Grab your helmet and head into battle; it’s time to take a look at the very best Call of Duty video games of all time
Call of Duty is definitely top-of-the-line AAA first particular person shooter franchises in online game historical past.
So it wouldn’t be troublesome to seek out fifteen nice video games to placed on this checklist. The exhausting half is selecting that are the very best.
Picking a “best” is normally fairly subjective, and has so much to do with your individual expertise with the video games.
I definitely keep in mind my first Call of Duty expertise, and I used to be completely blown away.
Coming from the distant reminiscence of first particular person shooter video games like GoldenEye 007 and Turok 2 (each unimaginable!) and leaping into video games like Killzone 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was fairly the leap.
Games felt extra actual. The recreation play was so effectively executed, the graphics seemed so good, the AI was smarter, and the tales have been wealthy and fascinating.
And it solely bought higher from there.
Call of Duty has all the time been on the entrance of the pack in creating first particular person shooter titles. And to today, the franchise stays one of many strongest.
Here are our favourite Call of Duty video games so far!
Let’s simply begin this checklist off proper the place Infinity Ward did!
The very first Call of Duty online game was launched approach again in 2003 for the PC.
The recreation focuses on the occasions of World War II and presents the battle from a number of view factors.
Call of Duty additionally had an emphases on group fight, the place AI managed occasion members help you.
It is alleged that lots of the builders of Call of Duty got here instantly from the group accountable for Medal of Honor: Allied Assault.
So it’s straightforward to see why the unique Call of Duty title shares ideas with the Medal of Honor franchise.
The authentic Call of Duty recreation noticed an enhanced remaster launched in 2009 together with the remastered Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which can even make an look on this checklist.
It’s exhausting to disregard a recreation that kicked off a franchise that went on to be a pacesetter in a style.
So Call of Duty (the O.G.) needs to be included on this checklist of finest Call of Duty video games of all time.
And fortunate for us, it solely will get higher from right here!
‘Advanced Warfare’ was an entry within the Call of Duty franchise for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
And because the identify may recommend, this entry noticed our beloved franchise step into the longer term. Literally.
Game play was a fast-paced, high-tech, smash & bang extravaganza set in 2054-2061.
Fans and critics praised the enhancements made within the franchise, the thrilling recreation play, and the voice performing by Troy Baker and Kevin Spacey.
It’s additionally sort of good to step away from the same old surroundings and set a recreation in a completely new time and placement to shake issues up.
Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare launched some thrilling new recreation modes, solely potential in a futuristic setting.
Exo Survival had us battling waves of AI robots, and Exo Zombies mode had zombies carrying mech fits coming after us.
Both modes have been as loopy and thrilling as you may hope for. And made ‘Advanced Warfare’ probably the most distinctive… and finest entries within the Call of Duty collection.
As the ultimate entry within the Modern Warfare trilogy story; Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 noticed improvement by two groups we already know within the Call of Duty franchise.
Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games labored collectively to ship this title after lots of Infinity Ward’s crew fashioned their very own firm, Respawn Entertainment.
Of course, Respawn went on to develop Titanfall, Apex Legends, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
So firms shedding group members to type their very own firms is normally a superb factor for players.
Where players benefited in relation to the Call of Duty franchise is that Infinity Ward introduced in Sledgehammer to choose up the slack, and we now had two superior groups engaged on Call of Duty.
Big modifications have been made to the sport’s engine, and multiplayer additionally turned the main focus of improvement.
Some say that the one participant marketing campaign is the place much less focus was positioned, which is why this entry is decrease on our checklist than different entries within the “Modern Warfare” trilogy.
But it’s as a result of unimaginable multiplayer expertise and Sledgehammer now being a powerful drive behind Call of Duty that makes Modern Warfare 3 a vital level of the COD timeline.
And let’s not ignore the fan response to the sport…
Modern Warfare 3 is the second highest promoting Call of Duty title at nearly 31 million items.
That is unquestionably as a consequence of the truth that Call of Duty had a popularity for being probably the most satisfying multiplayer experiences at the moment.
So we had no doubts we’d see this recreation on our checklist of finest Call of Duty video games of all time.
So after we wrote about our earlier recreation, we did overlook to say one thing…
Not solely did Infinity Ward deliver Sledgehammer Games into the combo… that they had assist from a number of different groups for numerous ports and recreation modes.
