Modern Combat: Sandstorm
When the iPhone was launched back in 2007, none of us thought that we would be playing first-person-shooters just a couple years later. But that’s where we’re at today. Fragging terrorists on an accelerometer-based device, the iPhone or iPod Touch.
A few months ago, the new gold standard was set when Gameloft launched Terminator Salvation – a fast-paced first-person shooter unlike any other shoot-em-up that came before it. Gameloft are continuing to push the boundaries with their latest release, Modern Combat: Sandstorm.
If you’ve played any of Gameloft’s other recent releases, you’ll be instantly familiar with the control system where you’ll find the directional analogue stick on the left and the action button on the right. For newcomers to this control system, you’ll need no more time than it takes to complete the training mission to get familiar with it.
Gameloft is also capitalising on the winning formula that Call of Duty has brought to games consoles and the PC platform. With a plot-line set in the Middle East, you play the character of a combat soldier who has to kill insurgent after insurgent to accomplish a mission. Throw in a blend of explosive cut-scene sequences using the in-game engine and you’ve got yourself a well-rounded action shooter.
Each mission starts with a briefing whilst you wait for the game to load. But to be perfectly honest, I skip past these to jump straight into the action. There’s a selection of weapons to choose from, all of which have a semi-automatic aiming assist. Just make sure you’re pointing in the general direction of the enemy, and the game will take care of the rest. Or if you’re more of a sniper, most of the weapons provide a zoom scope for fire fights that take place over extended distances. Get close enough to an enemy and you can use the melee button to knock your opponent out. Player health is unlimited and self charging – makes things a little less challenging but this follows the general trend that is found in first-person-shooter games of today.
Modern Combat: Sandstorm is a well thought out first-person shooter that allows you to choose whether you want a fast-paced shooter running around and shooting everything in sight, or if you want to take a more careful approach and snipe away at enemies as you go along. The control system makes it possible for you to do this, and should you disagree with the layout of the buttons, the beauty of having a touch screen is that you can change it to one of the other two control layouts.
Each mission features a new map with a different environment. In total, there are 10 missions in both inside and outside environments with great graphics that run with a high frame-rate even on the 2nd Gen iPod Touch.