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What 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.
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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.
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