A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Excellent onscreen cues and choice of control layouts help ease you into the game.
Violence & Scariness
Blood splatters on the screen when you are wounded or killed by another player. Brief fistfight at the start of the game.
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Mild. Your first-person character complains, "You got me by the berries."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this super-realistic first-person shooter is violent but there's minimal blood. Online play poses no privacy risk as long as kids don't volunteer personal info.
Is It Any Good?
N.O.V.A. is top-notch first-person shooter entertainment for older teens. You play an ex-Marine fighting aliens to save a space colony. Play starts in a steamy jungle and moves to gritty cargo ships. Fluid graphics and atmospheric sounds - birdsong, the crunch of boots, ragged breathing - make for terrific realism. The care to detail carries over to opposing online players, who appear as fully fleshed out soldiers, not just fleeting graphics.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.