Gameloft, I now salute you.
In their most blatant copy yet, Gameloft has proved that they have enough resources and financials to create one of the most complete first-person shooters on the App Store; heck, the most complete experience on the iPhone period. While the multiplayer, font, and single-player campaign almost feel like I’m playing Modern Warfare 2 (not ignoring the name either Modern Combat 2), the graphics, controls, and multiplayer experience made me overlook the unoriginality and enjoy the game as a whole.
With four different multiplayer modes: capture the flag, battle, team battle, and defuse the bomb, the multiplayer experience is much more robust than the freemium Eliminate, and definitely more complete than Modern Combat: Sandstorm and Gameloft’s Halo clone NOVA.
The single player campaign is also quite complete, and while it’s nothing wow-some and worthy of extremely high praise, it provides enough content and game time for those not connected to the Internet.
Don’t get me wrong: even with all its wonders it still has some flaws that bother me, mainly pertaining to the multiplayer. An overpowered pistol, problems with rankings, and a buggy server all add up to some annoying problems; but overall, I can’t help but bring on a ton of praise for Gameloft.
Graphics: I can’t tell if Modern Combat 2 is better in terms of graphics than Modern Combat, but it sure does look pretty. The Retina-ized graphics look absolutely beautiful, and while previous Gameloft offerings had only some parts as Retina and other as normal, I can’t seem to find any pixelized parts in any part of Modern Combat 2.
Multiplayer experience: I’ve found myself rarely playing the single player campaign and instead playing the online multiplayer for more than an hour straight. The only time I don’t play multiplayer would be outside when WiFi is not nearby. While it is almost exactly like Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, it’s too gripping to stay away from.
The multiplayer mode alone would actually warrant this game the Must Have award; the experience is beyond NOVA, Modern Combat Sandstorm, Archetype, and Eliminate; this is the online multiplayer experience that I have been waiting for ever since the App Store opened doors.
Controls: Customizable controls and three different options allow you to pick and choose whatever way you think is the most comfortable. There should be no problems here.
Server problems: I’ve come across some server problems with Gameloft Live, including the fact that quick matches never work and you must almost always have to search for a match. Also, I’ve found myself being disconnected at times and the game freezing, causing me to having to restart the device to play the game again. While Black Pegasus doesn’t stutter while playing an online match, before is quite a hassle with the cumbersome and sluggish online menu.
Along with that, I have found my ranking go down atleast 3-4 times; after achieving rank 9 in a 30-minute match, my rank went up to atleast 9 then when I logged into Gameloft Live again, all my rankings were gone. I’ve only had this problem in the beginning of my online multiplayer ventures, but it is annoying when almost an hour of play goes to waste.
Lack of checkpoints: The single player campaign needs some more checkpoints, and I’ve noticed this problem throughout many of Gameloft’s games. Because of the quick nature of iPhone gamers, there is no time to play 10 minutes just to get to the next checkpoint.
Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus is one of the most complete and best games I have ever played on my device, and with such a complete online multiplayer experience and a solid single player mode, I can’t see any other game really topping this, atleast for a while. If you haven’t picked it up yet, you’re missing out. Big time.