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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Modern Combat 3 on Android

Are you a gamer that loves Call of Duty, Battlefield, and other online first person shooters for your PC or console? Do you own an Android device?

About a year ago, I remember hearing about a game called "Modern Combat" that was available on the Android Market of the time. I downloaded the game and it was okay for my HTC Evo 4G. It reminds gamers more of a game like a 90's Counter-Strike than anything. I never tried the third, but since getting my new Samsung Galaxy SIII...I've been really getting into mobile gaming. And by mobile gaming, not only my PS Vita (Resistance: Burning Skies is awesome btw!) but also my Android phone. The new and more modern processor and RAM allows for better graphics and better play. Game developers have been around for a while and know what mobile phone gamers like and don't like and are getting very good.

For most console and PC gamers that play CoD, Modern Combat may, at first, sound like another goofy rip-off, but the game is so much more. I actually put down my 360 controller to pick up my phone and play this over an online Battlefield 3 match.

Mobile gaming has evolved since it first came into play in the early 2000's. We first started out with simple games like Snake and Tetris which were really meant for if you were on long trips, waiting at the DMV, at school, your Gameboy's batteries were dead, or something like that. The games were never intended to be played solely at home and replace your PlayStation or Nintendo 64 but to just give you something on the go when you get bored and want something to do for the next 15 minutes. Now, gaming has gotten to a point where you choose between your home console or computer and your phone.

Modern Combat 3 has certainly earned its respect from someone like me that thoroughly has enjoyed FPSes since first being introduced to the genre with Halo: Combat Evolved almost 10 years ago.

Now, before I go into too much detail, I've got to say that I have yet to check out the online multiplayer, which, there is such a thing in this game. I've been messing in the campaign so far and it is really good. The story is actually decent and the graphics are exquisite, not only by mobile gaming standards, but even comparable to other systems like the PSP or the original Xbox.

Fans of most recent CoD titles will really feel at home with this game. Of course, the controls are a bit tricky to master but you can get used to it over time. My phone has a 4.7 inch screen, so things are a bit different when comparing to other phones that may have a 4.3 or less inch screen. I have not tried this game with a physical keyboard although I would like to try it. It is said that a micro-USB male to female port can be attached to the Galaxy SIII and allow plug-and-play devices like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 wired controllers to work with the phone. I would really like to try this with MC3. But the on-screen controls are annoying at first, but after a while of playing, you get used to it and find your own style.

The game is around $5 so no worrying about paying too much and not liking the game. Admittedly, I was skeptical so I borrowed an .apk from a friend and installed it, loved it, and decided to purchase my own copy. Apparently the game is made differently for different devices, so don't try doing this if your friend has an HTC Evo and you have a Samsung Galaxy. It might work, but it won't give you the best experience that the actual game can give you. Plus, consider supporting the creative and hard-working minds behind this awesome title. Gameloft deserves lots of credit for this game and I am happy to say that I recommend this game to any FPS lovers.

What's your take on the game? Have you played online? With a controller? Let me know your experience with the game.

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