etc.)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. May 14, 2012
    100
    The console-quality handheld debate is likely to continue for a while, but N.O.V.A 3 is the first title I've seen that pushes the quality of a handheld release this far.
  2. May 14, 2012
    95
    The best first-person shooter on the App Store. It improves upon the second entry of the series, polishing its flaws, adds more duration and offers a good multiplayer mode, although a bit too classic. And its graphics are outstanding.
  3. May 14, 2012
    92
    Graphically stunning, fun to play in single and multiplayer and full of content, N.O.V.A. 3 might as well be a Crysis 2 rip-off, but it's also the best FPS available on mobile devices.
  4. May 10, 2012
    90
    NOVA 3 is a great game: a long and entertaining story, a solid gameplay and a huge multiplayer section makes this title one of the best of its genre.
  5. May 14, 2012
    80
    N.O.V.A. 3 does exactly what's required of it: more of the same, but better and bigger than ever before. The refined multiplayer offering might still have some kinks in it, but it has potential to provide some extraordinary longevity.
  6. May 11, 2012
    80
    N.O.V.A. 3 is evidently one of the prettier games on the platform. It's also a nice shell, masking the usual copy/paste habits of Gameloft, but this clear lack of real inspiration aside, it remains a fully playable, real pretty action title.
  7. Jun 28, 2012
    55
    Derivative, buggy, boring. N.O.V.A. 3 is nowhere near console quality.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. Sep 23, 2012
    10
    This is an amazing game and a great mobile alternative to Halo. The story is very well done, but if your a Halo fan looking for a mobile alternative you'll probably be spending most of your time on multiplayer. This is a great game and you should defiantly pick it up. Expand
  2. Aug 15, 2013
    10
    N.O.V.A. 3 has some of the best graphics there is on IOS games. There is Campaign mode which has a great plot with several action-packed levels. But that is nothing compared to the online multiplayer mode. You can play online with random people or friends, as well as local wifi with friends. You're sure to be happy and mad and having tons of fun. Expand
  3. Nov 18, 2013
    8
    NOVA 3 has some of the best graphics possible to get on the iPad/iPhone. The campaign and multiplayer are fun and this is a great £5 alternative to Halo.The multiplayer will not disappoint you and nor will the campaign with stunning cut scenes and lots of gore. NOVA 3 is a great iPad/iPhone shooter. I look forward to see what is next!

    Overall
    -Stunning graphics
    -Good Campaign
    -Good Multiplayer
    Score 81/100
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