3. Modern Combat 5: Blackout (WP) Story walkthrough

Since this game is easy to explain in theory but very long in practice, I'll have the complete walkthrough on this page. You have no choice but to start with the tutorial, which is an extremely linear shooter level. Skip the cutscenes and begin as the game teaches you how to aim and shoot. Move up to the cover and crouch, killing the enemies behind the door, and finally taking out the leader for the first objective. Go up to your partner and climb up, swiping the screen to help him along with you. Proceed through the next area, making headshots as you go. Focus on killing all the enemies that spawn in. Once you reach the boat, hop in and keep the turret firing. Once the helicopter has been destroyed, you are treated to another skippable cutscene.

Once you're in the main menu, you will be given a tutorial you must click through. I suggest reading everything and paying attention, there's a lot of confusing menus in the game and it's not the most user-friendly navigation. After clicking through all the tutorial stuff, you shall unlock:

GUN BUNNY

Complete the tutorial

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Now I suggest getting into the campaign, that way you can get a little more acclimated with the style of the game. The next 4 missions are incredibly linear and simple, so they don't require an explanation. If you so desire, you can simply replay the first mission over again 4 times. Whatever your approach, after a mere 10 headshots you will unlock:

BRAIN SURGERY

Perform headshots: 10

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After completing the 5 aforementioned missions, you will earn:

MAD DOG

Complete campaign missions: 5

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You may need to play a bit more campaign just to get your 50 kills, so select any mission and keep killing until you earn:

TRIGGER-HAPPY

Kill enemies in the campaign: 50

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Now, this next portion will require a friend or another device. Back at the main menu, click on the top-middle portion of the screen (to the right of your name). This should take you to the squad screen. Create a squad first, just fill in the name, select the lowest possible value to join, keep it open, and validate it to unlock:

COMMANDER

Create a squad

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Now have your friend go into the same screen and search for your squad. Have them join it. Now reverse the role and back out of your squad, and have your friend make a new one. Join their squad for:

TEAM PLAYER

Join a squad

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Since you already dragged a buddy onto this game, set up a custom match. Go to Multiplayer > Non-Ranked, and from there you can set a custom game. It costs 5 energy to play custom matches, so if you both don't have VIP it might be a bit of a waiting game before you're able to get everything done. Start up Capture the Flag first. Both you and your partner should run to the opposite base and take turns grabbing each others flags. Go and capture each other's flags for:

VEXILLOLOGIST

Capture flags in multiplayer matches: 1

VEXILLOLOGIST
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Grab each other's flags again and meet in the middle. Once the timer reaches 10 seconds remaining, shoot your buddy a bit and throw a grenade at each others feet. Granted you're both killed by the grenades, you should get:

LAST ONE LOSES

Kill a flag carrier 10 seconds before the multiplayer match is over

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HALF-MAST

Kill flag carriers in multiplayer matches: 1

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With CTF done, move on to a custom VIP game. Here, just wait things out until the last 10 seconds and do the previously mentioned grenade trick to score your kill for:

WHITE RABBIT

Kill a VIP 10 seconds before the multiplayer match is over

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Unfortunately for us, boosting time is over. I'd say start by going for your class achievements first, as they are much easier against lower tier opponents. All class achievements can be boosted in Squad Battle, but a recent update has increased the numbers of players needed to start from 4 to 8, making this much more difficult. If you could get 7 other people on board, squad battles are infinitely easier to pull these off in. If you're going for them legit however, read on.

Assault is by far the hardest one to get legit. If you use your SP to increase the grenade capacity of the Assault class, you still can only have a 3 grenade maximum. That means if you only used Assault grenades, you'd need a double or triple kill with all of them, which I'd say is nearly impossible. However, if you upgrade the Heavy class and get the blueprints for the Slak 7H, there is hope. Spawn as a Heavy with the Slak and kill yourself, then respawn as an Assault character. Pick up the Slak (pun intended) from your body. You now have those powerful grenades in addition to the 3 in your inventory. Still no easy feat though, this one I had to boost in squad battles. The Assault class also has a grenade launcher (the LGR 3) but it has a very low ammo capacity. Getting a 5 kill streak with grenades as an Assault unlocks:

OUT WITH A BANG

As an Assault, perform a killstreak of 5 using grenades in multiplayer matches

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Sticking with Assault, use your SP to purchase the "Berserk" skill early on. Now simply get into a lobby and wait for a match to start up. After the initial countdown once the match properly starts, use Berserk immediately. If activated within the first 10 seconds of the match, you'll get:

RAVAGING RAGE

Activate Berserk in the first 10 seconds of a battle in multiplayer

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Next, we will move onto Recon. You need to score 5 kills without dying using melee attacks as this class. To melee an opponent, get close to them and press the knife icon in the bottom right corner. Recon moves a bit faster, so take advantage of lower tier opponents on phones who have a difficult time coordinating their movements. Get behind their spawn or base and stab people from the back or side. Remember you're vulnerable during the kill animation, so try to get people who are alone or in the back of the crowd. 5 kills in a row with the knife rewards you with:

