Jul 19, 2011
Space, it seems, is full of creatures that want to kill us. At least, that’s what video games tell us. As soon as the human race sets foot outside the solar system, we’ll probably be evaporated by laser fire or blown up by advanced particle bombs. That’s what NOVA 2, Gameloft’s latest FPS, thinks anyway. If the Modern Combat series of games is Gameloft’s homage to Call of Duty, then NOVA is its exclamation of love for the Halo games. You’re in space, you have an AI telling you to do things, and you have a suit of space armor.
You control your space marine with an on-screen d-pad and shoot, swap weapons, reload, jump and do a swathe of other things with various buttons that litter the screen edges. The game is great to look at, much like the rest of Gameloft’s catalog; they really can’t be faulted for the way they push triple-A values onto mobile devices. And NOVA 2, in its own way, is quite a lot of fun, full of interesting set pieces, explosions and alien invaders. Unfortunately, the problems that blighted NOVA 2’s stable mate, Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus, are still present here.
The shoot button sits in an uncomfortable place on screen, just where your right thumb wants to sit to control where you’re looking. This leads to plenty of accidental gun blasts, and quite a lot of annoyance. When you add to this the increased speed of the game, it becomes really rather frustrating.
NOVA 2 is fun, and it’s certainly impressive, but its problems prohibit it from reaching the dizzy heights of some of the other huge titles on the Android Market. It’s a shame, because with a tighter shooting mechanism and a few tweaks to the UI, NOVA 2 could have been brilliant. As it is, it’s very much the aliens who’ve got the upper hand in this one.
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