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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour is a violent, mature game that is not appropriate for children. In addition to the nonstop violence, in which humans kill each other and use technological weapons to do the same, there are copious obscenities and a storyline revolving around domestic terrorism. The Gameloft Live! opt-in feature allows players to connect to strangers, including the ability to text chat online with others.
What's it about?
Players control their movement with either a pair of virtual joysticks or one stick and their device's gyroscope. Buttons used to shoot, run, use the gun's scope, etc., can be moved around the screen to optimize the layout for individual play styles. The game's multiplayer is the focus, letting players pick from several game types and earn credits for kills, assists, and completing objectives. (These credits can be used to purchase weapons.) Players also choose one of four specializations: Intervention, Front Line, Support, and Stealth, which aid in personalization.
Is it any good?
Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour might not be for kids, but adults looking for an action-packed multiplayer mobile game will enjoy what they find. While the game, like its predecessors, is an homage to/rip-off of the most recent entry in the Call of Duty series, it is polished and offers both stellar graphics and great online play.
The campaign is fairly cliche (except for an unexpected twist where you play as the terrorist for a couple levels), but multiplayer rooms are well-populated and the game offers plenty of customization options. The game fails to make any notable improvements from its predecessor (Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation), but it's still a solid action game for grown-ups.
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