N.O.V.A Sneaks Its Way Into The PlayStation Store
N.O.V.A (or Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance), made its debut on the iPhone to raving reviews. Not only did it show what the little smart phone could do graphically, but it also managed to make the touch control scheme tolerable.
N.O.V.A. tells the story of mankind’s migration to the stars, after Earth becomes unable to sustain life. Artificial satellites are created to allow for life to continue in the stars, and the protectors of these “near-orbitals” form a group called the “Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance.” Your involvement in the story begins when you are driven out of retirement to explore a mysterious ship that shows up unannounced and responding to no hails.
Sold as a PlayStation Mini, N.O.V.A. on PSP features:
- An epic single-player campaign with 13 levels set in the jungle, snow, spaceship, bunker and an alien city
- 6 weapons: Assault rifle, shotgun, sniper rifle, handgun, rocket launcher and plasma gun – plus grenades & machine gun turrets in certain levels
Note: Images shown are from iPhone version
I spent some time with the PSP version of the game (playing on both the PS3 and PSP), and am happy to report that Gameloft has done a good job of porting the game over to the PSP. The game allows you to map movement to the PSP’s face buttons, enabling “looking” controls with the analog nub. But you can still assign movement to the nub, and control your turning with the face buttons (with a helpful lock-on assistance). Unfortunately, you cannot assign either to the other analog stick when playing on the PS3. On the flip-side, the game looks great on the PSP screen (especially considering the $4.99 price tag). While it looks sharp on the PS3, the low-polygons are more pronounced on your large LCD screen. But then again, this is a five-dollar game.
Gameloft has been a prominent developer on the iPhone, and if N.O.V.A. is a sign that they might start porting games over to PSP, expect to find some potential gems in the PlayStation Mini section.