Since its debut in 2003, Call of Duty has become the best-selling first-person shooter series of all time. It wasn’t a bad World War II FPS effort that debuted as Activision’s ambitious answer to Medal of Honor, a franchise that has since faded from relevance but was somewhat of a juggernaut for EA at the time.
Of course, there are two pillars of Call of Duty: there’s the multiplayer, and there’s the single player campaigns. Oh, those of us a little unwilling Let’s plunge ourselves into the online hell and the competition in the Call of Duty combat cauldron, the quality of these campaigns is very important!
So which Call of Duty games have the biggest campaigns? IGN’s diehard and hardcore Call of Duty fans gathered for a list of our favorite single-player stories, culled from across the series’ two-decade history.
Here are the top 10 Call of Duty campaigns.
Top 10 Call of Duty Campaigns
10. Call of Duty: WWII
After nearly a decade off the set-up that launched the series, Call of Duty’s return to form in 2017 was such a coming home party for the franchise they’ve called the game WWII. But this return to the roots, led by Sledgehammer Games, isn’t exactly the greatest WWII experience you might imagine. Instead, I’m met with a more intimate story of Private “Red” Daniels and his squad living through some of the most pivotal moments in fighting the US 1st Infantry Division from the invasion of Normandy to the Rhine. But while it strives to be a personal story, it never makes you forget that a loud, bombastic Call of Duty game is meant to be.
To this day, World War II features some of the most watched action sequences ever seen in the series, from the collapse of the bell tower, to the train crash – if you’re looking for a thrill, you’re sure to find it. And while those crazy moments often make you forget the war around you, World War II still has a lot of worn-out hearts to offer, especially when it ends with one of the most harrowing walks you can take on video. Toy.
9. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was a bold new direction for a series that needed to get out of its comfort zone. Gone are the slow-paced tactical missions, historical battle callbacks, and realistic weapons in favor of Exo suits, lasers, and a slew of futuristic weapons. The Advanced Warfare campaign was more than just Call of Duty with lasers, thanks in part to interdimensional villain Jonathan Irons and his exploration into the world of private military contractors, American intervention, and, as the name suggests, Advanced Warfare.
Beneath the flashy, gritty thriller of summer is a terrifying story about the perils of private militarism that makes this a must-have for fans of the series or anyone looking for something a little different in their shooter games.
8. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
The Black Ops series has separated itself from Call of Duty by always trying something different in its campaigns. While Black Ops Cold War resurrects some familiar faces with Mason and Woods, the primary focus of the story is on series newcomers Bell and Russell Adler and their time at the CIA during one of the Cold War’s most pivotal moments.
The story explores some of the darkest times in American intelligence history and mixes up the standard series formula by introducing puzzles, branching paths, and even a mission where you trade in your weapons in favor of some good old business espionage. It’s a short journey through the end of the Cold War, but this entry into the Black Ops series delivers plenty of memorable moments that will keep you guessing until the credits roll.
7. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has come down the tail for gamers who no longer want Call of Duty to be an epic, wall-running space adventure – which is a shame because under the hood by the numbers is a well-written shooter campaign with some of the best acting in the series. . The plot itself is rather weak: you play newly promoted Reyes (played by Brian Blum of Wolfenstein fame), who has to lead the US Marines against the painfully obvious SDF, led by Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington. But beyond this overarching narrative lives a personal story of friends who truly care about one another.
We’ve always said Infinite Warfare is the Halo Reach campaign of Call of Duty (if you know, you know), and this is clearly the character’s first story above all else. But beyond that, the gameplay of the space-spanning adventure is still incredibly fun. From hacking bots to leading the Jackals in space dogfights, Infinite Warfare is definitely one of the campaigns to take a second look at if the overly familiar setting turned you off the first time around.
