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Gameloft Finally Releases N.O.V.A. 2 to the Android Market, And It Proceeds To Blow Our Minds

I am a huge FPS junkie, so when I’m not writing, enjoying the company of my cats or walking on the beach, I am slaying noobz on Call of Duty. I was quite excited to find that Gameloft had finally released N.O.V.A. 2 to the Android Market this week. After seeing the price tag though, I was a little hesitant – I’m not about to pay $6.99 for something unless I know it works darn well (especially when it’s only $5 at Gameloft.com). Then I read through a few user reviews though and decided that it was a solid purchase and shelled out my money. 

After the purchase I was surprised to see a wonderful pop-up telling me there was an additional 265MB of data I would need to download in order to play this beast. First of all, I don’t know how many of you might have some really slow Wi-Fi, but sometimes I only get about 5 MB down (when everyone is home), so basically it was either go for it and know that I would not be able to return this within the 15 minute time frame, or turn back now and get issued a refund. Of course, due to hypebeastin’, I accepted the download and spent a good 12 minutes watching the progress bar slowly trickle toward completion.

Oh boy was I happy I didn’t back out. I’m running the Samsung Nexus S at 1GHz (CyanogenMod7) and this game plays fantastically with no signs of lag. (Due to the fact I had to take screen captures I did get one Force Close, but it was not because of the game). Gameplay is totally solid and was basically everything I was hoping for in a FPS for my mobile. One extra really nifty feature is the ability to play other people online, which completely ties in with the whole, “Halo to go” motto we have stuck to this game.

If you’re a big gamer like myself, then definitely don’t be afraid of spending the money, I think you’ll definitely get your monies worth.

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  • http://twitter.com/GlobalTechblog Global Techno Blog

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  • http://profiles.google.com/chasehammer Chase Johnson

    It sucks. Looks great but im sorry a shooter without analog sticks is HORRID!   I cant play this accurately at all and the looking axis works sometimes and then sometimes it just fires without need and then sometimes it does whatever the hell it wants and you go spiraling into a wall and have no idea where you are and then boom you are dead. Fine for something like the Xperia Play but not for straight touch screens.

  • http://steamcommunity.com/id/cypherx82 cypherx82

    Sorry Tim, but CoD (unless it’s 4, 2, or 1) isn’t a good FPS.

  • http://twitter.com/nickdube Nicholas Dubé

    I coud be a dink and say iOS has this first – but I am sure many other people have already.  I am also sure that I want a nexus S or a SGS2 so I have no right to be a dink.  ENJOY and please be a good droider and buy the app :) 

  • Anonymous

    Gameloft sucks at porting to android. This game looks way better on my ipod 4 than my droid x.

  • Meanie

    Blows your mind, eh? Blew mine away a year ago on iPhone.

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  • scottymac

    lolz. Visiting the Gameloft site from my Galaxy Tab 10.1, I see the message: “There are no games for your device. U mad bro?” (Or something like that.) Epic fail.

    I’ve given money to Gameloft before; my Droid Inc. has NOVA on it and while I suck at it, it’s a neat game. Wish I could give them some more money for this version on my Tab, but oh well.

    This is a good example of what doesn’t work with the Android platform. Too many versions, developers can’t and/or won’t support at the speed of new device and OS version releases. Gets all kinds of fragmenty, and makes the relative simplistic, consistent approach of “the other guys” seem pretty smart after all.

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  • patrick

    AAnyone have a good account of this running on the Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1?

  • Cotobyron

    I got mine free from fourshare!!! :))

  • Mii

    Liky you said its 5$ from gameloft.com ? why would you pay the extra 2$ for the same game ? whats different.

  • Get Quad

    Anyone know what the file format is on the extra download? I have certain file blocks enabled for my work access point, so I need to know what to allow. Many Thanks!

  • Finire

    I am really disappointed that this is not available for the Xoom, it looks amazing.

  • http://profiles.google.com/chasehammer Chase Johnson

    i got it, now waiting to get home for some wifi downloading..

    …i so wish someone would make an app that would fool the phones into thinking 3g/4g is Wifi, something like how Wireless Teather takes over the internet but put it back through…dont know if its even possible but SOOO would be worth it if someone would make it.

