Gameloft has never been shy about the heavy influence the Halo franchise had on its first two N.O.V.A. titles. Despite this significant borrowing, IGN awarded both N.O.V.A. and N.O.V.A. 2 Editor's Choice awards, praising their intense gunplay and ambitious design.
For N.O.V.A. 3, it appears Gameloft has turned to a different sci-fi FPS franchise for inspiration. Space marine protagonist Kal Wardin has been redesigned to resemble Crysis hero Jake Dunn instead of Master Chief, and players also have a variety of revised Crysis-esque abilities at their disposal. Gameloft has also seemingly taken inspiration from Crysis developer Crytek's technical wizards– N.O.V.A. 3 is probably the most visually impressive mobile game I have seen yet.