Taking FPS on the iPad to a new level

Review of Modern Combat 3 : Fallen Nation (iPad)

Developer: Gameloft

Price(7/10/2011): $6.99

Author’s Rating: 8.5/ 10

This app is good for: Anyone that like FPS games, especially COD

Quake, Counterstrike, Unreal, Call of Duty, you name it. FPS is a genre that goes way back and it has never failed to capture the heart, soul and sweat of many gamers. As a hardcore FPS gamer, my initial thoughts was that there is no way a FPS game on the iPad could even compare to the PC or even consoles versions. Nevertheless, I downloaded Modern Combat 3 : Fallen Nation (rather reluctantly) and gave it a shot.


The awesome introduction video immediately raised my expectations of the game and my reluctance instantly transformed into a slight form of excitement and eagerness. Campaign mode here I come.. As the starting scene began, abbreviations ran through my head. Omg.. Wtf.. The graphics were simply stunning to a point where I would say that it almost compares to the other FPS games on other platforms.

Briefing by the lake

Once I started, I was immediately sucked into the gameplay. Before I knew it, I had already finished the whole campaign. The campaign has 13 missions in total and I think I took about 6 hours. On hindsight, I should have played the hard mode instead of normal to maximize my challenge. The gameplay itself is very similar to COD and Battlefield and a touch of Uncharted where you go through most missions by shooting and killing enemies. There are also some incorporated mini-games where you are able to fire from vehicles ranging from a jeep to helicopters and even a AC130 where you can unleash a rain of fury on your opponents.

Raining 40 mms

“How do the controls work?” is probably the question most people will be asking. Firstly, I would strongly advise against using the gyroscope aiming function. That aside, the controls are definitely not the slickest of all and it could take awhile to adjust to it. The buttons for crouching, sprinting, reloading, changing weapons and hurling grenades are all rather inconveniently placed. However, they do allow you to customize your own control layout and place each button wherever you like. Best thing to change would be the grenade button. I can’t remember how many times I accidentally threw a grenade and ended up killing myself in the process.

Sniping in thermal

Another feature in Modern Combat 3 is the multiplayer capability where you can go online and play against other people (up to 12 in a game). Very much like COD, you have the ability to customize your guns, move up in rank, etc which could be potentially very addictive. Unfortunately, Battlefield 3 just hit the stores a few days ago, and that is undoubtedly one hell of a FPS game (especially for multiplayer).

All in all, Modern Combat 3 campaign mode is awesome to say the least and has provided me with loads of entertainment. At just $6.99, it is on the steep side for an iPad app, but very reasonable for a game of its quality. Even if you are not really a FPS kind of guy, I still believe that you will still be thoroughly entertained. Don’t forget that this review is for the iPad version and I can’t vouch for the iPhone iTouch version.


Review by Smoking Crows


5 Responses to “Taking FPS on the iPad to a new level”

  1. 1 pakg05 December 22, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Seriously this game looks great. For a $6.99, I think it’s worth the price. This will definitely keep my ipad “preoccupied”.

    Question though, how long does this game take before you actually finish it?

  2. 2 Anonymous December 22, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I took around 6 hours (on normal mode). They also have a pretty cool online multiplayer mode! enjoy =)

    • 3 Anonymous December 22, 2011 at 10:15 am

      Cool. Wish it could have been longer, though…haha

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