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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Call of Duty: Mobile is a first-person multiplayer shooter available for download on iOS and Android devices. This is the latest spin-off of the wildly popular Call of Duty franchise. Players compete against others online, using realistic military style weapons and tactics in objective based matches. The game also includes a Battle Royale mode, pitting players against one another in massive last man standing matches. Violence is a key focus, and shows a fair amount of blood splatter and other graphic violence onscreen. The game includes an option for online voice chat between teammates, which could expose younger players to potentially offensive or toxic conversations and language. Though players can progress and earn rewards through basic gameplay, it does feature a number of items available for purchase via the in-game store.
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What's it about?
The hit Call of Duty franchise calls in an airstrike on mobile shooters with CALL OF DUTY: MOBILE, available for download on iOS and Android devices. Designed from the ground up exclusively for mobile phones, the game 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 handheld package worthy of the Call of Duty name. You'll create your soldier and fight online in familiar 5v5 competitions like Frontline, Hardpoint, Domination, and Search and Destroy. As you play, you'll earn and learn new abilities and weapons on the battlefield, gaining experience and improving your skills before testing yourself in Battle Royale mode with up to 99 other players. Do you have what it takes to be the last person standing when the dust settles? Answer the Call of Duty and find out.
Is it any good?
For years, this franchise has been the hallmark of first-person military shooters on consoles and computer, setting the bar for others in the genre. Now, the series has made its way to mobile devices with Call of Duty: Mobile. But even with advances in mobile tech, is it possible to cram a full-featured Call of Duty experience into such a compact package? Surprisingly, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" This isn't some cheap cash grab thrown together with the CoD name slapped on it. The game has been designed from the ground up as an original mobile experience. 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 without feeling cramped or invading heavily into the game screen. Newcomers to the series will likely enjoy the game's "Simple" mode as well, which automatically fires the equipped weapon once they line up an enemy in their sights. But the "Advanced" controls give a much wider range of options, making it easier to sneak up on clusters of foes without giving away your position. 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. 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 favor 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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Call of Duty: Mobile affected by the realistic visuals of on-screen combat? Would the gameplay be as engaging if there wasn't blood and gore shown as a result of the gameplay?
How have advances in technology made it possible to bring console quality gaming to mobile devices? What might we see in the future of mobile gaming?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: September 30, 2019
- Category: Action Games
- Topics: Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs
- Size: 74.00 MB
- Publisher: Activision Publishing, Inc.
- Version: 1.0.8
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or higher; Android 4.3 and up
- Last updated: April 1, 2020
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