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

By Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent 1st person shooter with minimal blood.

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age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

N.O.V.A. 3

It's not all that violent, and there is minimal blood.
age 8+

N.O.V.A 2 is a great game

I think it's fine and has little violence but not much I say its a great game for 8+ children although it looks alot like halo its got very little violence and no bad language.

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Educational value

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (20 ):

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.

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