‘Call of Duty’ franchise goes mobile

By Andrew Ayala

The “Call of Duty” first-person-shooter franchise switches gears and successfully heads to a new platform with the release of “Call of Duty: Mobile” as a free downloadable application. 

It was released on Oct.1 and received over 35 million downloads within the first three days of release. The game was developed by a Chinese company named TiMi studios and published by Activision for iOS and Android.

Big game companies do not typically recreate the same experience and game in a mobile version, but Activision and TiMi studios managed to get the job done almost flawlessly. Aside from small bugs here and there, the game runs almost as smooth as its console counterpart. 

The weapons come from older console versions and manage to keep the game balanced. 

Users have the ability to unlock weapon, character and equipment skins to personalize their soldier on the battlefield. 

The gunfights and skirmishes that players get into are just as intense as they are on the big screen, but only last a fraction of the time. 

Users can add their friends to form squads for casual fun or even set up a clan and play in the competitive matches with the ranked system.

 Most “Call of Duty” players are used to using controllers to play the game, but all these buttons are now on one screen, which can be convenient and a nuisance. 

The fact that they are all on one screen make reactions and movement a bit faster, but the small space allowed causes players to sometimes press buttons that weren’t intended. 

The game can be downloaded and played on larger devices, such as iPads, but there is no controller support yet. 

Those who aren’t familiar with the series can still get a good understanding of the multiplayer aspect of the game and have fun with it.

The first thing that users can notice are the stunning graphics and cutscenes. “Call of Duty: Mobile” manages to jam pack all of the great aspects of their original game to a mobile version for fans to play on-the-go. 

Although there is no story mode, there is the original multiplayer with several team based game-types, a battle royale and zombies are soon to come. 

There are two versions of in-game currency which are earned through playing or bought with real money. 

“Call of Duty: Mobile” is free to play and has an age rating of 17+ due to intense realistic violence, infrequent  mild horror, infrequent fear themes and mild profanity or crude humor.

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