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I’m starting to think there’s a union rule: In every shooter, the helicopter, plane, train, or automobile you use to arrive will be destroyed. Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation for iOS is no exception, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Games for the Weekend is a weekly feature aimed at helping you avoid doing something constructive with your downtime. Each Friday we’ll be recommending a game for Mac, iPhone or iPad that we think is awesome enough to keep you busy until Monday, at least.

I’m starting to think there’s a union rule: In every shooter, the helicopter, plane, train, or automobile you use to arrive will be destroyed. Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation ($6.99, Universal) for iOS is no exception. Combined forces of Very Bad People doing Very Bad Things have taken over some cities in America. Even though the American Armed Forces number over a million soldiers, apparently it’s up to just you to solve this problem.

Well, not just you alone. As in most of the Modern Combat series, there are various NPCs that accompany you through the 13-mission campaign that spans Los Angeles to Pakistan. I’d say they help you, but most of their support so far seems to involve yelling encouraging things and laying down random covering fire.

Games like Modern Combat 3 are starting to make me question my decision to pass on the iPad 2. Not so much for the increased graphics performance — when I did a test restore of a friend’s iPad 2 a while back to check it out, I didn’t notice a huge difference in games — but for the AirPlay Mirroring. I’m rapidly coming around to the idea of sitting on my couch playing a shooter on my iPad and TV. MC3‘s graphics are quite good. I’m starting to get as much value from a $7 iPad app as I am from $60 Xbox games.

The only problem I had with this game was with controls. When I wrote about Shadowgun, I raved about how customizable the controls were. In MC3, I didn’t have that flexibility. As a result, I’d end up shooting when I wanted to look around. With Shadowgun, I could move individual controls around; in MC3 I could only choose between three presets I was never fully happy with.

Even so, with 13 single player missions and 6 multiplayer maps for the low cost of seven bucks, Modern Combat 3 is this week’s Game for the Weekend.

  1. you do know when you pause and go to customize, you can change individual buttons?

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  2. Son of a…… I’ll have to try that. Thanks.

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  3. I messed with my controls and after some time I’m more then happy..good luck bro

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  4. Mate once you customise the control positions this game is amazing. Do you get the same graphics on iPad 2 when you mirror it on te tv?

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  5. how do I bring the chopper down when I can’t get to the rpg (Sargent keeps yelling for me to grab) because my feet are not moving?

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    1. I’m in the same spot. As soon as I become active again (after the little cut scene) I can’t run or switch weapons. I’ve tried shooting the chopper with the pistol. How to proceed?

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  6. How do you make the character jump on the iPad……

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  7. Hi. So there’s no jump button yet there’s walls to jump! Am I missing something?

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  8. Adjarhore Zion Glory Victor Wednesday, December 7, 2011

    yeh how do i jump cos after 2hrs of trying to jump i did it sort of but in d scene where page is a sniper to take me down i really have to jump over a short wall but i cant so is there a way to jump?im stock there for months

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    1. Any updates of how to do jump this little wall?
      Getting killed by sniper every time !

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      1. Just Got over..need to kill someone in front of wall. Helps step over. Run to wall and then use circle control to climb over. Good luck. Get ready to start shooting!

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  9. I got over the wall once, how? no idea, I kept tapping the hell out of the screen, but then I got killed later and sent back to the beginning and am now stuck tapping the shite out of my ipad with no luck. HELP?

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  10. I’m having the problem….. Jumping over wall. How do you jump?

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