Ranking of All Call of Duty Games
Call of Duty is the biggest entertainment franchise on the planet. Since its conception in 2003 over 100 Million players have joined the battlefield. Each and every day gamers across the globe rack up 2000 years of gameplay. In 2015, Activision revealed that their Call of Duty franchise, alone, is responsible for bringing in over $10 Billion in sales.
Players have racked up over 25 Billion hours of gameplay, played over 18 Billion multiplayer matches and have respawned 1.9 Quadrillion times. These baffling statistics are a great way of demonstrating just how popular the Call of Duty franchise really is.
Which game in the series is the best?
13. Call of Duty 3
For those who don’t remember, Call of Duty 3 had a very unique concept at the time. Prior to this game, every game in the series had featured multiple campaigns. As we have seen, a cool idea doesn’t always translate into a great game. CoD 3 was entertaining for sure, but it is now common knowledge that the game was created in a matter of eight months and it really showed. The game had more glitches than players could count.
12. Call of Duty: Ghosts
Call of Duty: Ghosts was the 2013 game and told the story of Logan and Hesh, participating in a war between the United States and the Federation, an alliance of pissed off Latin American countries who have created a space-based super-weapon that can bombard Earth from orbit. The ideas were all there, but the story wasn’t entertaining and there was little in the way of meaningful character development or an engaging story to really hold someone’s attention.
11. Infinite Warfare
Much of what we said of Ghosts, we can repeat about Infinite Warfare. We aren’t going to just bash the game outright and say that the series should be shut down, but 2016’s game is another step in the wrong direction. It is an interesting concept and the single player campaign was well done, but the story is too far outside the realm of what this series is. Perhaps we should say “what the series WAS.”
10. Call of Duty
Released in 2003, it looks like an unpolished mess by today’s standards, but playing through it at the time, we knew we were experiencing something special. Call of Duty had a phenomenal feel to it that was unheard of in comparison to other shooters at the time.
9. Call of Duty: World at War
Imagine you’re a young stand up comedian, you’re comfortable with your act and are scheduled to perform at a comedy show, but you find out that you’re following Bill Burr (Dave Chappelle, Patton Oswalt, whoever you consider a great comedian). That is a tough act to follow, as the fans have been laughing and it will likely take a lot to keep them in such a state. Much the same can be said of Call of Duty: World at War.
8. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
There may not be a game on this list that is harder to place than Advanced Warfare. Thus far it is a standalone game (rumors of a sequel will always show up and disappear from time to time) and most definitely a polarizing product in much the same way as Infinite Warfare. Advanced Warfare had a lot of fresh ideas, an entertaining campaign and an entertaining amount of options in multiplayer. Unfortunately, the story, set forty years in the future, wasn’t nearly as mind blowing or addicting as many others in the series.
7. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 released in 2015 and is considered by many to be a marked improvement to the Advanced Warfare edition. Still hovering (literally) around the futuristic element of warfare, Black Ops 3 integrated past successes into the mix to appease sceptics.
6. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (recently remastered) released in 2007 and truly revolutionized the genre. The move from WWII to the modern era was inspired and the accompanying narrative blew us all away. The look and feel of the game would not look out of place today and the love we felt for the characters involved was tangible.
5. Call of Duty: Black Ops
Call of Duty: Black Ops released in 2010 and saw Treyarch dragging themselves out of the trenches and into a more modern setting. The cold war crisis gave the game a sound basis for a quality narrative.
4. Call of Duty 2
Call of Duty 2 released in 2005 and is jammed packed full of memorable missions. The game was the first to really explore the capabilities of the Xbox 360 and was one of the most intense campaigns experienced so far.
3. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was released in 2012 following Modern Warfare boldly into the realms of the not so distant future. Black Ops 2 had a good balance of futuristic and old school gameplay which is what gives it such longevity. It was progressive but familiar – we liked this.
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 released in 2011 and was the last in the line of the Modern Warfare gamescape. Modern Warfare 3 is the fastest selling game of all time; in its first week it made over $775 Million and sold over 8.8 Million copies in the first month.
Modern Warfare 3 was a great game that extended the longevity of the Modern Warfare experience. It wasn’t particularly groundbreaking but it didn’t need to be. The fans loved the boots on the ground concept and Activision gave them more of what they loved. Good idea!
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 released in 2009 and is no doubt the high point of the Modern Warfare series. The campaign was ramped up and the multiplayer was remastered and reengineered to produce the genre’s definitive multiplayer experience.
Modern Warfare 2 is the world’s favourite Call of Duty game — there have been more requests sent to Xbox and Sony for a remaster of this game than any other. That says a lot!
What is your favourite Call of duty game?