The acclaimed N.O.V.A. – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance sci-fi series has got to be one of the best-looking first-person shooters for iOS devices money can buy.

Just as we’re holding our breath for a third installment in this sci-fi series, French developer Gameloft is out with a new trailer revealing some pretty doggone ideas and jaw-dropping 3D graphics…

As the folks at Nvidia keep on hinting that mobile graphics will be competing with consoles in the not-too-distant future, the revolution is already happening on the iOS platform.

Take, for example, the upcoming Infinity Blade Dungeons, a medieval game designed to show off graphical prowess of the new iPad.

As for Gameloft’s upcoming N.O.V.A. sequel, it’ll definitely blow your mind.

It features quite amazing graphics that would have just a year ago been unheard-of on smartphones or tablets.

Just watch the new trailer.

I love how Halo-esque the game looks!

The trailer doesn’t reveal much in a way of features, save for the ability to team up with friends to drive vehicles and a bunch of enhancements, such as six huge maps, ten different weapons and a wealth of character customization options at your disposal.

Having played both the original N.O.V.A. FPS and its sequel, I’m definitely looking forward to the third installment and some dazzling sci-fi carnage on my iPhone.

Stay tuned as we review N.O.V.A. 3 following its release on the iPhone and iPad later this month.

Have you played N.O.V.A. games yet on your iOS device?

  • Dan

    here’s hoping it’s not only multiplayer

  • niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • nice!!!! A Halo like multiplayer for iOS!!! Can’t wait for N.O.V.A. 3!

    • I can. N.O.V.A. 2 was fun for about 3 days. Looking back on it, it has got to be one of the worst iOS games I’ve ever played

  • Tom

    It looks cool. A bit of a Halo rip-off by the looks of things, but if you’re going to rip-off a game, it may as well be one of the best!

    With so many cool iOS games out, it just makes me sad that there isn’t even a half-decent control mechanism. Onscreen joystick (as with Street Fighter II and GTA3) is about as good as it gets but it still sucks. We need a proper control pad for iPhone/iPad. I heard that Apple is working on one. They need to get a move-on!

    • Falk M.

      This. so. much.

  • Anonymous

    Am i the only who thinks games like this very very awkward to control. specially when precision and aiming is a necessity? OK it looks very nice for a mobile game but a PS3/Xbox controller can never be replaced with touching a screen. your hands are not in my opinion meant to cover the screen.
    I really think they need to bring out a universal apple Authorized controller for the iPhone.

    • @BLTKOR it is like it is you are right

      Me I hope its MP only and the iphone can be used as an gamepad. I want a Halo or Quake style MP on my 50 inch….. That´s what i want

    • Anonymous

      Personally i’ll never entertain games on a phone until there’s a dedicated controller that works for all games, none of this touching the screen and covering half of it with on screen controls, not to mention the current 3rd party controllers work for a handful of games, most of which are garbage or not something i’d ever play.

      I’ll never do away with a console but it would be nice if one day I could play console games at console quality on my iPad with a dedicated controller but until then i’ll pass and stick to Angry Birds, Real Racing and Flick Soccer etc lol

  • Like I pointed out in that last airplane game, why don’t they show the explosions with the vehicles. They bluntly cut off the video just before any of the projectiles hit the vehicles.
    Oh well maybe next year, then I can start taking AirPlay seriously.

  • Anonymous

    More apps need the ability to use an iPhone or iPod as a controller for another device running a game. There are alot of us that happen to own 2 seperate iOS devices. in my case an iPod 4 and and an iPad 2.

    • I absolutely agree! There should be such an option for some games, and in this one would be cool too 🙂

  • It would be killer if Microsoft studios and 343 released Halo for iOS. Complete with multiplayer and everything!

  • Anonymous

    While this is nice for mobile game, people who have been fragging on their consoles will keep on playing their systems. And LOL, graphics that could “compete” with consoles? Consoles that are like 7 years old? And I just can’t be engaged with an FPS using touch controls..

  • What consoles? the controls for these games will never outdo consoles. there are very few people who have gotten iOS controls right (Infinity Blade series is an example)

  • Battery gone in like 5min 🙂

  • Dylan Knox

    What Consoles? lol PS3 FTW. But i love PC gaming because unlike anything else, It’s cheaper to upgrade your performance over time.

    • Exactly. It’s really hilarious how Apple, and the fanboys like the author really believe that Apple will take over gaming industry. Sure, maybe with simple games like angry birds, or this game that will last the iDevice 5 minutes before it dies.

      Also, the controls are POS. Real gaming will require physical controls, not touch screen. So many times I lost the game on my iPod because my finger slid off the “touchscreen thumbstick”.

      • Idk in what world do you live in but by estimates 62% of core-gamers already play on smartphones, Apple have an increasing gaming marketshare while the whole industry is shrinking. Smartphones owns 60% of portable gaming by revenue and growing against sony and nintendo. The smartphone’s app ecosystem is the gate for new developers (and olds) to release their apps at the lowest cost. So apple/smartphones are taking over gaming industry.

      • Well, I give you one challenge. Try to beat Grand Theft Auto 3 on the iDevice with that crappy touch screen joystick. If you can beat the game, I might reconsider my opinion.

        Now try and play Grand Theft Auto 3 on a console or a PC, and tell me the difference.

  • I’ve apsolutly LOVED N.O.V.A. and N.O.V.A. 2!!!!!! I will definitely be diggin’ this one!!