Call of Duty: Mobile launch is today, October 1st, 2019, and we’ve been through the event all night, so time for an early review. This title marks the transition of the critically acclaimed CoD franchise to mobile devices, and it was made possible by Tencent for both iOS and Android. The series is otherwise known for delivering engaging first-person shooter gameplay since 2003 when it started out with a game set in the time of WWII. However, through the years, the setting evolved to cover many other historical and fictional conflicts, and now it is time for a mobile multiplayer battle royale.
Development and reception
As mentioned, the game came out on October 1st and already it has reeled in some very positive responses. On Google Play, Call of Duty: Mobile Android has a 4.7-star rating out of several thousand votes right now, growing by the hour. On iTunes App Store, CoD iOS has 4.4 stars out of almost 10k votes, also growing quickly in number, and the game is already #3 in Action. Tencent Games handled the development and they made some bold choices in terms of what to bring to mobile, which is what we will explore. As with previous titles, publishing is handled by Activision.
In terms of the sheer gameplay, CoD Mobile is an engaging, tactical shooter, which brings to mobile the same distinct flavor it had on PC and other platforms. The game was always praised for its realism, tactical possibilities, and the overall response of the guns and the physics of the game. However, with this new mobile version, instead of the game’s signature first-person view Tencent decided to go for the third-person view instead. This radical change is nothing short of monumental and it presents a potential hazard to the experience of the fans of the series. However, since mobile gameplay is a lot different than PC for instance, the third-person view seems to be just the thing and so far the feedback is positive on that one.
CoD Mobile also joins in on the Battle Royale train with this title. The game naturally exploits the multiplayer social aspect of mobile gaming today and utilizes the familiar, standard 100-player melting pot shoot-out extravaganza. There is also a deathmatch mode where two teams of 5 clash in a 5v5 all-out war, and the game also offers other modes, like Sniper vs Sniper battles, and even Zombie action.
Keeping up with trends
Call of Duty: Mobile is free to play, like other battle royale games like PUBG and Fortnite. However, at first glance, COD mobile does look superior now that it is out, especially in terms of graphics and visuals. In fact, the game offers 3D HD quality, which is rare in this genre. But, it also got quite positive feedback on the controls, which are adapted for mobile gaming quite well, and other customizations for controls, sound, and 3D graphics. Tencent sorted the social aspect quite well, offering voice and text chat, Ranked modes, Clans, and other multiplayer goodies.
So far, Call of Duty: Mobile seems to be gunning for the top, on both iOS and Android. Besides all of the above, the game already released with tons of content, cosmetics that are of course available as in-game purchases, and other customize opportunities. Tencent aimed to oblige on everything we love about the multiplayer shooter genre, with providing improvements and solutions to problems most games have not yet managed to get past. And, the switch to third-person view also makes the game look and feel more familiar as a mobile shooter, besides other conveniences provided by that.