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Gather round, armchair SEALs: Gameloft has got another military magnum opus for you. Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour is available now on the Play Store for seven bones, and purports to work with Android 2.3 and up. But since this series tends to push the boundaries of mobile graphical power (if not originality,) you'll probably need a relatively new Android device to run it well. You'll also need a good bit of space - it weighs in at nearly 2GB. 8GB Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 owners, clear up some room.

The standard gung-ho FPS tropes are present: single-player mode with squad-based combat (heavily influenced by Black Ops 2, by the look of it) and online team-based combat. The campaign mode features full voice acting and the ability to play as the villain - try not to cackle with maniacal laughter. Gameloft says that it's using the Havok engine, the same thing that powers the latest Call of Duty games and Assassin's Creed 3. Changes to the multiplayer mode allow for a lot more customization, with thousands of combinations of weapons and gear.

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If you're a fan of the series, or shooters in general, $6.99 is a pretty good price for an ambitious project like Zero Hour. Start downloading it tonight and you might just be able to play it in the morning.

Update: ...aaaand Gameloft has pulled Modern Combat 4 from the Play Store. We've reached out to see what happened, but it seemed like a lot of people were having compatibility issues.

Update the Second: Gameloft responded to our inquiry.

"The game is temporarily down while we investigate some problems users were having downloading the game. We hope to have it back up on Google Play ASAP."

Update the Third: It's back! Bang! Bang bang!

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I know, Gameloft and all, but this looks pretty epic for a mobile game. Damn impressive.

    • defred34

      wait till you see the lag on your Nexus 7 and you will cry maggots

      • frank

        lol omg your comments are so troll

      • http://twitter.com/Quietlyawesome Tyler Cooke

        I played the leaked version and it worked quite well. I'm also overclocked CPU and GPU wise. It made NFS: Most Wanted and this run remarkably well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1118622192 Edward Germanotta
    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      There was a typo in the widget code. Just fixed it, thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/Quietlyawesome Tyler Cooke

    I'll wait for this to go down to 99 cents.... All Gameloft titles occasionally drop in price briefly.

    • defred34

      Yup, but be prepared to wait at least 6 months. The price of their $6.99 games only drop to $0.99 usually 9 months after release.

      • sssgadget

        That is not true. I bought MC3 last year during christmas sale for 99c.

        • defred34

          ok that was a 24 hour special event.

          • ScottColbert

            Regardless of what the event was, it was still 99 cents.

          • sssgadget

            24 hours is a long time to buy. Also they had advertised on twitter/FB.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jakob.e.dodd Jakob Everitt Dodd

      Or you could just go buy COD for $60!!!! FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS (Cheap-o)

      • Adam

        Whoa, you sort of went off track there buddy...he only said he'll wait for the price to go down. Then out of nowhere you accuse him of complaining about support for different devices? Also, you would hate to develop a game because it seems you're main goal is money - I'd much prefer someone to make a game who does it because they can't imagine doing anything else.

  • defred34

    Can anybody verify how the game performs (and also its graphical detail) on a Tegra 3 tablet? I played the leaked version and both graphics and performance paled with the iOS version on the ancient iPad 2.

    • RaviShah

      probably gonna run terribly. These companies suck at optimizing for tegra...

    • CerBDK

      Does this game support game controllers ?

  • Julio

    Game says its incompatible with my Nexus 4

    • defred34

      You bought a device that is inferior to Tegra 3, what can you even expect?

      • Julio Melendez

        N.o.v.a 3 runs on max settings on my N4 n on my N7 it runs with no particles effects.I have leaked version of Modern Combat 4 and it runs at a solid 60fps on my N4.Even most wanted runs better on my N4.

        • John Merrit

          Stop talking out of your arse. N4 better than N7 for gaming, only a retard would post something like that. The N7 pisses all over your poxy N4. And stop talking about leaked, fucking pirate.

          • Julio Melendez

            The only fucking retard is you because I have both devices so quit talking out your ass.And pirate? Obviously I'm trying to buy it,again quit talking out your ass because you just look dumb.

          • John Merrit

            Listen RETARD, Apss optimsed for tegra 3 fucking SHIT on your N4 from a height, so stop talking fucking shit. You clearly don't fucking know what your are talking about you fucking PRICK. Now FUCK OFF and KILL YOURSELF you fucking waste of human space.

          • Julio Melendez

            Lmao someone sounds butt hurt you fucking piece of shit you the waste of space and how many apps are optimized for tegra 3 ? Lol not many tegra 3 is all hype.you can use chainfire app to run tegra 3 games on other phones with ease you Lil.now why don't you go kill your self for not knowing what the fuck you talking about.

