Parents' Guide to

N.O.V.A. 2 - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance

By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Multiplayer boosts violent sequel, but controls hamper it.

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

nova is not 16 and up

you can attack aliens with laser cannons and diffrent sorts of weapons and cannons they do swear a fare amount yeah thats basacally it

This title has:

Too much violence
age 15+

Good FPS Halo like game

I don't know Why they didn't say it had no swearing! I have the app and through the campaign you hear "Get that B***erd!" The more bad guys there are the more you hear it. There is some blood. Multiplayer is good. There is no chat. So no swearing in multiplayer. 15 and up 4 single player.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (9 ):

While the original N.O.V.A. set the bar for action games on the iPad, several other titles have since bested it. This sequel to that game is good, but doesn't redefine the category. Like the original, the story and many of the game's elements are obvious Halo rip-offs, but that's not overly important as the game is more action focused. It features a robust online multiplayer element, which is what will attract most players. But its biggest flaw is its control structure. There are so many onscreen buttons to be mindful of that it's hard to access what you need in the middle of a fight without looking away from the action. And especially later in the game, that can be fatal.

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