Jun 21, 2011
If you had to describe modern videogames in one phrase, you wouldn’t be too far off if you said â€œbig, burly men shooting each otherâ€. Sure, there are sports games and puzzle games and a billion other types of games, but a lot of the so-called big games all revolve around weapons, muscles and corridors. Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus is no exception. Make no mistake, it might be on your phone, but this is a game with triple-A written all over it. A first person shooter with multiplayer modes, startling graphics and a bombastic soundtrack, Black Pegasus wouldn’t feel out of place on a home console.
The game sees you trotting around the globe, shooting terrorists and assorted â€œbad menâ€, either on your own or as part of a group of other soldiers. There’s a vague plot going on somewhere behind the action, but to describe it as nonsensical would be a disservice to nonsense. Just shoot everything that moves, that’s really all it tells you to do anyway.
You move your soldier around with an on-screen d-pad, changing the direction you’re looking by swiping anywhere on the screen and firing your weapon with a tap of the â€œshootâ€ button. Unfortunately, the shoot button sits exactly where the thumb that does the looking around would naturally settle, meaning quite often when you’re trying to sneakily peak around a corner, you let out a hail of bullets, announcing your presence to all and sundry.
Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus is brash, loud, stupid and about as subtle as a stick of dynamite taped to a baseball bat. Still, if you don’t mind a bit of thumb-based discomfort, it’s an awful lot of fun as well. It may be a copy of a certain, hugely successful videogame series, but when there are things to explode, men to shoot and plots to thwart, who cares?