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N.O.V.A. 3 Review (iPhone, iPad) | MetalArcade.Net

Gameloft’s N.O.V.A. franchise has always been seen as an unashamed Halo ripoff. However, the developer knows what they’re doing, and the games have always been fun to play, despite the obvious influences. This time around, in N.O.V.A. 3, the game visually borrows a great deal from Crysis 2. Kal Wardin’s suit has been revamped in the style of the Nanosuit, and the guns and HUD have been retooled with a Crysis influence. You even start the game out in a city environment, heavily recalling the urban warfare of Crysis 2.

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xursz1502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

I tried playing this on my iPhone and wow it sucks. AI is terribly stupid. It runs horribly. Constant frame rate drops. This is why I hate to waste money on these phone games.. Besides that the game isn't even fun, the controls are hardly workable. Let me just warn others to not waste their money like I did. Don't be fooled by the shiny colors, you have been warned.

MetalArcade1502d ago

I had no problems on my iPod Touch 4g, which I reviewed this on. No problems online either. The controls are definitely hard to get used to, but that's the way it is with all smartphone FPS games.

haji1495d ago

I played it on my itouch 3rd gen...thats right... 3RD GENERATION and i plays perfectly fine... no lag no connection issues... only problem with the game is the re-spawning

MetalArcade1502d ago

Yep, I said that in the review

raytraceme1502d ago

Any reason that this can't be on the quad gpu cpu vita???

svoulis1502d ago

I agree! Hell N.O.V.A is actually a psp Mini as well, but its horrible. Bad port all around. But thats what we get for a 2 dollar game.

I'd pay money for this game on my Vita that's for sure.

Sony needs to get on the wagon soon because this is exactly the type of games the Vita needs to survive, 10-15 dollar download games FTW.

b-real1502d ago

Yes...the Vita's minimal install base does not currently justify the cost to port.

raytraceme1502d ago

you have no clue what you are talking about when it comes to mobile gaming.

The vita has virtually the same hardware as the new ipad +2 cpu cores. Porting should take no time. Also assigning controls isn't hard either. It would take about a few hundred bucks to port a game like this to the vita ;)

b-real1502d ago

I admit, I have not been involved in the process of porting a game from one mobile platform to another. But since you are clearly an expert on the matter, I am curious...how much coding required? How much difference is there between the iOS development kit and the PSV development kit? Are there any remodelling or texturing requirements?

From my limited understanding, just because the new iPad has 2 cpu cores and so does the vita - it does not mean that it is simply a 'copy/paste' effort to port a game. Doesn't NOVA 3 also run on the single core iPhone 4? or iPad 1?

I think its safe to assume that neither of us know what we are talking about :)

TheDivine1502d ago

This game is freaking beautiful, goes toe to toe with the vita/3ds games. I always enjoyed the nova games and most gameloft tiles despite their unoriginality. They play/look as good as the best handheld games they just lack buttons. Bring this to 3ds or vita and i will gladly buy it.

Make a vita phone or an iphone with slideout buttons and il ditch handhelds for good (and i adore my 3ds and vita)

TheModernKamikaze1502d ago

Not a Halo clone it's a Crysis 2 clone. or both.