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N.O.V.A. 3 for iPhone and iPad Is A Terribly Pretty Clone

N.O.V.A. 3

I’m still a little annoyed with Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance’s (N.O.V.A.) lackluster attempt to make a fake acronym, but there’s no denying the third installment of Gameloft’s shameless Halo clone is pretty. Many of the delicious FPS delights – like dynamic lighting, particle systems, and enemies that fly away like ragdolls when you shoot them – are now present in a $7 iOS game. The production values are generally good enough for me to describe N.O.V.A. 3 as a “first person shooter”, and I no longer feel the need to preface it with the word “mobile” as a sort of disclaimer. I’m also a fan of the universal status of the app, which means that a single price tag nets you both the iPhone and iPad versions of the game.

I still don’t like Gameloft’s unabashed copycat game designing style, but if clones on iOS are looking this good, that’s got to be a decent sign for gaming on the platform, right?


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