mc5logoThe release of Gameloft's highly-anticipated first-person shooter Modern Combat 5: Blackout is nearly upon us (it's coming out July 24th in case you haven't heard), and so far we've seen a great deal of the single-player portion in our hands-on video from May, but we have yet to really get a sense of the multiplayer portion, which is arguably the meat and potatoes of the game. This past week, Gameloft held an event at their San Francisco office that gave game media types like myself a chance to get a taste of the multiplayer in Modern Combat 5. In short: it was a total blast.

As Gameloft had previously announced, Modern Combat 5 will have all the typical multiplayer modes, like free for all, team deathmatch and capture the flag, but they're also introducing Squads into the game and that was the focus of our hands-on time. You can have up to 20 members in a Squad, and essentially it acts like an in-game friends list. Whether you're playing the single-player campaign or one of the other multiplayer modes on your own, you can always hit the Squad button at the top of the screen and see what other members of your Squad are online at that time.

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If you see other people in your Squad are online, you can simply initiate a Squad Battle and it will group up to six of you into a team deathmatch against another Squad. Your Squad has a persistent rating based on your performance, and there are special leaderboards and time-limited events that you can partake in with your Squad. There's also a dedicated chat just for your Squad, which works even outside of the actual multiplayer matches. So you can coordinate strategies with your Squad mates prior to a match, leave a message for someone who might not be online at that particular time, or just shoot the breeze.

Unfortunately, only one other journalist showed up for Gameloft's multiplayer event, so we weren't able to get the maximum 6v6 Squad Battles going, and instead had to settle for 3v3. Even with a lack of people, it was still loads of fun, but I can only imagine how awesome it will be with full 12 person matches. The following video is nearly an hour of direct capture footage taken from seven different Squad Battles.

The footage was captured from Gameloft Community Manager Ryan's iPhone, and if you notice that he is dying a lot, that's because myself and Jeff Scott held it down like bosses. In Ryan's defense, since he was the one capturing, he made an effort to change up classes often and try different tactics to get some well-rounded footage, so he was likely slightly off his game a bit. We demolished him anyway, though. This video is definitely long, and if you make it through the whole thing you're a trooper. In the video you'll see three of the different multiplayer maps (Construction Site, Rooftops and Streets), some of the different loadout options and weapon customizations, and the various kill streak bonuses, among other things. Check it out.

I spent nearly three hours at Gameloft playing Modern Combat 5 multiplayer, and I easily could have spent three more. It's just ridiculously fun. I'm really impressed with how the Squad functionality has been implemented into the game. I've always enjoyed Modern Combat games for the single-player stuff, and kind of just dabbled in the multiplayer. But having your Squad at your fingertips from pretty much anywhere in the game, being able to see who is online and chatting, and trying to improve your Squad rank and move up the leaderboards are just the type of things that will get me addicted to the multiplayer in Modern Combat 5. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing, as I don't really have enough free time as it is, but I'm really excited for Modern Combat 5 to release either way. That release is just around the corner, next week in fact, so look for plenty more on Modern Combat 5: Blackout as that day finally approaches.

  • RamazUltra

    Looks pretty good.

    • AlexMilo

      To me it looks quite disappointing. :/

  • TheGrimCreeper

    Good gameplay, bad player. Still decent gameplay nonetheless. I was hoping to see much more than I expected, but I'm really disappointed that this looks nothing more than a slightly upgraded MC4. I'll still get it, though.

    • loophole

      Yeah I'm trying to decide if it's worth it. There doesn't seem like there's very many new gameplay attributes to justify spending more money. Then again, I might be wrong and we'll just have to see

      • TheGrimCreeper

        Yeah, agreed. During this gameplay, the player didn't really show off the features of the game as much (such as running, ADS, secondary weapon performance). It was just nail biting to watch through this gameplay, because the player was just that horrible. I dunno.. Maybe it's just the player that made the multiplayer look unenjoyable, but then again, we would have to wait & experience this game on our own.

  • PresidentZer0

    too bad there is no mfi support

    • Samurix16

      They said there will be

      • PresidentZer0

        source?

      • DuckyShot

        @Gameloft_UK

      • PresidentZer0

        they tweet like 59 times a day. How am I supposed to find that exact tweet?

      • http://www.gameloft.com/ Ryan

        Can confirm. Devs are looking at it adding it in a future update.

  • FootFairy

    The grenade explosion looks worse than the one in mc3, how did this happen!!??!!?!

