Ranking the best Call of Duty games is always guaranteed to spark a fiery debate, but with that said, here is our list of the five best CoD titles of all time.
The Call of Duty series started in 2003 and has since produced 15 mainline titles. All of these have done well commercially and all, in varying levels, have garnered positive feedback.
Selecting and ranking the top 5 out of such an iconic list of games isn’t easy. More to the point, there will always be differing opinions as to what the top 5 should include.
With that said, and with the knowledge this list is far from a universal opinion, here is our top 5.
5. Call of Duty: World at War
Call of Duty: WaW is the sole entry from the World War 2 era. Sandwiched between Modern Warfare and MW2, World at War provided a blunter style of gameplay.
Iconic guns and the ability to use tanks made this a classic which still gets remastered requests today. Earning the attack dogs killstreak after 7 kills felt a little overpowered but that was all part of the game.
On top of this, World at War was the first CoD game to introduce Nazi Zombies. Nacht der Untoten was the first ever Call of Duty zombies map and remains synonymous with the game mode even today.
4. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Black Ops 4 stands out because it is the only CoD game post 2012 to appear on the list. Some may disagree with its appearance within the list, however, with the addition of Blackout, CoD’s battle royale mode, it more than warrants its place.
In comparison to previous iterations of CoD, Infinite Warfare and WWII, the Black Ops 4 multiplayer is also more popular.
It is also the first CoD game to not have automatic health regeneration.
3. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
The second Black Ops game introduced two new features: the Pick 10 and League Play.
The Pick 10 create-a-class system allowed players to pick 10 items to build a class. These include guns, attachments, perks, etc. This allowed a greater level of customization.
League Play was the first competitive mode to feature directly in a Call of Duty game. Players of the same ability would be matched together.
Much like other games on this list, Black Ops II featured an array of classic guns and maps which has resulted in some still playing the game today.
2. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
It has been nearly 12 years since the original Modern Warfare came out. The first in the Modern Warfare series is the epitome of a classic, minimized FPS shooter.
Basic, yet excellent shooting mechanics alongside basic and easy to set up killstreaks has made this arguably the most iconic game in CoD history. Throw in several classic maps such as Overgrown, Crash and Crossfire and it’s no wonder this was the first Call of Duty game to get a remaster.
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
With rumors of a MW2 remaster coming soon, it is fitting Modern Warfare 2 is number one on this list. In the opinion of most, if not all, the second Modern Warfare game took the best parts of the first game and improved upon it in almost every way.
Nearly all of the guns had their place in the game. You could use the SCAR, TAR, ACR, Aug, UMP and others and not get overrun with one particular go-to gun.
Additionally, there wasn’t a bad map in the game – that includes Skidrow!
Some would argue the power of harriers and the chopper gunner diminished the game slightly, but it was quirks such as these that made it so addictive.