Modern Combat 5: Blackout Review
- Rarely a dull moment
- Violence is explosive and satisfying
- Shared XP pool means every multiplayer scuffle counts
- Controls still a compromise
- More of the same with no real innovation
- Always online requirement is a pain
Even with the control issues, DRM nonsense, and lack of real innovation, Modern Combat 5 is probably the best example of the genre on mobile. The fun may be loud and dumb, but fans will doubtless fall victim to its explosive charms.
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Modern Combat 5: Blackout is an orgy of simulated violence - short bursts of brutal, amoral slaying set to a soundtrack of bombastic Zimmer-esque strings and the metallic trill of shell casings on concrete.
Like it's predecessor Zero Hour, it throws set piece after set piece at you, switching between urban shootouts, gunship massacres, sniper challenges, and aquatic escapes with the excitement of an impatient child opening Christmas presents.
The controls are the familiar mixed bag of accommodation and compromise. Though the continuing refinement of the virtual stick system over the course of the Modern Combat series can be felt, it's still easy to accidentally open fire or cook a grenade when you simply meant to turn your head. However, bringing up the iron sights to zero in for headshots not only nets you double XP it is reliably satisfying, rewarding your accuracy with arterial sprays and slumping ragdolls.
This time around, the six-chapter story campaign has been padded by spec-ops missions - micro challenges involving breaching rooms or deleting a single target, all of which of which must be completed before advancing to the next location on the map. The necessity to jump through these incidental hoops before moving to a new city extends the game's running time, but does interrupt the flow of the single-player experience.
The other interruption comes in the form of the game's always-online stipulation. Even playing in a location with a strong wifi connection, you may find your gunplay put on hiatus now and then because you've lost contact with Gameloft's servers, something which becomes an even greater problem if you're playing on the move.
Multiplayer returns with a healthy selection of decently-sized maps and modes, including team battles, capture the flag, and classic free-for-all. Party play for up to 5 friends is supported, and with experience points carrying over into the single-player campaign there's even more incentive to get stuck in.
Though Gameloft keeps the action moving at a breakneck pace, with chapters now divided into even smaller sub-missions, you can't escape the fact that we've all been here numerous times before. While the set pieces are more bombastic than ever, Modern Combat 5 is trudging up a well-worn path flanked by familiar sights. The obligatory helicopter sections and boat chases are reliably ticked off the checklist, the game echoing countless other military shooters without really adding its own voice.
However, even with the control issues, DRM nonsense, and lack of real innovation, Modern Combat 5 is probably the best example of the genre on mobile. The fun may be loud and dumb, but fans will doubtless fall victim to its explosive charms.
DescriptionCreate a squad from 11 classes, add your friends for team play, and test your skills in dynamic arenas or through Battle Royale warfare against online rivals from around the world!
Prefer to work alone? Then feel free to step into the thrilling solo play campaign as you shoot your way through one dire situation after another to save the world as you launch an attack against a lunatic’s apocalyptic plans.
11 CLASSES WITH UNIQUE SKILLS
> Customize and level up any of the 10 classes across solo play and team play modes.
> Find the playstyle that suits you: Assault, Heavy, Recon, Sniper, Support, Bounty Hunter, Sapper, X1-Morph, Kommander, Marauder or Tracker.
> Activate class-specific skills by earning and spending Skill Points.
HIGH-POWERED ONLINE MULTIPLAYER
> Watch players engaged in live online FPS battles and eSports competitions with all the great graphics you expect in the Spectator mode.
> Epic guns-a-blazing team play in Squad vs. Squad matches.
> Drop into Battle Royale mode and fight for survival with up to 70 players.
> Talk to other players to plan your online multiplayer strategies and coordinate an attack in the Global and Squad Chats.
> Top the individual and Squad leaderboards as you master your eSports skills.
> Win free rewards and cool prizes in limited-time events.
> Accumulate XP and level up by playing solo play missions, team play matches, and Battle Royale.
> Unlock higher-tier guns and other weapons by mastering lower-tier guns.
> Customize the perfect weapon using a host of attachments and jump straight into the free game action.
INTENSE SOLO PLAY CAMPAIGN
> Engage in fast-paced story missions where the call will take you from Tokyo to Venice for a variety of first person shooter challenges. > Play the new Spec Ops missions for a real online FPS adrenaline rush.
> Great graphics, music and voice performances perfectly adapted for a first person shooter game.
HIGHLY CUSTOMIZABLE CONTROLS
> Intuitive, highly customizable controls so you can play the game just the way you want.
Modern Combat 5 requires an Internet connection. So if you’re ready for the online FPS of your dreams, dive into this unparalleled free game that takes online multiplayer to new heights. Perfect for anyone hungry for solo play first person shooter fun, team play eSports competition, or a thrilling Battle Royale challenge.
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