Showing a bit more ambition than its predecessors, N.O.V.A. 3 aims to be slightly more than a shameless clone of Microsoft's Halo, adding in mechs and jetpacks to the sci-fi shooter along with a bit more personality and environmental variety. It's also quite the looker, with the universal app's gloss shining through brightly, especially on the new iPad. While the campaign proves dull and buggy, the online multiplayer combat is a blast, thanks to varied play modes and added vehicles.
Some intriguing news has leaked today from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Bungie, the studio behind the Halo, Myth, and Marathon series has reportedly filed for a trademark for "Crimson." What exactly "Crimson" is, we don't know, but it was filed under "computer game software for use on mobile and cellular phones."
As part of a Facebook promotion, highly popular iOS developer and publisher Gameloft has pulled the lid off of its "secret project." The secret announcement turned out to be a brand new episode in the celebrated N.O.V.A. series of first person shooters. The announcement came today as Gameloft reached a previously set goal of 300,000 Facebook followers.
If you're not familiar with the Myth series, suffice to say that it's somewhat legendary among long-time Mac gamers. It stands next to Marathon as one of a very small catalogue of games that Mac gamers could hold over their PC-owning friends' heads back in the good old days. (Not coincidentally, they were developed by the same company, Bungie, who would later go on to join the Dark Side and make the Halo games for Microsoft.) Now, Project Magma, a group that works to keep the Myth series current, has announced that they are opening a public beta for their newest version, and they're seeking beta users to help bug-proof the code.