The Android FPS game, Call of Duty Black Ops Zombies flubbed on its initial release, but since I got Jellybean 4.1 the game now plays as an above average Android FPS. Since I no longer play games on a PC/Mac or console due to my love for touch devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Android, I crave more games like Call of Duty Black Ops Zombies. However, the Android version still needs a bit more work to “wow” me — but I finally got it working after 2 months.
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I bought the game for $6.99, a premium price for Google Play Store and it never worked on my Samsung Galaxy Nexus until a few weeks ago. Not sure if it was the updates from Glu Mobile/Activision or the fact that I am now rocking Android OS 4.1.1 (Jellybean)? Either way, it is a decent to slightly-above-average first person shooter for the Android OS — at least on my Galaxy Nexus. If this game works on Android tablets like the Nexus 7, I am sure it probably plays much better on those devices. We are “scoring” a Nexus 10 in a few weeks and will do a follow up video for that device.
The game has good graphics and is very much the same as the iPhone and iPad version, except for the touch screen controls are not as good and the computer artificial intelligence (AI) is super weird. First, the touch screen: at times all is well, swipe to look around, tap to shoot, and use the virtual joystick to move. However, I found at times feeling panic-like when surrounded by massive amounts of underfed zombies, and when I tried to move quickly I lost orientation or started hacking with my knife — not my intended actions. This can be controlled by not getting into those situations, but they are inevitable. The game did not lag profusely except at points when I croaked, but not a big deal. I do realize that to produce a game of this quality on the Android OS is no easy task.
I am looking forward to testing it with the Nexus 10 to see if the game responds better to the newest Android device technology and that of Jellybean 4.2. While I would love to say go out and get this game for your Android, I would highly suggest that you take into consideration your Android OS first and look at the customer reviews in Google Play because these are much more accurate in Google Play than in iTunes. Also, the customer reviews for any apps in Google Play usually identify certain devices or Android OS’s that have trouble with an app. Watch our Call of Duty Blacks Ops Zombies Android App Video Review for a look at how this game performed on my Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
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