N.O.V.A. Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance
|Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance|
Promotion image for the PlayStation Minis release of the game.
|Distributor(s)||Apple, Sony, Google|
|Release||December 17, 2009
|Genre(s)||Action-adventure, First-person shooter|
Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, better known as N.O.V.A. for short, is an action-adventure video game for the iPod and other Apple products made for Apple by Gameloft. It was released on December 17, 2009 for iOS, WebOS and is one of the games containing the Gameloft Live online gaming service. It was later released on the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3 on December 21, 2010, just five days after the release of N.O.V.A. 2. The game's hostiles (known as "Xenos") are similar to those in the Metroid series as well as the Halo series.
N.O.V.A. is primarily a first-person shooter, with one on-rails driving segment. Throughout the game's twelve levels, players fight alien enemies known as Xenos. The game takes major cues from sci-fi console shooters, such as the Halo and Metroid series. The player can use eight weapons that resemble futuristic versions of weapons found in one of Gameloft's previous works, Modern Combat: Sandstorm.
Players can use multiplayer in N.O.V.A. in the following ways:
In the far future, Earth was no longer able to sustain life on its crust. Because of that, huge satellites called "Near- Orbitals", were designed and built for people to live on. In order to protect themselves, mankind formed a group called the Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance. The player assumes the role of a member of the Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance and defend the satellites against the aliens that seek to destroy mankind.
The game was well received by critics and has a Metacritic score of 94/100 based on nine reviews. Levi Buchanan of IGN awarded the game a 9/10, calling it "the best first-person shooter on the iPhone right now." Pocket Gamer gave the game a 9/10 and a "Gold Award". Slide to Play gave a perfect 4/4, saying "Fans of FPSes shouldn't let this one slip by. Halo ripoff or not, it packs a lot of great content into a tiny, modestly-priced package."
On July 21, 2010, N.O.V.A, along with Modern Combat: Sandstorm, Gangstar: West Coast Hustle, and Assassin's Creed: Altaïr's Chronicles, was heavily updated for the iPhone 4. It includes gyroscope control, HD and 3D graphics, and is compatible with multitasking on iOS 4.
On August 31, 2010, the free version of N.O.V.A. HD was released for iPad.
A remaster of the game called N.O.V.A Legacy, with updated graphics, a weapon upgrade system, a power meter, and other features was released on March 27, 2017.
N.O.V.A. has the following ratings:
- Apple: 15+ (for violence and blood)
- ESRB: T (for violence and depictions of blood)
- PEGI: 15 (for depictions of violence)
A sequel to N.O.V.A. was developed and published by Gameloft and released in the iTunes App Store on December 16, 2010, titled N.O.V.A. 2: The Hero Rises Again. The game innovated on the many designs created by the first N.O.V.A., and added many new features such as 10-player online multiplayer matches, retina display and gyroscope support for the iPhone 4. Later, on May 10, 2012, N.O.V.A. 3 was released on the App Store, also developed and published by Gameloft. It added new features such as 2-man cars in multiplayer and updated graphics after working an in-house editor.
- "N.O.V.A. - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance Critic Reviews for iPhone/iPad at Metacritic.com". Metacritic. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
- Buchanan, Levi. "N.O.V.A. Review - iPhone Review at IGN". IGN. Retrieved 15 April 2012.