Call of Duty: Strike Team for iOS launched on Thursday, September 4th. This new Call of Duty experience tailored for mobile gaming is set to help Activision extended their global reach with Call of Duty. Thus far, Activision has also brought Zombies ports to mobile phones. Strike Team is the first Call of Duty game for mobile that was designed from the ground up with mobile experience in mind. We’ve been playing this game for a few days now, and so far it’s the best First Person Shooter on iOS in a long time.
The game does offer in-app purchases that’s worth up to around $50. If you sign in with a Call of Duty profile, you get some free tokens, which you can use to unlock weapons. Earning XP and leveling up also helps you earn tokens to use.
The controls, at first, are hard to get used too. You have to control your soldier’s movements by using the left side of the screen and control the direction the soldier looks with the right side of the screen. You have to tap on the target icon on the right to shoot your weapon; if you want to shoot and change the direction you’re facing, it’s a little cumbersome to accomplish. The controls feel smooth, as with any Call of Duty experience. It’s quick, responsive, and works as it should. I had many issues trying to figure out what button does what, but the game guides you in the right direction.
On an iPhone 5, they’ve decently spaced out the two sides. You’ll get the best experience using an iPad, as the larger screen will allow for more real-estate to play the game.
If you’re new to a FPS on iOS, Strike Team provides a nice step by step tutorial on how to play as you’re playing the first mission.
The game features multiple campaign levels, which have to be played in a certain order, just like any other Call of Duty game. The first mission is called ‘Europa Fall,’ which takes you to an arctic area in Europe. Strike Team starts off with a stealth operation, in which you have to take out two security guards using a knife. The animation for this is really cool. You walk your player close to the back of the enemy, and tap the knife icon. The AI does the rest. The first weapon you encounter is a sniper rifle. You can use it scoped or just shoot with hip fire.
The game switches between cinematic movie like viewing experiences to you actually playing the game in first person. In the first mission, you get the option to play in First Person and control a Quadrotor drone. Quadrotor’s functionality is very limited in this game; you can only control the two soldiers on the game and see a tactical view of the entire map. The first mission felt really short and quick. It may have been that I missed somethings, but it felt as if it ends abruptly.
The other missions were great; those lasted a lot longer and brought together a nice story for the game. The campaign itself takes around four hours to complete if you strive to go for lots of XP and challenges (the length of this campaign is actually longer than Black Ops Declassified for the Vita).
In the campaign mode, you also get another squad member to play alongside. You can change between your player and the soldier. If you are not playing as the other character, he’ll become AI controlled. However, you get to control the movements of your teammate; the game forces you to bring him closer to your current location whenever he gets too far behind.
The campaign mode was a well developed story line and experience that they brought to mobile. It isn’t similar to any other Call of Duty game storyline, so it provides some new scenery and action.
Survival Mode in Strike Team is the same idea as Modern Warfare 3’s Survival Mode. It’s a bogged down version, of course. I only survived 5 waves, as I’m (1) a noob and (2) not used to these controls. The first map you unlock for Survival felt really small and clustered, resulting in few escape routes if you’re trapped. The mode itself is really enjoyable. It’s fun to play survival mode on your phone.
Survival Mode lets your start with a TYPE 25 Assault Rifle. The weapons feel and look like Call of Duty guns; not some down scaled versions of the weapons. When you fire the guns, you immediately recognize the noise and feel from Black Ops II.
The team at The Blast Furnace have done a fantastic job on brining the Call of Duty experience to mobile phones with Strike Team. One of the biggest downsides is that the game does not support any multiplayer features. It would’ve been nice to play Survival with friends on this game. You can connect use the ACTIVATE account, and find friends who are also playing this game. However, this feature only allows you to see leader boards and compare your stats with your friends. If you plan on buying on an iPhone 4S, note that the screen might be small for a good experience. And, as the description of the app says, don’t even buy this game if you own an iPhone 4. It crashes, freezes, and doesn’t even load.
The game definitely has it’s benefits, including a nicely designed campaign, Call of Duty-feel, weapon animations, player animations, and more. Comparing Strike Team to Call of Duty Zombies on iOS, this game is a lot better. You do not have issues with slow loading times or lagging animations in Strike Team. Activision and The Blast Furnace really pushed the boundaries on what a Call of Duty game can do on mobile, and we hope Activision continues to invest in brining newer experiences to Call of Duty: Strike Team.
Call of Duty: Strike is available now on iOS for $6.99. It’s coming soon to Android and Kindle Fire.
New Cold War Mauer der Toten Zombies map teaser shows off terrifying footage
Treyarch has provided players with a video teaser of the new Cold War Mauer der Toten Zombies map, and it promises a terrifying experience.
The new Cold War Mauer der Toten Zombies map will be arriving in Season 4, and Treyarch has provided players with a new teaser that provides a frightening first look at what the community can expect in the new map.
The reveal of the official Season 4 roadmap for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone gave the community a look at all of the exciting content they will be able to experience when the new season arrives on June 16/17. This roadmap also provided players with a look at the upcoming content coming to both games later in Season 4.
One of the biggest highlights of this upcoming Black Ops Cold War content was undoubtedly the confirmation that the next round-based Zombies map known as Mauer der Toten will be arriving sometime in July 2021.
With excitement for the new Cold War Mauer der Toten Zombies map now at an all-time high, Treyarch decided to give the community a new video teaser. It provided a terrifying look at what players will experience when fighting the undead in Berlin during Season 4 of Black Ops Cold War.
