After a gun, a soldier’s most important weapon is their voice. It delivers commands, issues warnings, boosts morale, and generally keeps the whole show on the road.
And yet most multiplayer shooters on mobile don’t let you use your voice. There are plenty of games that run smoothly, with decent graphics and solid gameplay, but there’s a gaping hole where voice chat should be.
Modern Combat 5: Blackout is not one of them. Thanks to the comms wizards at Vivox, Gameloft’s superlative FPS now lets you whoop into the ears of your teammates whenever you pull off a sweet kill, just as nature intended.
In case you don’t know, Modern Combat 5: Blackout is one of the most polished and playable multiplayer shooters on mobile. Think Call of Duty: Black Ops, but on a smaller screen.
There’s an epic single-player campaign, which sees you travelling the world and killing baddies, but multiplayer is clearly what everybody shows up for – all 11 modes of it, including squad vs squad, team deathmatch, and the now-mandatory battle royale.
The game gives you nine different soldier classes to choose from, including mainstays like Assault and Support alongside less common types such as Bounty Hunter and X1 Morph. Each one has its own class-specific skills, which you can update with skill points, and you can customize your avatar too.
Plus, you can customize your weapons. There more than 100 of these in the game, meaning the number of possible combinations of class, avatar, and weapon is pretty much incalculable.
Gameloft also lays on regular in-game events, giving you the chance to win rewards and prizes. Meanwhile the leaderboards, both individual and squad, let you strut your stuff as an eSports prodigy (or glower enviously at the screen, depending on your skill level).
There are over 100 million players rattling around in Modern Combat 5: Blackout, and all of them hear each other’s orders and share a triumphant laugh thanks to Vivox.