With the console versions of the game reviewed and voted in our previous two articles on which are the best Call of Duty games, we now take to our feet to decide on the mobile versions of the game – and which are our favorites.
If you haven’t read up on our reviews of Call of Duty games in its early days, see which is our best Call of Duty game here:
And we definitely keep up with the times with titles recently released this past decade:
Sometimes, kids and adults alike just didn’t have the option to own a console or PC due to their time, lack of mobility, or financial reasons. However, that doesn’t mean they didn’t have an option to enjoy a Call of Duty title on their mobile devices ranging from a PS Vita to a mobile app. With the handful of titles available on the mobile, you know that’s one channel Call of Duty is heading into. We’ll take a look at the top five Call of Duty mobile handheld titles.
#5 Call of Duty: Zombies (2009)
Call of Duty: Zombies was developed by Ideaworks Game Studio and Treyarch and released in November of 2009 on the iOS only. The game takes place in a German bunker in World War 2 through the perspective of a US Marine. This was the first incarnation of the popular zombie mode that spans a decade now.
#4 Call of Duty: Black Ops – Zombies (2011)
Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies was a sequel to the popular Call of Duty: Zombies. It was released in 2011 for both the iOS and Android mobile devices. The game allowed for four-player multiplayer, voice chat, and a ranking system. That’s pretty impressive for a mobile title at the time. The game also involved microtransactions for solo players.
#3 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified (2012)
In November of 2012, nStigate Games developed Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified for the PlayStation Vita. While this title was well-received by fans, making it the second-biggest game debut next to Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, it was absolutely destroyed by critics. IGN has it at a 4/10, Metacritic has it at a 33/100, and Game Informer has it at a 3/10 because of a number of issues. The main issue of the game was how short the single-player campaign was (less than an hour long). After that, it spiraled in a mess of awkward controls, glitchy enemies, and closet-sized multiplayer maps. Regardless, to the general population, it was still a decent miniature Call of Duty title.
#2 Call of Duty: Roads to Victory (2007)
Call of Duty: Roads to Victory was released in March of 2007 and was the only Call of Duty title released on the PlayStation Portable by developer Amaze Entertainment. This was released months after the release of Call of Duty 3, mostly to take advantage of the franchise name, but also to get a title at all on the PSP while it was still a new and exciting handheld. Like Black Ops: Declassified, it was greeted with not very favorable reviews by critics, but still a passable title by players. Future hand-held titles were released on the Nintendo DS, which didn’t bode well for the PlayStation Portable, but it was still an okay miniature handheld release of a popular franchise.
#1 Call of Duty: Strike Team (2013)
Call of Duty: Strike Force was released in September of 2013 for the iOS and Android from The Blast Furnace developers. The third installment of a Call of Duty mobile game, Strike Team, had the player controlling an entire squad instead of just one character. This sits at number one on the list due to the favorable reviews on critic websites (mostly). However, other reviewers claimed the game to be clumsy and jumbled with a disappointing story. However, the reviews we care about are the players and again, it may be just because it’s a Call of Duty title, but the players seemed to enjoy it.
Call of Duty is a highly marketable franchise among gamers and one you can find on almost any gaming device, even the Nokia N-Gage, if anyone remembers that. While it wouldn’t be fair to compare a AAA title to a mobile title, I would definitely want to pass my vote over to the console titles where a game developer’s story, gameplay, controls, artwork and designs can be brought to their fullest.
Still, tell me if you agree with me on Strike Team being the top of the mobile titles, and whether you would live on an island with a console title, or a mobile title. Indeed, we’re all still looking forward to having a battle royale mode for console titles, so perhaps playing on the mobile can still give us the multiplayer experience we all desire.
If you still desire more Call of Duty reviews and perspectives, why not head over to our article on the upcoming voice over cast for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019?
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