N.O.V.A. 3

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The third instalment of the N.O.V.A. franchise starts with a bang as our hero – Kal Warden – returns to the ruins of a battle-scarred Planet Earth to set about rescuing humanity all over again.

This first-person shooter owes a great debt to the popular Halo console series, having long paid homage to the space shooter. The latest outing isn’t such a carbon copy as before however and has finally managed to develop its own personality. Gameloft has even managed to incorporate a bit of humour into proceedings this time round. In one of the early scenes after you crash land, a fellow soldier approaches you and asks how many fingers he is holding up. ‘A million?’ you deadpan back.

The landscapes you traverse are remarkably beautiful, from a bombed-out future vision of San Francisco to a space hulk brimming with alien technology. The graphics look better all round, and some scenes will have you pausing to take in your surroundings before you plunge into the next action sequence.

Along the way the usual run-and-shoot gameplay is broken up with missions where you jump in giant mechs and unleash hell, or run stealthy sniper missions in support of your allies.

On top of the campaign is a solid multiplayer mode where up to 12 players can duke it out online (using either Android or iOS devices, which is nice). Multiplayer has the usual array of game types including deathmatch and capture the flag. N.O.V.A. 3 also incorporates vehicles into multiplayer, which works pretty well (if a bit chaotically). Some players have reported having a slightly laggy experience in multiplayer, but Gameloft should be able to sort that out in due course.

With a satisfying campaign and a well-designed multiplayer mode, N.O.V.A. 3 is one of Gameloft’s best titles to date. Intergalactic planetary ultra-violence.

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Publisher: Gameloft
Platform: iOS, Android
Age: 12+
Price: £4.99

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