Call of Duty is, without a doubt, one of the most well-known first-person shooter franchises on the planet and has been paving the way in online multiplayer for many years. Whether it’s taking you through the trenches of World War 2 or killing an endless horde of Zombies, many fans have stayed loyal to the franchise, and over the past few years that loyalty has certainly paid off.
Recognizing the intense popularity of battle royale games and the rise of mobile online multiplayer, Activision decided to bring their gaming juggernaut to the mobile platform and created a version of the game that was a good reflection of its console and PC counterpart and lived up to that glorious reputation.
Call of Duty: Mobile is currently taking the world by storm and the surge has only just begun. It effectively delivers the same intense multiplayer action on the go and millions are joining every day. So today, we’re going to look at what exactly Call of Duty is and how their latest mobile offering is taking mobile gaming to the next level.
Call of Duty first appeared on the scene in 2003 and revolutionized the first-person shooter genre. Instead of the typical solo run and gun action you’d come to expect, players worked alongside a group of infantry soldiers to attack and complete objectives while AI enemies used cover instead of just standing out in the open waiting to get mowed down.
It was an immersive World War II experience that very few games could match and it’s success left players itching to dive back into the trenches a second and even third time as well.
Not content with simply repeating their success, the fourth game in the franchise left the World War II setting behind and brought players back into the 21st century to give us all a taste of Modern Warfare. Throw in a fantastic multiplayer component as well and just like that, a franchise was born.
A Household Name
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is where many players joined the series, including myself. Taking those first steps as Sergeant “Soap” was something to remember and the game’s popularity quickly prompted esports and the Mobile Gaming League (MGL) to take notice.
Players could now, not only compete online but compete in tournaments and events as well to win real cash prizes. It was no longer restricted to just being a hobby but a full-time profession as well. Each new sequel that came after only upped the ante and gamer skills skyrocketed as a result.
All the 360 trick shots aside, not every franchise is perfect and Call of Duty is no exception. No matter how often you do something, the formula simply won’t work every time and you’re not immune to making mistakes. There have been some forgettable titles that have been released along the way. But still, whether you play it a little or a lot or never at all, every gamer knows the name Call of Duty.
The Battle Royale Era
I’m sure absolutely no one could have predicted the popularity of games like PlayerUnknowns Battleground (also known as PUBG) or Fortnite, not even the developers themselves. Fortnite was originally a zombie tower-defense game but if you ask anybody today, they’ll classify it as battle royale because that’s all it’s known for when battle royale was just an added extra originally.
Those games were quick to make mobile ports as well and all of a sudden, everybody all over the world was playing their favorite battle royale game anytime, anywhere. The landscape of online multiplayer had taken a drastic turn and, after a few years, Activision was ready to prove why their franchise was worthy of its legendary status.
With the help of Tencent Games, they were able to bring that authentic fast-paced multiplayer action that the franchise is known for to smartphones and tablets alike but they added some extra spice with a battle royale mode of their own. They managed to combine Call of Duty’s unique gameplay and mechanics with a looting system similar to pioneers like PUBG and it is fantastic!
Let’s Go Mobile!
It’s incredible just how well this game reflects its console and PC counterparts and it successfully brought the Call of Duty experience to mobile devices.
There are 2 main modes to choose from:
- A Multiplayer mode almost identical to previous games
- A Battle Royale mode which provides a fresh new spin on the battle royale genre.
Each mode can be played casually with friends or you can get matched up quickly with other players on a similar skill level. But if you’re looking for a serious challenge, you can play each mode ranked which will see players earning and losing points based on their score to rise and prove your superiority
Each weapon is fully customizable and with every “Season” new characters are unlocked and new skins are made available for player models. Each season lasts for 2 months and you can earn rewards based on your ranked position once the season is over.
The best part is that we’re only in Season 4 right now. This game is already fast becoming a global phenomenon and it’s less than a year old. There’s seriously never been a better time to join the community and get on board this amazing franchise.
The Return of The Champ
With the official Call of Duty League making its way onto the scene earlier this year and mobile esports taking off this rapidly, it’s clear that Call of Duty: Mobile is going to be around for a long time and is a great addition to a franchise that is already so beloved by many.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this look back at how this gaming juggernaut came to be and how their latest offering is something to get behind if you’re a fan of mobile gaming like me.
Have you played Call of Duty before? What are your thoughts on the franchise and what do you think of Call of Duty: Mobile? Let us know in the comments below.
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