This week I was able to swing by the Gameloft offices in San Francisco and get some hands-on time with Modern Combat 5: Blackout, which I think is safe to say is one of the most highly-anticipated games of the year (and last year, for that matter). We hooked up the capture equipment and took a solid thirty minutes of gameplay footage. We start out in familiar territory, playing through the first Venice level which we've previously seen in our look at the game during E3 last year. However, it's received some tweaks, and seems more pared down and focused now. It's also a hell of an exciting way to start off the game. Following that, we check out the recently-announced Tokyo levels, as well as the Spec Op Missions which are a collection of missions that aren't directly related to the storyline and are built with replayability in mind. We also get a glimpse at some of the different soldier classes, which was a feature that was also recently announced, as well as all sorts of other cool stuff. Enough chatter, I'll just let the video do the talking.

After our recorded demo, I spent a good amount of time just playing through Modern Combat 5 myself. There isn't a whole lot to report on this front, the game plays almost identically to Modern Combat 4, which isn't a bad thing at all as Gameloft has basically perfected the first-person shooter genre on touchscreens. What I can say is that the levels feel incredibly varied, and the visuals feel like a big step up over the previous game, which is saying a lot as Modern Combat 4 was quite the looker. Unfortunately, Gameloft isn't saying much about a specific release date, but they did say there's plenty more information to reveal about Modern Combat 5, a lot of which they'll be dishing out at E3 next month. Also, tomorrow Gameloft will be hosting a livestream of the game on their Twitch channel, starting at 10AM PDT/1PM EST, so be sure to check that out for even more on Modern Combat 5. Expect much more on Modern Combat 5 in the very near future, and don't forget to get weird with other excited fans in our forums.

  • Lis

    Wow, such lame bots, so 'real' firearms names! Definitely worth the delay!

    • iValerio1990

      Real weapon name???

      • iValerio1990

    • DenzilofDojima

      People who use the doge meme are so funny and cool!

      • XboxOne


  • Mhunt190

    Outstanding graphics! Can't wait to play! Let's hear it for gameloft!

    • XboxOne

      Outstanding graphics? No. Lmao!!

  • Der-Kleine

    That was... really disappointing.

    I mean, the graphics looks kind of nice, but the game itself? Not so much.

    • Stormourner

      because it's still in development

      • Der-Kleine

        Most of the things I'm disappointed with are not the kind of things that get fixed in a couple of months.

      • Stormourner

        we still wonder why Gameloft doesn't fix their forgotten games?

      • iammane

        Yeah seriously.. I dunno if the Starcraft clone even works on ios7, but it's not optimized for iPhone 5 which sucks and the assassins creed clone just crashes everytime I try to run it. What a shame

      • Stormourner

        if I worked at Gameloft I would fix every games. classic games don't deserve to be forgotten

      • ZarieoZ

        They both work fine on my iPad 4 with latest update. Played and finished Assassin's Creed two weeks ago, didn't crash. And Srarfront: collision is also working just fine, but I didn't test it for extended time, I was just checking it out.

  • AlexMilo

    Yeah the graphics and lighting looks great, but oh WHY havent they redone the weapon animations?? It has been the same animations since MC3. If it is going to be like MC4 (a single animation for each type of weapon = 5-6 animations total) I'll skip this game, it'll not be worth it for me. Crossing my fingers that some other development team will make a game like this, so Gameloft will start trying.

  • valz34

    Hmm what device are they using??

    • David Castejón

      an iphone i think

      • valz34

        Iphone 5 or iphone 5s maybe 5c

      • valz34

        Iphone 5 or iphone 5s i think?? Maybe 5c

    • surirav

      Ios of course easy for developers and no framesdrop.

  • Jhrisado

    Don't get me wrong,I love Gameloft but this wait is too's bad enough that they procrastinated the release....but now they want to tease us with a gameplay?!???

    • Stormourner

      there's alot of games I'm waiting for years and I wait patiently. either you wait or there will be no MC5: Blackout

  • SpartanNova

    I don't care about the negative stuff you guys are saying about Modern Combat 5; it's one helluva game for mobile devices and I'll buy it as soon as it releases on the app store

  • TheGrimCreeper

    Disappointing. Looks like a F2P model..

