I know that many people were skeptical of what Call of Duty: Mobile would be like and I am with you. However, as a huge COD fan, I have long wanted a COD experience on my phone and I think that TiMi Studios (and Activision of course) have actually done one heck of a job of bringing Call of Duty to smartphones.
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The Game Review
There is no campaign in this game, it is just all about the multiplayer and I get that. Still, as someone who enjoys the COD campaigns, I do hope that they add something like a campaign at some point. Most people play this series for the multiplayer and as I write this you have two multiplayer modes to enjoy.
The Game Modes
You have a nice selection of standard multiplayer modes. These are things like team deathmatch, Frontline, Search & Destroy Domination and even a practice mode against the AI. For a mobile title, I am actually surprised at how stacked with game modes it is. I spend most of my time playing Team Deathmatch and it is a lot of fun.
As well as these more standard Call of Duty game modes. Call of Duty: Mobile is also offering a Battle Royale mode which was made popular in Black Ops IIII. I will admit that I have only dabbled in this and while I like what I have played the map feels just a tad too big, of course, that could be just me not being very good at the game.
Call of Duty: Mobile Gameplay
The core gameplay is much, much better than I thought it would be. You have two control methods, but I have been using the one that shoots automatically and it works very well. You just need to aim and as soon as someone is in your sights you start shooting. I know some may turn their nose up at this, but I feel for a mobile game that is all about quick action it works great.
I have tried the other more “traditional” method of control and I have found it very hard to actually shoot and move at the same time. Speaking of moving, COD plays great on my Samsung S9, it moves at a quick pace and I am happy with how little clutter they have all over the screen.
Ok so I have sung the games praises a great deal, but let’s address the thing people want to know about and that is money! Yes, Call of Duty: Mobile is full to the brim with microtransactions. There are all kinds of things you can buy and there is even a season pass! Whenever you boot the game up, you are told about the cool things you can buy.
I though have not spent a penny of real money. I am happy to save up what in-game currency I earn and just use that. You can even get a loot box each day by just watching a video. So far I feel that for a mobile game it is very fair with how it is dishing out the free stuff. If you want to pay you can, but if you want to just play it casually like me you can do that also.
Of course, there is the danger that in the coming weeks those who have spent money will become more powerful. However, that is the case with most free to play games. It is my understanding that the intention is for this not to be a pay to win game, but we will have to wait and see if that is the case.
So far, I am really liking what I am seeing with Call of Duty: Mobile. It is a solid first-person shooter and even if you do not care about your level, prestige, what gear you have and so on. This is still a fun first-person shooter to fire up and have a couple of matches during your lunch break or just before you fall asleep.
- The game is free to play
- Plenty of game types to experience
- It even has a full Battle Royale mode
- You do not have to spend money to have fun
- The game looks fantastic
- While you don’t have to spend money, in-app purchases are in your face
- I do wish there was a single-player campaign