          • http://twitter.com/whatisajimmy ok

            Aaaaand we play the "kill yourself" card.

          • http://twitter.com/whatisajimmy ok

            "Optimized for Tegra 3" is just a fancy way of saying that they're reserving the cool graphics for Tegra 3 players and discriminating against all other processors. It has nothing to do with the power or the speed of the processor that's running the app, it just refuses to even try the better graphics on any other hardware than the Tegra 3. They did the same thing with Tegra 2 exclusive games. The fact of the matter is that the Nexus 4 processor and GPU are way better. If you play a game that won't play favorites like that, you'd see it.

          • GraveUypo

            go read on it a bit.
            n4 is more powerfun than n7 in every single conceivable way. specially the gpu which should be around 4 times as powerful.

          • John Merrit

            I suggest YOU all do some reading. Optimised for Tegra 3 apps pisses all over that shit N4 phone of yours. Now FUCK OFF back to mommy and leave the Internet for grown-ups, DIPSHIT.

          • enomele

            How are people trying to get you to see the truth dip shits? The CPU and GPU in the N4 completely ely blow away anything the Tegra3 can do. Perhaps it is you that should do some reading? You seem so keen on making sure we think that you are right, yet you provide no evidence.

          • GraveUypo

            oh i don't even have an n4. i have a gs3, which is also more powerful than tegra 3 devices, but still inferior to a nexus 4... except in the non-existent linear-scaling quadcore-supporting application that runs fully on software mode. in the real world, a dual core a15 >>>>> a quad core a9, simple as that.

            btw, from the way you type it's painfully obvious you're either a pre-teen or a early teen, so pipe down when talking to people over twice your age.

            here's a picture for you to look at:

          • Someone Who Can Read

            1. We're almost in 2013, please come up with something more creative than "retard".
            2. N7 used to piss on things. Tegra 3 is yesterday. Go read reviews on the most graphics intensive games and you'll find that on a good number of them there are N7 users complaining.
            3. Benchmarks.
            4. I'll bet he was referring to the leaked, incomplete version that was online before the actual release of the game. Clearly he is trying to purchase it - chill.

      • Lyokanthrope

        You seriously think Tegra 3 is more powerful than the quad-core Krait in the N4?

  • rican408

    Not compatible with nexus 4!?!?!?

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    Ha, it's actually compatible with my Galaxy S (Verizon Fascinate)! What a trooper! But I'm not gonna bother buying it for this device, I'm instead going to wait until I get my Note II later this week.

    • Ash Hanna

      You know when u purchase an app it's for ur ACCOUNT. Not the device you bought it on only. This means you can buy it now and check t out. Then when you get your note 2 you can sign into the same Google account you bought it on and have it on that device also ;)

      • TheFirstUniverseKing

        I know, I know, I'm just in no rush to buy it now. :P Might as well buy it when I'm actually going to play it, instead of just have it sitting in my account (only exception to that is when an awesome sale is going on).

  • http://www.facebook.com/ShitizGarg Shitiz Garg

    "8GB Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 owners, clear up some room."

    I'm sorry, but that's spacist. I got a 16GB N4 and I need to clear some space.

    • ardain

      what an irony, to be honest.
      game storage requirement always increase.
      while google always give phone with non-expandable storage.

      I hope sometimes we can move that 2GB game data into google cloud.

      would be better if gameloft can stream game level as needed, so we don't need to store all game data at once in phone.

      • http://kawangeek.com/ EddyGeek

        seriously game data into cloud? =_=

        • lomna

          lol he wasn't serious he was picking on Google

          and there is cloud gaming its called 'onlive' or 'gaikai'

      • Sean Lumly

        Exactly... Why not just hold the level that you are on and the next on drive, and have the others stream as required... Suddenly the size of the game wouldn't matter at all.

        • GraveUypo

          server costs would increase ten-fold for them. they can barely handle regular downloads as it is.

          • Sean Lumly

            That is an over-exaggeration. While this type of a service would certainly incur a cost, there are many, very good (and cheap) options. For example, Amazon S3 charges around $0.12/cent per Gigabyte transferred per month with prices that drop based on volume. It should also be noted that prices are decreasing over time.

            As it stands, it seems that Gameloft is already serving up its own downloads. This solution would simply break it up, making it easier for gamers to fit more games on their devices and perhaps buy more. It would also have the nice side effect of allowing for more assets per level and thus better graphics.

