Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus for iPhone - app review

Are you ready for the ultimate in iPhone first-person shooter games? If so, then sit back and enjoy Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus. Gameloft has really, really, really shown it is in this to win and take advantage of the hardware on iPhone. This game is gorgeous, especially on the retina display. Ah, but let's not dwell on the graphics for now, let's jump into the game itself.

Black Pegasus is a sequel to Modern Combat. This game was good for its day, but Black Pegasus sets a new standard. The game starts off after the old one where you are part of a squad sent to take out the bad guys, protect civilians, etc. There really isn't anything new there, so let's talk about what is new. As I mentioned earlier, the graphics are awesome. I don't mean just because they are retina display graphics, they are awesome because the new character models look very realistic and body movement is very smooth as characters move about the screen. You also have a blinding white screen when you are caught with a flash bang grenade and if you "bust" in a door you have slow motion for a few seconds to take out the bad guys, creating a sense of stunned enemies.

To control the game you have the standard fanfare of d-pad on the left and your attack, grenades, etc on the right. You have the crouch button on the bottom left and the zoom scope on the bottom right. When maneuvering your character it is quite responsive and when you zoom to scope view, the controls turn very sluggish. This is done on purpose, because if not, everyone would spend the whole game in zoom mode! The controls are solid, but still suffer for Gameloft's persistent issue of keeping on the d-pad on the left as the control point and if your thumb moves off of it, you inadvertently end up controlling your view. Though not a game-stopper, it does happen on occasion- I will be in the middle of combat and all of a sudden be looking up at the sky or down at the ground. If Gameloft would simply change the whole left of the screen for movement, the problem would be solved.

There are lots of single player missions with great difficulty on the hard levels, but where this game really shines is in multiplayer. 10 players online and 4 types of games tend to keep me very busy. You have typical "deathmatch" where everyone is out for each other. Team deathmatch where two sides go after each other. Next is capture the flag where you capture the enemy flag and take it back to your base and last is bomb defuse where you have to protect a bomb from the other guys defusing it.

These multiplayer matches are crazy awesome. Fluid, look beautiful, solid Internet connections, etc., what could make it better? Points. That's right, there is a ranking system. Every kill, headshot, assist, you name gets points. Typically every level unlocks something from a kill signature (it's like a taunt) to new weapons or a skill like -20% on gun recoil and more. The only chink in the armor is that the online multiplayer is Wi-Fi only, so no 3G regretfully. Still, I can live with that as the single player missions are still a blast to play.

If you like first-person shooters, this is an absolute no-brainer purchase; it must be bought and it must be bought now. It is without a doubt the BEST game of this type on the App Store and I guarantee you will waste many hours fraggin' your peeps online. Not sure? Watch my video up top and you will be convinced.

[$6.99- iTunes Link]

TiPb iPhone 5-star rated

Pros

  • Amazing graphics
  • Great controls
  • Very challenging single player campaign on the hard levels
  • The absolute best multiplayer FPS experience on the App Store

Cons

  • No Game Center support, uses Gameloft Live! )but it works really well!
  • No 3G Multiplayer

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Are u crazy? You've obviously never played this... The touch controls blend in seamlessly, and the gameplay is great. Keyboard and mouse is fine for a computer, but touchscreen for any of the iDevices are great for FPS

@Frank: Yes! It's absolutely smooth on 3G! Splinter Cell was jerky and slow, but this is amazingly optimized.

Can't get this game to work on 3G I've tried the newest versions of 3G unrestrictor mywi and my 3G still no luck.

Does anyone know how to destry the sub and capture Popovich?... uuuuuuugggghhhhhh!!!! I am stuck

Frank- It will be compatible with your phone! I have noticed that it works so much better on the iPhone 4 and 3GS, and the iPod touches 4th and 3rd generation. They have better processors, which really smoothes game play. On your device- and my go to device, the iPod touch 2G, game play is noticeably slower and sometimes laggy. But don't blame it on Gameloft, because this game is still the best game around.

@Dick i had the same question till i finished it just a few hours back... You just have to shoot Nikitich several times.. There's no shortcut to it... Work harder... It'll take a bit of time but it's totally worth it..

To get Nikitich out of the tank just collect 9 or so rockets without shooting any. Then fire at once.

Clay, you need to collect enuf rockets and shoot the golden glowing parts of the sub until the glow goes away. Then activate 2 C4 on the sides to complete.

The game is really cool but unplayable on iPhone 3G/iPod Touch 2G or lower. Its just too slow and ruins the experience. On all other devices, ist simply awesome. The iPad version is also amazing. Buy, Buy, Buy!

i need help my iphone 4 16gb is running the game so as hell. my 3Gs runs better. but theres lag when u used the sinper scope. and theres lag when u go to smoke. piz i need some help

Stuck early on. Screen in single player shows to shake iPhone? For barrel conning at you . Cant get it? R u supposed to shake? Move it up and down, left to right or what? Sorry a real noob

Yeah im stuck on the barrel part...extremely confused. can anyone help me out on what exactly im supposed to do?

