Modern Combat 5: Blackout

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Modern Combat 5: Blackout is a game from Gameloft, originally released 24th July, 2014


‘Modern Combat 5’ to Look Extra Good on Newer Devices

To help make sure we don’t forget it’s heading our way “this summer,” Gameloft has dropped us a line to key us in on some hot new graphical effects they’re packing into Modern Combat 5: Blackout. But for all the extra hotness to show up on your screen, you have to be rocking a “higher end” device, which probably means a latest-edition iPhone or iPad. For a glimpse of what they’re talking about, read on.

Gameloft is one of the companies that’s been pushing the limits of the graphics iOS devices are capable of delivering since very early on in the App Store’s life. The key to the new graphical shine is Screen Space Ambient Occlusion, or SSAO. Basically, it makes shadows look better. Here’s a before and after.

Without SSAO

Without SSAO



It’s a subtle effect, but it does make the shadows in the corners of the room pop a little more. Hopefully that won’t obscure anyone’s view during the game’s shooting action.

In addition to shadows, here’s a rundown of the other graphical improvements they’ve baked into Modern Combat 5:
•             Eye adaptation & Bloom – exposure adjusts in a more realistic manner when moving between light and dark areas
•             Soft particles – improved interactions of particles with surrounding geometry
•             Underwater distort and caustics – reproduces realistic water effects
•             Real-time character shadows – characters cast shadows on geometry in real time
•             Heat-haze – air distortion due to muzzle heating after shooting
•             Depth of Field – cinematic effect that makes the background appear out of focus so that certain characters or objects in the foreground step more into focus
•             And many more: Reflection ground, Color correction, Specular effects and so on.

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Modern Combat 5: Blackout Updates With New Body Armor

Heading into a war zone? Don’t forget to dress for the occasion. Modern Combat 5: Blackout makes survival a bit easier with the inclusion of new body armor.

What’s New in Version 1.4.1
What’s a mask without a suit?! Masks are now a part of your character customization because FULL BODY ARMORS are here!

• Combat classes can now change 4 individual parts from their armor: Torso, Legs, Arms and Mask
• Collect and equip all 4 parts of a full tactical suit to unlock awesome perks: healing boosts, radar jamming, and more
• Overcharge your suit with powerful abilities for further tactical choices
• Each class gets its own suit

• Tokyo will become your battleground in the new Vantage map, designed for both close combat and long-range firefights

• Customize your armor with loads of new camo designs
• Seize all the new Trinkets and Killsigns

• Compete to be the hero of your neighborhood!


Modern Combat 5 Gets a New Map and More

A new update for Modern Combat 5: Blackout comes with a new multiplayer map and lots of new customization options for armor, including new perks. From Gameloft:

Customize Your Armor and Unlock Advanced Tactical Suits

  • Each class now wears a default armor
  • You can change the default armor with parts that belong to a tactical suit
    • All 4 suit parts are needed to unlock the full tactical suit & its 2 unique perks
    • Each class has a dedicated tactical suit that cannot be used on other classes
  • Get perks even if you don’t have the full tactical suit equipped
    • Masks grants special perks that are always active
    • Arms, Torso and Legs offer armor bonus

New Multiplayer Map: Vantage

  • A medium sized map set in an urban battleground designed for both close combat and long range firefights

Camos for Body Armors

  • Apply camos to your class armor

Local Leader Boards

  • Compete in neighborhood leader boards with people in a 500m, 1km or 5km range

5 New Weapon Trinkets 

Some content will unlock progressively, so not all update content is available immediately.

News via Touch Arcade:

Modern Combat 5 and Asphalt 8 Get Apple Watch Support

You know what games could use some Apple Watch support? Probably not these, but they’re getting it anyway. Gameloft has updated Modern Combat 5 and Asphalt 8 with some handy dandy wrist support. From Touch Arcade:

You can get notifications, sign up for in-game events, and even change your character. Want to customize your weapons while the thought comes to mind, without loading up the whole game to change it? You can do so from your Apple Watch.

Via Touch Arcade

Deals via AppleNApps:

Free Apps of the Day, March 18 2015: Modern Combat 5, Fractals, and More

Modern Combat 5 going free-to-play is probably today’s biggest free game news, but that’s no reason to ignore the other free goodies on tap. Today, Apple N’ Apps’ daily collection of free apps also includes BoneBox (a 3D anatomy viewer), Winky Think Logic Puzzles (a logic puzzle game for kids), and Fractals (a visual fractals app).

Via AppleNApps


Modern Combat 5 Goes Free to Play

We got word from Gameloft that Modern Combat 5 has gone free to play. For those that have paid for the game though, don’t worry, Gameloft has them covered.

While the new game uses an energy system to gate playtime, previous purchasers of the game will get a unlimited energy system. They will also get a special veteran kill sign and 200 in-game credits.

Other new updates include a MFi controller support, new soldier class, new weapon class, and new multiplayer game mode. The update is out now.

Modern Combat 5 Multiplayer Video

Modern Combat 5, what is surely to be one of the best FPS games on iOS is due out this week. Last week I got a chance to sit down for a couple hours and play multiplayer with Jared from TouchArcade and some fine Gameloft folks.

Overall the game is looking really good and should provide that nice fix for those players who are looking for some FPS multiplayer on iOS. It’s particularly awesome on an iPad. Take a look at the video below for 55+ minutes of multiplayer action from Modern Combat 5.

Modern Combat 5 Hands-On Preview

One of mobile’s biggest fist-person shooter franchises is revving up to drop another helping of modern military conflict on iOS gamers. In a move that surprises absolutely no one, Modern Combat 5 is in the works and it’s shaping up to be the biggest, most bombastic installment of the game to date. Gameloft had an early version on display at E3, and I was able to go hands-on with it.

The first thing I immediately noticed from the E3 build was another leap forward on the franchise’s visual fidelity. Running on a 4th gen iPad, the game looked sharp and the gameplay was mostly fluid. The texture work and depth of the environments was stunning, and it’s clear no resource is being spared in creating a believable portrait of war.

While the action is much as you’d expect if you’ve played previous Modern Combat titles, some new tools have been added for you to play with. Deployable drones add a new dynamic to plotting out your attack plan. Drones not only will fire upon enemies, but they also relay map data showing where the opposition is positioned. While Gameloft was quiet on details like story, mulitplayer, and new weapons, the game’s weapon modification system is ace for adjusting add-ons like scopes, reticles, and alternative fire, similar to how console titles like Crysis and Call of Duty do things.

The demo I played through was short, with many details left to be revealed later this fall. I could see the visuals shaping up nicely, but I’m hoping under-the-hood aspects like better weapon tuning for multiplayer and smarter AI help change things for the better. Look for Modern Combat 5 on iOS and Android this fall.

Gameloft Releases Modern Combat 5 Trailer

Earlier today, Gameloft released its first trailer for its upcoming first-person shooter, Modern Combat 5. Take a look under the cut if you want to see what’s coming. Spoiler: There are guns. And guns. And more guns. Also, a helicopter.

Modern Combat 5 is slated for release in the fourth quarter of 2013. We’ll probably find out more at E3. One thing’s for sure, those are some very pretty graphics.

We enjoyed Modern Combat 3 and Modern Combat 4, so hopefully Modern Combat 5 will continue to provide good times with guns.