Review – Modern Combat: Domination For Mac

Review – Modern Combat: Domination For Mac

Enter the next installment of  Modern Combat. You should have no problem picking up Modern Combat: Domination if you’ve played the previous games. Modern Combat: Domination is strictly a multiplayer game, unlike the previous Modern Combat games, there isn’t a campaign mode, which isn’t a bad thing to say the least.

MC: Domination, which is published and developed by Gameloft, is currently the top selling game on the Mac App Store and for good reason. There are 6 online modes including Capture The Flag and Domination, 13 different weapons, 5 maps, and multiplayer for up to 16 players. I’ve been spending a lot of time with it and I think it may compete with most console first person shooters, maybe not Call of Duty, but it comes pretty close. I was running it on a 2011 Macbook Pro with an i7 processor and it looks very good in comparison to a FPS on PS3 or Xbox 360 .


Modern Combat: Domination offers a lot for a game that’s only has multiplayer mode. It’s fun for a good while to play single player offline just to go through the maps so you’ll be more familiar with it before you go online to play multiplayer. One thing I did notice, which they can hopefully change in an update is the AI. The A.I. in single player mode, is well, not too intelligent. While I was playing in a few maps, some of the AI would just stand around, shooting some of my other teammates, which isn’t a problem, but I was just running by through the map, in pretty close range and I wasn’t even noticed. Other times I was able to shoot some of them in point blank range. Single player is fun though for the first few hours or so of playing.

Even so, single player isn’t why most of us play first person shooters, so let’s focus on multiplayer now. The different game modes are really fun to play, especially when there’s 16 players involved. From Team Deathmatch and Capture The Flag to Domination and newer modes like Extraction or Escort, there’s a lot of replay value in Modern Combat Domination. While playing online, I didn’t experience any kind of lag or slowdown in the servers. Gameloft has done a good job with the online play and has MC: Domination running very smooth and stable.


The sound in Modern Combat: Domination is superb. Everything from the musical score to the weapons, the environments such as your feet walking on sand, or concrete are top notch. The sound effects are really great and you can tell as soon as you boot up the game, that Gameloft has spent a good amount of time making sure everything in the game sounds life-like.


The controls are top notch too. Since I was playing on a Macbook Pro, I decided to use the keyboard first. By default the controls are up arrow to move forward, down to move backwards, and of corse left moves you left, and right moves you right. As for the trackpad, you use it to move the camera around and left click to shoot. Thankfully the controls are fully editable so you can change it to whatever key you want on the keyboard. I then used a magic mouse which worked just as well if not better. There is also an option to use a gamepad, which I”m sure works just as good as the magic mouse.


Modern Combat: Domination is a great game. In my opinion, it’s one of the best,if not the best first person shooter on the Mac App Store. With 5 maps to choose from you have a lot of playing time. A few more maps  in an update would be nice, but t’s good for the price. MC: Domination has a great selection of weapons, some of the best sound in any game, and an addictive multiplayer mode, Modern Combat: Domination takes the cake as the best multiplayer FPS out there.

One thing I have a gripe about is sometimes there aren’t a lot of people playing online, which isn’t putting blame on Gameloft. Once this great FPS gets more exposure, and maybe an update to the AI, I’m sure they’ll be a lot more people playing online. It’s not as big a game as Black Ops, but MC: Domination is a great FPS if you’re looking for something affordable on the Mac App Store to pick up.

Rating: 4/5 ($12.99 Mac App Store Link)


  • Great multiplayer mode
  • Superb sound
  • Nice Graphics


  • AI’s a little weak
  • Can use a few more Maps
  • Loading time is a little long

  1. K Kusumahendra says:

    BAD : i cant play multiplayer with wireless modem broadband. is there an suggestion?

    1. Hotshot4188152 says:

      i cant play online at all it just keeps loading

      1. ItsJimmy says:

        Same here

  2. Richard M says:

    One thing I definitely find lacking after coming from other shooters with a community is that there is no communication. You can’t talk as a team about the game, or just as people. Also finding there are some douche players who take you out straight away with a teamkill so you can’t get their kills.

