We review what are the best games in the Call of Duty saga, one of the most successful of all time. From Modern Warfare to Black Ops, the most futuristic or the classic COD.
The Call of Duty saga has been with us for many years, although it was in 2007, with the impulse of Modern Warfare, when it became a true mass phenomenon. Modern warfare changed many things, starting with the focus of the series, and made the benchmark for action games come to be in your hands. The success of millions of sales for each delivery, even the least attractive, speaks for itself. Call of Duty transformed the way you understand shooters in first person, for better and for worse. Many tried to copy, many changed their formula to adapt to the new times. But it is still the Activision series that dominates the market in question. With such capacity to surprise that he has even dared with other terrains where nothing is wrong with him.
The numbers in the series are overwhelming. If we look at the Statista data, we realize that the saga has accumulated at the end of 2019, therefore without accounting for how well Modern Warfare (2019) is doing, more than 250 million units sold … Only with its Top 10 of games. Black Ops, from 2010, is the best-selling in the series with almost 31 million copies, followed by Modern Warfare 3, also surpassing 30 million, and ahead of Black Ops 2 and Ghosts, both above 28 million. The top 10 is closed by World at War with 17.66 million, a brutality that sounds a bit like seeing the rest.
If we consider that Modern Warfare (2019) became the game with the best premiere in its first weekend in the series, the most played of this generation of consoles and the best-selling in its first quarter of the history of the series. , it is clear that the numbers that we have contributed are still to be redefined. Meanwhile, the success of Call of Duty Mobile is beyond question, with millions of active players. And Warzone, Activision’s Battle Royale bet, has arrived to stay in a territory that Fortnite dominates with an iron hand but that sees how competitors are arriving. Call of Duty is synonymous with success for many reasons.
In the field of the solo campaign, the big change came with the staging. The cinematographic proposal, spectacular and full of cliffhanger moments prevailed in search of objectives and a variety of missions. Being in a COD campaign is being in a movie, with a very attractive and powerful aesthetic in terms of recreation of conflicts. In multiplayer, the intensity of the combat seasoned with the feeling of constant reward – based on icons, pop-ups and experience points we earned – along with the dynamism of the kill streaks and their powerful attacks or the advantages and customization made Call of Duty revamped the gaming experience in an FPS to make it possibly the quintessential blockbuster for the past generation. A formula that has been refined and revised, but that maintains those untouchable virtues more than 13 years later.
At Meristation we have met and voted to choose the 10 best games in the series. Are these.
10. Call of Duty (PC, XBLA, PSN)
Call of Duty, the beginning of everything. The game, which first appeared on PC, is far from being the FPS that we know today with the modern saga, but it came as a spiritual successor to one of the series that dominated the genre at the time, Medal of Honor. The title allowed us to enjoy a campaign from different points of view, like the Americans with the invasion of Normandy as a claim; or from the English where an old acquaintance, Captain Price, already appeared. The Battle of Stalingrad with the Soviet campaign in between was another highlight as we visited the most important battles of World War II. Its development of missions, the presence of real elements of the war and the staging made it a game to take into account and the beginning of a historical saga.
9. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Infinite Warfare came out four years ago with a chapter that followed in the wake of the present generation: nothing more nor less than bringing an increasingly futuristic touch to the saga. In this case, the Infinity Ward game was strongly committed to an interesting campaign with Kit Harrington as a leading actor in which we had many unusual elements in the saga: side missions, several chapters to follow and even a highly finished space battles and tools of all kinds that went beyond the shooting. More varied and wider than usual, the campaign was accompanied by a multiplayer brand of the house without as much verticality as its predecessor Black Ops 3, with more labyrinthine maps and the presence of specialists to personalize the experience. The icing came with the Zombies in Spaceland, one of the most entertaining installments in cooperative mode.
8. Call of Duty – World War 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
A year after Infinite Warfare, coming from Black Ops 3 and the generation’s premiere with Advanced Warfare, the Call of Duty saga decided to return to the origins with World War 2, a delivery that looked at World War II, what it was abandoned after 2007, and it did so with the current identity of the series. The good narrative rhythm stood out in situations already well known in the saga, in addition to the overuse of some playable mechanics. For its part, the multiplayer was again very horizontal and well set, with the usual modes but even too frantic for the setting of the time. Without missing his date the streaks of points or the perks and the class systems, he was not a multiplayer as outstanding as others who opted for new and interesting elements such as War mode. Sledgehammer also had a hidden pillar called success: Nazi Zombie Mode.
7. Call of Duty – World at War (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Time has left more good taste in the mouths of the editors and collaborators of Meristation with World at War than what many surely felt at the time. Treyarch was the company in charge of launching, a year after the Modern Warfare bombing, a proposal that was still sailing halfway between the old guard of the saga and the new world that was coming. Back to World War II, with a lot of presence of battles against the Japanese and a cooperative that has not been so common in the series, and a multiplayer who drank in excess of what we saw just a year earlier, so the advance nor was the staging so attractive. The Nazi Zombies, yes, it was released with such enormous success that it made this cooperative become one of the most outstanding own brands in the saga since then. Its success is what makes it where it is years later in our memory.
