Voice chat is the soul of online FPS gaming.
Yes, it’s important to get the controls right, and the weapon balancing, and the level design. Graphics matter too, and you won’t get far without decent servers that keep the action silky smooth.
But if you can’t bark orders or yell celebrations at your team-mates during a round you’ll never experience first-person multiplayer combat in all its frantic glory.
That’s why we’re so excited about the latest news from Gameloft HQ. It seems the studio has chosen industry-leading communications company Vivox to run voice chat and text for Modern Combat 5: Blackout.
On the off-chance that you haven’t played Blackout yet, it’s a fast-paced military shooter in the same vein as the awesome Call of Duty games – the Modern Warfare series in particular.
It comes with a massive solo campaign, which sees you blazing away in locations as diverse as Venice and Tokyo, but the main event is unquestionably the multiplayer. There are ten multiplayer modes available, including squad vs squad and the all-important battle royale.
On top of all that there are nine unique soldier classes to choose from, and well over a hundred different weapons to master. You’ll be able to take your customizable weapons and avatar into 11 different maps, earning XP and activating class-specific skills by spending skill points.
Naturally, there are events too, giving you a chance to win prizes, and a variety of leaderboards on which you can show off your eSports chops.
More than 100 million players have downloaded Modern Combat 5: Blackout, and you can chat with (or mercilessly sledge) every last one of them thanks to Vivox’s ultra-slick comms technology.