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Modern Combat 5: Blackout review

Android takes on Call of Duty head-on with Modern Combat 5: Blackout.

The Modern Combat series has long been the king of first person shooters available for Android. Each of its previous installments has looked to create a superb action-packed thrill ride, and Blackout looks to carry on with that legacy.

Campaign wise you’re dealing with the same sort of story we’ve come to expect from the Modern Combat series. Someone is looking to take over the world and it’s your job to stop him. Although the premise of the campaign isn’t exactly original, the journey it takes you on, and the places you visit is to be commended. Players can choose from one of four different classes to use, with each having their own strengths and weaknesses. Each of them also has a set weapons path for players to follow and upgrade where they see fit. It’s not as detailed as similar games on home consoles, but it gets the job done here.

Where the game does excel is with its graphics. There’s little stutter when in the midst of the action and there’s little texture popping, which is something we tend to see in graphically demanding mobile games. The superb graphics lend itself well to the gameplay, which is fast-packed and unrelenting with waves of enemies coming at you from all angles.

Once players are done with the campaign, they can take the game online. There are several game modes to choose from online and also the ability to talk to teammates through the Squad Chat feature. As you’d expect with online play, players will need a solid internet connection to even make it into a match. It can be difficult to initially connect to a server, but it’s simply a case of being patient.

Modern Combat 5: Blackout doesn’t add anything substantially new to the series, but instead adds a series of refinements to make this the best FPS available for Android. We’ll see you on the battlefield.