MODERN COMBAT 5: BLACKOUT RRP: $ 8.99 ( Reviewed on iPad Air)
GAMELOFT’S Modern Combat series has enjoyed widespread acclaim as one of the most popular games on mobiles and tablets.
And now, 18 months on from the previous instalment, the long- awaited
Modern Combat 5: Blackout is available, boasting updated graphics, a fresh storyline and interesting new weapons.
One of the key improvements are the visuals. From the characters to detailed objects in the environments, everything looks and moves more realistically.
The action on offer includes a singleplayer story mode, along with the everpopular multiplayer skirmishes, as well as new spec- ops missions which involve carrying out specifi c tasks.
As with most shooters, the singleplayer mode’s six chapters don’t take long to churn through, consisting of noticeably shorter missions than in previous games.
They do, however, help sharpen your combat skills in preparation for online play.
The collection of multiplayer modes offer the usual suspects, including capturing the other team’s fl ag, freefor- all, and team- based battles for up to 12 players at a time.
Adding some welcome diversity, there are now four classes of soldiers to choose from including assault, heavy, recon, and sniper.
While I’ve always felt shooters are better suited to the traditional game controllers used with home consoles, the Modern Combat series manages to pull off the complex control system on a touch screen better than other games in the genre.
For better or worse, in a bid to thwart excessive game piracy, Modern
Combat 5 is an online only game, meaning you can’t play it unless you’re connected to special servers via the internet.
Modern Combat 5 comes with a premium price tag for tablets, though you can expect a premium experience.