N.O.V.A. 2: The Quintessential iPhone First Person Shooter

The war was supposed to be over. The human race had overcome the alien attack and were promised to live in peace. However, the peacetime was merely a ploy to lull the humans into a false sense of security, and now they need your help. This is the scenario that N.O.V.A. 2 places you in, playing as a Kal Wardin who is the only one who can save humanity and end the war again. N.O.V.A. 2 is the sequel to N.O.V.A. (Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance) a highly successful action-adventure first person shooter for iOS. Fight through intricate and complex levels, battling against aliens and trying to stay alive.

N.O.V.A. 2 brings new levels, new weapons such as Alien Lightning Gun’s, iPhone 4 Gyroscope support, and a new story line that provides hours of intense gameplay. The N.O.V.A. series brings Halo-esque gaming to your mobile phone. N.O.V.A. also features an online multiplayer mode which extends gameplay for hundreds more hours as you battle players from all over the world in several different game types. The combination of intense firefights and amazing graphics made me addicted the minute I started playing.

Gameplay

Single Player (Campaign) features intense fire fights versus huge alien mobs.

Single Player (Campaign) features intense fire fights versus huge alien mobs.

N.O.V.A. 2 starts out 6 years after you saved the entire human race from destruction. At the end of N.O.V.A, you convinced the Judgers (a group who sent their army of aliens to destroy the human race) to spare the lives of the innocent humans, but now it seems the Judgers have used this peacetime to plan another attack. Using the 6 years of peacetime, they developed a way to brainwash the remaining human race by offering them a perfect Utopia if they help crush any human resistance. You must now fight to once again save the human race and restore peace forever.

N.O.V.A. 2’s campaign mode lasted me around 3-4 hours of actual gameplay and it was really fun to play. While the game mostly consists of fire fights with a swarm of aliens, it managed to still keep me excited with mission objectives and huge melees.

The game usually throws in different-style fights and objectives, which provide relief from the constant firefights. One in-game mission in particular required setting an ambush on a convoy of aliens that are approaching. You can choose to set down strategically-placed mines to slow down the convoy or to face them head-on with assault rifle fire. With so many new weapons and new villains, along with an intense new campaign, N.O.V.A. 2 is completely worth the purchase if only just for the Single Player mode.

Play through beautiful landscapes

Play through beautiful landscapes.

Multiplayer

Multiplayer Mode gives you extra experience points for going on Killing Streaks.

Multiplayer Mode gives you extra experience points for going on Killing Streaks.

So you finished the game after 4 intense hours of gameplay and alien killing. With most games, you’d be about ready to remove the game to make room for some new apps. However with N.O.V.A. 2, the gameplay is just getting started when you finish the Single Player mode.

The game offers a huge online multiplayer system that brings you hundreds of additional hours of gameplay against other iPhone users. Just connect to Gameloft Live, the developers multiplayer network, and join a game that you’d like to play. Choose from 5 different multiplayer modes on over 10 unique maps.

My favorite mode is Capture the Flag, which separates users into two teams and sends them after the enemy flag. In addition to killing enemy players, your objective is to capture their flag and return it to your base. This game mode seems to suite many different styles of fighters. For those who love mindless killing, it allows them to chase away enemy players looking to steal your flag. For those who enjoy a good chase, they can find joy in sneaking behind the enemy base and stealing their flag.

Capture the enemies flag while at the same time defending your own.

Capture the enemies flag while at the same time defending your own.

Multiplayer also provides a way for players to show off their amazing fighting skills. Each kill and completed objective in multiplayer (like capturing the flag or having multiple kills) earns you more experience points. With more experience points, you can unlock more weapons and abilities for multiplayer. It also becomes a status symbol, the longer you play, the higher the experience points.

Choose from tons of different multiplayer games which feature different maps and game types.

Choose from tons of different multiplayer games which feature different maps and game types.

Conclusion

N.O.V.A. 2 provides hundreds of hours of immense gameplay that keeps you coming back for more. Between the challenging campaign mode and the addicting online play, you’ll never be bored with N.O.V.A. 2. It becomes a game that provides you with an almost endless supply of entertainment.

While some games offer a limited campaign mode and end up being played only once, N.O.V.A. 2 can be played over and over again without becoming boring. The money I spent on N.O.V.A and N.O.V.A. 2 have been the best investment in my iOS gaming ever. I’ve logged more hours playing these games than any other game.

So join me and a hundred thousand others in the fight against the alien invasion. Download N.O.V.A. 2 today and start saving the entire world.


Summary

N.O.V.A. 2 is the sequel to N.O.V.A. (Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance) a highly successful action-adventure first person shooter for iOS. Fight through intricate and complex levels, battling against aliens and trying to stay alive.

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