Gameloft’s latest in its eerily familiar Modern Combat 3 series sees you battling it out for the freedom of the United States. With 13 missions to fight through, and a host of different gameplay options, MC3: Fallen Nation looks set to become an Android gaming benchmark…
MC3 starts as it clearly means to go on, with an amazing, beautifully detailed cut-scene that gives you the background on the story so far. Short version: the bad guys want to topple the US and you need to do everything in your power to stop them.
As close to the COD series as it’s possible to be, Modern Combat is far and away the finest FPS series on Android but there is one drawback: the games controls have always been tricky to master. So you’ll be less than pleased to hear that the same can be said of MC3. Our main issue was that the ‘grenade’ virtual button sits too close to the middle right of the screen which you’ll be using for the ‘look’ function. Spend too much time looking around and you’ll fairly quickly loose off a grenade that you’ll then need to avoid to prevent an embarrassing death at your own hands. It’s tricky to imagine how it might be improved, but one idea might be to shift the grenade button to the top right of the screen, so at least you’re unlikely to hit it by accident.
While the majority of MC3′s action takes place in first-person, ‘aim-down-the-sights’ mode, some missions require something a little different from the usual eviscerate-everything-on-the-screen approach. You might be tasked with providing air support from a helicopter, or involved in a frantic 4×4 chase instead, so there’s plenty of variety on offer.
A penny short of a fiver may seem a bit steep for a mobile game, but when it’s this immersive and well put-together, it’s not difficult to see where your money’s being spent. And there are 13 missions, of course, so there’s plenty of challenges on offer to keep you playing for some time.
And that’s before we mention the brilliant multiplayer mode that lets you play with up to 12 players over six different maps via Gameloft Live!
We heartily recommend MC3 but would advise keeping an eye on Gameloft’s Facebook page during the company’s sale. Gameloft tells us that MC3 will be on sale at just 99p for 24 hours soon…
The Bottom Line
Mildly glitchy controls don’t mar an otherwise brilliant game
Version reviewed 1.0.1
Requires Android 2.1 or higher