‘Call of Duty: Mobile’ review: Tencent’s free-to-play shooter delivers a blockbuster experience on the smartphone

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The Activision-licensed game optimises the portable CoD experience with responsive touch controls and smooth frame rates

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'Call of Duty: Mobile' delivers a great mobile shooter experience.

Designed from the start as an exclusive mobile experience, Call of Duty: Mobile takes all the fast-paced action and high stakes competition the series has been famous for on computers and consoles, and packs it into an explosive smartphone game worthy of the Call of Duty name.

Player will create an avatar soldier and fight online against other real players in familiar 5 vs 5 matches with game modes such as Frontline (kill all enemies, respawn at base if killed) and Domination (Capture and hold a strategic point).

As you play, you'll earn and learn new abilities and weapons on the battlefield, gaining experience and improving your skills. There is also a Battle Royale mode with up to 99 other players where you’ll fight for your life to be the last person standing. Real money can be spent on guns and cosmetic items, but your competitiveness won’t be hugely hampered if you don’t spend any cash.

Players who are afraid this game is some cheap cash grab thrown together with the CoD name slapped on it will be pleasantly surprised. Despite the smaller real estate of the phone screen, everything looks crisp and detailed, running smooth as silk on most modern devices.

Controls have also been laid out in an efficient way too, giving players instant access to all the tricks in their arsenal (like different types of grenades, or a melee move) without feeling cramped or invading heavily into the game screen. It can take a little getting used to at first though, as it's easy to get wrapped up in the action and accidentally slip your grip just a bit out of position, but practice takes care of that quickly.

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Setting up matches is a breeze, with very little wait time and no noticeable lag during play. Maps feel a lot more condensed, outside of the massive Battle Royale map of course. But that works in the game's favour by keeping the bullets flying and the matches short, perfect for pocket-sized play.

Simply put, Call of Duty: Mobile is an excellent shooter for mobile fans that want to bring their CoD experience with them on the go.

Edited by Jamie Lam