Modern Combat 5: Blackout Review

Modern Combat 5: Blackout Review

Jul 28, 2014

The mighty Modern Combat series has long been one of the premiere shooters on mobile. While obviously aping Call of Duty, there is little argument that a series of well-made modern shooters is welcome on Android. Modern Combat 5: Blackout hopes to carry on the series of excellence and make Deathmatch loving gamers hot and bothered all over again.

Screenshot_2014-07-25-17-25-43Modern Combat 5 features a single player campaign but, unlike Modern Combat 4, it simply feels and literally is training for MP. In MC5 the player character is shared over MP and SP, so experience gained for killing enemies and beating missions in SP also boosts the player’s MP prospects.

The single player campaign is very similar to other modern shooters. There are terrorists, a sinister plot and plenty of turncoats and intrigue. The acting isn’t terrible, but it just pales compared to Modern Combat 4’s story.

Modern Combat 5’s gameplay is pretty much the same as MC4. There is cover to hide behind lots of enemies to fill full of lead and hostages to save. The biggest difference is that Modern Combat 5 features very short levels that are generally 2-3 minutes long. They are nowhere near as good as the 20-30 minute epics some missions in Modern Combat 4 turned into. Modern Combat 5’s missions feel too much like a collection of small rooms and isolated shootouts, rather than one homogeneous battle.

Screenshot_2014-07-28-04-30-03Between single player missions, the player is forced to grind though pointless side missions that must also be beaten to continue. These range from just killing all enemies, to killing all enemies and defusing a bomb. These missions are boring and simply serve as filler and experience fodder to gain levels.

Multiplayer is largely the same as Modern Combat 4, but since weapons unlock based on kills it’s much easier to focus on gaining a few weapons the player likes, rather than having to level up and arbitrarily be awarded new equipment. The wonky controls really make multiplayer feel like a crapshoot however. The matchmaking is fatally flawed. Level 5 players will be paired with any enemy at all, even lv 32 players who will effortlessly cap them.

Modern Combat 5 fails majority in the controls department. With no external controller support on release and loose, awkward touch controls, actually playing Modern Combat 5 with any kind of grace is exceedingly difficult. Things like sweeping your aim over to an enemy that just appeared takes a very long time and MP seems more luck based since the player can’t react very quickly without precise controls. MOGA support will likely improve the game a great deal.

Weapons in Modern Combat 5 just aren’t punchy or fun to use. Assault rifles have no recoil to speak off and sound very tinny and unimpressive. Shotguns lack a satisfying boom.

Modern Combat 5 is a competent, but unpolished entrant in the venerable Modern Combat series and for the price is tenuously worth a buy. Its issues will likely be tightened up with post release patches.


Modern Combat 5: Blackout from Gameloft has Additional Details Revealed on Multiplayer

Modern Combat 5: Blackout from Gameloft has Additional Details Revealed on Multiplayer

May 29, 2014

More details are available for the upcoming Modern Combat 5, with multiplayer details now available. The online multiplayer will support up to 12 players simultaneously, in capture the flag, VIP, free for all, and team battle modes. Players can form persistent squads in Squad vs. Squad modes, forming dedicated teams to take on other squads. There will be Limited-Time Events that let players win prizes, along with leaderboards for squads and individual players, with the unified single and multiplayer progression as well. Controller support is planned but may not be in at launch, and the game may support Twitch streaming as well. We’ll have more details as they come in. Until then, check the new screens below.

Gameloft Shows Off New Screens of Modern Combat 5: Blackout, and Streams Game on Their Twitch Channel (Live Right Now!)

Gameloft Shows Off New Screens of Modern Combat 5: Blackout, and Streams Game on Their Twitch Channel (Live Right Now!)

May 22, 2014

Gameloft’s continuing the slow drip of Modern Combat 5: Blackout reveals, with a pair of new screens revealed, showing that the game will once more be a great-looking mobile game, and that’s it’s not suddenly becoming a card battler. As well, Gameloft is demoing the game on their Twitch channel, showing off video of the upcoming game. Watch right now at this link.

Gameloft Releases Details on Modern Combat 5: Blackout’s Weapon and Character Upgrade System

Gameloft Releases Details on Modern Combat 5: Blackout’s Weapon and Character Upgrade System

May 9, 2014

Gameloft has revealed more details for their upcoming latest entry in their first-person shooter series, Modern Combat 5: Blackout. There will be a new “unified progression” system where experience points earned through play in either single- or multiplayer modes will count towards a single progression system, allowing for weapons to be unlocked for use in both modes of play. As well, there will be four different soldier classes available in the game: Assault, Heavy, Recon, and Sniper, with Skill Points that can be spent to upgrade each class. More information is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Modern Combat 5 Trailer Shoots Into Action Just In Time For E3

Modern Combat 5 Trailer Shoots Into Action Just In Time For E3

Jun 12, 2013

Last week, Gameloft released the first trailer for Modern Combat 5 to get folks excited for E3 and are currently presenting the game at their booth this week. Make sure you check out the video, and hopefully we’ll hear more details soon about the latest installment in the series.