Review Modern Conflict 2
Tank strategy game with multiplayer component
Author: Kevin Vadala
Date: 26 Oct 2014, tested on Samsung GT-I9500 Galaxy S4
Solid strategy, nice level designs
Ads, microtransactions are confusing
Modern Conflict 2 for Android is a strategy game where you take over control points in each level. Its a great template for a strategy game that plays well on mobile devices even though it lacks some complexity found in other bigger strategy games found on the PC. It reminds me of a more realistic (in terms of style) version of Galcon.
The game mainly consists you moving tanks around in order to capture control points before the enemy does. The controls are a bit odd, and its hard to tell sometimes what the most effective route of movement in the game is (in terms of controls). In Galcon, or similar space strategy games, you simply tap a control point and your whole army moves there, or you can split up units among a few different bases. Modern Conflict 2 has the same idea, but it never felt as polished to me or as easy to move units. Sometimes my units would get caught moving back to a base when I didn’t want them to, or not enough of my units would come to a base when I directed them to. The whole system seems sound, but it plays out a little awkwardly.
The graphics in the game look decent, and I liked how each tank actually shoots at the enemy. There are also a wide variety of different levels which is cool, and additionally there are a wealth of different upgrades that you can use ( hello microtransactions!). You can get different cars, helicopters, and even missiles to use against your opponents (whether computer or sentient).
The multiplayer in the game shines, and actually feels more dynamic than simply fighting against computers. However, there is a steep leveling system and with all of the different upgrades, I can see it being hard to balance, all things considered.
Modern Conflict 2 brings a good solid concept to mobile devices that for the most part plays out well. It contains some of the common pitfalls of free-to-play games. I can see it being a great treat for those a fan of strategy games, that can get used to the some-what strange movement mechanics within the game.