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Top 10 Call Of Duty Games

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Script written by Matt Wende Whether you love the series or hate it, you can’t deny this series has been on a killstreak. Join WatchMojo.com as we countdown our picks for the Top 10 Call of Duty Games. For this list, we’re looking at the entire main cannon of games from the popular first person shooter series, and counting down to the best based on narrative, gameplay, multiplayer and changes made to the genre. We’re only focusing on the main entries in the series, so no luck for Handheld spinoffs. Special Thanks to our users "Steve Verduzco" "Mohammad Bawa" "Opst3r" "mrturbocrafter" "Charlie Freshkid Gomes" "Christina Fisher" "Anthony A Grant" "Electricmastro" For suggesting this topic on our website WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Call of Duty Games


Whether you love the series or hate it, you can’t deny this series has been on a killstreak. Welcome to watchmojo.com and today, we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 call of duty games.

For this list, we’re looking at the entire main cannon of games from the popular first person shooter series, and counting down to the best based on narrative, gameplay, multiplayer and (chuckle) changes made to the genre. We’re only focusing on the main entries in the series, so no luck for Handheld spinoffs.


#10: “Call of Duty 3” (2006)


Kicking off our list is the third entry in the long running franchise. While it did enjoy the same sixty-frames per second graphics and chaotic gameplay that the series boasts, it lacked several features enjoyed by some of its predecessors. Actually we’re going to be honest with you guys, this game is only on here because we had to fill something in the #10 slot, so if you don’t mind … we’d like to transition to the next spot.


#9: “Modern Warfare 3” (2011)


Rounding out the Modern Warfare trilogy was this 2011 entry. Trying to recapture Modern Warfare 2’s lighting in a bottle, the campaign saw players navigating through world war 3, with a variety of jaw dropping cinematic moments. Who doesn’t remember seeing London attacked through a family on vacation’s camcorder, or the tragic end of Soap. On the multiplayer side, Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer pushed the fast pace of the online combat to go even faster by introducing the now fan favorite, Kill Confirmed. While in no way revolutionary, this solid entry helped cement the Modern Warfare legacy.


#8: “Advanced Warfare” (2014)


Does power really change everything? You try stepping into the exo suit and tell us it doesn’t. In an effort to make the series ultra fast gameplay even faster, Sledgehammer introduced the exo-suit, allowing for new gameplay possibilities both on and offline. This in turn, breathed a fair amount of vigor into a franchise many believed to be stagnating. Couple that with an exciting narrative starring video game super-star Troy Baker, and the legendary Kevin Spacey, and you’ve got the closest thing the series has seen to a comeback since Modern Warfare. Pay your respects.


#7: “Black Ops 2” (2012)


Instead of jumping between perspectives of different soldiers in a war, Black Ops 2 saw players jumping between a father and son, the elder being a CIA agent fighting the cold war in the ‘80s, the other fighting the Cold War 2.0 as China and the United States struggled for resources necessary for building advanced drone weapons. On top of rounding out Alex Mason’s storyline from Black Ops, the new pick 10 system in multiplayer gave players the freedom to customize their load outs to an even greater extent.


#6: “Call of Duty” (2003)


Here it is, the game that started it all. A PC exclusive at launch, Call of Duty demonstrated the ability to orchestrate over the top set pieces better than any other shooter available at the time. While people like to ridicule the uselessness of Call of Duty’s squadmates in the recent titles, the amazing feeling of being part of a dynamic, chattering squad in the first game was unmatched and truly impressive for 2003. Fun Fact: the original working name for this game was “Medal of Honor Killer.” Safe to say it did what it was intended to do.



#5: “World at War” (2008)


World at War was just the right blend of intensity and bloodshed to get players to dust off the M1 Garands one last time. Showcasing some of the most brutal moments of the Second World War, namely the US invasion of Japanese islands, and the Russian front pushing from Stalingrad to Berlin, the campaign was by far the most violent in the series and it was also cemented by the talents of Kiefer Sutherland and Gary Oldman. And it introduced one of the most popular side modes in video games ever: Nazi Zombies.



#4: “Modern Warfare 2” (2009)


Bigger is the name of the game in Modern Warfare 2, as an in your face campaign was improved by some of the franchises finest online multiplayer, made only better by inspired map designs and customizable scorestreaks. The campaign stepped up how cinematic the games could get, taking the fight onto the door step of the United States with a laundry list of jaw dropping set pieces, many of them quite literally ripped from a certain Michael Bay film. The buzz that this game got may still have you talking for a while… just remember, no Russian.



#3: “Call of Duty 2” (2005)


The first of the franchise to hit consoles, Call of Duty 2 brought players across the battlefield of war torn Europe and Africa, as players took control of different soldiers in different battles. Continuing to showcase the horrors of WW2, #2 brought two of the series most defining features: the nearby grenade indicator and the infamous regenerating health system. It was also the most popular launch title for the Xbox 360, so chances are if you had bought one in the first year, you also had a copy of this classic.



#2: “Black Ops” (2011)


Just as series fatigue started to become a factor, Black ops provided a fresh world to shooting fans, putting them in the shoes of CIA operative Alex Mason in the peak of the cold war. This not only allowed for some tense missions as well as fantastically inspired multiplayer, but also gave the series some of its best narrative and mind bending storytelling moments. Made better by voice actors Sam Worthington, Ed Harris and even Gary Oldman reprising his role. The multiplayer also got one of its best maps in the series with the introduction of Nuketown, which quickly became a fan favorite.


Before we call in our top pick, we have one honorable mention.

“Call of Duty: Ghosts” (2013)


#1: “Modern Warfare” (2007)


No other entry was such a game changer for both online play and first person player narratives, not just for the series, but for the genre as a whole. Single player was an accomplishment in and of itself. Whether it was sneaking past an armed battalion in a ghillie suit, or crawling from a wrecked helicopter after a nuclear bomb has gone off, or simply dropping bombs of your own from the safety of an AC-130, this was a benchmark in first person narrative. And with the introduction of perks and kill streaks in multiplayer, modern warfare defined not only the franchise, but set the level to which all other first person shooters would be compared for the rest of the generation.


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