Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic 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 10, 2012
    100
    N.O.V.A. 3 delivers a substantial, console-like first-person shooter complete with full story and multiplayer modes, just like the first two N.O.V.A. games.
  3. 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.
  4. Oct 24, 2012
    92
    My only gripe is still with the controls, and the lack of precision. Without the auto-aiming, it could have been a totally different experience, as swiping to get your crosshairs over a moving enemy was sometimes an exercise in frustration. Despite this, NOVA 3 would still appeal to all FPS gamers who have been wishing for a decent mobile experience.
  5. 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.
  6. 90
    The greatest shooter on Ios. Get this one.
  7. 90
    There's no doubt in our minds that this is the best looking shooter on iOS, that the singleplayer campaign is solid, and that multiplayer is a blast.
  8. May 23, 2012
    90
    The multiplayer in N.O.V.A. 3 is awesome. The game has some issues with connections every now and again, and there seems to be a scarcity of players in some of the modes. While it might not be perfect like the single player, it is pretty damn close.
  9. May 21, 2012
    90
    Kal Wardin returns to kick butt and take names in one of the slickest FPSs we've ever played on a mobile device.
  10. May 15, 2012
    90
    Over 6 hours of playthrough divided into 10 missions for the single player and a very rich multiplayer for 12 players (capture the flag, capture the point, team deathmatch and more): if you are really in love with FPS and you own a smartphone or a tablet, you shouldn't have any doubt at all!
  11. 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.
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  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 mobileThis 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. Full Review »
  2. Nov 23, 2014
    7
    This is a great app with a Halo feel to it. The campaign mode is nothing to talk about (although a lot of effort was put into it). TheThis is a great app with a Halo feel to it. The campaign mode is nothing to talk about (although a lot of effort was put into it). The characters are hard to relate to and the protagonist is a bit of a jerk. He always seems to complain about every situation he ends up in. Yeah, I get that he's supposed to be rough and tough, but he has no heart. Also the story was boring and the dialogue sequences seemed to go on forever. Aside from the ok campaign, the multiplayer almost makes up for it. It's very exciting, yet the maps seem to have a similar design (except for the close quarters maps). And with only 10 weapons and no customization, gunplay can become a little repetitive; however vehicle warfare makes up for this niggle. Upgrades are a bit more expensive than I would like in a purchased game. Jet Pack usage should be accessible to new players or else it becomes an overwhelmingly unfair advantage. Too much grinding without in-app purchases must be done to obtain this Jetpack and even when finally purchased, it's not fun to play with knowing it's too easy to abuse. Full Review »
  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 £5NOVA 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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