6. Call of Duty – Modern Warfare 3 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Four years after Modern Warfare came the third and until now definitive installment of the series on Modern War released in 2007. Modern Warfare 3 meant the arrival of the third world war in terms of campaign, passing through areas such as London, Paris, Hamburg or the Middle East, in a classic chase against the Russians, the bad guys in the movie. Intense and without leaving a moment for rest, perhaps it is not as impressive as the previous two, but it kept the type. The multiplayer itself has remained in the imagination as one of the most complete in the series, with a new experience system for weapons, a greater number of them, new perks and streaks, and elements to make life less skillful, such as The Impetuous Advantage. The Specs Ops have arrived, full of cooperative content but surely not as brilliant as the Zombies mode, and the saga closed the trilogy. Until forever? We already know that it is not.
5.- Call of Duty 2 (PC, Xbox 360)
We entered the top 5 and we will do it with a classic among classics: Call of Duty 2, the Activision and Infinity Ward game that was the last one before the revolution. Again, as in the first installment, we put ourselves at the controls of different campaigns: Soviet in defense of Moscow, British with our advances in areas such as North Africa; and North American with classic missions, as in Normandy. With a frenetic rhythm and everything very concentrated, already sacrificing realism and embracing relevant design changes, such as the absence of medicine cabinets. The multiplayer allowed up to 64 players on PC at the same time, something we have not seen in the saga until we delve into the latest installments and its commitment to Battle Royale.
4.- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
The last installment of the saga, which appeared last October, returned to the theme of Modern Warfare as a reinterpretation of that Modern Warfare of 12 years earlier. A short, intense but raw campaign full of moments to remember while we are in conflict in the Middle East. The presence of morally complex situations, the death of innocents with children involved and the variety of locations served their purpose: to satisfy you for a few hours. For its part, a disruptive multiplayer with larger maps, unfortunately with the presence of excess snipers in many cases that can tarnish the experience on various maps. Of course, it has been expanded with the news and content that have been coming out these months; and with hits like Shooting, a wonderful two against two. All this with a correct control and rhythm, somewhat different but familiar. Operations are far from the glory days of zombie mode, yes. And among all this, a Warzone -available free and standalone- that completes a proposal more varied than ever and called to remember itself in the future.
3.- Call of Duty: Black Ops (PC, PS4, Xbox 360)
And we reached the top 3 with Call of Duty Black Ops. The best-selling in the history of the saga is part of the Olympus of best games. No, it wasn’t just another Call of Duty. But the great leap in quality of Treyarch, with a very interesting campaign, with a solid plot where scenes like those of Apocalypse Now come to mind. Lies, revenge or hatred channel a campaign that starts while we try to hunt down Fidel Castro, with elements that bring variety and new actions to be carried out. But the multiplayer was the one who took the palm. Modes such as the game of weapons, the bets, the original sticks and stones and everything with the development system and the presence of improvements, advantages and streaks made the 14 available maps to start knowing us little. We wanted more. Zombie mode became the absolute king and a must-have, and Dead Ops Arcade was another curious addition. One of the most complete of the saga, without a doubt.
2.- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox 360)
We arrived at Modern Warfare 2, podium second as one of the best in the series and also in the genre. The title followed in the wake of the campaign of the first installment, but with certain more raw and even controversial moments. A campaign that returned as a remaster recently and that continues to impact both for specific moments and for certain missions, such as the infiltration of the Russian barracks in the middle of icy Siberia, the favelas of Rio de Janeiro or the defense of Burger Town. But it is also that Modern Warfare 2 was a great leap with, for some, the best maps in the series, new features with weight in the advantages, in the customization of the streaks, in details such as the double weapons, the emblems and the impressive range of weapons. It is like a hypervitaminated and runaway version of what we experienced in 2007, and that brings, above all, fun. Yes, with Specs Ops that would not be zombie mode, but also endured the type.
1.- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (PC, PS4 and Xbox 360)
And we reached the top 1, the most voted among the editorial staff and Meristation collaborators. Modern Warfare. The game that changed everything in 2007 and is embodied as the best installment in the saga for Meristation. It is not for less. It was a real revolution. His intense campaign, scripted, with moments and changes of location was a complete blow, and for the memory there are indelible missions such as our walk through Chernobyl, that of blood brothers defending Price and helping MacTavish or the battle of Aftermath with the nuclear explosion devastating everything. Multiplayer is still an example of fun, balance and surprise. Its bonuses, streaks, benefits, gaining experience and unlocking new weapons and extras … A formula called for resounding success accompanied by very well designed maps and a rhythm without rest. A game that was a turning point and that today we rose to the top of our list as the best Call of Duty.