    • Reginald Spence II

      Lol @ spacist...

      • Román Rodríguez

        xD

  • sethsez

    The Havok engine is just physics, not graphics, mechanics or anything else. To say Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed "runs" on it is a bit much, and not what people generally mean when they talk about what engine a game runs on.

  • Matti

    You lost me at "needs 2GB" bit.

  • bondx99

    2GB hmm..google can you see it? Now please tell us how awesome 8 gb and 16gb nexuses are!!

    • sssgadget

      Yes they see it. They will ask you to delete some other games while you play this one. /s

  • tomaco

    Is it at least optimized for tegra?

  • http://www.facebook.com/tyrone.l.gay El Smoke Smoke

    Pantech flex need this game to be compatible

  • Paul

    Has anyone bought and tried this on a Xperia phone from the 2011 line (GB)?
    My guess is, it'll run dog slow, but in the store advertised as compatible anyway.

  • Harry Handelaar

    Is it me or is the link not working?

    • androidizen

      not working for me either in the UK

  • lol

    This game sure does wanna be like cod when its more like Battlefield style gameplay

  • Falconator

    As great as this game looks from the trailer, w/o controller support or the option to map the keys, I personally don't enjoy playing a FPS on the phone.

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      I've been surprised in a good way at how decent FPSs are on a touch device, but yeah, a real controller is hard to beat. That said, a PS3 controller with the Sixaxis app works beautifully.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DX.KING.OF.KINGS Ishan Magotra

    i already played this game n today i m ended this only 12 stages ....

  • http://www.facebook.com/jakob.e.dodd Jakob Everitt Dodd

    At this time the game has been completely pulled by Gameloft from the Play Store. I checked the website, and no official statement has been released. Let's hope they have it back up soon.

  • anonymous

    believe it or not...it works on my defy without lag!! :P

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004115947528 Barney Stinson

      swear?! on my defy doesn´t work it it go on and load and load and load and load nothing happens which android have you got i have got 4.0.4 custom ROM from Paranoid Android!!!

  • McLean Riley

    Has this been taken off of the play store?

    • http://www.facebook.com/jakob.e.dodd Jakob Everitt Dodd

      Yes, due to reported download issues.

  • Noodles

    Hey i can see the game in google play (via link) but I cant by it? There is a price and everything? Anyone has this problem?

  • Jason Hayes

    It has been removed from the Play Store...

  • Twilight Sparkle

    The graphics on this game look nothing like the screenshots, or the video for that matter.

    • http://twitter.com/TheTehk17 Jeremy Nelson

      Proof?

  • ChainsawCharlie

    Looks good, but no thanks. Not interested in anything Gameloft makes.

  • Adam

    I bought this last night and had trouble downloading. It gave me an error 941 so I cleared the Play Store data/cache and rebooted. The game failed to appear in My Apps and would show as "6.99" instead of purchased. In my Google Order History the transaction said it was Complete and there was no record of me refunding (I've accidentally refunded a game before right after purchasing and that was a pain to buy again).

    Then, I emailed the Gameloft support via their customer support form. About 1-2 hours later the game suddenly started downloading. Then around 9 am this morning, I got an email back saying the game should download now. I'm not sure if GL fixed it or if the problem worked itself out but yay! In the past I remember GL was kind of lame in the customer support area but it seems they're turning that around (or I got lucky haha).

    A strange thing I noticed was that I purchased the game the night of 12/10 but the Order History showed a purchase date on 12/11. Don't know if that could ever somehow cause an error but eh...

    • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.richesin Jordan Richesin

      That was the same case for me man. I bought it at around 9pm last night with the same error message and then when I was on Google drive it spontaneously started to download (taking 2 hours...) but it's pretty sweet and worth it. Samsung galaxy S3 runs this very well with slight lag if none at all.

  • Jon Garrett

    Hmm, pay $7 now or wit til its closer to Xmas and buy it for 99 cents?!?

  • Emanuell Cox

    Its up for me at 3:34am est

  • http://www.facebook.com/krzysztof.gicala Krzysztof Gicala

    Did anyone got aiming to work when playing with ps3 controller? On my acer a200 everything seems to work fine, I just cant look around :/

    • googlerulz

      Did u get it figured out? same thing on my a500. Did you get it to connect wireless?

  • zillamon007

    I have a lg lucid , do you guys think this will run well on my phone ?

  • jimmer

    why cant my samsung galaxy s2 epic 4g touch play this game?

  • Sougata Kundu

    How many stages are there in the game? I just installed the game 2 days back, and I must say android games have evolved a lot.