Call of Duty has become a household name due to its humongous popularity. Each offering does better financially than its predecessor, and this trend doesn’t show any sign of slowing down anytime soon. However, this franchise was not always this popular. It took its sweet time to climb the rankings. In the past decade, three different studios have worked their socks off to come up some really incredible and some pretty mediocre titles in the series. Find out which of the Call of Duty games crushed the competition and which crashed in our ranking of best and worst titles in the franchise.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Call of Duty franchise was doing decently before, but it was this entry in the series that really kicked things off. Modern Warfare was the first iteration to utilize modern settings, and it was implemented so well that it almost instantly became recognized as one of the best shooters available in the market. It came with one of the best orchestrated single player stories video games have ever seen, along with an innovative multiplayer. The multiplayer portion of this title was so rich that people are playing it even to this day. That same multiplayer introduced Call of Duty franchise to eSports – a gaming competitive event previously dominated by MOBAs only. Modern Warfare was a huge success at the time of its launch, and has managed to pass the test of time to still remain one of the best gaming experiences around.
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC
Now that developers had covered both the World War and modern settings, the team behind Black Ops opted for cold war that started to take shape in 1960. Once again, the developers nailed the story as we got to see a complicated tale that led us to different popular locations like USSR, Kazakhstan, Siberia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and more. The single player story was complicated yet so beautifully crafted that it managed to keep every player interested till the very end. However, campaign was not the pinnacle of this title. Instead, the show was stolen by its incredible 4-player co-op zombie mode. Hordes and hordes of enemies came after players and they had to survive for as long as possible. Maps were pretty detailed, with players having plenty of areas to run to, hide, and camp as they tried to survive against all odds.
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Call of Duty: Ghosts started the downfall of the series. It came up with a lackluster campaign that didn’t really develop a connection with any of the characters, and threw you into gameplay without providing any kind of background for any of them. Some of them even died and you were supposed to care about them, which, without the right connection, you just couldn’t do. Multiplayer didn’t manage to impress either, with even the fanboys who drool over everything named Call of Duty growing tired of playing it just after a few days. Before Call of Duty: Ghosts, things were going rather well for the franchise, but this was the first title in the series that didn’t manage to leave a mark.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC
The most recent entry in the franchise is easily the worst in the series. Black Ops 3 didn’t improve in any way. The futuristic setting has been a disaster for the series in the past and it was more of the same here as well. Black Ops 3 didn’t really improve on anything. Instead, it made matters worse. The story, if you’re willing to call it that, lacked emotional touch as the characters didn’t develop at all. Zombie mode, which was supposed to be the savior of this game, was made unplayable due to weakly designed map. Multiplayer has traditionally been the pinnacle of the series, but it also suffered big time this time around because of the server issues. Call of Duty has never experienced troubles when it came to servers, but this game managed to leave a stain in that area as well. With all the game modes on offer, Black Ops 3 was supposed to breathe new life into the series. Instead, it dealt it a heavy blow.