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Top 5 Call of Duty Games of All Time

Published 08/03/2020, 4:57 PM EDT

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We have seen a new Call of Duty title every year since the first one came out in 2003. The largely popular FPS is one of the best combat games of all time. With gripping storylines, ranging from futuristic combat to World War history, the game has given us everything. It has given us characters we felt for and stories that will remain with us forever. The first title itself won over eighty Game of the Year awards. That is a huge achievement.

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Over the years, the franchise has grossed around $15 billion and sold over 300 million copies. The games are all published by Activision and different titles have been developed by a variety of studios like Infinity Ward, Treyarch, or Sledgehammer Games. We have 16 COD titles so far and each one of them has a unique storyline, combat style, and gameplay experience.

But there are a few titles that stand out in terms of delivering the best experience ever. From Dimitri Patrenko to Soap, from Hitler to Makarov, we have seen our fair share of brave-heart heroes and cold-blooded villains. So, what is the best Call Of Duty game of all time? Take a look at our top 5:


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5. Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2

The sequel to the original Black Ops, this game was revolutionary for the entire franchise. It introduced branching storylines where the in-game decisions affected the final outcome of the campaign. The story is set in two different times, one during the original Cold War, with Alex Maso as the protagonist, and the other in the 2025 Cold War that features Alex’s son, David. It takes you from the traditional war setting of 1986-89 to the futuristic combat of 2025. The game features a horde of high-tech weaponry, vehicles you can drive, and Zombies!

What also makes Black Ops 2 unique is that it was the first time CoD games introduced killstreaks in Multiplayer. This set a benchmark for the franchise’s multiplayer mode and has grown over the years. So, Black Ops 2 makes it to Number 5 on our list.


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4. Call Of Duty 2

This game was a benchmark and set the standard for all the CoD games we have today. Taking place during World War 2, Call of Duty 2 was an absolute masterpiece. It featured 3 different campaigns: British, Soviet, and American.

The British campaign follows the story of Sgt. John Davis, under the command of Captain Price. This campaign takes you through Egypt to assault the German troops and concludes with the Battle for Caen. The Soviet Campaign follows the story of Private Vasili Koslov of the 13 Guards Rifle Division. From defending Moscow against advancing German troops, to taking back Stalingrad from them, this campaign has it all. And the American campaign involves playing as Corporal Bill Taylor in the assault of Pointe du Hoc. It also involves a sniper and a final mission where you have to defeat German Tiger I tanks. COD 2 was a pioneer for the franchise and there has been no looking back for Activision ever since.

3. Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

This is the story that introduced us to the infamous Zakhaev bloodline and showed us the heroics of Captain Price and John ‘Soap’ McTavish. The story takes place in 2011 where civil war breaks out in Russia and an ultranationalist group, led by Imran Zakhaev, takes control. Meanwhile, the US invades a country in the Middle-East due to political unrest. Soap is then recruited by Captain Price to the British SAS and they have the objective of putting an end to Imran Zakahev’s schemes. The game’s final mission includes foiling a nuclear strike on the US and killing Imran.

The game’s story is impeccable as it introduces us to urban combat in a very realistic setting. The level ‘All Ghillied Up’ is one of the best missions to ever feature in a COD game. The sheer setting of the mission will make your heart beat faster and you will feel the tension grow as you progress. Undoubtedly, this is one of the best COD games ever.

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2. CoD: World At War

This is yet another title set during World War 2, but with a very different storyline. This also follows 2 different campaigns: American and Soviet. The game was quite revolutionary in terms of bringing real stories from WW2 to life. The American campaign follows the US assault on Japan where you play as Pvt. Miller. The Soviet Campaign follows the story of Dimitri Patrenko led by Viktor Reznov.

World at War’s accuracy in telling the story, the gory combat, and the gameplay is absolutely stunning. From sniper missions to using a flamethrower, it has it all. The ‘Vendetta’ mission that introduces Reznov and Patrenko is absolutely brilliant. From being singled out in Stalingrad to taking the fight to the Germans, the game shows us exactly what happened in WW2. Even the background score is mesmerizing and will give you goosebumps in times of intense combat. The final mission involves the fall of Nazi Germany as the forces take over Berlin. This game was a visual and storytelling masterpiece that was admired by all.

1. CoD: Modern Warfare 2


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There are multiple reasons this COD title makes it to the number one spot. The story, visuals, combat, setting, mechanics and even music of the game is damn near perfect. The story is a sequel to Modern Warfare, following the death of Imran Zakhaev. It sees Makarov, one of Zakhaev’s former Lieutenants, plotting an attack on a Russian Airport. This is also considered one of the most brutal missions in the franchise. In a twist, he then murders an American infiltrator Joseph Allen. This then leads Russia to believe that America plotted the terrorist attack and thus begins the Russian invasion of Washington.

As the game progresses, Soap McTavish is tasked with rescuing Makarov’s no. 1 enemy from a Russian gulag. It turns out to be Captain Price who agrees to help them in taking down Makarov. But in a very interesting turn of events, General Shepherd betrays the team and kills Roach and Ghost as he wanted all the glory for himself. From missions in the tundra to the favelas of Brazil, to the streets of Washington DC to the desert, this game allows you to take complete control in every situation. This game was recently remastered and released in March 2020. The answer to your question of ‘Which is the best Call Of Duty game of all time?’, Modern Warfare 2 is probably it.

So there you have it, the top 5 COD titles of all time. We would also love your inputs for the same. If you have any suggestions for additions to the list, do let us know in the comments.


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Akshay Patel


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Akshay Patel is the Group Head of the eSports division at EssentiallySports. After having obtained his BBA degree, Akshay has been in the field of social media and content creation since 2018. He grew up playing Counter-Strike and has been hooked on gaming ever since.
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