  • taiga97

    The maps kind of suck like in Mc4, I hope they add better maps in the future. I'm still looking forward to it though, it also sucks that weapons are class based plus no sticky grenade. I hope it's worth getting.

    • DuckyShot

      I think Canals looks pretty cool. Different colors.

      • taiga97

        I kind of like the rooftop map.

  • videba

    My biggest gripes are: no recoil and the perks wich look like those you would find on a moba. The maps look decent enough en the gun animations and ADS also look good. And the player, I dont even know what to say.

    • http://www.gameloft.com/ Ryan

      I had the best grip enabled so the recoil was usually minimal, if at all. This stuff won't be available right from the start of things.

      • ScottIrving

        There wasn't a grip equipped on the AR you were using...

  • BobCat5142

    Is Gameloft still sticking with "no IAP" thing? If yes then this game is gonna totally rock

    • http://www.gameloft.com/ Ryan

      Yes, we are still sticking with it.

  • nini

    Modern Combat 5: No Fukken Scum Casuals

  • PresidentZer0

    I would love a battlefield clone

    • TheGrimCreeper

      This is as close to battlefield as mobile shooters will take us, although DICE & EA are working on a solid, mobile Battlefield title.

  • waderain

    If they added a squads feature did they add bots for multiplayer as well?

    • TheGrimCreeper

      I honestly thought he was playing against bots, lol.

  • worldcitizen1919

    That map in the beginning with the shipping containers that looks right out of Counter Strike!!! Looks almost an exact copy!!

    • Jazzyjesus

      Its gameloft! Of course its a copy. They have not once had an original idea of there own.

  • Kenan2000

    I am utterly disappointed in this piece of garbage.First of all,they fill order & chaos online with pay2win shit and make it dead and now they release an awful looking mc5 with terrible graphics and animations?Even mc4 graphics were better!I felt so hype the first time I saw the e3 trailer and now I am disappointed,never trust GreedLoft.

    • Kenan2000

      And I watched their stream today,that's why I say this.

    • AlexMilo

      This game really looks like a joke. To me it's the animations that looks the worst. Counter-Strike 1.6 (and even MC2-3) has better animations than this.
      Gameloft really need some competition, maybe that'll make them up their game.

    • TheGrimCreeper

      Yes, omg! When I saw the first trailer for this game, it looked like it handled well! Now that I've saw actual gameplay footage, I just want to cry my eyes out. This was a great game ruined. This is like the GT Racing 2 of Gameloft's FPS titles.

  • Ricardo Garcia

    The worse part is mixing a slow game (battlefield) with an ok mobile game (counter strike) giving it a really slow feel and there are big buttons everywhere.

    • Jasmine

      I see no counter strike here... But i agree with u! Soo many needless buttons: sprint? Why not an auto sprint, or you just move fast. 3 kill streak buttons, but you cant jump?! The developers must not play their own games

      • Ricardo Garcia

        It's obvious. I watched the stream and the Devs sucked at it. Everything seems to be a massive drawback. More relatable to mc2 if any.

    • AlexMilo

      Counter-Strike does not exist officially as a mobile version as far as I know.

    • videba

      Counterstrike a mobile game? This the exact opposite of both counterstrike and battlefield, more like a failed cod clone

      • Ricardo Garcia

        CoD? Are you watching the same gameplay. Better yet, have you even played CS or BF?

      • christian foggy III

        BF=Heavy vehicular combat and huge maps.
        CS=Very fast gameplay.

      • Ricardo Garcia

        Visually, this game can be compared to counter strikes 3D models and battlefields progression system and overall mechanics. If you have PLAYED battlefield, you would be made aware of the obvious attachment unlocking method, map size and just the overall progression system design. It all screams battlefield. Just without the vehicular warfare which is possible in team battle on battlefield 4. I had it for the xbox one. This games textures and complete layout peeks through the battlefield-esc style.

      • Ricardo Garcia

        It's also not all about heavy vehicular warfare. It's about the vast playability. Which, hopefully, gameloft ups since they made these huge maps. Maybe 8v8 can be possible if more cover points were put in the games maps

  • Speedster117

    For some reason I thought it was coming this Thursday, damn.

  • AlexMilo

    Grenades are listed as 'consumables'. It's not really wrong but you rarely use that word in that context.
    In other news; this game looks not half as good as I had hoped.