And in 2020, the 2 would group as much as work on a PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S recreation title: Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War.
The recreation is ready within the Eighties, between the occasions of Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010) and Call of Duty: Black Ops II (2012).
Fans beloved the large quantity of content material out there within the multiplayer mode, which was now the apparent star within the Call of Duty collection.
And after all… zombies.
Zombies was now a mainstay within the franchise and a fan favourite.
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War went on to be the very best promoting recreation of 2020 within the United States market.
We included this one on our checklist of the 10 Best Multiplayer PS5 Games as effectively, so … that’s possibly the very best recognition of all of them.
Remember we mentioned we’d see extra from Sledgehammer Games? Well right here we’re!
Ten years after Sledgehammer made their mark on the Call of Duty collection, they have been nonetheless creating their very own tasks for Activision.
And after many entries within the collection within the trendy period, we have been taken again to that traditional WWII setting.
Why this explicit recreation is particular is that now we have all the development of the franchise coming full circle within the World War II themed shooter.
Call of Duty: Vanguard is what occurs if you take practically twenty years of trial and error of recreation play mechanics and mix all the finest ideas into one superior title.
Add in all the finest multiplayer modes from that lengthy historical past as effectively… together with zombies.
And you’re certain to have an unimaginable bundle in your fingers.
Nearly twenty years of Call of Duty and ten years for Sledgehammer Games working within the collection… you’ve bought top-of-the-line Call of Duty video games of all time.
Remember after we talked about Treyarch earlier? They first made their mark on the Call of Duty franchise again in 2005.
And they have been such an incredible addition for the franchise that Activision began giving them their very own tasks!
Their major entries within the Call of Duty franchise are the ‘Black Ops’ titles. Spoiler alert: we will probably be seeing a number of of these entries additional down the checklist.
But the primary look on our checklist of the very best Call of Duty video games is Black Ops 4.
What makes this recreation so particular (but in addition not as nice as the opposite Black Ops video games) is that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 does not function a standard single participant marketing campaign.
But what they lack in a single participant mode, they greater than make up for in multiplayer modes.
With the inclusion of 4 zombie modes, in addition to a precursor to Warzone… Blackout.
Blackout was a large on-line multiplayer mode that would host as much as 100 gamers in the identical map.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was a reasonably superior expertise in case you are a fan of multiplayer, which is likely one of the major components of the Call of Duty components.
Black Ops IIII additionally appeared on our checklist of the 25 Most Popular Video Games Today.
We noticed the Call of Duty returning to the WWII scene after we talked concerning the 2021 ‘Vanguard’.
But this was not step one again in historical past.
Sledgehammer Games additionally took us again to WWII in 2017’s Call of Duty WW2.
The recreation was fairly reasonable, even referring to some extra graphic features of the struggle not beforehand lined within the Call of Duty collection.
In some methods, the sport was a step backwards, because it removes among the superior motion options like double jumps and wall working.
But Sledgehammer had hoped to take us again to that traditional first-person shooter type that made Call of Duty so common.
But after all, with a ton of recent touches.
The recreation receives reward for the story, a return to traditional recreation play type, and the spectacular graphics.
The single participant marketing campaign was significantly shifting with its deep historic content material.
And for that exact motive, we wish to acknowledge Call of Duty WW2 as top-of-the-line Call of Duty titles of all time.
If you’re a fan of the World War II themed first particular person shooters that Call of Duty was first identified for, then now we have a deal with for you!
A blast from the previous… Call of Duty 2. The epic comply with as much as the unique Call of Duty recreation.
Developed by Infinity Ward for Activision for PC and finally turned a launch title for the Xbox 360.
Call of Duty 2 follows the angle of 4 troopers from completely different nations on the battlefield of WWII.
It marked the primary time the sport offered regenerating well being, putting off the retro type well being bar.
Everyone beloved this function. It appeared revolutionary on the time, and have become the way in which the very best first particular person shooters dealt with well being throughout battle.
Infinity Ward additionally made large enhancements within the multiplayer provided within the Call of Duty collection.
Keep in thoughts, approach again in 2005, Call of Duty was nonetheless fairly new to the first-person shooter scene. So they nonetheless had numerous room for development of their multiplayer.
Fans and critics praised the sound and graphics of the second entry within the Call of Duty collection. It was a large leap in high quality from the unique.
