Modern Combat 5: Blackout is a high action first person shooter pitting your wits against the enemies of the world. The game is certainly a play on the popular console series Call of Duty; but even since the console series made its way onto mobile, Modern Combat 5 is still competitive.
During Modern Combat 5 you are tasked with fighting your way through continuous battles, either on foot or as a weapon’s controller on a vehicle. There is a six chapter story which contains some well voice acted and brilliantly animated cut scenes. Each chapter has a number of levels which have significant variety in them to stop gamers from being bored. Some of these levels contain some tough quick-time movements which will have some gamers desperately trying to time their swiping to perfection.
When you complete a level you are given a rating from one to three. One indicates a complete level whereas two and three stars relate to your secondary objectives. You need to complete all the levels within a chapter and the bonus spec op or multiplayer missions to progress onto the next. Luckily, if you fail a level or just want a better rating you can go back and try again.
The movement is controlled with the virtual control stick while actions are controlled by tapping the screen in certain locations. Unfortunately the controls are not perfect and at times you may find yourself shooting when you wanted to zoom in for a closer look.
Modern Combat 5: Blackout certainly has its charms with excellent gameplay. Any fan of first person shooters will love the animation of shooting at bad guys and watching them drop like flies.
The developer, Gameloft, has put in a lot of energy into Modern Combat 5 and you can tell with the detailed environments. Everything looks like it has a purpose and the detail matches the quality you would expect on any similar console games.
The XP system is exceptional with multiplayer and single player missions contributing to the player’s overall experience. This experience can then unlock upgrades to the player and their equipment.
Certain equipment needs the player to use a weapon for a certain amount of time. But these upgrades do not cost the player anything else.
The AI players aren’t the sharpest tools in the box – but when combined with poor controls, the two almost cancel each other out. Although it certainly doesn’t feel balanced when you accidentally cook a grenade for too long and it blows up in your face.
Another issue is the continuous need for Modern Combat 5 to be connected to wi-fi, even during single player mode. This can be frustrating when the game freezes because you have lost your signal on the move. It also means that this premium game is a no-go for gaming during travel.
There is no in-game currency. This does prevent you from gaining early access to some of the more advanced equipment. On the other hand it does mean all you need to put into Modern Combat 5 is time.
This fast action game certainly fits the bill, and those who enjoy first person shooters, multiplayer games or challenges will find Modern Combat 5: Blackout to be a thrill.
Modern Combat 5: Blackout Review: Winning The War
+Detailed environment which immerses you into the game world
+Fair upgrade system which awards good play and long playing time
+Well acted characters
-Requires connection to the internet at all times.
-Tough to control character at times.
-Multiplayer has too much prominence so those who aren’t interested can’t avoid it