Modern Combat 5
Modern Combat 5: Blackout is the latest entry to the hit FPS series on the mobile gaming. Built on the success of previous installments, it takes the franchise one step forward with regards to graphics and maintains the high-quality gameplay while adding unique features to be a unique standalone.
Unlock and play any of four unique classes for different play styles
Engage in story-driven missions and new Spec-Ops for solo play
Take on multiplayer battles in several classic modes and a new Squad-based mode
Develop weapons and upgrade characters in a unified progression system
Impressive graphics and awesome sounds
July 24, 2014
Let’s start with bad news. Modern Combat 5: Blackout still requires internet connection to play, even for the single-player campaign and it still sticks to the touch-controls with controller support being a promise made for the next update. If these two features are tolerated, there is not much to complain about. All rest is good news: improved graphics and fresh locales, both solo and multiplayer with new playable missions and modes, and a unified progression system for characters and weapons and so on.
Modern Combat 5: Blackout offers four playable character classes that can be unlocked with progression through levels. To be a long-ranged Sniper, a tough, healing Heavy, a berserk-styled Assault, or an agile SMG-equipped Recon is players’ call. Every class has its handy weapons, primary and secondary, and they differ from one another also in their own special skills.
Players will gain skill points per level-up by collecting Experience points. A premium title without IAP, Modern Combat 5: Blackout does not implement any currency but replaces Exp to function equally. Players gain Exp from battle by completing mission objectives or scoring skillful kills like headshot and explosive casualty and then spend it on almost everything ranging from upgrading characters as a whole to leveling up weapons. Due to the unified progression, players can gather and accumulate Exp via both solo campaign and multiplayer matchups seamlessly.
Modern Combat 5: Blackout prepares six distinct chapters, each with single-player missions and multiplayer online challenges available. Solo missions are further divided into story missions and Spec-ops challenges, a newly added feature in this sequel. Players need to complete all story missions and either Spec-ops or multiplayer challenges in one locale to unlock and access the next.
From Japan to Italy and beyond, different locales offer changing battleground and multiple missions to complete. All single-player missions have three objectives and the completion of each earns players one star. That is certainly an incentive for replay, especially for perfectionist. Story missions are quite self-explanatory and familiar to all fans of this FPS series, while the new Spec-ops missions are quite bite-sized, challenging players to eliminate enemies, rescue hostages, and kill particular targets and the likes in quick tactical battles. Simply put, single-player missions are decently designed; while it does not surprise us to be playable offline, it certainly not disappointment in terms of map variety, missions and a new mode.
Multiplayer battles are the heart of the gameplay but that is true only when it has a large enough player base. In Modern Combat 5: Blackout, most multiplayer modes are what players are familiar with – fight to be the last one standing in the classic Free-for-All, try to kill opposing team’s VIP while trying to protect your own, and eliminate enemy team’s members in the Team Battle. A new addition here is the Squad Battle, similar to Team Battles but offering presumably fiercer confrontation since players can form their own squad with close or tactical friends who are fit off and work well together.
Every battle will lead players into a random map from a construction site to canals, from rooftops to the city streets. If the selected mode is team-based, players can usually take extra Supports besides general loadout to assist the battle, whether it is to call on recon aircraft revealing enemies on the map or to employ EMP Strike to disable enemies’ devices and radar for a limited period.
In-game graphics is a big step forward in Modern Combat 5: Blackout. It is technically upgraded and meanwhile improved in details. Its reflective water, smoke and dust effect and weathers and so on are supplemented to render the explosive and visceral gunfire better. And its voice acting and the realistic shooting and blasting sounds wrap all nicely.
There are debates about whether the mobile is a suitable home for some genres like FPS. That off the table, Modern Combat franchise is one of the best, if not the best, FPS for the mobile gaming currently. And Modern Combat 5: Blackout is solid and decent entry. [App Store][Google Play]