6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
It’s a risky move to reboot one of the most beloved and core games in a massive franchise like Call of Duty, but 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare pulls this off in a way few reboots have before. The gameplay feels fresh, and while its time-worn setting during a conflict in the Middle East isn’t groundbreaking, the game boasts exceptional attention to detail with its presentation and one of the most memorable realistic depictions of slow-motion sneaking up on an enemy. The base we’ve seen in the series so far.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2019 is not only one of the best examples of how to properly reboot a series, but it’s also an excellent entry in a series filled with unforgettable campaigns.
5. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
At the time, Call of Duty Black Ops 2 was a much-needed breath of fresh air for the series as a whole and fundamentally changed Call of Duty. Black Ops 2 gives the player more control over how they want to see the story play out in the form of branching paths, optional objectives, and multiple endings. These elements combined to make this one of the most replayable and interesting entries in the series.
Set partly in the late 1980s as the Cold War draws to a close, and partly in the year 2025 during Cold War II, Black Ops 2 sees the return of Alex Mason and the introduction of his son, who appears in the 2025 clips. However, Black Ops 2 shines in particular thanks to its nemesis Principal Raul Menendez. He’s much more than just another Call of Duty villain, but instead the tragic product of the Cold War. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is a must-have for longtime fans or anyone looking for a shooter that relies more on creative storytelling than showroom shooting and action.
4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009)
Infinity Ward’s follow-up to its power leap into the modern era didn’t disappoint. It delivered exactly what gamers wanted: more, more, and more Modern Warfare. Fictional political theater got more interesting, we got to know Soap and Captain Price better, and who doesn’t remember that crazy ending, which saw Shepherd stab you in the chest with a knife, only for you to mash a button to pull it out of your chest and hurl it in his eye in an ultimate act of revenge. This Call of Duty campaign can’t be missed, so you won’t be left out of the “Did you see that?” Conversations in the water cooler.
3. Call of Duty 2
The original Call of Duty was an excellent first-person shooter game for PC that was created by a startup developer called Infinity Ward. Its founders previously worked on Medal of Honor for EA. But Activision signed the new studio to a deal, and after the team’s first World War II campaign was a huge success, they set out to outdo themselves with the sequel, which was the title of the Xbox 360’s day one release. The campaign, set back during World War II, was amazing, The 360 has been able to produce volumetric smoke effects so well that smoke bombs have become a new next-gen gaming mechanism and technology to play with.
The success of Call of Duty 2 helped usher in Microsoft’s incredibly successful Xbox 360 era, and ushered in a brilliant new era of HD gaming as well – and at 60 frames per second, no less.
2. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)
Call of Duty was already a big deal before Modern Warfare arrived in 2007, but when the fourth main game in the franchise jumped from World War II into the modern era, it also launched it from a blockbuster run into the blockbuster series. . Call of Duty has become the go-to first-person shooter with this release, and for good reason. This campaign introduced unforgettable heroes like Soap and Captain Price, and let’s play out incredibly great moments like the mission of the AC-130 gunship, the escape of the storm-ravaged freighter, death in a nuclear blast, and that unforgettable finale where you get to fire one last shot.
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010)
“Numbers, Mason!” Call of Duty: Black Ops brings the hardcore first-person shooter franchise to Bay of Pigs, Vietnam, and beyond on a spy-filled journey through the 1960s, bringing the franchise’s best-ever campaign – and its best-ever soundtrack – along with it. Black Ops takes you on an incredible ride that culminates in one of the most amazing unexpected twists of any major game at the time – and certainly the biggest surprise in the Call of Duty story we’ve seen before or since.
Treyarch, the ‘other’ Call of Duty developer apart from the series creators Infinity Ward, totally elevated that, turning its impressive work on World at War into a covert prequel to Black Ops and proving itself to deserve the same high esteem in which Infinity Ward was. always. Black Ops has been a huge intra-brand sub-franchise, and it all started here.
These are IGN’s most popular Call of Duty campaigns, but which are yours? Do you still love United Offensive even though there is very little chance anyone under 30 knows what you are talking about? Do you love ghosts and are you ready to admit it to your friends and peers? Let us know in the comments. In the meantime, check out IGN’s favorite Assassin’s Creed games and the top 10 open world games of all time.
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