Translating the speed and precision of Call of Duty multiplayer to a touchscreen sounds like a good idea. You’ll want the same high-octane action along the way, and now that most phones support Bluetooth controllers, the issue of virtual buttons and joysticks hampering the experience is a moot point. It is both curious and surprising that Call of Duty Mobile not only doesn’t use more traditional controllers but doesn’t feel like it should. The smart control scheme is at the heart of why this scaled-down version of one of the most famous shooters in the world doesn’t make compromises to get there. This is our Call Of Duty Mobile Review.
Call Of Duty Mobile Review: About
- Platform: Android, iOS
- Developer: TiMi Studios, Tencent Games
- Publisher: Activision, Garena
- Genres: First-person shooter
- Release Date: October 1, 2019
Call Of Duty Mobile Review: Official Trailer Video
Call Of Duty Mobile Review: Gameplay
Call of Duty Mobile is a tour featuring the biggest hits of the best aspects of the series’ multiplayer games. It features the most popular gaming modes and some of the best maps of Modern Warfare and the first two parts of Black Ops, faithfully recreated to give you the same sightlines and bottlenecks you are familiar with. It also looks great. When I played on an iPhone 11, I was amazed at how much detail is packed into each card.
The game sticks to a silky smooth frame rate but only dips briefly with large amounts of on-screen action or outdoors in the more graphically challenging open environments of included Battle Royale mode. Weapons feature their signature animations and sound effects, kill streaks retain their destructive glamor, and several cosmetic options keep things from drowning in boring military styles. There is no doubt: this is Call of Duty.
However, it omits controller support, despite Android and iOS broadly supporting it. Instead, you have to use the on-screen touch controls, with a handful of buttons and two virtual joysticks that control the action. First-person games with this type of control have been tried countless times, and they barely got stuck. The inability to continue firing while moving as well as adjusting your target is the problem, usually requiring you to sacrifice one or the other to use a finger to pull the trigger. This is how Fortnite and PUBG work on mobile, but Call of Duty Mobile gives you plenty of options for customizing it for the better.
Standard mode completely removes manual recordings. Instead of tapping a button to fire, it automatically activates when you hold your reticle on an enemy for a short period, which is drastically reduced if you aim at the sights as well. This allows you to focus on always targeting an opponent without temporarily stopping to shoot, keeping the action in Call of Duty Mobile fast and fluid. Additional options also allow you to make minor changes to the controls. You can choose which type of weapons to use automatic or manual shooting and fine-tune how close you have to aim at an enemy to trigger a shot.
A well-placed action bar at the bottom of the screen and contextual equipment buttons, such as grenades and killstreaks, keep all your actions at your fingertips, so you can tap them quickly enough not seriously to affect your ability to keep moving and shooting. Battle Royale also includes the same automatic retrieval systems as in Black Ops 4’s Blackout and feels much more suited to this limited control scheme. Attachments and weapons that surpass the current ones are automatically picked up and equipped as you hover over them, adding extra ammo and healing items in one breath.
Call of Duty Mobile is free to play. It comes with a recognizable array of microtransactions and blind loot boxes available for purchase, most of which only include cosmetic items such as weapons and equipment skins. It’s typical for the game to flood you with messages when it launches on new in-game currency offers, exclusive Battle Pass events, seasonal events, and more, which is frustrating when you’re just trying to sign up for a quick game.
Whenever you earn an outer box by natural progression, you will be reminded how much better its embedded loot would be if you had wasted the Battle Pass, with another pop-up leading you to the purchase. Call of Duty Mobile is unrelenting in the way it tries to send you to options that require your credit card, but thankfully it has a minuscule effect on gameplay. Traditional progression is decisive when you unlock new weapons and equipment, and there is no way to pay money to speed up this process.
As you progress, you unlock new custom class slots, tactical gear, weapons in all classes, and special weapons that you can use in the same way as the hero abilities in Black Ops 4. Where it differs is with weapon accessories. Each weapon you use has a corresponding level. The more you use a weapon, the more attachments you unlock for it. While you can’t directly buy new weapons, you can buy XP vouchers that can drastically speed up the process of opening attachments. With just a few, you can bring a brand new weapon to its maximum level in seconds, bypassing the sharpening you should otherwise apply.
This can give you an advantage, as with spending money, you can unlock an accurate red dot sight faster to improve your target or a notion to stabilize your shots. It’s easy enough to earn these vouchers by playing regularly, which narrows the gap between paying and non-paying players to a certain extent, but if you don’t want to spend anything, you should play a few games with a slight drawback have chosen a new weapon. But once you reach the maximum level for your favorite weapon, the playing field is entirely level again.
Apart from the cluttered microtransaction menus and light time-saving purchases, there isn’t much else in Call of Duty Mobile Review that detracts from the faithful recreation of the core series’ thrilling and fast multiplayer action. The flexible and easy-to-use control scheme reduces the lack of controller support, and the celebration of the best modes and cards that have produced the Black Ops and Modern Warfare series makes it a pleasure to set up game after game.
The smart control scheme is at the heart of why this scaled-down version of one of the most famous shooters in the world doesn’t make compromises to get there.