NOVA 3 Review
NOVA 3 is a fantastic game for handheld smartphones and tablet devices. The only problem is the control. If you are a hardcore gamer then we recommend you to try this game. The story is fine, the sound is good but the graphics are really good. If you can overcome the clunky control and occasional problems, then you must enjoy the game. There may be a slight urge to play the story a second time, but there is an urge to revisit the multiplayer option in the game.
NOVA 3 detailed review
The best experience of a first person shooting game is always on the PC. The keyboard and mouse have been ideal controllers to get those accurate head shots. But with the growth of consoles, the fan following of FPS games has been divided into 2 camps namely console and PC. The third competitor, however, is going to be the device for the first-person game-tablet.
Gameloft is a company that has been in the limelight of mobile gaming for a long time. Developers in the recent past have brought us AAA gaming titles such as Splinter Cell Conviction, Prince of Persia, The Amazing Spider-Man and many more on mobile and tablet platforms. An addition to their arsenal of games is the NOVA 3. The game is the third title in Gameloft’s FPS (First Person Shooter) series. Does it do justice to the FPS franchise on a portable touchscreen or are you better off with a traditional mouse and keyboard?
In NOVA 3, you again play the role of Kal Warden, a former officer of the Near Orbital Vanguard Alliance (NOVA), a military force whose goal now is, of course, to protect inhabitants outside of Earth. In an attempt to bring the Earth back to its former glory, humanity steals an alien artifact and creates some serious imbalances and it depends on time to fly (quite literally) and save the day.
The best part of the story is that it has a complete cast voice that plays different characters and tries to add an emotional connection to the game. The bottom line is that the story has little to do with keeping gamers hooked, especially if you’re new to the franchise. The story is a general science fiction and it is not necessarily a bad thing The game also tries to show an emotional side of the main protagonist.
The story is told through Katsin with full voice acting. To look like a prophet?
To get started, it will take you 5 to 7 hours to run the original campaign which is relatively long considering that it is a game on a handheld device. Throughout the story you will be introduced to an arsenal of weapons that will include values such as handguns, assault rifles, shotguns, sniper rifles, bazookas and some alien weapons. The arsenal of weapons is large and varied to keep the gameplay fresh.
The Pause menu gives you easy access to objectives and weapon upgrades
Adding variety to the gameplay is that you will manage through multiple vehicles as well as several situations and the gameplay is kept fresh at every turn.
There are some puzzles in the mix but they are just to pull this lever here, put this crystal in there and make a hole here. These are nothing more than speed bumps in an action-packed thrilling ride.
App-mediated shopping in Nova
Well, all of these elements of the gameplay would be perfect if there wasn’t a big flaw with the system – the controls. The touch screen is not an ideal controller for playing first-person shooting games. Game controls are felt all over the screen. Weapons and grenades are selected at the top right of the screen, buttons used for shooting and other action capabilities are at the bottom right of the screen, and bottom left for navigation and sprinting. The rest of the screen is used for turning your character left or right.
There are a few bugs in the game where we had to reload from a past checkpoint because a certain door would not open or a certain army would appear in a certain place but these are minor subtleties.
The game gets tougher as you progress through missions and as you progress through the game you begin to encounter new enemies.
NOVA 3 also offers multiplayer gaming. The multiplayer 6 in NOVA 3 matches 6 and the performance of the game largely depends on your Wi-Fi power. The NOVA 3’s multilayer is complete with leaderboard and performance analysis and can be compared to any console shooter.
The overall gameplay of the NOVA 3 could have been perfect if it weren’t for the uncomfortable controls. Some may become accustomed to control within 20 minutes. Others will fight the frustration. It is a consolation that the game employs a useful goal support strategy.
Straightforward, NOVA 3 is one of the best looking games we’ve ever seen on a tablet device. We played the game on the third generation Apple iPad and the game was as smooth as butter. When the action on the screen becomes ballistic, the frame rate decreases a bit but there is nothing that does not hinder the gaming experience. The heat distortion from the gun, the recoil animation, the dynamic lighting, the enemy animation, the make and the movement of the vehicle, all looked great.
Previous NOVA games have been criticized for looking a lot like the Hello franchise. Although NOVA 3 tries to maintain an original look but you can help the feeling that you are playing Crysis on your tablet device.
The costumes of Kal Wardin and his comrades reminded us a lot about the Prophet of Crisis and the enemies also reminded us that we have dealt with aliens in other games. But the experience is great.
The game environment is also diverse and adds to keep the experience fresh. One moment you will be in a concrete jungle, the next moment you will be on an alien planet. Afterwards, you travel in a cable car where enemies shoot at you from both directions – the atmosphere is really good.
The voice acting in the game is not up to the uncharted level but still it is good. The characters play their parts strongly and there are very few moments where the game feels boastful. Although we would like to see some tongue and cheek humor.
The sound effects of the gun are varied and it has a nice thud. Aliens sound like aliens and that’s a very good thing. The background score has its varied speed. The best aspect of the sound in the gamer is that you will walk through a silent corridor only to be greeted by the sound of lots of shots at the next turn.
The best way to enjoy the sound of the game is through a nice pair of headphones. IPad speakers don’t judge games.
The last row
NOVA 3 is a fantastic game for handheld smartphones and tablet devices. The only problem is the control. If you are a hardcore gamer then we recommend you to try this game. The story is fine, the sound is good and the graphics are really good. If you can overcome the clunky control and occasional problems, then you must enjoy the game. There may be a slight urge to play the story a second time, but there is an urge to revisit the multiplayer option in the game.
Price: অ্যাপ 6.99 (approximately Rs. 380) in the Apple App Store and Rs. 380 in the Google Play Store.
Device Requirements: Compatible with Android 2.2 and later. Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Android users can download the game here, iOS users can download the game here.