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Jun
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First-person shooter lovers, if you've been waiting for a good game in the FPS genre with multiplayer capabilities and awesome 3D graphics to hit the Android Market, you're going to want to check out Gameloft's latest offering - N.O.V.A. 2 HD that was just released into the Market.

Gameloft, which caught a lot of flak for avoiding the official Android Market for years, recently reversed its stance and vowed to start taking the Market more seriously. Releasing a hit like N.O.V.A. 2 HD, following other hits, such as Asphalt 6 and Modern Combat 2, seems to reinforce the company's position.

The original N.O.V.A., which stands for Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, scored a 9/10 according to user votes at Gameloft.com and included a 13-level single-player campaign and 2-4 player multiplayer gaming on 5 maps. The 2nd episode continues the storyline 6 years later and comes with improved AI, more diversified gameplay, more enemies and weapons, 10 multiplayer maps, and 10-player multiplayer support. Multiplayer can be arranged via both Wi-Fi and the Internet, which sounds absolutely perfect for portable devices like our little Androids.

Check out the screenshots and the demo reel, and then hop onto the Market using the widget below and check for device compatibility (my poor EVO 4G is not listed, probably due to an obsolete GPU). Don't forget to bring your credit card - at $6.99, N.O.V.A 2 HD is not the cheapest game out there, but considering the polish, I could easily justify spending my lunch money on the game and munching on some oatmeal instead for a day.

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Artem Russakovskii
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  • Joshua Banks

    Not compatible with the EVO... is my phone really getting that old?
    EDIT: I don't understand how the EVO Shift can be supported but not the EVO 4G??

    • http://lettersfromdave.wordpress.com daveloft

      The Adreno 200 GPU in the Nexus One, HTC Desire, Incredible and Evo was outdated when it launched and is useless for modern games today.

      Take a look at Anandtech's latest benchmarks and see how bad the chip is compared to the competition. It doesn't have the Evo shift but it does have the G2 which is basically the same device.

      The G2 shows a performance improvement of over 200% when compared to the EVO. Which is due to the Adreno 205 GPU.

      [URL="http://www.anandtech.com/show/4459/motorola-droid-3-pops-up-on-glbenchmark-a-verizon-xt883-with-omap4"]Anandtech Mobile Open GL ES 2.0 Benchmarks[/URL]

      • JONI03X

        why ia not compatible whit the LG G-SLATE

    • Donatom3

      The Shift uses the Adreno 205 which is a good step up from the Adreno 200 in the Evo.

  • Kai

    Ditto Galaxy SII - not supported, but Galaxy S is. Hopefully it'll be available down the track..

    • http://lettersfromdave.wordpress.com daveloft

      I wounder if ChainFire 3D would help you if you use the PowerVR Plugin.

  • http://lettersfromdave.wordpress.com daveloft

    The Adreno 200 GPU in the Nexus One, HTC Desire, Incredible and Evo was outdated when it launched and is useless for modern games today.

    Take a look at Anandtech's latest benchmarks and see how bad the chip is compared to the competition. It doesn't have the Evo shift but it does have the G2 which is basically the same device.

    The G2 shows a performance improvement of over 200% when compared to the EVO. Which is due to the much more capable Adreno 205 GPU.

    You basically are the person that has the brand new Intel laptop with an integrated Intel GPU and then complains on the internet when it can't run games.

  • azumihk

    got it on my sgs and running smooth smooth, awesome shooter, think it has the best graphics

  • Donatom3

    Now they need to add my Evo 3D to this list so I can try this game out.

  • Lucian Armasu

    If you guys want to play cutting edge games in the future, you need to get the device with some of the best specs on the market, especially when you're stuck in a 2 year contract.

    So for example if there are dual core phones on the market, don't buy a single core one just because it has LTE or for whatever reason. If there are quad core phones on the market, don't buy a dual core one, and so on. Of course this only if you really care about playing the latest games for the entire life of your contract.

    • Vince

      I have a G2. Am I safe?

  • Mgamerz

    I have an Atrix 4G, and apparently it doesn't support qHD screens (Source: XDA)
    Ironic, Nova 2 HD not working on qHD.

  • http://gmail.com sandy ice

    Nova dont work with the mytouch4g i need my money back . Thank-you..

  • Jae_skillz

    i have a single core hummingbird in the form of a sidekick 4g yes sidekick 4g when theres a will theres a way and might i say it runs smooth also got gangstar va both games are sick af

  • http://www.sskpg.com Hossein

    It runs on the htc sensation XE without any delay .

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