  • DuckyShot

    I think the gun stays still because of one of Recon's skills, something to do with the sprinting

    • Kane

      Remember, do not act out your spree in the real world..

    • TheGrimCreeper

      I've heard they reduced recoil in guns to give everyone a fair share of feeling in control.

  • Fabio Vd Lubbe

    Crap

    • Stormourner

      Parc

  • NeonGreenKermit

    I think the graphics are definitely superior to a PS2.

    • TheGrimCreeper

      Wut.

  • 556rawr .

    Honestly this looks terrible compared to mc4

    • AlexMilo

      And MC4 looked not much better than MC3. Only thing that has happened between 3 and 5 is shaders, particle effects and more ragdoll. The polygon count on models is still around CS 1.6 level (for the lack of a better comparison) and the animations are even worse, by now I had hoped for something closer to Source-engine level (which is 10 years old now). Hopefully Metal will get us closer to that. And ofcourse better hardware in tablets and phone.

      • PresidentZer0

        just like call of duty

  • iValerio1990

    No weapon personalization?

  • http://www.gameloft.com/ Ryan

    DAMN! Jared putting me on blast in the post! <3 EDIT: Thanks TA for not hating on my lack of skillz. I've got a while before I make it to MLG...

  • TigerBoat

    I loved MC3 and MC4 but WoT scratches my FPS itch, now. I doubt is switch back.

    • marcanthony0313

      What's WoT

      • XzJ450NzX

        World of Tanks

  • XzJ450NzX

    Then u need critical missions: swat

  • TheGrimCreeper

    What I'm honestly tired of seeing with Gameloft, well, the Modern Combat series, is that they are very lazy. I don't like how we're getting a combination of all the guns from different modern combats, plus 3 or 4 new guns. It feels unoriginal, and makes it feel like the previous title. I want something new & refreshing, not the same results in a different game.

    • brand1214

      I think they kept the names, changed the guns stats and models. I did notice the sniper was a replica of one of the mc4 ones though

  • Nekkedsnake

    Add offline and single player support and I'm all over this. I beat MC 1 and 2, almost thru 3, and 4 plays good so far.

  • Jazzyjesus

    I still find the MC games near impossible to play in my iPhone. Touchscreen just dosnt seem to work with FPS games.

  • patriot_conan

    Hmmm I just wish Gameloft had contacted more people dedicated to the MC4 community about last week's MC5 display. I would have made the drive to SF and I could have picked up Proxy on the way, at least then we would have had 4v4 : )

  • marcanthony0313

    I'm sick of hearing you fellow commenters complaining about the online only. Jesus, deal with it, it's a good looking game.

    • brand1214

      You can't have unified progression without wifi! I do get annoyed by this on some games, but here, it really does make sense.

  • Shifaan

    Looks AMAZING!!!

  • Eidaven

    I would consider getting an MFi controller for this. That could be fun.

  • Chq

    Would be nice, if it will never been released.

  • ramireo

    Single player footage looks incredibly better. What te F*CK happened here??! This can't be right...

    • Kenan2000

      I know right...i did not even notice the ragdoll physics from the mc5 single player in mc5 multiplayer.

  • Ultima12

    Looks freakin amazing!!

  • Skyfluks

    Why are the crosshairs so fat and ugly?!

  • TheGrimCreeper

    Construction Site reminds me of Hardhat off of MW3.

    • AlexMilo

      It does, I wouldn't mind though, the layouts of the maps in the Modern Combat series has always been weak. I would actually appreciate if they copied the map layouts from ie Ziba Tower (BF3), de_dust2 (CS), Terminal (MW2), Dome (MW3) Hijacked (BO2) and Warhawk (Ghosts).

  • DuckyShot

    I like this take better. And this game is made by a different Gameloft team, so...

    • AlexMilo

      You sure about that? I didn't know, that explains quite a lot, also a reason why we shouldnt expect a better game than the 4th.
      I do like more realistic guns too, that's the main reason why I deleted MC4 and installed MC3 instead.

  • iamse7en

    i played mc4 and there were no kill cams. i wish there were though.

  • Ricardo Garcia

    Why are the map names so generic?

  • brand1214

    I really don't understand all the bad comments. This game looks better, has more features, better effects, a different unlock system, and more new content than any other modern combat sequel yet! I am really looking forward to this game.

  • brand1214

    I think all they meant by kill cams was a health indicator...it is kind of disappointing, but understandable.