Cold War Mauer der Toten Zombies map teaser
The video teaser showcases a character holding an M16 Tactical Rifle in a dark location, frantically looking around their surroundings.
After seeing a Zombie appear in a hole in the wall, the flaming subway train of Mauer der Toten, which was revealed in the Season 4 reveal trailer, appears with what appears to be a flaming Zombie jumping out of the subway train frighteningly.
The newest Cold War Mauer der Toten Zombies map teaser ends with the character overlooking an open area of the map that is soon interrupted by a group of Zombies quickly and menacingly climbing up and rushing the character before the teaser video quickly cuts to black.
While this new teaser video for the Black Ops Cold War Mauer der Toten Zombies map did not provide a great deal of new information for the next round-based experience, it definitely set the tone that this upcoming Season 4 map will indeed be doing its best to scare players as they try to survive the undead.
Image Credits: Treyarch/Activision
Battlefield 2042 devs explain why they are including AI bots
News has dropped concerning why and how Battlefield 2042 will be using AI bots to help aid the multiplayer experience, let’s get into it.
Battlefield 2042 developers reveal the reasoning behind AI bots being included in the multiplayer experience.
The hype is real surrounding DICE’s FPS franchise as of recent, with Battlefield 2042’s gameplay reveal just last week showing players just how epic the latest installment will be.
As well as some gameplay, the devs have also discussed the map scale, vehicles, and even specialists that will be available at launch. It seems players are now getting more information on the Battlefield 2042 AI bots used in the multiplayer experience through the latest developer briefing.
EA posted a developer blog just last week concerning Battlefield 2042’s content. From the difference between next-gen and last-gen to the Specialist’s players will be using, the devs gave us quite a lot of information concerning the multiplayer experience.
One aspect of Battlefield 2042’s multiplayer that fans seem to have overlooked is the use of “AI Soldiers,” who will be joining online players in the fight across the variety of maps.
Battlefield 2042 AI Bots
Players will experience a huge scale of war in Battlefield 2042, with massive maps, player counts, and even gigantic weather systems.
With all that being said, the huge 128 play count on next-gen won’t just be online players, as the developers touched on why they will be using bots, or as they call them, AI Soldiers.
“Also new is the introduction of AI Soldiers (Artificial Intelligence) to the series. As a multiplayer-only experience, it’s important for us to let you play Battlefield 2042 when and how you want. Here is what that looks like in the All-Out Warfare experience of Conquest and Breakthrough:
- Multiplayer – AI soldiers are used for server-filling capabilities, ensuring your matches remain full, no matter your location.
- Co-Op – Allows you to play together with friends, against AI soldiers.
- Solo – If you wish to perfect your skills for multiplayer, you can even play alone against AI soldiers.”
It seems the developers have implemented Battlefield 2042 AI bots to help fill servers to ensure “your matches remain full.” Cleary, the massive play count, is a problem if you’re playing on a server when there aren’t enough players.
This is a great way to keep players satisfied and prevent a feeling of emptiness in the huge Battlefield 2042 maps. Further, AI bots will also be used in Co-Op, allowing you and your friends to team up and fight against bots for fun.
The developers have even thought about those solo players who wish to play on their own, as the AI Soldiers will also be available for the solo players to “perfect” their skills and get ready for the online experience.
As well as helping to fill servers, the AI bots will serve more purposes in Battlefield 2042 to allow for a variety of ways for players to enjoy the game.
For more on Battlefield 2042, stay tuned via Charlie INTEL and check out our recent article on Warzone players begging Raven to steal an idea from Halo Infinite and Battlefield 2042.
Image Credits: DICE
GTA Online for Xbox 360 and PS3 shutting down officially
Rockstar Games has announced that GTA Online for Xbox 360 and PS3 will be officially shutting down later this year, marking the end of an era of gaming.
GTA Online had been on Xbox 360 and PS3 since it was first released, but Rockstar Games has confirmed that GTA Online for Xbox 360 and PS3 will be shutting down by the end of this year.
GTA Online has been one of the most popular video games globally since its release on the Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles in 2013. The past years have seen the popular multiplayer mode make its way onto PC and two additional generations of consoles, like the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
However, the eight-year run of GTA Online on the older consoles will end in 2021, as Rockstar Games has announced that it will be shutting the service for the older consoles down this year.
GTA Online Xbox 360 PS3 shutting down
Rockstar Games posted a Newswire blog post on June 16, 2021. They revealed to the community that “the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of GTA Online, including website stat tracking via the Rockstar Games Social Club, will officially be shutting down on December 16, 2021.”
The developer also stated that Shark Cards for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of GTA Online would no longer be sold after September 15.
Rockstar clarified that only GTA Online will be shutting down and that this will have no effect on the player’s progress in the Grand Theft Auto V story mode.
While many players have moved on to play the popular multiplayer game on the newer generation of consoles over the years, there are still some who take part in the adrenaline-fueled action of the game on the older consoles in addition to the overall nostalgic notion of the older version of the game coming to an end after so long.
The shut down of GTA Online for these consoles is undoubtedly the end of an ear of gaming that launched what is considered to be one of the best multiplayer experiences of all time and will no doubt continue to be going forward.
For more GTA, check out how to claim free GTA Online Prime Gaming Rewards in June 2021, and stay tuned for future news and guides.
Image Credits: Rockstar Games
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