Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour – We’ve played this before…but it’s still a ton of fun!
There is no doubt that Gameloft’s Modern Combat series are the best FPS games to have ever existed on a mobile device and the latest addition — the MC4 is no different as Gameloft continues to push mobile gaming to an unbelievable visual level; at this rate it is hard to doubt that mobile gaming will surpass the quality of the console games in the next couple of years, oh Sony…
Like most modern FPS titles, MC4 is a mismatched mess of manly clichés, conspiracy theories, and of course, terrorism. This time around you will jump into the bodies of soldiers on both sides of the conflict as you will be giving the opportunity to play as the good guy as well as take role of the villain — Edward Page . “Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour is set in the wake of a nuclear warfare, the only chance to avoid global devastation is in the hands of the few elite soldiers who must track down and rescue the world’s leaders from a frighteningly familiar terrorist group.” To properly follow the story you will have no choice but to watch the cinematic clips as MC4 tries very hard to be a console game.
When playing MC4 you will notice that Gameloft has put in so much work into the detail and that is why the game weights a massive 1.9gb(don’t worry Gameloft used Google’s data hosting service). In this 4th installment Gameloft put “Havok Physics” to good use which is an extra boost to the already great graphics; with Havok, Gameloft was able to create dynamic enemy death animations which is a step-up from the previous goldeneye-style canned kill animations. The only problem here is that Gameloft tries to push this engine far beyond its capabilities, we all appreciate what Gameloft has achieved as well as what they are trying to achieve in mobile gaming but MC4 is close but still far from being as good as a console FPS and there is no point for making it try so hard to be one. Though the textures get blurry in some places(strangely I didn’t notice that on the iPhone) I still consider the graphics in the game as top-class! The cinematic scenes maybe weird but the graphics definitely deserve 5 stars.
MC4 is split up into missions with a couple of auto-saving checkpoints along the way, the game gives you way-point markers to follow, which is great. The actual shooting part of this title is of course great. There’s plenty of action and the best part of this game is the — weapon selection! There are so many awesome weapons for you to choose from, it’s just awesome! You will also have to learn to take cover, flank, you will die in a second if exposed to multiple enemy shootings(unlike the previous titles in the MC series)
The big twist in the game is that you will be able to play on both sides(just like I mentioned earlier). Yes you will get the chance to play as Edward Page but there isn’t anything to it, the only difference there, is that Page keeps on cursing, yelling out things like “fascists” as well as tell us how much he enjoys killing Americans…which some people find a bit offensive.
For those interested in the difficulty of the game; at the very start you will be allowed to select from 3 difficulty modes — Easy, Normal or Hard by the completion of the game the “Extreme” difficulty mode will be unlocked.
The controls can be customized to the player’s taste, every on-screen button can be moved anywhere the player wishes, the controls can also be enlarged or reduced in size. The controls should not be a problem in this one! There are also people out there that for some reason no level of controls customization would suit, well, this game supports the MOGA Mobile Gaming System controller from PowerA. Now, I don’t think there should be any control-hate talk. If you’re not a fan of touch screen controls, get a MOGA!
Just like its predecessor MC4 has a multiplayer mode where you can face off against other players, up to 12 players can compete against each other across 8 modes and 8 maps. My multiplayer experience with MC4 so far has been great! There have been no server errors, no lags — no problems of whatsoever. It is quite obvious that most of the multiplayer the Call of Duty franchise. Just like in CoD(from which most multiplayer features are taken from) an advancement system rewards you for kills and other medals, the players can also customize their emblem, stats tracking is also introduced in this 4th installment. Players can now check their complete match history to see their individual results. Simply put, the multiplayer in Modern Combat 4 is superb!
The voice work is great(I can rarely say this about a Gameloft game) although I do no understand why my character keeps on yelling “hostile spotted, take him out” even when I am alone, it gets really weird when that happens; it sure isn’t a deal breaker but still it’s really weird and annoying. Generally the sound is awesome, everything is observed the reloading of a gun, the footsteps, the explosions — all the sound effects add a touch of realism to this game. If only the voice work wasn’t a bit overdone, the sound would deserve 5 stars.
Overall Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour maybe aping the Call of Duty franchise but it is doing a good job of that and it is definitely worth a buy, despite all the criticism, it still one of the best mobile games out there. MC4 is for anyone in the mood for an action-packed adventure should get plus the game has probably the best multiplayer mode on mobile.
Fans of the previous installments will definitely appreciate this one!
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