Gameloft Releases N.O.V.A. First-Person Shooter on Facebook
Gotta hand it to those Gameloft guys. They’re leaving no alternative, non-traditional video gaming platform unmolested by the N.O.V.A. series. The games are available on the iPhone and iPad and on devices that run Google’s Android operating system, and soon it’ll be available on Panasonic Internet TVs, too.
Oh, and now there’s a N.O.V.A. Facebook game.
That’s right, N.O.V.A. Elite is a free-to-play Facebook-based first-person shooter, for those of you who felt FarmVille was not quite hardcore enough for you. It’s multiplayer-only and lets you customize the hell out of your character, a supersuit-wearing space marine who is an acorn that fell not too far from the tree of Halo inspiration.
Having played a few rounds on N.O.V.A. Elite, I was left…well, I wasn’t exactly pounding away at the “Like” button. It’s a touch laggy (because it’s on Facebook, I imagine), it’s not very clear exactly what kills you when you die or how the gunplay works as far as damage, it keeps crashing my browser and it only has one map open at the outset. In order to keep playing more than one round at a time, it appears as though you have to pony up the fake Facebook dough to purchase new maps.
If you’re willing to go in for that kind of thing, there seems to be a lot of weapons and customization available if you just earn or pay for it. Check out the trailer below for a bit more information.