There have been so many different iterations of Call of Duty that I could easily do a top 10, with plenty of games to spare. But that would have been too easy, with so many games to choose from to make the list. I thought that I’d make it a little tough on myself, and decide which four Call of Duty games were truly the best in the series.
Now, before I start, I’ll point out that this is a subjective list. There’s no right or wrong answer… well, putting Big Red One anywhere in this list would definitely be a ‘wrong answer’, but you get my drift. If you agree or don’t agree, let me know in the comments below!
4. Call of Duty 2
For me, Call of Duty 2 will always be the best Call of Duty game I’ve ever played. But, I’m well aware that it isn’t the best Call of Duty game ever made. My reasoning is purely down to the fact that this was my first Call of Duty game, and I fell in love with. It was the first online shooter I’d ever played as well, and those nights of playing Capture the Flag and Team Deathmatch with my friends are ones that I’ll never forget. Plus, it was also the first Call of Duty game that I completed on Veteran, which sparked my unrelenting chase of a Veteran completion on every Call of Duty game I’ve played since (only failing on Call of Duty 3 due to a bug in my save). I guess I’ve given it a top 4 place for nostalgia reasons, but there were few Call of Duty games that I enjoyed more than this early hit.
3. Call of Duty: World at War
When it comes to Call of Duty games, I’m a bigger fan of the WW2 setting. I understand that you can do more with modern shooters, but there’s something so captivating about the Second World War – I blame my history background. World at War also had some amazing multiplayer, and it was also the most gruesome Call of Duty game ever made. I’ll never forget the sight of my character losing his legs to a Bouncing Betty for the first time, or having his arm blown off by a double-barrel shotgun. It was also in this game that we were introduced to one of the staples of the series, Reznov. Not only did the game birth some awesome characters, it also brought us the infamous Zombie mode. I spent many an hour fighting waves of the undead on WaW, and I don’t think that the developers have managed to get it as good, since.
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Black Ops 2 was probably the last game, for me, where I truly enjoyed the multiplayer. Whilst Ghosts and Advanced warfare all had fairly solid multiplayer, it was probably the last game in which I sunk a fair few hours of my time into. But, in fairness, it was after / during this game that I slightly switched off to the franchise, and moved over to Battlefield. Still, Black Ops 2 had some of the best maps in the franchise and it encouraged fast paced, frantic gameplay which, for me, signified the birth of the ‘run and shoot’ style of Call of Duty games which seem to be currently dominating the franchise. Well, now it’s ‘run, shoot and jump’. The story was pretty solid too, and was probably my most favourite out of all the recent iterations of Call of Duty. It’s currently the most requested game to be made backward compatible on the Xbox One, highlighting its popularity with the fans – but it isn’t my top Call of Duty game.
1. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
For me, the original Modern Warfare deserves the crown of ‘best Call of Duty game’. One of the main reasons for this is down to its change of pace for the series. Before CoD4, the developers had focused on World War 2 shooters – which I like, don’t get me wrong. But it was Modern Warfare which ultimately dictated the future of the series, showing that a modern shooter could work for the CoD fanbase. It had an amazing story, but mostly it was the upgraded multiplayer which packed the heaviest punch. CoD4 was the first Call of Duty game to introduce kill streak rewards to its multiplayer, and this really updated the way in which you played the game. It brought a whole new element to the series, which is now probably one of its staples, allowing players to perfect their craft and deal the ultimate damage online. I’d say that it was CoD4 that introduced the most change to the series, and you can really see the new direction that the franchise headed in after this game.
Do you agree with my list, or would you switch some of these games around? Let me know in the comments below!