N.O.V.A. 2 Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance
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Step into the ultimate sci-fi FPS!
IGN - 8.5/10 + Editor's Choice: "a stunning shooter that should not be missed."
The AppEra: "N.O.V.A. 2 is simply the BEST FPS on the App Store right now."
TouchGen: "Intense and highly addictive."
iLounge: "It’s hard to find a game with this much content and intensity at any price."
148apps: "N.O.V.A. 2 really does feel almost console worthy."
App Advice: "The best online multiplayer around with quick connection, and ten player battles."
6 years have passed since the events depicted in the first episode.
Humanity is now thrown into a bloody civil war fought on one side by the central government of the Terran Orbitals and the self-appointed Human-Alien Alliance; a new organization with a mysterious origin and agenda. Kal Wardin left active service in N.O.V.A. years ago and now lives among the colonists of the desert planet Scorpius.
But war never spares even the most peaceful places...
AN EXTENSIVE ACTION-PACKED SINGLE-PLAYER CAMPAIGN:
- 13 chapters taking you through hostile, yet amazing environments of various Orbitals
- Varied gameplay: Run, shoot, fall, drive a motorbike, pilot a giant mech, and blast a laser
- Over a dozen weapons including the Dual Hand Guns, Assault Rifle, Shotgun, Automatic Shotgun, Sniper Rifle, Rocket Launcher, Grenade Launcher, Alien Plasma Gun, Alien Lightning Gun, Alien Laser Gun, Turrets, Frag Grenades and Mines
- 3 special powers: Freeze, Slow Time and Disc for melee combat
- Experience intense combats against a wide range of enemies with improved AI
INTENSE MULTIPLAYER MODES:
- 1~10 players online or locally
- 5 modes: Free for All, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Freeze Tag, and InstaGib
- Ranking & perk systems
- 10 maps on which to battle it out
- Play against your friends or the entire world through Gameloft LIVE!
- Worldwide leaderboards in the game & on the official website, www.near-orbit-vanguard-alliance.com
JOIN THE FIGHT WITH MANY OTHER FANS!
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I like this game alot. Graphics are ok, and it runs smooth on my Mac Mini Gen 2.
My only complaint is that Im having trouble seeing the cross hairs. When aiming at an enemy standing infront of the sky or other light background the cross hairs are very hard to see. I would ask the developers to consider adding a cross hairs choosing menu under the configuration menu like Unreal Tournament had. The ability to change the cross hairs and its color would help out tremendously.
My only other minor gripe is the high number of cut scenes and their unpredictability. For example; Your running through a building and you loose control as a cut scene hits, turning your character to view the robot break through the wall. I swing my mouse to quickly turn to the right so I can run through the breach and use it for cover and buy some time. However the cut scene swings me around to the right as well. This causes me to overshoot my turn and causes a frantic moment as I try to locate the breach. All cut scenes have to end the same way so the player can anticipate his next moves. When some end leaving you facing the threat, and others end turning you left or right, the player is left frustrated and dreading the cut scenes.
All in all, I highly recomend this game.
After beating it now, a few huge fatal deficiencies
Now that I've played through the whole game, here are some major problems:
-no inertia or even rudementary phyisical modeling--especially the big bosses look like their rendered with sprites because their turns and stops are so fake looking; as far as playability, I found that I would very frequently miss shots when I tried to lead--the stupid 40 ton alien wouldn't even arc a milimeter when he turned
-several glitches in spatial continuity dealing with large enemies hitting environmental obstacles--they would jump halfway accross the room in a single frame in some situations and/or alteranate back and forth; I would not complain about this except that it happened often enough as to significantly affect the playability
-the enemies almost always 'teleport' randomly into rooms with you--this comes accross as lazy and detracts from any aspirations for realism
-the enemies are extremely dumb and one-dimensional--you discover by the first level that each enemy's entire behavioral repertoire can be played out in about five seconds
-the mouse button cannot be assigned to anything other than fire
Unlike some others critical of this game, I think the graphics follow a certain stylization that I like. They look good except in the situations I mentioned above severely detract from it.
I love this game to bits, there's absolutely nothing wrong with it at all, the gameplay is the best I've seen, it's smoother than any other game with absolutely no lag whatsoever and aiming is very accurate. This is such a well made game with a whopping 10 maps to play on! Most addictive and fun game - it's also a bargain at ten bucks!
I have this game on the iPhone 4 which is great, but obviously it's much better (and easier) to play on the Mac. I have just finished playing it for the night, it's almost 6am now, that's how addictive this game is! Again, there is nothing wrong with this game, it's perfect and it will play well even on the lowest of specs. Gameplay is brilliant and extremely responsive, and the multiplayer is perfect too!
This game is better than Modern Combat: Domination, as that lags quite a lot - I don't know why Gameloft couldn't make it as good as N.O.V.A. 2.
If you haven't bought this game yet, then do so now, you won't regret it. It's a bargain, so buy it now!