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 9, 2012
    80
    It's increasingly possible to get a big console-style game on mobile, but the inherent drawback of touchscreen controls and the lack of tactility are really the only aspects that hold N.O.V.A. 3 back. Those who are prepared to look past them are the ones that will have a great time with this.
  2. May 9, 2012
    80
    Equal parts slick fun, frustrating controls, and jaw-dropping visuals, N.O.V.A. 3 is a prime example of what's good, and bad, about smartphone gaming.
  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. Jun 25, 2012
    70
    One of the best first-person shooters on mobiles, but controls are still irksome. [Aug 2012, p.86]
  5. 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.
  6. May 14, 2012
    70
    Unfortunately, there's just too much variability in terms of match quality to unequivocally recommend N.O.V.A. 3 based on its multiplayer. The annoying glitches and matchmaking system don't help and the lag is an issue that needs to be addressed. It's a shame because the underlying advancement and build systems are solid with a large potential for customizability.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. May 11, 2012
    80
    The NOVA series once again pushes iOS devices large and small to new visual heights, but also manages to stumble over key features, letting the whole production down; thankfully the multiplayer is as rock-solid as ever and fleshes out what the campaign can't execute on.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 90
    The greatest shooter on Ios. Get this one.
  16. 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.
  17. May 15, 2012
    80
    It may be a little short of original ideas and the controls can be fiddly, but blockbuster titles like this are what we need to take tablet and smartphone gaming to the next level.
  18. 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.
  19. Jun 28, 2012
    55
    Derivative, buggy, boring. N.O.V.A. 3 is nowhere near console quality.
  20. 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.
  21. May 25, 2012
    70
    A rather mixed bag. When it works well it's an impressive game that far outdoes any previous FPS Gameloft have put out, but there are too many bugs and issues still around to make it a consistently good experience.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  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. Feb 3, 2015
    10
    I don't know why people say it but this IS console quality. The game is really well made, great graphics, gameplay and campaign. This isI don't know why people say it but this IS console quality. The game is really well made, great graphics, gameplay and campaign. This is definitely a must have! Full Review »