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Modern Combat 5: Blackout



Intensely violent action shooter; wide variety of options.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game offers a wide array of options in controls, letting players customize the load-out that's best for them. This may take time, but it lets players customize their game experience. There also are several difficulty levels.


There's nonstop violence in the game, with copious amounts of blood. When your player is shot, the screen turns red with blood splatters. The game's weapons include automatic rifles, sniper rifles, grenades, and more. Players are rewarded in the game for killing opponents.

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If you can think it, characters say it, including "f--k," "s--t," and "goddamn." 

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Modern Combat 5: Blackout is a vividly violent game full of objectionable language, and it's not appropriate for children. The game, which is best compared to the Call of Duty console series, is full of humans killing humans via traditional and advanced weaponry. The Gameloft Live opt-in feature allows players to connect to strangers, including the ability to text-chat online with others. Also, the game has a heavy multiplayer element, which could result in minors speaking with older strangers. 

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, and so on are locked in certain positions on the screen and cannot be moved. The game's multiplayer is the focus, letting players pick from several game types, including squad battle, capture the flag, and free for all. Players also choose one of four specializations -- Assault, Heavy, Recon, or Sniper -- which aid in personalization.

Is it any good?


MODERN COMBAT 5: BLACKOUT, although absolutely not a game for kids, is the sort of game adults who want to recreate the Call of Duty experience on their mobile devices will love. The game's wide variety of multiplayer options are the highlight, letting action fans play in a variety of modes with human opponents. Like its predecessors, the game borrows heavily from CoD, but if you can look beyond that and avoid comparisons, it's the bar-setter for mobile action shooters. (There's also a single-player campaign that holds its own but won't be the main focus for most players.) 

Although it's a solid choice for grown-ups, the pervasive violence, extremely harsh language, and ability to communicate with strangers via messaging make it entirely unsuitable for younger players. And the required constant Internet connection (for both multiplayer and single-player modes) is a drag on the game, especially if you're in a spotty Wi-Fi zone. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about current real-world military actions and how children feel about them. 

  • Families also can talk about the importance of diplomacy and trying to resolve problems peacefully. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Apps for Windows
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:July 24, 2014
Category:Action Games
Size:708.00 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up

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Teen, 16 years old Written bySalsander September 19, 2014

Hackneyed Shooter with the "Mature" content you would expect

Since Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, most modern shooters have implemented a common structure of gameplay. There's an over-short single player with explicit language and intense fire-fights along with a competitive multiplayer that has a lot less explicit content. Modern Combat 4 is no different from any modern shooter you have played in the last seven years. The single player moves from action sequence to action sequence with a small plot exposition in between. Though blood accompanies shot baddies, there is no gore (lost limbs). None of the action seems personal or one to one. Although the characters are fighting in the US military, their character traits are reprehensible. They are the epitome of the rough-and-tough military stereotype that kills anything with two feet and curses like a sailor. Vulgar words (sh-- and f---) are saturated into the dialogue to a point they lose their sting of harshness. And don't expect the female characters to be redeeming either; they are just a bunch of stereotypes. After only playing the first two missions, I had to save a damsel in distress and watch a deplorable cutscene of my female sidekick. She's dressed in a skin tight suit and the developers deliberately jiggle her breasts for sexual appeal. Really Gameloft? Aside from the poor character role models, the multiplayer seemed overall appropriate. The amount of violence is the same from the single player, but the annoying characters and language are thankfully removed. Online voice chat is prohibited and a heavily monitored chat system is available (but with limited features, including the censoring of inappropriate words). Overall Modern Combat 5 is a tawdry game claiming console quality. Expect frequent language, poorly explained justifications for killing (mind a cliche kidnapping plot), and poorly developed characters.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byGeorgeba May 18, 2015

Well-Built Game

Modern Combat 5: Blackout is a great game, consisting of realistic graphics and gameplay. Now, is it appropriate? That is the question that you'll have to decide. If you can handle violence, and a couple cuss words then this game is fine. There are a couple scenes in which the word, f*ck is used and a couple other slang terms. Now, the violence you can tell is fake, although there is still gore. During the 1st mission, Miku is about to be killed by a terrorist in which you grab a knife and drive to into the terrorist's neck. Overall wonderful game and would recommend to anyone who is a fan of realistic FPS's.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old January 13, 2015

The Call Of Duty spinoff for the Iphone

This game is basically just Call of Duty for the Iphone. Although it pretty much resembles Call Of Duty in alot of its' ways, it is a great game. The story is mainly about sending in a group of operatives to clean up the Terrorist attacks that happen in Tokyo and Venice. You play in the shoes of a Marine named Phoenix. You get the oportunity to use many real world guns that our military uses today. The graphics are outstanding, and realy nice looking. Like call of Duty, there is even an online multi-player mode , but you have to be in a wi-fi area in order to connect online. Things you should be aware of is that it is pretty violent and there are some curse words in it. If your far from home and your missing your Call of Duty, take out your phone and start playing Modern Combat 5!!
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much swearing


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