Let me start this off by saying that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with touch screen gaming. In fact, that’s how it all started for me when I began gaming on my Samsung. It wasn’t long, however, until I discovered the joy of using a mobile gaming controller when I first got my iPega Ninja – PG9157.
I remember it like it was yesterday but that was a long time ago and, since then, I’ve upgraded and swopped to many different controllers until I started using my very own Xbox One controller to play my favourite mobile games. A big deal considering the fact that I didn’t own the console.
I got it for one simple reason – Call of Duty: Mobile. As you probably already know from this blog, I’m a huge fan of the game and slowly made the transition from regular touch screen to using a set of hybrid triggers before finally deciding to get my hands on an Xbox One controller to take my mobile gaming experience to the next level.
Well, it’s been a couple of months and I’ve enjoyed every moment I’ve spent using it to play Call of Duty: Mobile and it’s probably going to be my prefferred method to play for the forseeable future (even though there’s a lot that most players would dislike). So, let me tell you all about my experience playing Call of Duty: Mobile with a controller vs. a touch screen.
Right off the bat, one of the first things that got me hooked on using a controller was the incredible amount of…control I felt while I was playing. This was during Season 9 when the new map Shipment 1944 dropped and almost immediately I could feel all the basic game mechanics becoming second nature as I played.
When I was using the touch screen, my thumbs would constantly miss the buttons I was aiming for, forcing me to take my eyes off the action to do even the most basic slide-jump or get prone fast enough to successfully reload in a tense situation. All those problems were solved when I hopped on controller.
Having physical buttons to press meant that my thumbs could easily pull of these simple manouvres and more without ever taking my eye off the game. Not to mention the fact that my device could remain stationary the entire time giving more stability to what’s going on on my screen.
I especially loved using it when I used my melee class while grinding for that Gold camo axe. When you incorporate a playstyle like this, movement is the most important thing and it felt effortless running around the map, slashing my way to Nuclear Bomb or 2.
…But That Accuracy Tho
As much as I have enjoyed using a controller these past couple of months, there’s simply no way that I can defend it when it comes to this next point. I could preach all I want about how good my movement has become with a controller but I’m just going to come right out and say it…I was way more accurate on touch screen.
Yes, it’s true! My accuracy took a massive nose-dive during those first few weeks and, even though I have made considerable improvement thus far, I’m still nowhere near the level I was at when I was using a touch screen. But all of this is for a very good reason.
Analog sticks simply weren’t built for pixel perfect movement across the screen. The precision I had with my thumb was closer to that of a mouse on PC as long as I found the right sensitivity. This is why a lot of pros use controllers with thumbgrips and extended analog sticks, all for that pin-point accuracy and recoil control.
The difference was very clear to me in my first few games of Battle Royale. I was so used to beaming down targets from long distances, especially with my trusty AK117 (a.k.a. The Tiger Lazer), but I struggled to achieve that same level of precision with my controller
The Cleanest HUD Layout Ever
You know, the one thing that has annoyed me the most about mobile gaming is the fact all the button inputs have to appear on the same screen the game is being played on. I mean, I know that’s just how mobile games have to be designed but it’s one of the major reasons I started using mobile gaming controllers in the first place.
I despise it even when playing my favourite retro emulators so, as you can imagine, I seriously hate it when I’m playing Call of Duty: Mobile. They clutter the screen and obstruct your field of view in the worst way possible and, no offense to any aspiring Youtubers out there, but it brings video quality down when 50% of the screen is taken up by big round buttons.
The beauty of using a mobile controller is that these inputs don’t need to be extremely visible at all. Now that firing my gun and aiming down sights are taken care of with ease, there’s 3 less buttons on my screen to get in the way of blasting fools and that’s great considering the fact that those 3 buttons are amongst the most important.
While most of the necesasary action buttons like reloading and crouching need to remain visible on screen, they can easily be made smaller and more transparent to take up less room in my field of view. The clean layout of my screen makes it even harder to go back to touch screen.
It Feels Just Like Warzone!
Okay, not quite. What I mean to say is, it does do a good job of relicating that authentic console feeling when using a controller to play Call of Duty: Mobile. I mean, it is a scaled down, slower running, worse looking version of the console games but to me, this is as close as you can get to the real thing.
Especially when I’m playing Battle Royale in first-person perspective. Now that I can access my gunsmith loadouts from the airdrop and repair my vest with the armor plate mechanic, it truly feels like I’m playing a mobile version of Call of Duty: Warzone. hey should seriously consider a build like this for the Nintendo Switch.
The downside is the fact that Bluetooth on a mobile device doesn’t come close to the stable connection you get on console or PC. While it may come close to replicating that great game, there’s no denying the fact that the technology still has a long way to go before Mobile will make a worthy substitute.
While it’s not a perfect solution, I can honestly say that using an Xbox One controller is my prefferred method when it comes to playing Call of Duty: Mobile because, at the end of the day, that’s all that it comes down to…personal preference. And, whether I’m playing on mobile, console or Even PC, nothing feels more comfortable to me than a controller.
It’s not a perfect solution and the massive drawbacks can be very off putting. Like the fact that controller lobbies are kept seperate from touch-screen lobbies and there are way less controller players out there so you’re in for some long waiting times for games and an unhealthy amount of bots if you’re playing at odd hours of the day.
It’s simply just the way I prefer to play the game and I wouldn’t turn anyone away from trying it out at least once. It’s nothing against touch screen players, I just found a way to get the most enjoyment out of the game and it’s been a blast learning the ins and outs of playing Call of Duty: mobile with a controller.
Do you play Call of Duty: Mobile? What are your thoughts on Controller Vs. Touch Screen? Let me know in the comments section below.