Gameloft has made Gangstar Rio: City of Saints and N.O.V.A. 3, two of its high-end mobile games, free for a limited time on iOS. Both titles are universal releases that can be played on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and they’re usually priced at $4.99 and $6.99 respectively — saving you $11.98.
Gangstar Rio: City of Saints is the latest title in the Gangstar series, which is Gameloft’s answer to Grand Theft Auto. Set in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, it boasts over 60 varied missions in five 3D environments, including the favelas, business district, beaches, and jungle.
You’ll be tasked with killing corrupt politicians, protecting witnesses, delivering special packages, stealing cars, and trying to find out who tried to kill you. You’ll get the chance to play with a ton of weapons, including handguns, rifles, bazookas, and grenades, and you’ll drive dozens of high-speed vehicles, including planes, helicopters, and tanks.
N.O.V.A. 3 is the closest you’ll get to Halo on your iOS device, and it promises to be the “most immersive and impressive sci-fi FPS franchise on smartphones.” It’s also one of my favorite first-person shooters on iOS.
N.O.V.A. 3 offers great graphics optimized for Retina displays, an exciting storyline across ten levels, and dozens of weapons and power-ups. It also has a great online multiplayer option with seven different game modes for up to 12 players, and you can take advantage of the Voice Chat feature to talk to friends in real-time.