Gameloft is a company best known for its mobile titles, developed for iOS and Android smartphones, but since the introduction of the Mac App Store in the new year, the firm has widened its horizons to include development for the Mac.
One of the Mac titles released by Gameloft is Modern Combat Domination: a Counter-Strike-esque first person multiplayer shooter that allows you to play online in a multitude of modes and increase your level as you become more proficient at the game. Originally released for the Playstation 3 via PSN, Modern Combat comes with a low price tag to attract even the most casual of gamers, but is this a case of getting what you pay for, or can Gameloft’s latest title match up to the big games in the App Store? Let’s check it out!
At the main menu of the game, you will be able to choose from offline, single player mode or online multiplayer mode. Unless you haven’t got an internet connection present I’d recommend that you get stuck right into the game’s multiplayer offering, which allows you to play over the LAN or online against other gamers across the world.
There are three multiplayer game types available on Modern Combat: Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and, my favourite, Domination. The deathmatch games are simply a matter of getting the most kills for your team, or in the case of individual deathmatch, staying alive and shooting the hell out of everyone that you come across. This is a huge amount of fun if you’re in the mood for some brutal killing, but you can also choose to play the more tactical domination game, in which you and your team must secure three locations on a map, getting points each time a location is claimed. Games will have either a time or points limit attached to them, and whichever is reached first will end the game.
I was slightly skeptical about the quality of the graphics when first downloading the game as it is priced at under £10 and competing with some big titles on the store for attention. I tested the game on a 21.5″ iMac with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, driven by a Core i7 CPU and AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics with 512MB of VRAM, and the quality of the graphics certainly surprised me. For me, they are certainly on par with some major titles such as Valve’s Counter-Strike and I was glad to see Gameloft take advantage of the relatively powerful GPUs that now ship with current generation Macs.
For those worrying whether their machine can play the game, I also tested it on my 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook with integrated NVIDIA graphics, and again the game performed quite well, although not quite as smoothly as it did on the iMac for obvious reasons. Despite this, the game is certainly playable on machines with slightly lower specifications as long as they are running Snow Leopard of course – you need Snow Leopard to download the game from the App Store in the first place.
All things considered, Modern Combat: Domination is a great title from Gameloft and well worth purchasing if you are looking for some light gaming on the Mac. It seems as though there is lots of potential to expand in future versions, especially with the good quality of the maps within the game, and it will be interesting to see if Gameloft plans to release a newer version of the game in the future with a more complete single player mode. If you want to buy Modern Combat, you can download the title now from the Mac App Store for £7.49.