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Submitted by MetalArcade 1073d ago | review

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. (iPad, iPhone, N.O.V.A. 3) 4.5/5

xursz  +   1073d 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.
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MetalArcade  +   1073d 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.
haji  +   1066d 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
NnT3291  +   1073d ago
Its a Crysis 2 clone
MetalArcade  +   1073d ago
Yep, I said that in the review
raytraceme  +   1073d ago
Any reason that this can't be on the quad gpu cpu vita???
svoulis  +   1073d 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-real  +   1073d ago
Yes...the Vita's minimal install base does not currently justify the cost to port.
raytraceme  +   1073d 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-real  +   1073d 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 :)
TheDivine  +   1073d 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)
TheModernKamikaze  +   1072d ago
Not a Halo clone it's a Crysis 2 clone. or both.

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