Call of Duty: Elite iPhone, IPad App Review
Call of Duty: Elite is available in app form for both iPhone and iPad from today, giving you a little slice of the full Call of Duty: Elite service wherever you go.
You can download Call of Duty: Elite for free on App Store now.
We’ve downloaded and explored the Call of Duty: Elite app to discover what it has to offer, how it compares to the full free and premium website editions, and to see if the long wait for the app has been worth it.
What is Call of Duty: Elite?
For those of you who have yet to check out Call of Duty: Elite, it is essentially a vast social network that runs alongside every Call of Duty title since the original Modern Warfare. You can check it our over at the official Call of Duty: Elite homepage.
The full website version of Call of Duty: Elite gives you the option to link the service with your Xbox 360 gamertag, PlayStation ID and PC username, and by doing so, stats from every single online game you play will be tracked for the world to see.
Not only can you show off your kill/death ratio, but you can also meet other players, form clans, view tutorial videos to help you destroy the competition, watch celebrity matches, and enter competitions to win prizes, as well as publish videos and images to your online vault.
However, the Call of Duty: Elite app only offers a cross-section of the full website service, so it’s important to know that some features will be missing, and how it works alongside games like Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops.
The Call of Duty: Elite app is spread across four sections on the top menu. The first is Career Summary, and this is where all of your vital stats are tracked, such as your current level, XP needed to level up again, Kill/Death Ratio, win percentage and total hours played across each mode.
You can also work out how long it will take you to hit the level cap again by using the Prestige Calculator. This neat little widget displays a timeframe based on your current progression rate stats, which can be re-calculated at any time.
Kill/Death Ratio is perhaps the most important stat on this page for a lot of Call of Duty: Elite users, and while it is there to see on the app menu, there are no sharing options for those who care about bragging rights.
Given the connectivity options commonly found with iPhone and iPad apps – such as Facebook and Twitter sharing – this is something of an oversight for those who want to challenge other players, or simply show off.
Another problem is that the Call of Duty: Elite app only tracks your progress on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and does not let you track stats from Call of Duty: Black Ops or older games.
Updates will hopefully fix this, but at the moment, if you predominantly play anything other than Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, you’ll find little of use here.
This is definitely the menu to look at if you’re obsessed with your kill/death ratio, as the Recent Matches page displays your last ten matches, complete with kill/death ratio stats for each round.
Your kill/death ratio stats can be viewed in either bar, or line graph format, and you can simply tap each game on the graph to see how you performed. Tapping a match causes a thumbnail for that round to appear below the graph, hitting this icon gives you even more stats to look at.
Specific match stats show you what team you were on, final score, Kill/Death Ratio, assists, killstreak, as well as who your nemesis and victim was during that round. You can even tap you’re the gamertag of your nemesis or victim to see their Call of Duty: Elite stats.
You can also tap the bottom bar to view the final scoreboard for each match, complete with individual player score and ranking. Simply tap their gamertag to pull up their Call of Duty: Elite profile.
The Recent Matches menu is a real treat for stat fiends, although it’s unfortunate that you can’t message or befriend other users from the match scoreboard, nemesis or victim view.
Again, the lack of sharing options is a tad disappointing, especially if you pull off a massive score in a match and want to shout it from the rooftops. Still, the option of seeing other player’s stat pages is interesting.
The Custom Classes menu is perhaps the most interesting element of the Call of Duty: Elite app. In this menu you can view all of your custom classes, right down to specific weaponry, perks, Strike Packages and more.
Better still, you can tweak existing load-outs from this menu by cycling through equipment menus and tapping items to equip them. Once your new class is saved, you can transfer it to the full game, so the next time you boot up Modern Warfare 3, you can use load-out online.
This is a neat feature, because not only can you change your tactics at a distance, you can even do so while discussing what works best online with your friends.
If someone says, ‘You can beat the overpowered Type 95, with a rapid fire, red dot sight MK14 with Dead Silence and Assassin perks on, while rocking a support class strike package with advanced UAV, stealth bomber and EMP.’ You can do it there and then before you forget everything they just said.
No complaints in this department. This is probably the premier feature of the app, but there’s still more to enjoy.
The final sub-section of the Call of Duty: Elite app is Challenges, and here you can view your progress in every single challenge Modern Warfare 3 has to offer. Again, it’s a shame that you can only track data in Modern Warfare 3, but that aside, this section works well.
Challenges are broken down by weapon type, perks, lethal and tactical gadgets, Strike Packages, and performance categories such as Payback, and Humiliation.
To save you sifting through all of these menus – and there are a lot of them – you can track specific challenges you want to monitor by tapping the cross hair next to the challenge title.
This will then save the challenge to your tracked feed, giving you an immediate overview of what challenges are due to be unlocked soon. The option to share completed challenge to social networks could have been a bonus, but again, no such option exists.
Call of Duty: Elite the app Vs Call of Duty: Elite the website
So there you have it. The Call of Duty: Elite app only has four sections, all of which only make up half of one section on the full Call of Duty: Elite website service. Needless to say, this is tiny by comparison.
What you don’t get from the Call of Duty: Elite app is access to your theatre and image vault, clan creation tools, the ability to submit clips to competitions, access to social groups, tutorials from the Improve section and more.
We could chalk these omissions up to logistical differences between the Call of Duty: Elite app and website, but there is very little to keep you occupied with the iPhone and iPad version.
Sure, it’s free, but it’s nothing more than a mild distraction, save perhaps for the custom class section. It’s really more of a numbers feed to remind you of how good, or bad you are at Modern Warfare 3.
However, we have been impressed with many of the features delivered by the full Call of Duty: Elite service, so it’s entirely possible that new Call of Duty: Elite app features will be rolled out in future updates.
Given how long it took to get the Call of Duty: Elite app on iTunes in the first place, this might take a while, but we’ve been pleasantly surprised by Call of Duty: Elite once before, we’re willing to have it happen again.