HUSHED EXTERMINATOR

As a Recon, perform a killstreak of 5 using only melee attacks in multiplayer matches

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Next, we have the Heavy. This is the easiest streak, as you only need a killstreak of 10 using whatever weapons you want, including other killstreaks. A well placed turret or helicopter does some serious damage. Watch the objectives or find a good camping spot before blasting people who come by. This one earns you:

GRIM REAPER

As a Heavy, perform a killstreak of 10 in multiplayer matches

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Next up is the Sniper. You need 5 headshots in a row for this one, so I recommend Zone Control for additional ease. Stay back and watch a zone, taking the head off anyone trying to capture it. Doing this will get you:

SUDDEN DEATH

As a Sniper, perform a streak of 5 headshots in multiplayer matches

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Now its time to pick your favorite class and just play! Jump into some VIP games, both to kill VIPs and the XP it provides. While you're VIP, stay with the largest group of teammates around and fire from behind them. Otherwise, hunt down the other VIP and try to get him alone. Killing 10 VIP's will earn you:

ROCKSTAR

Kill VIPs in multiplayer matches: 10

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Keep playing from here, and just get as many kills and wins as possible. 10 wins unlocks:

BOSS

Win multiplayer matches: 10

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Now, sad to say, the easy part is over. The last 2 remaining achievements require you to upgrade your classes to the maximum level. The only way to do that as of right now is by using SP, which is very hard to come by. You can get 224 SP by leveling up, 16 from every 10 levels you progress. Each class requires 60 SP to fully upgrade, and there are now 7 classes (the 4 mentioned above, as well as the Sapper, Bounty Hunter and X-1 Morph), totaling 420 SP needed. As it currently stands, the Sapper, Bounty Hunter and X-1 classes can only be purchased using credits in bundles that already contain their first 3 skills. SP also comes from winning weekly Solo events, which pit you against the entire MC5 community, only rewarding the winner with a single SP. There are also reward tiers that grant winners 2 SP for each successful reward earned. 3 of these challenges become active weekly, allowing for the possibility of up to 21 SP a week to be earned. This significantly reduces the time from the old system of SP rewards that were in place.

There are some small iotas of hope, however. Gameloft occasionally puts bundles on sale for promotional deals, offering SP or class upgrades within. One such sale offered every single upgrade for the original 4 classes, all for a mere $50. When the game launched, there were class and SP bundles that could lead you to completion for a steep $300. The Sapper, Bounty Hunter and X-1 Morph bundles are still active, unlocking those characters as well as the first 3 skills for their class. When I completed the game, there was an offer to obtain 35 SP for $20. These bundles and offers change constantly, so checking back often is key. Whether you battle or buy your way to the top, upgrading one class fully unlocks:

EVOLUTION

Upgrade all the skills for one class

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While upgrading all 7 classes fully unlocks:

VETERAN

Completely upgrade the perks in all classes

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For a better idea of the current climate, here's the math from Shadow Kisuragi.

Shadow Kisuragi said:

Normal Classes: 1+2 (Skill 1) + 2+3 (Skill 2) + 3 (Skill 3) + 4+3 (Skill 4) + 5+4 (Skill 5) + 6+5 (Skill 6) + 7 (Skill 7) + 8 (Skill 8) = 53 SP
Premium Classes (purchased with Credits): 4+3 (Skill 4) + 5+4 (Skill 5) + 6+5 (Skill 6) + 7 (Skill 7) + 8 (Skill 8) = 42 SP

53*4 + 42*3 = 338 SP total required

If we assume Level 60 for XP (I'm at Level 86 currently, but played a lot of Multiplayer), that means 279 earned by challenges. If we go the safe route, and assume that you earn 6 SP per week from challenges, that means it would take 46.5 weeks to earn enough SP from challenges, or 1860 hours of real time. That would also be 47 weeks or challenges, or 141 challenges, that each take under an hour to complete. Based on that calculation, you're looking at 141 hours of gameplay for the challenges.

Shadow Kisuragi said:

It looks like there's another method to earn SP now as well.
The past two "Boosted" events have given +2 SP as one of the tier rewards.

Boosted events are multiplayer events where Boosters can be used. These boosters can be one-time use, such as Air Support, or match long boosts such as enemies being visible on the mini-map. One in particular, Jackpot, will earn you 10x score for the match.

Score is earned in this event as +1 point for finishing the match, and +X points for the number of kills you get each match. Boosters are not required to enter or even to be used.

Not sure how long they last for (3 days?). Just noticed the SP rewards yesterday, as they had 2 running because of the July 4th holiday and accidentally clicked on it.

This is a game without a lot to say about it. It is a heavily multiplayer-focused shooter, that relies mostly on microtransactions to stick around. The completion can be anywhere from a year long grind to a 2 day boost, all dependent on how much you're willing to pay.

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