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

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Multiplayer boosts violent sequel, but controls hamper it.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 9 reviews

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Ease of Play

There are a lot of player controls on screen -- sometimes too many to keep track of without distracting you from the battle you're in the midst of, which can prove deadly. 


The game is a first person shooter, so the violence is pretty much nonstop. You'll fire or face a variety of weapons, ranging from rifles to grenades to laser pulses. Explosions are commonplace, and when your character is gravely injured, the screen becomes obscured with blood. 


The app actively promotes in-app purchases, including a $2 map pack via interstitial screens and from the main menu. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that N.O.V.A. 2 - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance is a first person shooter that is loaded with violence and death. While the game is set in a sci-fi universe, the violence is very realistic and entirely inappropriate for younger players. Blood is minimal, though (only appearing when your character is nearing death). There's also a heavy push for an in-app purchase for additional multiplayer maps, which teens may desire so they can play with their friends. The Gameloft Live! opt-in feature allows players to connect to strangers, including the ability to text chat online with others.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bymegastaraxe October 5, 2012

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
Adult Written byBushMan6 December 12, 2011

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... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 1, 2013

Good but gory and has strong language.

Nova 2 is a great game with blood and gore language. With shotguns machine guns snipers mines frag grenades and plasma guns there is lots of gore like chunks of... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 13, 2013


Well it is a great game! But there is some language. But then again most kids that age know that language from secretly watching Family Guy or something. Overal... Continue reading

Is it any good?

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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