Call of Duty ELITE app lets you keep tabs on your shooter experience with your phone

Jan 18, 2012
Games

iOS platform came out about a week ago), allowing users to download the app to smartphones and tablets, showing them all the information they can get either online or in-game when using ELITE. That includes things like maps that show players where they do well and where they don’t during games, or the ability to analyze the weapons and attributes of opponents and copy them.

Apart from just looking at data remotely, ELITE allows you to actually make changes in the game while you’re away. If you have an epiphany while you should be working, but are instead thinking about which machine gun or grenades you’re ought to be using, you can use the app to change your character’s equipment, so next time you jump into the game, you’re ready to go.

Activision and Call of Duty aren’t the only games to extend to the app world for additional functionality. Several massively multiplayer games, such as World of Warcraft and Star Wars: The Old Republic, use security apps to give players’ accounts added protection. Other games give players a way of keeping in touch with their characters or the ability to buy and sell in-game items remotely.

There’s a lot of talk about the mobile gaming sphere, but many developers are finding ways to have apps augment the gaming experience. Activision’s Call of Duty ELITE app shows some forward motion in coming up with cool ways to have players keep in touch with games even when they’re not playing, and hopefully will inspire other developers to come up with interesting apps that open up the gameplay experience as well.

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Phil Hornshaw is a freelance writer, editor and author living in Los Angeles, dividing his time between playing video games, playing video games on his cell phone, and writing about playing video games. He’s also the co-author of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which attempts to mix time travel pop culture with some semblance of science, as well as tips on the appropriate means of riding dinosaurs. Check out his profile.

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