Call of Duty finally makes an official and proper debut on Android with Strike Team which was released about a week ago. The game was released on ios first, once you jump into this finely crafted first and third person shooter with an all new adventure set in the Call of Duty universe you’ll see why the wait was worth it.
The entire game was developed from the ground up for mobile devices(mostly tablets it seems like, but more device support is coming!) which makes this an extremely original yet familiar experience. Surprisingly enough the game is actually refreshing beyond the scope of imagining, since this a title based on a console franchise I was expecting it to be somewhat half assed and semi fulfilling but Strike Team is none of those things. Straight up, its Call of Duty the way Call of Duty is meant to be.
The game offers up a full campaign with a compelling story behind it. Mission by mission you can rack up experience points just like you can in any other Call of Duty, which unlock weapons and perks for usage during later missions. Other than campaign you have survival missions you can play at any time to mix things up which gives you XP as well. Expectedly so, in survival mode you’ll be fending off waves of enemies to see how long you can last, as each wave brings foes of increasing difficulty. You can compete against friends and family too for leaderboard domination. Everyone loves a good competition.
Rather unexpectedly, two things about Strike Team might catch you off guard. The controls are all touch based with some swipe gestures built-in for use while you’re in third person “drone view”. The only reason this comes as a surprise is because we’ve seen plenty of FPS titles get gamepad support as of late. Although it would have been nice to play this game with a controller, this isn’t a problem however because the touch controls are actually very good. First person view has easy movement and the HUD is customizable to your liking. Swipe controls are even excellent here. While in “drone view” you just tap on which squad member you want to move(or both) and you drag to the place you want them to advance to.
The other unexpected and slightly less positive thing to note about Strike Team is that, while the game costs a good $7, there is still the implementation of IAP. Certain things like care packages are purchasable with the in-game currency, which you can buy with real money through a play store purchase. While it seems like you can get this currency through game progression, it doesn’t seem to rack up very fast, leaving you to buy it if you want extra weapons and secondary items quicker that may or may not be available after you level up. Overall, Call of Duty Strike Team is still an amazing game and despite its couple drawbacks, It’s still worth the money you have to pay for it. If you find yourself needing a CoD fix before the 5th, this might be worth a shot.