Few video game franchises are as successful as Call of Duty, as evidenced by the series’ staggering sales figures and universal critical acclaim. From battling in the polished World War 2 to the Futuristic battles far in outer space. The series has morphed into something else entirely over the last 15 years. Not all Call of Duty games are created equal, Some were simply better than others.
(Note that this ranking is for main entries in the Call of Duty series, Excluding the spinoff titles, also games released for previous-generation systems like World at War-Final Fronts.)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
After the amazing and thrilling campaign of the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare the bar was sky-high for Modern Warfare 2 when it released two years later. But Infinity Ward managed to outdo itself, bringing in another campaign filled with twists action-packed set-pieces. Where Modern Warfare 2 manages to actually surpass its older brother is in its online multiplayer. Modern Warfare 2 managed to meet—if not exceed—everyone’s expectations.
The kill-streak concept was expanded to allow for even more ways to eliminate your enemies and of course customizable kill streak rewards permanently changed the game for the better, making the progression system one of the most satisfying in all of this series. It’s one of those games you could put in your Console or Pc for months and never get tired of it.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
One of the Greatest games in the series , The single-player campaign is absolutely packed with memorable moments, from the heart-stopping nuke twist to the ghillie suit climax. as Soap MacTavish and Captain Price make their way through a hostile ship and eliminate targets with pinpoint precision. The single-player campaign might be short and don’t make a lot of sense, but that doesn’t really detract from the overall experience.
Modern Warfare’s multiplayer emphasised on the personal performance rather than winning individual matches, with players now carefully viewing their kill-to-death ration as they fitted their weapons with custom sights and grips. The non-stop action never ceased to impress.
Call of Duty II
The first Call of Duty game where the high-profile, cinematic war experiences weren’t available to play on your home console every single year. It was the best World War II shooter for those interested in the fall of Nazi Germany, from the beaches of Normandy to the deserts of North Africa, Call of Duty II took players everywhere . The move to 720p or 1080p resolutions made the brutality more real than ever, as every detail seemed nicely crafted.
The game’s approach to multiplayer was more laid back than some of the later games, but Despite this, the map design was unparalleled. COD II remains one of the finest World War II games ever created.
Call of Duty: WWII
Its been nearly a decade in modern warfare and the future, the series has last returned to its roots. Call of Duty: WWII offering great renditions of the series’ flagship campaign, multiplayer, and zombies modes.
Returning back to where it began, Putting more realism to the campaign is the removal of regenerating health, forcing you to use medpacks in order to heal your battle wounds in addition to a relying heavily on squadmates for assistance. No more Futuristic weapons or accessories, No more wall climbing. What is left is a classic multiplayer shooter with extremely well-designed maps.
The Zombie mode felt unnecessary in an otherwise serious game, The Nazi experiments are more grotesque than ever, and with multiple ways to progress through the campaign, there’s something for zombie fans everywhere.
Call of Duty: Black Ops
A thrilling mystery set during the Cold War and partially in Vietnam, Call of duty: Black Ops single-player campaign was praised for providing plenty of variety and a memorable atmosphere.
The story spans across conspiracy theories and failed Bay of Pigs operation, along the role the United States could have played in the JFK assassination.
Amazing voice performances from actors like Gary Oldman and Sam Worthington helped sell the whole thing. Treyarch built upon the series’ already well-established and incredible online multiplayer by featuring a currency and contract system. Also the return of a zombies mode—though not as remarkable as World at War’s, but it made call of duty: black ops a very solid package.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Sledgehammer Games was given the chance to lead its own project for 2014’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. It featured an excellent campaign, packed with futuristic weaponry and powerful exo-suits, Taking the series into the future than it had gone to date, its exo-suit gameplay and high-tech weapons aided verticality and constant movement, though hard to master but incredibly rewarding. Now your enemies are not just coming from the left or the right, but possibly above your head.
The introductory missions were among the best in the series’ history, Advanced Warfare’s campaign addressed the public’s growing fear of private military contractors and the role they’ll play in society going forward.
It’s multiplayer was quite excellent, providing lots of opportunity to test out the game’s fancy new hardware and move sets. Despite its critical success, , the story itself ultimately fell flat and definitely didn’t warrant a second playthrough.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Call of duty: Black Ops 4 the first game in the franchise without a campaign. Black Ops 4 left the campaign mode out completely, offering competitive multiplayer, Zombies, and the battle royale mode Blackout instead. Though Treyarch’s approach to storytelling was missed, but the studio managed to deliver one of the best multiplayer modes in the series’ history.
