Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour – An Exhibition In Excellence

5.0 Overall Score
Gameplay: 4.5/5
Design: 5/5
Duration: 5/5

The best graphics on iOS | Varied single player campaign | Outstanding online multiplayer

It's a bit cramped on iPhone | Zoom scope is required most of the time

Gameloft has been working on iOS games since the beginning, and each year they seem to introduce a new Modern Combat game. 2012 is no different, and Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour has come a long way since the original, Modern Combat: Sandstorm. It’s like a completely different game, and it’s amazing to see how quickly iOS has progressed with the latest cutting edge game. Modern Combat 4 isn’t just the best modern combat yet, but may be the best game yet for iOS.

The realistic deluxe first person shooter returns, but it comes with a brand new graphics engine that is truly the first that deserves the moniker, “console quality”. From the opening cut scene, you can tell you’re in for a treat, and as soon as it’s over you’re thrown right into the action storming a beach, and the action never lets up from there. The game is extraordinarily designed to the point that it’s nice to take a step back, and look at the exquisitely designed environments before you move on to the next sequence. The most amazing part is the enemy killing animations with such a great ragdoll physics engine that they seem to react exactly as you would expect, and differently each time. It’s so advanced, that there was a sequence with an arm shot off with the fingers still moving.

Modern Combat 4 rises the iOS platform up when it comes to technologically advanced games, and it’s a true treat for your eyes, which is jaw drop inducing for being on a mobile device. The entire visual design immerses you in the game like no other on iOS, and you truly feel the chaos of war. The top notch graphics engine sets the stage for two deluxe games in one with the single player campaign, and online multiplayer. The single player mode features 12 deluxe chapters with the best storyline yet for Modern Combat games.

Every single chapter is extremely deluxe with so many connected sequences with varied weaponry, alternating objectives, and different vehicles. The action is constant, but it’s also fresh because of the variation, and once you start, you’ll want to complete the entire single player campaign. One odd aspect is that you alternate playing as the military, and terrorist group who are battling one another. If only the single player campaign was included, Modern Combat 4 is a must buy, but there’s also a deluxe multiplayer experience that may be the best on iOS.

The new multiplayer puts the previous versions to shame, and offers eight different modes include free for all, team battle, and capture the flag. The online connectivity is silky smooth for online games that feel like you’re playing locally. The same great graphics engine runs without a hitch across the eight different maps, and it allows you to focus on the intense multiplayer action. The maps are designed exceptionally well for tight quarters with double digit number of opponents, so you need to be on edge the entire time as your bound to run into someone constantly. You could get lost playing in just one mode, and there are eight different ones with unique challenges. The match making is superb as well so you play with equal leveled opponents.

Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour ($6.99, Universal) stakes it’s claim as the very best iOS game that is the closest thing to a console game on the platform. The single player, and multiplayer modes can stand alone as top tier in their respective categories, and yet both are included. Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour is an absolute must buy that nails every single aspect to deliver an all around experience you can’t find anywhere else in the App Store.


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