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Modern Combat 5: Blackout

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Intensely violent action shooter; wide variety of options.
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Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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.


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJonh P. June 10, 2017
Adult Written byHewitt June 8, 2016

Good but violent

There is blood and swearing but its a good game
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... Continue reading
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... Continue reading

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. 

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love action

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