The series’ first entry at battle royale was a huge success, blending the classic Call of Duty shooting mechanics with the gameplay from PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Some classic settings from the earlier games were even mixed with the mode, as well as a section filled with Zombies.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
By 2011, Call of Duty had already cemented its legacy with several amazing first-person shooters, but franchise fatigue had also begun. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 wrapped up the groundbreaking trilogy with another action-packed campaign, it’s single-player is its biggest triumph as well as its greatest flaw.
This isn’t to say that Modern Warfare 3 isn’t worth of the Call of Duty name. However, COD’s online component had become its claim to fame, and Modern Warfare 3 delivered in a big way.
Call of Duty: World at War
Call of Duty: World at War was Treyarch’s first game in the series since the underwhelming COD 3, also the last Cod title to feature a World War II setting (until 2017’s Call of Duty: WWII), managing to deliver the brutal and goriest game the series had ever – or has ever seen. The game is focused on Americans in the Pacific as well as the Russians closing in on Berlin, World at War doesn’t shy away from the horrors of war. So far the goriest entry to date, Limbs and heads are severed, and mountains of bodies pile up, though it does lay the pathos on a little bit thick in the American section.
It had an unmemorable and less engaging competitive mode – the last Treyarch game to fail in this area.While not everyone was a fan of World at War’s multiplayer, the title also lays claim to creating what is now a franchise staple:Zombies
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
The second entry to the excellent Black Ops had high expectations, possibly out of any developer’s reach. Call of Duty: Black Ops II felt like a game that had been designed by two entirely different studios, It deserves credit for pioneering player choice in the series, featuring branching storylines and multiple endings.
Its multiplayer emphasized customization with its Pick 10 system and a mix of futuristic weaponry, but its campaign was a scattershot series of missions that struggled to find an identity.
It isn’t for Treyarch’s lack of effort, though. Real-time strategy elements were even mixed into certain missions, and while they were only mildly successful, it showed the studio’s commitment to always trying new things.
Call of Duty
Right from where it started, the origin of all Call of Duty series started in 2003. The Infinity Ward had been formed from former Medal of Honor developers, while Electronic Arts’ series still the king of war-themed shooters. Not long before Infinity Ward to show what it was capable of, the series’ debut stood out as one of the most authentic, action-packed, and fun to play. With a campaign cutting across three different nations’ militaries and a competitive multiplayer mode that planted the seeds for its future.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
Treyarch decided to put more emphasize on the futuristic elements of the Black Ops games with Call of Duty: Black Ops III, and it was the first time it failed to excite. The Mind-controlled drones and weapons were not enough to overcome the sense that we had played all this before, and the studio seemed to have so little faith in its writing that it gave players the chance to play campaign missions in any order. That is, of course, unless they played on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, which omitted the mode altogether.
Call of Duty: Ghosts
With the launch of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2013, Call of Duty: Ghosts was the first Call of Duty game to be released on both consoles, bridging the gap between console generations. COD: Ghosts had very little to differentiate itself from the series’ past games, the single-player campaign is as action-packed as ever. Part of it was in space, part of it was in urban areas, and part of it was in the foliage, but lacks both the star power of future titles and memorable moments of past installments. Multiplayer also made no attempt to innovate, but it was, at the very least, well-designed. The implementation of field orders was more distracting than anything, serving only to encourage individually-minded play.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare one of the most hated entry to date, but Infinity Ward had huge ambitions for the game. Released in 2016, Infinite Warfare failed to stand out among other successful shooters like Titanfall 2, Gears of War 4, Doom, Battlefield 1, and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided that year. Ditching the linear, mission-to-mission approach campaign and instead let players pick and choose side objectives to complete, including spaceship combat segments.
Shooting just felt wrong as heavy amount of flinching made combat a pain in single-player, and there is poor map design which made multiplayer quite frustrating.Worse yet, the multiplayer might have even been a downgrade from the previous year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III, though throwing zombies in space was just outrageous enough to work
Call of Duty 3
The game which the Xbox console the one to get, released in 2005. As the only major COD entry to not make an appearance on PC. Call of Duty 3 saw Treyarch take control of the series for its first main entry, It first gave players the ability to throw enemy grenades back, while also selectively adding in some timed-button sequences to spice things up. The game failed to impress, with a less-engaging multiplayer mode that felt stuck between Call of Duty 2’s approach and the Call of Duty 4 formula. The campaign mode attempted to change things up by including a Canadian section and a struggle mechanic for melee combat, but it lacked the characters to carry it forward. This game is one of the Series game that you are better off avoiding.
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