Despite its obvious cribbing from Halo (and, in all likelihood, because of it) N.O.V.A. is the best first-person shooter on the iPhone right now. The excellent pacing and great set pieces never allow for a drop in the action, save for a few “calm before the storm” moments. The controls are fantastic – I have no complaints over Gameloft’s finely tuned set-up which allows for precise movement; aim assist fills in the slight disconnect between the shooter genre and a platform with no physical controls. While I wish there was more customization for multiplayer (come on, update 1.2), N.O.V.A. still offers great online deathmatch action. In a year loaded with excellent iPhone games of all stripes, N.O.V.A. strides to the upper echelon with authority. This is simply one of the best iPhone plays of 2009.