And to today, we contemplate it a vital milestone for Call of Duty.
As we see the Call of Duty franchise transfer by way of the 2000s and a number of other improvement groups taking their very own branches of the collection… let’s not overlook who began all of it: Infinity Ward.
And fortunately for followers of Call of Duty, Infinity Ward are nonetheless right here delivering classics within the collection.
In 2019, Infinity Ward and Activision rebooted the Modern Warfare collection of Call of Duty titles.
That reboot was fairly profitable (we’ll hear extra about that reboot in a while our checklist).
So to proceed the momentum, they launched a Modern Warfare 2 reboot as effectively.
These reboot titles usually are not direct remakes or remasters. They are totally new video games with their very own storyline, which are literally a prequel to the unique collection.
As we should always hope for in any followup within the Call of Duty collection, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) noticed large enhancements to the mechanics due to a newly created recreation engine.
Advanced AI, higher physics, and a bunch of small enhancements to the participant and atmosphere mechanics.
And just like the 2019 reboot that we’ll hear from quickly, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) additionally spawned the free-to-play on-line multiplayer title Warzone 2.0 that got here out only a couple weeks in the past.
The reboot of the Modern Warfare collection is completely unimaginable, and likewise has its personal id separate from the opposite video games within the Call of Duty franchise.
So we’re completely satisfied to see it seem on our checklist of the very best Call of Duty video games of all time.
When the Call of Duty collection went from WWII to the trendy period, we bought among the finest video games in your entire collection.
So it’s no shock that Infinity Ward determined to revisit their traditional Modern Warfare collection in a giant approach!
The 2019 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare reboot was made with a completely new recreation engine that allowed for essentially the most reasonable graphics and the inclusion of ray-tracing.
Almost each side of the sport dominated, from the graphics, the storytelling, and the multiplayer.
And talking of the multiplayer of Modern Warfare (2019)…
Besides together with a ton of recreation modes that we all know and love from the whole lot of the Call of Duty collection, the brand new recreation engine for Modern Warfare was leveraged right into a mode that grew right into a monster of its personal advantage…
Yes, Call of Duty: Warzone is marketed as a solo title, however we even have the 2019 Modern Warfare reboot to thank for this traditional.
Capitalizing on the recognition of on-line battle royal type multiplayer experiences, the kings of first particular person shooters submits their providing.
The battlefield can host as much as 150 gamers directly, all vying for the highest spot on the net leaderboards.
‘Warzone’ additionally incorporates a distinctive function for battle royal video games: the gulag.
For these unfamiliar, the gulag is a function the place a defeated participant is distributed to a Russian jail and may combat one other defeated participant in one-on-one fight for an opportunity to return to the battlefield.
This function, together with tremendous strong recreation play and options made Warzone probably the most common free-to-play video games ever created.
As we should always all concentrate on by now, these sorts of “free” video games are monsters on the subject of gross sales for the corporate that releases them.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has earned over $1 billion in gross sales, whereas Warzone alone has earned Activision/Infinity Ward over $5 billion in whole gross sales.
You can completely play the sport totally free. And any sort of pay-to-win sort function stays severely frowned upon.
But that doesn’t cease tens of millions of customers from spending some severe money on costumes and weapon skins for his or her characters after they spend some severe time inside the recreation.
And I see no downside with this. The recreation builders provide a free recreation to tens of millions of customers, and a few of these customers repay the corporate by shopping for a brand new outfit for his or her avatar. Fair play.
Infinity Ward delivered an unimaginable gaming expertise and has made a ton of cash as their reward. And we have a good time this alternate.
Treyarch completely killed it after they got their very own collection inside the Call of Duty franchise.
Call of Duty: Black Ops is definitely top-of-the-line Call of Duty video games of all time!
Black Ops featured a darker tone than earlier Call of Duty video games, whereas additionally having a little bit of enjoyable.
To me, the Black Ops collection feels very rock and roll in comparison with the opposite video games within the Call of Duty franchise.
It’s gritty, it’s down and soiled, and it’s a heck of numerous enjoyable.
This was not the primary time it made an look in a Call of Duty recreation, nevertheless it was in 2010’s Black Ops that basically made Zombie Mode common for the franchise.
I nonetheless keep in mind the discharge of Black Ops, and that’s the very first thing everybody talks about was zombies.
