After the incredible fan response and hype for the recently announced game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, fans and writers alike have been picking apart the video game trailer and trying to determine where the reboot of the franchise will go from here.
Yet before people can look to the future of the Call of Duty franchise, they have to take a step back and look at what’s come before, good and bad. With that in mind, we are going to take a look at the five worst COD games in the franchise, and the five best games to play.
10 Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Worst)
While a unique take on the future of warfare, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare failed to live up to the majority of fans expectations. The franchise took gamers on a mission to stop a war-fueled regime from Mars (years after humans had colonized the planet), and protect the colonies across the solar system as well as Earth from a powerful army.
The use of robotic soldiers, space travel and advanced rigs that enhance a soldier’s fighting capabilities seemed entertaining, but really didn’t add as much of a unique addition to gameplay as the developers may have hoped to see.
9 Call Of Duty: Black Ops (Best)
One of the better games of the franchise was Call of Duty: Black Ops. The first in the Black Ops franchise took players into the dark and secretive era of the Cold War. Playing as special forces operative Alex Mason during the sixties, the game takes place twenty years after the events of COD: World At War.
Espionage, mind control, agents being programmed and more drive forward the spy thriller setting of the game, and begins an epic series of games in the Call of Duty: Black Ops series. It’s easily one of the fandom’s favorite games in the series.
8 Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Worst)
While the first game in the Black Ops series may have been a resounding success, Black Ops 4 has a lot of fans split on the future of the franchise. Call of Duty developers made a bold decision to forgo single player campaigns altogether in favor of more multiplayer focused gaming.
The developers added a battle royal mode to the game in lieu of a single player campaign, and while some loved the new direction of the franchise, others felt less connected to the game as it lacked a story or protagonist to rally behind, leaving many gamers totally unhappy.
7 Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Best)
What makes Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare a far better spin-off game than Infinite Warfare has to be the fact that it focuses on a more realistic and more near-future style gameplay than the far more advanced sci-fi story Infinite Warfare tried to tell.
With a focus on soldiers using power rigs and cybernetic limbs to replace missing limbs lost during combat, the story feels more intimate as you see the rise of corporate war machines and single individuals who must end the globalization of war for profiteering. It’s a reality many fear and hope they can avoid.
6 Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Worst)
While the third game in the original Modern Warfare trilogy returned fan favorite characters like Soap and Price and continued the action packed story being told in the first two games, fans felt a bit disconnected from the third game overall.
During production of the game a majority of the developers at Infinity Ward had left, and for many fans the game’s story and gameplay felt like more of the same. In other words, the game failed to really add anything new or gripping enough to feel like a new game, leaving many fans of the franchise looking for more.
5 Call Of Duty: WWII (Best)
After over a decade of games in the franchise exploring modern day and futuristic warfare, fans of the franchise rejoiced when Call of Duty: WWII premiered in 2017. Returning the franchise to the nightmarish battles of WWII, a compelling story of young men thrust into the thick of battle and facing the horrors that awaited them, allowed gamers to feel connected to the franchise in a way that hadn’t been possible in years.
The multiplayer also added more solid gameplay, focusing more on pure firefights rather than large scale stat based gameplay, but the zombie mode definitely felt very forced.
4 Call Of Duty 3 (Worst)
Treyarch’s first foray into the world of Call of Duty did not go as smoothly as they had hoped. While the integration of a struggling component of the melee system was an added improvement on the franchise as was the inclusion of a Canadian section of the single player campaign, the story lacked any memorable or engaging characters to root for, leaving players disinterested in the game’s main plot overall.
On top of this, the multiplayer was less engaging than previous entries in the franchise, not adding anything new or important to the series overall status for all multiplayer games.
3 Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered (Best)
While technically titled as the fourth Call of Duty game, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare truly began one of the franchises most popular series. The first Modern Warfare focused on the development of fan favorite characters like Soap and Price, and was the franchise’s first foray into modern day warfare and storytelling rather than WWII, which is what the series had been about for years.
Featuring one of the best single player levels of any game, (All Ghillied Up), the remastered version of this classic game brought the realistic gameplay and story into an all new light for gamers.
2 Call Of Duty: Ghosts (Worst)
What made Ghosts such a unique title that failed to garner the fan love that other games in the franchise had was that it was the series first game for modern day consoles Xbox One and PS4, and yet failed to add any innovative new gameplay to either single player or multiplayer modes.
The single player campaign took gamers in many different directions, from levels in space to urban areas and even foliage heavy environments, but the story just never connected with gamers the way it should have, especially for it’s debut on the new and modern day game consoles.
1 Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Best)
Trying to live up to the expectations of the first Modern Warfare game is a lot to put on any developers shoulders, and yet the amazing developers at Infinity Ward managed not only to live up to expectations, but to soar well past the bar they had set for themselves.
The game delivered one of gamings most powerful, action packed and shocking campaigns in the Call of Duty franchise. Filled with shocking betrayals, against all odds battles and twists in the story that few gamers saw coming, the game’s characters and story were so strong that they carried the game.