Casual Corner: Modern Combat 5 – Blackout

We know how it is. You worked hard for your 10:1 KDR, but sometimes, you just want to take five, relax and enjoy a quick game on your phone. Unfortunately, finding good games is anything but quick – most mobile gems end up buried under a mountain of trash. But like we said, we know how it is, so every month we shine a spotlight on a great diversion to get you through the work week.

Gameloft’s N.O.V.A 3 was so good we thought we’d come back with another first person shooter from the developer since we’ve neglected our shooter fans. This time around we have Modern Combat 5: Blackout which was released summer of last year and is another great FPS.

Even though this is the fifth game in the series, there’s no need to go back and play or even read about the other installments. Not that they aren’t worthwhile, but they won’t affect your enjoyment of this one.

Modern Combat 5: Blackout 
follows a soldier named Phoenix and associates as they take out they’re former employer Gilman Security because they’re behind the very terrorist attacks his crew is being sent in to stop. Throughout the game’s relatively short six chapter single player campaign you’ll visit the streets of Venice, a Japanese temple, and eventually the Gilman HQ itself.

Missions throughout the chapters are generally short and basically consists of making it from point A to point B and killing everything in the way. There are a few deviations from this basic structure like using some quick time events or one mission which purely consists of breaching and clearing rooms. They do a good job of breaking up the monotony you could be feeling after a few missions. Also present is the use of mission objectives that you’ll need to complete to help unlock later chapters in the game. They’re pretty basic for the most part, kill x amount of people, y amount of headshots, or do z.

A new addition to the series if you’re familiar to it is the use of a class system. Now when you go out on a mission you can use and customize any of six classes. You can choose Bounty Hunter, Support, Sniper, Recon, Heavy, or Assault. All of these classes offer something different in the way of loadouts and multiplayer perks. The only downside is that they need be unlocked first which may require some grinding. Increasing your gun options in your loadout will also require a little grinding. As you use a weapon during a mission you accumulate a score that eventually adds up unlocking the next weapon or tier available. You can speed up the process by unlocking combat or elite packs which give out weapons, masks, and other loadout options.

As far as mechanics go Modern Combat 5: Blackout uses your run of the mill setup. You move using a left analog stick and shoot with a button on the right. You can move the camera by swiping any of the free game space and if you’re unfamiliar with mobile FPS mechanics it will feel a little clunky/cumbersome. The “shoot” button being more towards the middle of the screen will also take some getting used to as you’ll find yourself randomly shooting when you just want to adjust the camera. Overall though the mechanics work smoothly and shouldn’t cause any problems when you’re playing a mission.

There are two big downsides to Modern Combat 5: Blackout, however. The first is that it requires a constant online connection regardless as to whether you’re playing its single player or multiplayer modes. So if you run out of internet access wherever you are, you’ll also be done playing the game. Second is that it’s a F2P game that utilizes the ever annoying “energy” system. Every play of a mission uses three energy and a full bar consists of eight. You can gain energy per the usual ways of buying energy packs or just waiting it out and getting it all back. If you think you can make it past those two things, then you’ll enjoy Modern Combat 5: Blackout. You can download Modern Combat 5: Blackout here for iOS and here for Android. It’s also available for Windows 8.1, Windows Phone and Blackberry 10.

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