And in case you’re conversant in Call of Duty post-Black Ops, that zombies has change into a mainstay for the collection.
Call of Duty: Black Ops was one of many highest grossing video games of all time, on the time of its launch.
And it’s nonetheless the very best promoting Call of Duty recreation so far, at over 31 million copies bought.
Plus, one of many highest honors, Black Ops additionally appeared on our checklist of the 10 Best PS3 FPS Games.
Treyarch does it once more. Literally and figuratively.
We already know that the Black Ops collection is completely unimaginable.
The first entry was a traditional, probably the most satisfying experiences within the Call of Duty franchise, fairly distinctive, and have become the very best promoting Call of Duty recreation ever.
That’s so much to comply with.
Treyarch knew they needed to go large with it.
As a followup to the story of the unique Black Ops recreation, Black Ops II units its story within the Eighties AND in 2025.
Black Ops 2 was the primary entry within the Call of Duty collection to function futuristic know-how, setting the stage for 2014’s Advanced Warfare.
Treyarch additionally utilized nonlinear gameplay and a number of potential endings with the gamers selections affecting the result.
Black Ops 2 launched new components to multiplayer that will change into mainstays within the franchise, reminiscent of multi group battles (greater than two groups per match).
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is each a profitable followup to the unique Black Ops recreation, in addition to a positive step ahead for Call of Duty on the whole.
So for that motive, we give it a really slight edge over the unique Black Ops.
Really, you might flip a coin on these ones and doubtless get little or no pushback.
But there’s one department of the Call of Duty franchise that has only a few arguments as being the very best:
Fifteen years after its authentic launch date, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare remains to be extensively thought-about top-of-the-line entries in an extended line of killer video games.
In COD4, builders Infinity Ward turned away from their World War II centered video games, and stepped into the trendy struggle period.
The marketing campaign featured a wealthy and fascinating storyline performed by way of the eyes of six completely different troopers.
And Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare additionally options top-of-the-line multiplayer experiences within the franchise.
Experience factors might be earned in multiplayer, that are used to stage up, purchase new weapons, and unlock new recreation modes.
Players can rank as much as stage 55, then return to stage 1 in Prestige mode. They retain all perks and upgrades. This course of might be executed 10 occasions whole. That is numerous development potential for gamers.
I can’t actually get into multiplayer, as a result of the scene is approach too superior for my gaming stage.
And COD4 is a type of video games that gives a ton of alternative for changing into a type of elite stage killers. I stand no likelihood!
Infinity Ward had a large hit on their fingers, and the followers have been completely consuming it up.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was the very best promoting recreation of 2007 at over 7 million items, and has bought practically 20 million so far.
Modern Warfare was additionally honored with a 2016 remaster, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.
It practically topped our checklist of the very best Call of Duty video games. But Infinity Ward took this superior title, and someway improved on it within the comply with up:
I believe it’s secure to say that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the best possible Call of Duty title ever created.
And it additionally occurs to be my first expertise of the franchise. So fortunate me, I get to be subjective with my primary decide.
‘Modern Warfare 2’ adopted the storyline that started in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, however added a lot extra to the expertise.
In explicit, the multiplayer drastically expanded on earlier titles, including so many new modes.
Two DLC packages additionally emerged which expanded on the multiplayer content material, together with new maps to play.
Spec Ops (“special operations”) have been distinctive brief missions that provided a ton of replayability as a consequence of their problem and likewise as a result of they made it enjoyable to attempt to execute the missions completely.
Obviously that makes it much less reasonable. But memorizing the placement and behaviors of every enemy, so you may pace run by way of a stage like John Wick or somethin’ made you’re feeling like such a badass.
I assume I wasn’t the one one who beloved Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, as a result of the demand for a remaster was robust.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered was launched in 2020 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is a type of video games that obtained the “universal acclaim” stamp of approval from followers and critics, and I additionally occur to suppose it’s fairly nice.
So I’m completely satisfied to say that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is my primary decide for finest Call of Duty video games of all time.
Anthony has been a online game lover ever since he can keep in mind. He turned a fulltime nomad in 2018, residing all through most of Asia. He centered his ardour in retro gaming and started making a recreation for the Game Boy Color whereas residing in Nara, Japan through the 2020 pandemic. He is now in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the place he spends most of his time gaming, happening lengthy walks and assembly as many stray canine as potential.