Review: Call Of Duty Mobile (Android/PC)

Play on a variety of classic maps through head-to-head competitive Multiplayer, complete with a variety of game modes, powerful Scorestreaks, and tide-turning Operator Skills. Plus, test your survival skills in a made-for-mobile Battle Royale mode featuring 100 players as you fight across the land, sea, and in the air!

Pros:

  • Console quality graphics.
  • 1.8gb download size.
  • Full touchscreen controls on phone, mouse/keyboard on PC.
  • Pac is played through Gameloop (official Tencent app for playing their games)
  • Two modes- Multiplayer and Battle Royale.
  • Free to play.
  • Season pass-free tier then chargeable tier for extra loot.
  • Controls-(2 types) Simple: point and it automatically shoots when in range. Advanced: have ADS come up when going to shoot, press button to shoot and be more hands-on.
  • The control setup is separate for Battle Royale and Multiplayer.
  • Basic settings-aim assist/fast throw grenades/fixed joystick/ADS controls for each individual gun type/Gyroscope/auto sprint/slide.
  • Graphics quality and frame rate-low/medium/high/very high.
  • Sensitivity sliders for each gun type/overall/when scoped and invert axis again per gun/vehicle/on foot.
  • Friends list-invite to the game and send weapon Exp.
  • Adverts-(optional) watch up to 5 videos for 5 crates.
  • Full stats and online leaderboards.
  • Profile- name/badges/border/avatar.
  • Earn EXP and level up to earn new perks and weapons.
  • Daily/weekly/timed events.
  • Daily login bonus.
  • Loadouts-5 slots and can rename them.
  • Battle Royale load out-equip any earned skins.
  • Battle Royale-6 classes Scout/Clown/Medic/Ninja/Defender/Mechanic. Each has a special ability that charges over time.
  • Emote/spray wheel.
  • Battle Royale modes- first person/3rd person. Solo/duo/teams.
  • Multiplayer modes-Frontline/Team deathmatch/Domination/Search and Destroy/Vs Ai.
  • VS Ai gives exp but at a much lower rate.
  • 9 kill streaks-stealth chopper/UAV/counter UAV/VTOL/airdrop/predator missile/sentry gun/hunter-killer drone.
  • Weapons-earn/use exp tokens to unlock new attachments/perks.
  • Clan support.
  • Ranked mode for both Multiplayer and Battle Royale.
  • In-game chat and text.
  • Clear on-screen buttons.
  • Battle Royale works a lot like Apex Legends. You jump together/can collect dog tags and revive teammates/airdrops/boss encounters/upgrade terminals for your ability/ping items and locations.
  • Earn in-game credits to buy skins from the store.
  • Cod points-premium currency with real money to buy skins and loot crates.
  • Battle Royale-auto pickup and equip system but you can manually swap attachments or take full control.
  • Battle Royale supports 100 players.
  • Facebook integration for cross-save between devices.
  • PC and phone players are separate.
  • Everything in-game has skins to unlock and equip.
  • Different player models including classic characters like Ghost.
  • Duplicate items from loot crates give credits.
  • It works really well.
  • Smooth.
  • The PC version has video capture and photo mode built-in.
  • The phone version has a screenshot button.
  • All vehicles are in the game from boats to ATV to choppers.
  • Fast loading in multiplayer.
  • Good selection of maps both new and classic.
  • Easy to get into.

Cons:

  • It only uses Facebook at the moment for cross-save and social media sharing.
  • No controller support. (apparently, it’s being worked on, was there at launch briefly)
  • No Google Play achievements.
  • Can’t reroll challenges/dailies.
  • Needs more battle pass challenges or boot camp needs to come back.
  • The last kill of the game looks broken and delayed.
  • Any lag is a straight-up game-breaker.
  • Doing emotes/sprays are awkward.
  • More maps.
  • Long setup time for Battle Royale.
  • Battle Royale has a load of pop-ups when looting which obscures your view.
  • Easy to get duplicates of skins even when you have bugger all.
  • In-app purchases are expensive.

Call Of Duty Mobile

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.8/10

Summary

Activision has entrusted its flagship title to Tencent. This is a marriage in heaven! Never have I played a mobile game that looks and feels like a console game. It is almost scary how much game is in here and before you pull the trigger you get PC levels of customisation for graphics/sound/controls and for that alone it elevates expectations. I can confirm however that gameplay is even better than the settings. Multiplayer is fast and furious, Battle Royale takes a lot of inspiration from Apex Legends and builds on it, polishing it to the next level. I mean it has the whole respawn a downed team mate but here you scan the tags on yourself then a timed plane comes in and drops the rezzed players. You have abilities that can be upgraded through a terminal on the map. You have all the controls and features the big boy consoles have albeit in a much smaller layout on screen. It can be daunting at first getting used to the different ways to play but having the auto fire really takes a lot of stress out of the game. I liken it to auto accelerate in games… It just frees up a finger for other actions. I had a few rough games, to begin with as I played with the layouts and found which worked best. I want to take this time to say this review is based purely on how it is now, I fear with its popularity that greed might slip in, updates are slow as it is and this only heightens the tension of what’s in store for us. As it is I am thoroughly impressed by performance to gameplay and it really is one of the best mobile games I have played. The touchscreen is fine, mouse and keyboard are better but I await controller support. In short, it maintains the high standard of the console games and gives us one of the best battle Royale games to date.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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