  • Anonymous

    Please bring tablet/xoom support!!!

  • Anonymous

    Not compatible with my Xoom? How could they make a game with awesome graphics not compatible with a single 10.1″ screen device? I figured this would have been aimed at tablets. Honeycomb support best be on its way.

  • Anonymous

    System requirements?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

    Yay for yet another app that the Market refuses to sell to the Droid X2 as incompatible. It doesn’t appear in any searches and the Market link says the app can’t be found.

    • Cotobyron

      Download it free on the fourshare app :)

  • Leer

    How is it on the DX?

  • aj522

    Android market says it’s not compatible with my xperia play.  Gameloft store uses an xperia play to advertise the game.  I know it works with it, as it was an exclusive on the phone for a month.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    I wanna know when 9mm is coming out. That game looked pretty sweet.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      Agree that game looks tight

  • Mike_ster57

    Is it true it only runs on wifi?

  • Anonymous

    saw someone say it force closed on their TB after downloading the 256mb. They couldn’t get a refun cuz it took so long to DL so pass on this

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1501095082 Chris Hughes

    Seriously?  no Honeycomb support.

  • Bunie

    this looks like somthing you wouldnt want to play without two keypads or two stick things. (I’m looking at you, Xperia.) Too bad its so hard to game on a phone like the Droid X. :(

  • Bunie

    Makes me think of what it would be like if Quake and Halo had a baby. :P

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  • Anonymous

    Though others may disagree, think of this as Halo for Android.  The weapons are too similar (inb4 Bungie sues Gameloft for something ridiculous), the visuals are likewise, and the name is obvious.  No?  Not obvious?  Take this into account: NOVA stands for Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance.  HALO, prior to being the well-known FPS nomenclature, stood for High-Altitude Low-Orbit.  It was a military term for high-altitude jumps from the back of a C-130 aircraft for stealth operations.  I haven’t played it yet, but if the price ever goes down (Come on, Amazon appstore…  App of the day, please!  Free is better!), I’ll consider downloading and playing this to see how it is

  • http://www.facebook.com/miller.ryanscott Ryan Scott Miller

    I can’t believe they brough Halo to Android?!?!?…..What?….They didn’t?….That’s not….But there’s Warthogs….and even that little AI Chick in the dude’s head!?!?!  

    Oh well, I’ll take it!

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      +1!

      • Anonymous

        what console are you on?

    • Anonymous

      Not to mention the dropships! I love me some Halo!

    • Guest

      The pistols are a dead on copy of Halo’s as well, judging from the screenshots I saw in Android Market.

  • Rob C.

    Epic fail to them for the lack of Honeycomb support -__-

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

      if you go to their site you can buy it… I wouldn’t suggest it though, i did and it was a pain in the ASS

      • Rob C.

        I figured as much (saw your comment about Asphalt 6), but I once bought Let’s Golf from their website. Never again. They released an update to the app, and when I contacted their customer service to get the update they sent me a trial .apk that removed the full version from my phone. They sent me another version, promising it would work, and it still didn’t work. I ended up deleting the game.

        Thanks though

    • Anonymous

      I just went to download it on the web market and it said it was incompatible with my Xoom. I guess gameloft doesn’t want my money.

    • Anonymous

      +1!

  • Jmikel222

    How well does this run on the OG Droid?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

      I don’t think it’s compatible with it

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      Probably not very well :P

    • palomosan

      Unless you’re OG has a tegra2 inside it won’t.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

        That’s a relative statement. As of right now it’s incompatible with the X2 as there’s no way to get it from the market. Purchased/downloaded fine on my X1.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

        That’s a relative statement. As of right now it’s incompatible with the X2 as there’s no way to get it from the market. Purchased/downloaded fine on my X1.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

    I bought asphalt 6 off of gameloft.com for my xoom, biggest mess in the world. so if it’s not in the market don’t bother buying from them

  • Larry

    It is a cool game–played it on the itouch. Do youi know if you can do cross platform multiplayer games? Thanks

  • Anonymous

    I played the first one and loved it. Playing Battleheart now but after that I will definitely have to try this.

  • BostonB

    NICE!