Hy, I´m stuck on the barrel part too. I wandered if you have the answer? Please help me out.

U need to change the gyro to Off mode and then click on the icon that appearing when the barrel explodes

Im on d second air attack area where there is a tank. Dont knw what i hav to do .ive tried the air attacks but nothings happening

Hi,
i'm stuck on the oil rig (mission 1) on platform 4.
I'm walking outside. Suddenly there is an explosion, the floor breaks, and I slide into the water. I can't find out how to reach up, so that I stop sliding into the water.
Can someone please tell me what to do?
Jesper

Turn off the gyro. When the floor breaks quickly click on the icon that appears on the screen and this should help you to get on the other end.

Sorry if I'm really awful but I'm in the tank/van Using the turret to shoot everything. It's the level after the one where you are on the rooftops protecting it. Then it tells me to use the RPG to shoot the helicopter down. But I am just on the turret and can't switch weapons. After 4 lorries the helicopter always gets me :(
How do I bring that thing down?

I'm not sure, but...
My memory tells me, that there is a button above the "trigger" which shows a grenade. Shoot the grenade at the helicopter by aiming at it an touching the grenade button as you do with the trigger to the normal weapons. After 3-5 hits, you should experience succes.
/Jesper

Hi Jesper, you are a star. Because I customised my controls, the button appeared directly underneath my normal fire button so I couldn't see it.
Many many thanks, I knew I was doing something silly

Ik heb hetzelfde probleem als jesper..
ik kom gewoon niet vinden.. heb het nu al 20x op verschillende manieren geprobeerd maar ik blijf maar dood gaan..
please help! anders kom ik niet verder..
bedankt

Hi again,
every time you have to "shake" the telephone to get a reaction eg. when the floor collapses on the oil rig, the easiest is to start over without "gyro" controls. When the gyro is off, you just have to touch a button on the screen. That works every time :-)
/Jesper

when walking in the mine fields, you just have to be aware of the "mine" signs and keep well away from them. Usually you actually just have to stay in the middle of the footpath.
/Jesper

For barrel Deflection switch off the gyro and click on the icon that appears (iPhone with 1 fingers)

I am on stage 2 (oil rig), I have cleared all the decks and I am back on the main deck. I have destroyed all the enemy speed boats, what next? The game does not proceed beyond this point. Any suggestion.

hey guys, please help, i got stuck at this point... after killing everybody dont know how to return to mainland.... heeeeelp

Great game... BUT! Stupidly stuck escorting truck out of town. Killed off all of the resistance, but can't blow-up or move the baracades with any of the weapon options? Can anyone advise? Cheers

I'm stuck on the level where you're driving through the village on mounted gun. I keep getting killed at the intersection where there's a truck barricade to your left and multiple enemies in front and on low roof top. Any suggestions?

I'm on the hard level and going through all the alleyways and I can't figure out how to get past when the helicopter comes. after the guy yells for me to run away from the helicopter. Any clues?

Stuck on "To The Summit Part II" where you get on an elevator and guys are shooting from all sides. I tried ducking in the corner and picking off the people in front of me but I still get shot from behind (seems like the enemy can shoot through the corners on the elevator from behind you). Any hints?

Does anyone know how to destry the sub and capture Popovich?… uuuuuuugggghhhhhh!!!! I am stuck.......what position need to attack?

Stuck at return to mainland chapter, after destroying 3 boats, nothing happens.. Can anybody help me?

Has anyone lost sound on this game end of level 2 and 3, using iphone 4 does sound return?

Can somebody please help me? I'm at the moment where I have to chase Pablo, so he gets on a chopper I touch the screen to jump on it and catch him, the chopper crashes an my screen turns black but I hear voices. What do I have to do?
Please help me!!!

Please help. I'm stuck at "To the Summit Part I", inside the Bunker. I keep getting stabbed by a soldier that comes around corner of a hallway. Lobbing grenades before approaching the corner does nothing. My weapons disappear when I approach the corner and my knife symbol does not appear on the screen. Thanks.

@Steve. Basically you need to keep pressing the button that does appear. It's small and round and if you hit it twice you'll head butt the guy.

Hey Im playing Modern combat 2 in Iphone4 touch initially it is showing a small pic of iphone with 2 fingers touching on it to grab something. Could you please help me how to use it

Hi guy's. Need. Help. Am at the oil. Rig. Have completed all the floors. Also have managed to destroy all the incoming. Speed boats. Can't. Go further am stuck. Plz advice....