    • Stormourner


  • David Castejón

    it looks really weird...

  • Max Shogi

    Android..........where are you?????

    • Kane

      Android is for the other people.

      • Max Shogi

        You must be ios......

      • clompah

        My out must be windows...

      • clompah

        *you must.

      • spokentruths772

        You must be amazon

    • apolloa

      It'll be released across it's chosen platforms at or near the same times, Gameloft tend to launch on iOS and Android at the same time or within a week of each other so don't worry 🙂

  • JCho133

    Wait, we have to point AND shoot? Lame.

    • Himmat Singh

      What do you mean? Unless autoaim is on, is it not always point and shoot?

  • surirav

    Its great if they Don't put continues internet in.
    I know they develop the game so bad with in-app purchases.

    But it's just waiting.

  • iValerio1990

    yeah its true 😛 i was hoping for real names but doesn't matter..the most important thing is KILL ! and premium price obviusly

  • boorch


    • klschn

      Planned at some point, not necessarily at launch.

    • AlexMilo

      Gameloft has already shown interest in controllers by making their own controller 1-2 years ago, which was discontinued when MFi controllers was released. MC5 will without a doubt have MFi support at some point, though maybe not before a later update.

  • AlexMilo

    Btw I notice there's still no jumping.. :/

    • David Castejón

      yes, it is so disappointing

  • AlexMilo

    And a Beretta at the end. It's really great that they went back to actual weapons, instead of their own 'fake' designs. Who cares about the names anyway. 🙂

  • madreviewer

    Does it require Internet?

    • TheGrimCreeper

      Yes, for multiplayer.

    • AlexMilo

      The game will require internet for BOTH Singleplayer and Multiplayer. This is because of Gamelofts new anti-hacking system. You will get unlocks and experience to use in Multiplayer by playing Singleplayer. If the game was playable without internet hackers would easily be able to hack it. If internet is required it's either impossible or very difficult.

  • TheGrimCreeper

    It looks like Dead Trigger & CoD: Strike Zone had a baby.

    • Boris Nguetie

      loool!! you couldn't have been more right!!

  • Lamar Taylor

    I can't wait to play this game after the long delay. I do have one question about the video posted above...was this gameplay on the easy level? I noticed that whoever was playing stood straight up and never ducked for cover during gun fights and the enemies just popped up and stood straight up waiting to get shot. Hopefully the real game is more challenging and people use tactics during gun fights instead of standing straight up and just walking forward at all times.

  • Rip73

    Jared, AWESOME walk through.
    Thanks very much.

    Particularly for picking up other weapons so we could see what's there and for using ADS so we can see weapon behaviour.
    And for obviously being an FPS fan/player, remind me not to get in a multiplayer match with you:).

    Genuinely best walk through I've seen so far. Cheers.

  • theopla

    Gameloft's live streams are always during my school hours....dammit


    lol, one of the doctors are trained marsmans

  • jl802

    When, been waiting since Christmas!

    • AlexMilo

      It will be released some time before September.

  • NPeart

    Dat autoaim.

  • Ninja_Blade_Diego

    Awesome , I can't wait!!!

  • ThePersonDerp

    Multiplayer footage pls

  • Dude

    The vector is a fucking laser beam

  • Illuminerdy

    I wish Jared would tell them how bad this game sucks

  • PadreTomasito


  • ansin11

    Ohhhh what do i see there? My fav MC3 weapon got a liftup! Yessss 🙂 Compakt!

  • Ultima12

    I would love it if they had some co op missions! I'm suprised that hasn't happened yet.

  • Ultima12

    The graphics are a big step up from zero hour!!

    • XboxOne

      No, the graphics are horrible.

      • Ultima12

        Wow! Can't have a debate with someone with such wit. I'd be in way over my head. Lol

    • Kenan2000

      They are not horrible but more cartoonish than mc4,there is nothing horrible in these graphics.

      • Ultima12

        No. I don't see horrible anywhere.

  • Jasmine

    Why are all iphone fps' making you press a button for "ADS?" Theres not much real estate on an iphone, and you can only use your thumbs