  3. Professor_mac says:

    i get stuck on multiplayer telling me connecting to GL live and validating current account, anyone know what the hell that is ? its really pissing me and a lot of people, if someone can help please tell us what to do cuz we tried almost everything 

    1. Adam Holcomb says:

      ditto here, ugh … was thinking it might have to do with a recent Mac update

      1. ItsJimmy says:

        I’m still having the same issue after 2 days – looks like I’m not the only one.  Anyone know how to get in touch with GL directly??

        1. Bold says:

          Same problem here. Just connecting gl live, nothing else…damn.

          1. Guest says:

            Same here

          2. mc addict! says:

            same here ): my mac used to like a stove now its just a piece of cold ice): because i cant play MC domination!

          3. J Musicace105 says:

            me as well. must be a server issue.

          4. Flared says:

            set service order in network pref so that airport 1St and ethernet last, and you need to have a ethernet cord plugged in and active. this is how i got it to work read somewhere online,

          5. James says:

            Tried that, no effect 🙁

    2. says:

      Try going to the nearest apple store!!!!

    3. linjie yang says:

      same here:) due

    4. Gruvin says:

      A practical work through this problem (for Googler’s finding this years later) when it doesn’t do anything for more than about five seconds, is to hit Esc and try again. Keep doing that until it works. It’s usually only a few times. Example: Esc – Enter … 5 secs … Esc Enter … again … this time we’re in. *shrug* (Leaving it stuck there forever will never get any further.)

      1. Gruvin says:

        Oh but, MC doesn’t run on OS X Mavericks, at all, as of today anyway (see post date.)

        1. Test says:

          @244def3a694c367a87154798a2d074fa:disqus If you can’t open the game in Mavericks OS:

          1. Right click on the App in the Programs folder
          2. Show “Package content”
          3. Navigate to “MacOS” folder
          4. Right click on executable and open it with “Terminal”

  4. Glor says:

    GL Live you gotta help us here this is just annoying whats the matter with you, the screen is freezing on connecting to GL and validating current account, i tried unplugging the router, delete the game and install it again, creating new account nothing works, and now you just ignoring us here

    1. patojo_Fugitivo says:

      same here i’m trying to connect to play only and it says that is connecting and i left it for about half hour and nothing… i though it was my computer or something…

      1. James says:

        this is was fixed, but now after Apple posted a security update the problem has returned, neither Apple or Gameloft seem to want to acknowledge the problem.

        1. Luciano says:

          Wow, that’s stupid. I’m going to contact GL Live, hopefully they’ll do something this time.

  5. Ashik564 says:

    I can’t play online too…is there anyone who got touch with GL ?

    1. Hi,

      I contacted the creators of the game after spotting the rise in comments on this review. I asked Gameloft to post a comment in response to all of your frustrations.

      Hopefully they will get back to you guys soon.

      1. Ashik564 says:

        Thank you Cormac…Let us know if you got any update !

  6. yomom says:


  7. Guest says:

    Works now, REALLY long load times between matches still bugs me…

  8. Yeapkelvin says:

    is so cool

  9. Srgillette12 says:

    How do you earn exp to get to higher ranks?

  10. Bobby says:

    How do you run and through back the grande 

    1. MDM says:

      check your controls in option

  11. Forever599 says:

    does anyone knows that why i can’t use moving key like W/A/D??
    it does not work at all also R and C does not work too. Wtf

    1. MDM says:

      Restart your computer 😉

  12. Mohammad Lavaei says:

    I use the magic mouse and I wanna play with the remote too! any ideas what control I need buying? cannot wait to play again! This game is like a battery! 

  13. Tom says:

    Ok the app work good after a purchases it.both online and off line, but for about a week it will not play online
    when it load up. it stop with this info on the screen going GL LIVE, VALIDATING CURRENT ACCOUNT……….. AND ………..

  14. gEORGE says:

    Im playing on a macbook pro with intel hd 4000 graphics. When i start the game i cant see my gun or my enemies. Does anyone know how to fix this problem?

  15. Kaka says:

    Last version is not compatible with OS 10.9 didn’t know about that. An update would be greatly appreciated.

  16. Test says:

    If you can’t open the game in Mavericks OS:

    1. Right click on the App in the Programs folder
    2. Show “Package content”
    3. Navigate to “MacOS” folder
    4. Right click on executable and open it with “Terminal”

  17. Modern fan says:


  18. Modern fan says:

    love playing it

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