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Thursday, March 21, 2002

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MacGamer Reviews EV Nova
11:43 AM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

Our friends at MacGamer have posted a review by Corey Támas of Ambrosia Software's runaway hit, EV Nova.

This third installment in Ambrosia's shareware Escape Velocity series has been so popular that is was downloaded over 10,000 times from our sister site, MacGameFiles, in the first two days of its release, despite weighing in at a hefty 75 MB.

Támas observes that such an eagerly-anticipated game has a lot to live up to:

Interestingly, this week I've had the opportunity to do a lot of writing about what I call "legend" games. These games are those which follow in the footsteps of insanely popular titles before them and come to the community which enjoyed the original in a fog of great expectation and hopes that somehow, some way, it'll surpass the original. Unfortunately, most of the time these newer games can never live up to the sheer hype those titles which preceded them, and a loyal gaming community can also be very cruel.

Escape Velocity: Nova is just such a game. Following in the footsteps of Escape Velocity and Escape Velocity: Override, EV:N has some very big shoes to fill. After all, the first two installments were huge hits with fans, coming from a Mac-only shareware company (the legendary Ambrosia Software) for the Macintosh alone under the street credibility of being shareware. In fact, when PC gamers cite the games they'd most like to play that Mac gamers have access to, it's Escape Velocity that I hear about most often.

It just so happens, thankfully, that this third installment to the series lives up brilliantly to the legacy of those that went before... and that's a good thing. Note, however, that EV:N isn't judged in this review by what EV and EV:O are... despite the quality of those two games. Escape Velocity: Nova stands on its own two feet, despite the hype, despite the expectations.

Head on over to MacGamer for the rest of the review, and if you haven't already downloaded your own copy, start now! (Or subscribe to the MacGames CD, whose next issue will include EV Nova.)

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