Mar 31, 2017
Gameloft’s N.O.V.A. series has come quite far — so much so, that simply referring to it as a Halo clone feels unfair, given its longevity. In N.O.V.A. Legacy, we get to see the latest Android iteration of the first person shooter series.
Backstory: it’s the future, and humans have had to find places beyond earth (near orbital satellites) to live. New alien threats have also appeared, and forces like the Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance — yep, NOVA — are formed to protect humankind.
The player takes on the persona of Kal Wardin, a retired NOVA soldier called upon to figure out what has happened on the Colonial Pride Frigate.
The game comes forth in first person perspective, allowing the player to glean the action through the “eyes” of the screen. The main character is equipped with weapons, and the main idea is to advance to way points — in other words, finish missions and move on.
The first step is getting through the hands-on tutorial. We’re introduced to the invaded ship, and learn how to use the controls to effect sweeping vision and movement. Then, using the weapons provided plus reloading, and interacting with objects that allow for such.
And taking on the ghastly Xenos bent on human destruction. Especially that.
Using simple touch controls, the player goes through the ship, looking for goodies and looking out for enemies combatants. The game utilizes sights, with which one can shoot the enemy; they fight back though, and some even use evasive moves to make them harder to hit.
This cover and shoot element goes both ways; it is a great tool for our hero. There are grenades, codes to collect and utilize, and even strategic decisions to make when dealing with waves of enemies.
After a level is complete, collected goodies can be utilized; the game incorporates a crafting element. The arena multiplayer part is the cherry on top.