Thursday 23 August 2012

Android Gets Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies

August 3rd 2012, the day that Call of Duty Black Ops Zombies became available for some Android Devices. Those "some" include the Xperia line of phones like the Xperia S, Xperia ion and Xperia Play. After 30 days, let's just say September, the rest of Android will be able to join in on the fun. This app is a real port of the real version (minus some small things, really, I mean it). Activisionis the name of the publisher for the COD Black Ops game, but on Google Play it's Glu Mobile. Here's what some have had to say about the mobile version of the pandemic game.

-Apparently there is a save option.
-Plays and controls a lot like the console versions (XBox 360, PS3)
-Looks great
-includes Dead Ops (classic arcade looking mode)
-includes Call of the Dead (HOWEVER THE CELEBRITIES DO NOT MAKE APPEARANCES, they have been replaced by noncelebrity game characters. SAD)
-Just playing it on the phone is awesome.
-Comes with both the Downloadable Content from the iOS Version (these are FREE on both platforms I believe.)
-This app is for reals.

Those are the good stuff. Now here are some of the points you should be aware of that people say:
-lacks sensitivity setting (too slow for many players)
-walking might be slow compared to console versions
-have to hold "X" to run. Could be tricky to hold the X button while using one thumb to move, and the other to control the camera.
-can't customize the buttons on the XPlay (moves with touchpads with analog style controls. Can't button map to use d-pad for movement)
-lags on the Play with more than 4 zombies are present.
-to rapid fire with automatic weapons you double tap
-there's a button to aim, and press again to not aim.(instead of holding like consoles)
-you can only play with others on local wifi, not using the internet. (no online play)
-I guess it's more like the Directors Cut, but I don't know much about that either.
-players have made references to the app called DEAD TRIGGER, wanting COD:BOZ to have similar controls as application. (Dead Trigger is FREE so I'll be testing it out) It's also reported to run smoother, it doesn't claim to be Xperia Play Optimized, but it is. DT Seems to have good graphics. It might be a good free alternative. (sorry getting off topic)

Although the exclusiveness of the game sounds cool and feels like Sony is showing some love to it's smartphone owners, it's odd having that extra advantage for only 30 days max. I realize it would also be worst to hold potential customers back from purchasing a money maker for a long time. It is nice to have my phone pointed out on big name apps with the slight chance that someone I know will read it and say "Hey, that's the phone Josh has!".

A mood killer is that iphones got this app in December of 2011!!!, making all Android owners look a little less important (imo).

Even though they got a lot right with the porting,not having Sarah Michelle Geller (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Danny Trejo (Machette), Robert Englund, (Freddy Cougar from Nightmare on Elm Street), and lesser known Michael Rooker who plays Merle Dixon on AMC's The Walking Dead ( a good or great show about Zombies taking over) causes a bit of an "aw". However, this map comes with no extra charge and you still get most of it for a fraction of the price along with regular zombie mode and zombie ops. Most COD players already know those celebrity characters and don't need that information again but I wanted to add it
 because A. they're cool B. it might generate hits for my article.

Just writing about it makes me want to get it so bad and show off in front of people (men and boys). People say that this is the best game for the Xperia Play. "Best" gets thrown around a lot but this one is really exciting me. Try it out and see if you agree. For you other guys, the wait is almost over.

P.S. Whoa, i just saw a response from Glu Mobile to a user review. The response is indented. I don't think I've seen a direct response like that before.


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