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Fields of Battle is not just for paintball fans; it's a game that appeals to all gamers that love the first-person shooter genre. Intense gameplay, intuitive controls, and extensive content make this a must-own app. However, there is a significant learning curve for the difficult controls. This is not a game for casual players, but is instead geared more toward hardcore shooter fans.
It should be noted that this is a freemium title that allows users to start playing for free, but includes in-app purchases that give players access to additional content. However, there is sufficient content available without the need to make any other purchases.
Players have several options when customizing their character. Gear may be purchased such as paintball guns, magazines, and air canisters. Furthermore, characters may be customized by changing helmets, outfits, and skin tone. After equipping the character, players may immediately jump into an online multiplayer game. Each game costs a certain amount of coins to enter, but players may earn back those coins later. There are more than 60 fields to do battle in, some real and some fantasy. Each field contains numerous buildings and obstacles so players can take cover. Also, one hit is enough to eliminate a player, causing a delayed respawn.
The controls are really what make this game unique. There are intuitive swipe gestures that allow players to slide into cover, duck, stand, and zoom in or out. Additionally, the device's gyroscope is utilized to aim and lean left and right to shoot from behind cover. These controls are very difficult to get used to at first. However, once mastered, they start to feel very intuitive and give users very flexible movement and shooting options while playing the game.
Another great component to the app is the extensive customization options available. Players may customize every aspect of the controls, including sensitivity levels and the method used to shoot. Even the heads-up-display may be altered to suit the player's personal preferences. Every component of the HUD may be moved literally anywhere on the screen.
I have very little to complain about this game. There are a few glitches that I experienced while playing the game, such as characters being caught between walls of structures. However, those instances rarely occurred. The app really does offer a solid paintball experience, and is absolutely a top-notch FPS.