Modern Combat 5: Blackout now available widely in freemium form

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With patchy availability over the last few weeks (it only appeared for me today) since the franchise's conversion to 'freemium', Modern Combat 5: Blackout is now available across the board for Windows Phones with 1GB of RAM (minimum) and with several Gigabytes of free storage. It's a huge First Person Shooter (FPS), with modes galore, but as it's now free to start off with, there's no reason why you can't give it a whirl, resources permitting. 

From the Store description:

Step into the action as the latest installment in the best FPS series raises the bar for shooter games once more! Create a squad, add your friends and test your individual and team skills against other squads! Is single player your thing? Then step into a world on the brink of anarchy and shoot your way out of one dire situation after another to expose a lunatic who’s trying to tear the world to shreds.


  • 4 customizable classes that you can level up across single- and multiplayer
  • Find the play style the suits you: Assault, Heavy, Recon, or Sniper
  • Activate class-specific skills by earning and spending Skill Points


  • Epic team clashes in Squad vs. Squad matches
  • Talk to other players in Global and Squad Chat
  • Individual and Squad leaderboards
  • Win cool rewards in the limited-time events


  • Accumulate XP and level up by playing both single-player missions and multiplayer matches
  • Unlock higher-tier weapons by mastering lower-tier ones
  • Customize the perfect weapon using a host of attachments


  • Fast-paced story missions with various challenges taking you from Tokyo to Venice
  • Play the new Spec-Ops missions for a real adrenaline rush
  • Flawless graphics, music and voice performances with seamlessly integrated cutscenes

It's big, it's glossy, it's beautiful, it's an experience. And it's also very, very hard. 'Hard' as in anyone over about 30 will struggle (as I did) to even get through the training level, whereas your typical battle-hardened teenager will scoff and show you how it's done.

Modern Combat 5 screenshot

Part of the cinematic intro sequence. Heck, the whole game's cinematic. You might want to don headphones for the best experience....

Modern Combat 5 screenshot

The world you 'play' in is very detailed, wonderfully lit and yes, you can move your gaze around freely. Admiring the scenery while you get shot at, etc.(!)

Modern Combat 5 screenshot

There's a typical left-thumb to move, drag in the viewfinder to change gaze, and tap to fire system, though when the going gets hectic, the workload is pretty extreme!

Modern Combat 5 screenshot

You can play as various soldier types. Me? I think sniper is best - less frenetic jumping and running. Note the sniper viewfinder control, bottom right - this pops up a telescopic sight.

Modern Combat 5 screenshot

Later in the game there are drones and car chases and explosions and blood and.... you get the idea.

This is way beyond my level of hand-eye coordination, but if difficult FPS are what you live for then dive right in. You can grab this for free (it'll take a while!) here in the Store. I've no idea how high the in-app purchases go, but if you're investing hours in mastering Modern Combat 5 then no doubt a few quid here or there is no problem at all....

Source / Credit: Store