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



Violent 1st person shooter with minimal blood.
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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Excellent onscreen cues and choice of control layouts help ease you into the game.


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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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:December 17, 2009
Category:Action Games

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Teen, 13 years old Written bystarscore13 November 13, 2010

11+ for Blood, Gore, And Suggestive Themes.

Fun and full of action, great story mode. blood is visable when aliens are shot. a few dead bodies and gore blood smears on the ground are shown. When sniping enemys on the snow level the infected NOVA soldiers heads spert blood or explode. If u read this please giv a compliment. Thanks starscore!! P.S. a character talks about his berries.
Parent of a 10 year old Written byparental advisor2000 February 24, 2011

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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Parent Written byDaviss February 17, 2014

N.O.V.A. 3

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