Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation Review

Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation Review

May 3, 2012

Games about war are always popular. In this genre, the more realistic the action the more popular it becomes. Modern Combat 3 is a about as good as it gets for war action game on Android devices.

The controls are a bit tricky at first. Initially using the touchscreen for the d-pad wasn’t so accurate for me. I think the problem is that it is floating. When I get too close to the edge of the screen, the player can’t move in a direction. In the settings menu, The main directional controls can be changed to virtual sticks. That way the controls are visible all the time. The buttons for things like sprint or interact could be a little larger. When playing the game sometimes the action is pretty fast paced and it is easy to pay attention to the action and possibly missing them. In the customize tab of the settings menu, the directional controls can be where they are more easily accessed based on playing style. While in the customization screen, the other icons can also be moved to a spot where they are not blocked from view by active fingers, something I liked a lot.

The graphics are great. Modern Combat 3 has the look of something expected on a PS3 or Xbox. There are a lot of details in not only in the cut scenes, but also in the game. It isn’t like some games where the scenes are awesome and the game is decent. Both the cut scenes and the game have similar quality graphics.

The single player mode is a campaign-style game. The story starts with a terrorist plot to do further do harm to a war on US soil. As the game progresses more weapons are available and the difficulty increases. Multiplayer mode has 2 choices of playing with a group; online or over a local wi-fi network. When playing online, connection to a wi-fi network is required for speed reasons. Another must is a Gameloft account. This is how they keep track of stats and purchases.

Like many Gameloft games, as the game progresses money or coins are collected to buy items like ammo and body armor or pay for upgrades to weapons. There is also an option to spend real money to get game money. 25,000 gold coins is $1.99 USD. Some of the purchases possible are selecting a weapons kit or add to the default guns and grenades. Additions to the kits are different scopes or sights, different ammo extended mags and more.

There are different game types within each mode. for example, in Quick Match, some of the modes to choose from are Battle, Team Battle, Capture the Flag Manhunt as well as a few others. A nice touch to the online player profile is the ability to make a unique kill signature. This is what displays on the opponent’s screen when they are killed. The gameplay was quicker than a lot of games which is both good and bad. I would suggest playing the campaign for a bit until the game seems easier then venture into the multiplayer modes to play with strangers.

I have been a fan of games for consoles like Splinter Cell, the Metal Gear series and Modern Warfare series for a while. It’s great to have a similar game on Android.

Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation Review Rundown

Graphics/Sound - Some of the best graphics I have seen in a mobile game.
Controls - While the controls weren't bad, they took a bit to configure them to make the game more playable for me.
Gameplay - Admittedly I am not a big phone gamer, I have to admit Modern Combat 3 was challenging and really fun. I got sucked into the single player campaign mode.
Replay Value - Modern Combat 3 is not a game where you can finish in 1 sitting... unless you have A LOT of time on your hands. Even when you finish, you will want the challenge of playing a harder setting
Overall - If you are into games about war and/or like to play online, Modern Combat 3 is a great download for your Android.

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Trevor Dobrygoski
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