by: Brian Lamacraft
; edited by: Michael Hartman
; updated: 5/25/2012
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N.O.V.A Elite or Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance is a Facebook shooter style game with 3D graphics. Fight in death match or team death match across several game maps.
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Facebook Shooter Games: N.O.V.A Elite Basics
While Facebook has been great for casual games such as farming or making a city, you won’t find that many Facebook shooter games on the site but that has changed with N.O.V.A Elite. This shooter used the latest in 3D graphics and you’ll need a powerful computer to run the game. The game features an extensive game store with many different weapons you can buy with game cash or Facebook Credits. You play as a space marine and each match will clock in at five minutes, which is enough time to get some kills. The game features several maps for some added variety and a score sheet for your player as well as leader boards.
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The game features an impressive list of weapons for your player. The game features handguns, rifles, sniper rifles, shotguns, grenades, machine guns, rockets, and melee knives. More weapons are coming soon to the game for even more options. Players can unlock various weapons as they level up in the game or purchase them with game coins and Facebook credits. Many of the better weapons cost Facebook credits, which will turn off many players who can just play another shooter like Black Ops and get weapons as they level up in the game. There are several sets of cool looking armor but again you have to pay for these features with credits. You can outfit your character with different armor pieces such as masks, arms, chest plate, and so on. You start with some default armor but it would be nice to have more free options here. Players that buy weapons and armor will have a huge advantage over those that don’t in the game. You can buy upgrades such as reload speed, range, firepower and, fire rate with Facebook credits. The game currently has four main maps including commander center, space ship, jungle, and snow base with more on the way. Overall, you have many options here for those who want to pay money for them.
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The graphics and sound in N.O.V.A are impressive for a Facebook game. The title is in full 3D and you’ll need at least 2GB of RAM to get the game to play properly as well as a decent graphics card. The main problem with this is that people who own powerful computers for gaming will be busy playing other shooter games on their systems. N.O.VA Elite isn’t a casual shooter that will load onto your baseline netbook for example, so you can take it with you. The game is a graphic intensive game that just seems out of place on Facebook where you can play casual games. It is difficult to say how many people will leave Black Ops for example, to play N.O.VA on Facebook.
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N.O.V.A has an excellent interface when you first start the game you can enter different areas such as the game store, statistics, and enter the main game play area. At the bottom of the screen, you can recruit your Facebook friends to play with you. To the left you can view daily challenges such as getting five sniper kills, for coin rewards. On the multiplayer side, you can add your friends and send them gifts. Since this is a shooter, you’ll be competing against other Facebook players in the game and doing team play if in that mode. New modes should follow as the game develops on Facebook.
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N.O.V.A offers players a decent first person shooter game on Facebook. You’ll find plenty of weapons, armor, upgrades, and a few maps to play on. All these options are fine but you’ll also need to shell out Facebook credits to get the nicer features. The game has steep system requirements that seem out of place for a Facebook game. There is a handheld version you can play if you want to take the game with you but it won’t run on a basic netbook. The game is enjoyable but most shooter fans will have better games on their PC or console to play and won’t bother with this game.
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All images from N.O.V.A Elite.
Source: Article is author's own experiences playing N.O.VA. Elite on Facebook.