Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch review

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Category: Action games
Seller: Gameloft
Compatibility: iPhone (4, 4S, 5), iPod touch (4th and 5th generation), iPad (2, 3rd and 4th generation, mini)
Requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
File Size: 1.44GB
Price: $6.99
Age Rating: 9+ (Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence)

As you wait for the new year to usher in, you might want to while away the hours by playing one of the best—if not the best—first-person-shooters ever made for the iPad (and other iOS devices). It’s from Gameloft, and yes, you guess it right, it’s called Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour.

After contemplating whether I should bite the bullet and grab this game despite its hefty price, I finally bought the game. You know what? I’m glad I did. If not, I might have missed one of this year’s best games for iOS.  No doubt about it, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour is a great game with all the goodies you look for in a FPS.

Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour – Gameplay

Let’s get straight to the point and discuss the gameplay of Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour. It’s your typical MC game. But having played Modern Combat 1, 2, and 3, it’s pretty obvious Gameloft has been studying and has continously improved each game in the series. So, with Zero Hour, just like in any other Modern Combat games, you’ll be shooting a lot. In fact, 90% of the gameplay involves shooting at enemies using the various weapons at your disposal.

Speaking of weapons, this game has plenty to choose from. You can equip your character with three weapons at a time plus the frag or flash grenades you can also use if you feel like blasting a couple of enemies away instead of shooting them one by one. You can also equip your character with other items such as a life vest which improves his health a bit. All these are available with a tap on the game’s store menu. You can make use of points you’ve earned as you finished various levels or use your real dough via in-app purchase.

So aside from shooting enemies, what else is there in the game? Cutscenes. Yes, there are few of them which were included to develop the game’s plot. However, there’s nothing really special about the game’s storyline. It’s your usual former military guy staging an all-out terrorism act to destabilize the world, and what better way of doing this than by kidnapping the President of the United States. But thanks to that bad guy, you have a great game to play.

Going back to gameplay, along with shooting down enemies you’ll also be performing other actions such as decoding systems, using your military tablets, controlling military droids, steathily killing enemies and a few other things.

Modern Combat  4: Zero Hour – Graphics

As mentioned, Gameloft has consistently improved the Modern Combat games. One of the things they’ve improved a lot in Zero Hour is the game graphics. The enviroment is nicely rendered with much attention paid to the details. It’s easily one the best looking iOS games that came out this year, looking very realistic.

The sound effects are top-notch as well.  We have to give two thumbs up to Gameloft in the graphic and audio departments for Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour.

Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour – Controls

Now, here’s where the game falters a bit. Being a touch-based game, it’s can become pretty annoying when it’s not as responsive as you would expect. Even the placement icon for firing your weapons can become a pain at times since each of the actions is carried out by tapping specific buttons. I’ve accidentally thrown grenades when all I wanted was to make the character move or shoot down an enemy.

But these are all understandable since up to now, touch-based controls for action-packed games such as Zero Hour have not been foolproof. So, we can forgive Gameloft for faltering in this department. It’s no big deal really.

In addition, the game employs the familiar gyroscope. And like in previous Modern Combat games, this is one control that I always turn off because I tend to lose my aim when using it. Same goes true for Zero Hour, so you might want to turn it off as well.

Our Verdict

You already know we will recommend this game despite its price tag; the campaign and multiplayer modes are well worth it. This is a great addition to the Modern Combat franchise, and I’m looking forward to the next game in the series. Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour is a must-have for those who are into first-person-shooter games.

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  • shelley

    i think you mean, “fool-proof”

    • Kirk Hiner

      D’oh! Don’t I look fullish.

      Fixed. Thanks for the heads-up.