App Army Assemble: Call of Duty Mobile – is it a must play shooter?

Call of Duty Mobile has proven to be an exceptionally popular game, amassing a crazy amount of downloads since it was released last week. But is it worth your time? We asked the App Army and some members of the Pocket Gamer team how they were finding this version of CoD. 

Here’s what they had to say:

Allan Pitanga

Motorola Moto G6 player here. The game is awesome and, as others have mentioned, kind of a surprise. I’m loving the different game modes and the gameplay feels cool too, it’s fun and tactical at the same time. The only downside is that I’m having some crashes (probably because my device isn’t as powerful). But anyway, a really fun experience.

Mark Abukoff

I have to admit after the long wait for this, I started to get to the point where I was not caring about it. But I have really loved the experience. The graphics are gorgeous on my phone, and so far I haven’t noticed any lagging or framerate issues. Controls are a little close together so on a few occasions I’ve switched weapons when I meant to be firing a drone (not good when you’re under pressure).

I’ve heard some people say that it’s a battery killer. I haven’t noticed that myself. I’ve really enjoyed the team deathmatch and actually won my first battle royale match anywhere (not counting winning by default in Fortnite once, just cause I got lost in the safe zone), and I’d like to see a single-player campaign but that’s probably a bit much to ask. Overall I’m very happy. Fact is, to me, it doesn’t bring anything new to the App Store. It’s another shooter. But it raises the bar for shooters. I’m a big fan and not disappointed. 

Stanley Urbanovic

Call of Duty on mobile is actually a surprise to me. I’d have thought that this will be another shooting game but is fun and the graphics are awesome. The only downside is the matches are a bit too long for on the go.

Dann Sullivan

I’ve been playing it on a slightly aged iPad, however, have been thoroughly enjoying my time with it. I did have to do some tinkering with the controls and settings in order to get going, but I’m really invested in it now.

The developers have done a great job with the classic map selection, and it really shows that they’ve made efforts to keep the load-out system extremely simple and easy to use. Between those two points, this really feels like a core entry in the series, rather one of those dodgy port-jobs or rough third party efforts.

Hristo Chantov

I’m playing it on Nokia 7 plus and I really like it, they used the maps from Black Ops 2, which is my favourite CoD game. The BR mode seems good, though I don’t have much experience with it.

Dave Aubrey

In reality, there’s nothing particularly unique or astounding about Call of Duty Mobile, it simply iterates on the mobile shooters we’ve had for so long, such as PUBG Mobile and Shadowgun: Legends. But then you pair those solid mobile shooter foundations with some excellent visuals, recognisable maps, and excellent performance, and you have a recipe for success.

Call of Duty Mobile isn’t popular because it’s Call of Duty, nor because it’s a revelatory mobile shooter. But because it has the recognisable brand name, in addition to an unmistakable bar of quality. Once you’ve seen the Battle Royale mode in high graphics on your mobile phone, you will be a convert.

Michael Purdy

Surprisingly good FPS for mobile. I find myself coming back to play a few matches every day. Controls take some getting used to but I’m adjusting. I actually got first place in 5v5 and Battle Royale which is rare for me in shooters. I play mostly on my iPad. Looks and runs great. I hope we get controller support soon.

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