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Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Well-made shooter, but keep kids far away.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The controls for the game aren't explicitly explained and take a little time to figure out, but once you've done that, they're fairly fluid. The game allows players to choose their level of difficulty -- from easy to nightmare. 


There's nonstop violence in the game, with copious amounts of blood. When your player is shot, the screen turns red with blood splatters, and head shots of enemy soldiers are often shown in slow motion. Players can also slit enemy throats with knives. The game's weapons include automatic rifles, C5 explosives, and grenades. 


Along with the expected "hell" and "damn," characters regularly use words like "s--t" and "f--k".

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation is a violent, mature game that is entirely inappropriate for young players. The game features nonstop, realistic violence and glorifies kill shots. The language is harsh, and the plot line -- which shows battles in familiar places and talks about a nuclear explosion in Chicago -- is intense. The Gameloft Live! opt-in feature allows players to connect to strangers, including the ability to text chat online with others. This review is based on the iOS version of the app; the Android version may have differences in functionality.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 year old Written bySmartappreviewer September 10, 2012

10 for kids used to this kind of stuff, 12-13 if not

Okay, if you are reading this, please keep reading. Modern Combat 3 is okay for 10 and under. You can turn off blood mode. They have only few cuss words, althou... Continue reading
Adult Written byCheese-47 November 9, 2011

Best iPhone and iPad game ever!

Gamer Stuff: Awesome game! Graphics are superb and comparable to Infinity Blade and Real Racing 2. The controls are easy to use and you can even move all the bu... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bydantheman1110 September 10, 2012

Rated 13 and up

I think that the game is not AS bad for kids, you can turn off blood in the options, so you can just do that for your kids. But they I will admit these people u... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old January 15, 2012


BEST GAME EVER!!!!!!!!!! So awesome! 7 bucks,but totally worth it! But the people in here do have mouths.

Is it any good?

Gameloft's latest homage (or, if you prefer, blatant rip-off) of the Call of Duty series might lack originality, but it has some impressive gameplay. MODERN COMBAT 3 is definitely inappropriate for children, due to its realistic and frequent violence and overly harsh language, but adults who enjoy combat games set in the modern era will quickly embrace the game. The artwork is incredible -- detailed and vibrant -- and competes well with the most visually impressive apps. And the action is well-paced.

The single player mode is pretty straightforward -- walk, crouch, shoot, repeat. Fun, but not something you'll likely return to once you finish. The multiplayer mode, though, is very well done, with six maps and seven modes, supporting both online and local wi-fi. This gives the game legs and could keep it alive for some time. Even with its high price tag, this is a game that adult action fans will consider a bargain. 

App details

For kids who love action

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