Every year a new Call of Duty hits our consoles, and every year the game sells about 10 billion copies.
And every year, fans of the Activision franchise debate: Which is better Call of Duty? What is the worst Call of Duty? Is the new COD better than the old one?
Personally, I don’t know much about Call of Duty. I played a bit of Black Ops on the PS3…and that’s not bad.
But fortunately, critics much more gifted than me to decide between the wheat and the chaff regarding Call of Duty took it upon themselves to give their opinion on each of these games, and here we present the classification.
Is Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 the best CoD? Worst? We’ll see.
Note: We averaged the ratings across all systems for each game. We have also excluded mobile games and other trivia to focus on the main games in the series. It also excludes Warzone (sorry!)
20. Ghosts of Call of Duty (2013)
Is it really a surprise? I remember even in my bubble of a gamer who rarely plays Call of Duty, I had heard how much this episode had disappointed gamers. We were talking about a throwback, a boring single player campaign and a multiplayer mode lacking in innovation.
And if the PC version of Call of Duty generally ranks pretty well, it lowers the average here, averaging 68%, 1% behind the Wii U version (!!) at 69%.
19. Call of Duty: Vanguard (2021)
Released last year, Vanguardia did not unleash passions. The title has been criticized for its lack of innovation. But that can be explained; We suspect that Activision was perhaps a bit more concerned with the highly lucrative Warzone than its annual episode.
Maybe it was a bad strategy; Vanguard fell short of the publisher’s sales targets.
17. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (2016) and Call of Duty Black Ops – Cold War
Sometimes die-hard fans of the series speak louder than the general public who buy the game by the millions. Upon its announcement, Infinite Warfare was heavily criticized with fans hating the highly futuristic setting. The trailer even broke records for negative mentions on Youtube.
Still, the reception was pretty good. all things considered, like sales.
The Cold War, for its part, did not arouse the same passions. Released in the midst of a pandemic, the transition between the two console generations, and during the Warzone craze, the title seems to have fallen a bit into oblivion, despite honest reviews.
16. Call of Duty: World War II (2017)
No doubt in response to player complaints about the futuristic tangent of the latest Call of Duty, the series returned the following year to its origins camping out the action during World War II.
A return that was (somewhat) profitable, as the title was slightly better received.
15. Call of Duty Black Ops III (2015)
It is well known; the third installment in any series is never the best (except maybe Super Mario Bros.)
The curse of trilogies continues here with Black Ops 3. But approaching 80% on average, it’s still far from annoying. It’s just that the previous two titles in the Black Ops series were very, very well received.
14. Call of Duty Modern Warfare II (2022)
There it is, the latest installment in the series, released last week: Modern Warfare II.
And to answer the question posed at the beginning of the article, it is neither the best nor the worst of the series. Reviewers praised the opening of the campaign for allowing players to approach challenges in a variety of ways, but were not particularly enthusiastic about the multiplayer mode.
13. Call of Duty 3 (2006)
The last game in the original sub-series before Modern Warfare came to change the franchise forever, Call of Duty was very well received at the time.
In fact, the title would have fared much better if it weren’t for the Wii version, which scored a measly 69%. A mediocre shooter on Wii? Who would have believed that!
12. Call of Duty Black Ops II (2012)
Black Ops II is another rare case where the PC version was notably less well received than the console versions; the PC version averages 74%, while console scores are 81% on Wii U and 83% on PS3 and Xbox 360.
Despite everything, the sequel to the famous Black Ops is being done on a very honorable note.
11. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
Damn, I hate the names of the newest games in the Call of Duty franchise. No, we’re not talking about the original Modern Warfare here (which is called Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare), but the game was released in 2019. The little “4” makes a difference.
Whatever the name, Modern Warfare has been well received. The criticism revolved mostly around issues treated with a lack of delicacy; in particular, we play a child soldier, and we are given the option to shoot civilians, including children.
Despite this lack of good taste, the game itself remained as solid as ever.
10. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014)
The first game in the franchise set in the (relatively) near future, Advanced Warfare was greeted as a breath of fresh air in 2014 (three years later, gamers would get pretty bored with futuristic games).
It’s also the game that gave us the ‘Press F to pay your respects’ option, making it a legendary episode.
9. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 (2011)
We told you: the third episodes of a trilogy are never the best. But being the minor episode of a trilogy as well received as Modern Warfare, it’s not too bad.
Again, it’s the Wii version that undercuts MW3’s rating, with an average rating of 70%, well below the 88% of the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.
The Wii was better for playing Chicken Shoot.
8. Call of Duty Black Ops (2010)
I’ll be honest, I was sure this episode would finish higher on the list. I feel like when it came out, Black Ops was THE game everyone was talking about. But maybe it’s because I was the perfect age to jump on the Call of Duty bandwagon back then; I was in Cégep in human sciences, so I had a lot of time to play online.
Still, this episode was very well received, and once again it’s the Nintendo versions that are lowering their rating. If you think a Wii version goes down on average (80%), imagine a Nintendo DS version (74%).
7. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (2018)
The third episode of a trilogy is never the best, but what about the fourth episode of a quadrilogy?
Well, it’s not that bad it seems!
The title received a lot of criticism when it was announced that it would not have a single player mode, but that didn’t seem to bother gamers, who enjoyed both the multiplayer and battle royale modes.
6. Call of Duty: World at War (2008)
Here’s a title I was hoping to see further down the list, but no, it seems to have been very well received.
In fact, even the Wii version received very good ratings, averaging 83%, the same rating as the PC version.
Is this the best Wii shooter? May be fine!
5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (2016)
Another damn game called Modern Warfare!
But here he is excused; is the remastered version of the classic released in 2007, originally released as a bonus with Infinite Warfare, then independently.
A very faithful remake of the original, the developers just added a few modern touches (ha!) to make the experience even more enjoyable.
A successful bet, given the excellent rating of the game!
4. Call of Duty 2 (2005)
Call of Duty 2 was the first installment to be released on the Xbox 360, a console that would become synonymous with the series. It was actually one of the console’s launch titles.
And critics at the time really liked it, as the title racked up an average of 89% on the Microsoft console. They were blown away by the presentation, both in terms of graphics and sound.
Gamers shared that excitement: 77% of gamers who bought a 360 at launch also got Call of Duty 2.
3. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)
It’s hard to explain how much of a paradigm shift Modern Warfare was at the time if you haven’t experienced it.
Back in 2007, I had hardly ever played an FPS apart from Goldeneye and Halo 2. But when my friend introduced me to Modern Warfare, it finally clicked.
The game didn’t revolutionize anything, but everything was so refined that Modern Warfare became THE benchmark for years to come.
In fact, this episode would be at the top of the ratings if it hadn’t been for the Wii version, which was less well received than the others with an average of 76%.
2. Call of Duty (2003)
Hard to do better than the original, if we’re to trust the Call of Duty series whose first original title still ranks second in the rankings 20 years later.
The innovation of the time was to have advanced AI for your teammates that made you feel like part of a squad, unlike the games of the time where you always played a one-man army single-handedly demolishing the enemy (if allies Had they had a real-life BJ Blazkowicz, WWII would have lasted a weekend).
1. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (2009)
Is this a really deserved first place? Yes and no.
Modern Warfare 2 was undoubtedly an excellent game, an even more polished version of its predecessor.
But the 6th title of the franchise also has another advantage; its Nintendo DS version had a different name, so technically it can’t be counted in the overall rating (Call of Duty Modern Warfare Mobilized received a much less impressive 73%).
The fact is that MW2 is still a classic, the single-player campaign of which was remastered in 2020 on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.
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