Gameloft has surely prove that they can do mobile gaming right as we can see from the Asphalt series, but even in less familiar grounds, such as First Person Shooters (FPS) it can surely surprise us in an unbelievably good way. Modern Combat is another series that the developers have place their efforts on and it seems to be working with this series, as each installment keeps getting better and impressing us. But how is it possible to do so specially with a genre that is so popular with home consoles and legions of fans of that format? Just keep on reading to find out.
It seems that all the major nations are gathered to support and speak their minds about cyber security in a super important conference happening in Tokyo… but unfortunately something really bad happens and they are under attack by terrorists. It is up to special armed forces alongside you, as a soldier with the codename Phoenix to find the cause and the leaders of this attack and untangle a mighty twisty plot of treason and terrorism. Surely something that we have seen a couple of times in other franchises but it does have the sufficient appeal to start playing and find out what happened.
As Phoenix, it is up to you to destroy all enemies the quickest way possible (or using special weapons or other miscellanea) in order to sabe hostages and prevent further attacks, so you must be quite efficient in order to do so. In order to ease you in all this chaos, Roux (quite similar to another agent from another franchise) is an operatives agent that will guide you in each step that you have to take throughout the game, as well for new players, she will guide through a well explained tutorial of the game in order for you understand the mechanics.
It might seem too much to handle, but in fact the easy controls that were implemented in the game make it (even the more clumsiest ones to genre like your reviewer here) enjoyable and fun, with your aiming and shooting controls on the right and on the left the character motion controls (even with a dedicated crouch button) and as you progress you will be at ease with the specified control layout.
Another neat aspect of MC5: Blackout is the RPG elements built-in by allowing you to develop and improve the character’s weapon and armour at your most desires, as long you have the money to buy your desired equipment.
MC5: Blackout is not very long, with only 6 chapters (with some events) in the campaign mode, but for those who want to further develop your character and increase your stats and skills, the developers organise quite regularly special events in which you can obtain massive hauls and have hours of fun and also you can create with your friends or with random people multiplayer online sessions until you are fully satisfied.
Battery and PerformanceIt is quite surprising to see an FPS with so much action going on (demanding higher rates) to perform so well (with no lags) the a mobile platform. Its transitions occur quite smoothly as well as the loading times are quite fast and few. As for battery however, be prepared for quite “a drop” if you want to enjoy it with the highest and fastest specifications. It would be wise to have your charger around if you want to enjoy and play the game for a couple of hours.
Graphics and Sound
One of the major “attractions” I must say is the graphic and scenery set chosen for the game. It is absolutely formidable how nowadays a mobile game and perform and feel as a console game already with major attention to detail and simple but important effects (such as cruising on a boat and water reacts accordingly. Sadly the soundtrack does not bring the same impact although does not disappoint as it bring the proper ambience to various aspects of the game.
Ads and In-App PurchasesMC5: Blackout does not disturb you with ads at any point and as a freemium game, you are able to obtain a special currency that allows you to access exclusive content (armour and weapons) and can make things much more easier as well as life sparks that allow to progress the game in a quicker way.
Video of the Game
Although a common plot and with no major breakthroughs in the game mechanics, MC5: Blackout it is a very good and enjoyable game, even for first time players of the genre. The simplicity of the controls and stunning graphics are two factors should make you consider to at least try and enjoy this latest instalment, even if you are not a fan. Even though it is still a recent franchise for Gameloft, it seems to me that soon enough it will considered as a proper FPS reference for the mobile gaming world.