Call of Duty is on fire! There is a huge hype around this franchise these days since the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is coming out on October 25th. Also, since a few days ago, Call of Duty: Mobile has officially become available for Android and iOS all over the world. The best part: it is free to play. We here at GameBuz simply had to try it out. As a gamer who isn’t that much into first-person shooter video games, I have to say it’s really, really good. In other words, it’s pretty neat, and I couldn’t stop playing it for a while once I learned the ropes of it.
When you first start the game, you create your username. Then, you get a message on the screen from Lieutenant Simon “Ghost” Riley (well-known from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare) who welcomes you to boot camp and interactively walks you through it. It is actually a short tutorial on controls and the basics you need to know in order to play.
There are 2 modes for firing your weapon: simple and advanced. In simple mode, the firing is done automatically once you aim the weapon’s reticle at the enemy while aiming down sights is done by tapping the aim button. In advanced mode, you have to press and hold the fire button to aim down sight and shoot. I prefer the simple mode. The advanced mode, while it might give you more precision, takes more skill and experience in this sort of game.
Controls are pretty smooth considering it’s a mobile game; you use a big button on the left side of the screen to move, and there is a button on the right side of the screen to aim. The tutorial is easy to go through and then you get to play the game.
The first multiplayer game you’ll play is Frontline. Your and your teammates’ task is to kill the enemy team members 20 times and do so before they do that to you. When you get killed, you are brought back at a home base. When you finish this first game (hopefully with a win), you get to explore the menu and all the options of the game.
There are 3 game modes: multiplayer, which is the traditional 6v6 team-based combat, a 100-player battle royale experience, which becomes available when you reach level 7 and one is coming soon, so it is yet to be discovered. The game features the legendary multiplayer maps from the franchise so if you’ve ever played CoD before, then you’ll be acquainted with those places. There are five multiplayer modes: Frontline, Team Deathmatch, Practice vs AI, which are available from the start; Domination mode and Search & Destroy which are unlocked at level 5. You can join clans, chat with your teammates and participate in ranked matches and various events.
Then, when it comes to customization, you can customize pretty much everything. There are custom loadouts, weapon skins, player skins, badges. As you progress and level up, you get different rewards and perks, and you get to make upgrades. Of course, alongside the free updates, the game is full of microtransactions in different forms. There is also the battle pass, actually 2 versions of it: the free version and the premium version.
First and foremost, it’s free to play. Then, the game looks quite amazing on mobile; I really like its graphics. Furthermore, the controls are easy to get the hang of even for someone who is not very experienced in this type of game. When you move or shoot, there is no lagging; it’s smooth sailing. The gameplay is pretty simple and, yet, addictive. The soundtrack chosen for the game fits perfectly and brings about the atmosphere of CoD.
I haven’t encountered any bugs or errors while playing the game. However, it drains your battery pretty quickly because the game is quite big and complex for a mobile device. Then, there is a huge number of items up for purchase; eh, the infamous microtransactions. It had to be expected considering that the game is free to play.
Playing Call of Duty: Mobile is a fun first-shooter experience. Even if you are not a big fan of first-person shooter games, this one might suck you in with its insane quality graphics, nice and easy but intense gameplay, and surprisingly good and smooth controls considering it’s a mobile game. So, if you have some time to kill, try out this game and judge it for yourself. I think you won’t be disappointed.