It’s hard to come across an avid fan of first-person shooter games that have not played Call of Duty. When the game was first launched, it was revolutionary. It redefined FPS games and continues to do so to date.
After 15 years, and 18 games in the sequel, CoD is still one of the most impressive and captivating FPS games there is. In case you missed any of the previous editions, here is a comprehensive list of all CoD games ever made and the years when they were released.
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Call of Duty
Release date October 29, 2003
Supported platforms: Windows PC, OS X, and N-Gage.
Call of Duty was the first game released in the franchise. The game is centralised around World War II with focus on the British, American and Soviet perspectives. The first game of the franchise was developed by Infinity Award and published by Activision.
Unlike most games, this one deviates from the approach of other first-person shooter games and instead focuses more on a team-based approach.
The game features three campaign modes; American, British and Soviet and offers both single and multiple player options.
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Call of Duty: Finest Hour
Release Date: November 2004
Supported Platforms: PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo Game Cube.
Finest Hour was the first game in the sequel made for consoles. It doesn't deviate from the WWII action. However, it offers six different storylines for players to choose from. Every storyline is inspired by real-life events experienced by the soldiers during the war.
One of the most significant changes that Finest Hour brought to the fold was the integration of online and local support on select console.
Like in the first edition, Finest Hour has single and multiple player modes with players getting a campaign for each of the war’s allies.
Call of Duty 2
Release date: October 25, 2005
Supported platforms: Windows PC, Xbox 360, OS X, Mobile Phones
Call of Duty 2 was considered a flagship title and was the first one in the sequel to be released on the Xbox 360.
The game features four characters and four campaigns with a whopping 27 missions. The game also features some new exciting features which included an overhaul of the graphics system, grenade indicators, new maps and players regenerating health.
Like the previous editions, the game has single and multiple player modes. With the new features, the game became one of the biggest attractions, especially on consoles. The biggest draw was the multiplayer maps that could support up to eight players in different game modes which included deathmatches, capture the flag and headquarters.
Call of Duty: Big Red One
Release date: November 18, 2005
Supported platforms: Xbox PlayStation 2, Nintendo Gamecube
The Big Red One was an expansion of the original CoD 2. Initially, it was released for gaming consoles but later, it became part of a combination package called Call of Duty: Legacy, which was only available for the PlayStation2.
Even though the Big Red One was an expansion project, it had tons of differences compared to the previous games. The most obvious one was the focus on one allied group. It also had open-ended chapters that allowed players to carry out each goal on multiple different paths. In the new series, players also got a glimpse of real footage and images from military archives which was a cool addition.
Call of Duty 3
Release date: November 24, 2006
Supported platforms: Xbox, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3
Call of Duty 3 was the first one to be produced by Treyarch Studios and also the first one to be available on the Nintendo Wii and PS3. Unfortunately, it was also the last title available on the original Xbox.
The latest addition to the CoD family stuck with WWII but had some exciting changes as well. These included different gaming modes, where players could choose multiple paths where they would like to complete their missions.
A much-needed addition to the game was the ability to throw grenades back at the enemy. The single-player mode gave players access to 14 campaign modes and the ability to choose up to three soldiers as their characters.
The multiple player gaming mode offers access to six modes and six characters to choose from. Gamers can also work in teams of up to 16 players.
Call of Duty: Roads to Victory
Release date: March 13, 2007
Roads to Victory was the third game in the franchise available for PlayStation Portable and was also the last one made for the portable console.
Like all its predecessors, Roads to Victory also stuck with WWII but with a change in the countries involved which included America, Britain and Canada.
This edition had fourteen levels with different missions to complete for each level with five games to play.
Throughout the game, the players get access to nine maps that cover several actual historical locations where soldiers battled in during the war. For players that love tandem play, there’s a multiple player mode as well.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Release date: November 2007
Supported platforms: Playstation 3, Windows PC, OS X, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS
Modern Warfare was the first title in the franchise to ditch the WWII concept. It took a modern timeline and modern technology and weaponry.
Modern Warfare also got a new game engine and the developer Infinity Ward did not disappoint.
The game is set in Russia, the Middle East, the UK and Ukraine in 2011. The new levelling system introduced in the game connected online multiplayer allowing players to unlock new items as they played frequently and progressed.
With the new additions, a new approach and new weapons, the game quickly gained traction and become the top-selling game of 2007.
Call of Duty: World at War
Release date: November 2008
Supported platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows PC, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii
World at War is the first of the Black Ops series and the fifth of the franchise. Initially, the game was designed with PS3, Windows, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii in mind, but was later tweaked to also work on Nintendo DS and PS2.
In the game, players step back into the WWII action with the campaigns focusing on the Eastern front.
The ranking system of the World at War series is very similar to that of CoD 4. However, most of the other things are very much like those of the other games in the series.
There are a few major changes in World at War that set the stage for an exciting experience. The audio and visual effects have been drastically improved, and the content seems more mature than in the previous games.
The zombie and cooperative mode are also introduced in this edition along with several gaming modes in multiplayer.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Release date: November 10, 2009
Supported platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows PC and Xbox 360
Modern Warfare returns carrying the same storyline as the first Modern Warfare. The story surrounds a group of Special Force unit as they hunt for the leader of a Russian extremist organisation.
The game brings with it two new playable characters and additional features have been introduced into the game like death streaks, and killstreaks. The start of the show, however, is the multiplayer mode.
The levelling up system remains the same, especially on the multiplayer matches, and the players can get access to new gear, perks and weapons.
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Release date: November 9, 2010
Supported platforms: Windows PC, OS X, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360
In the 7th instalment of the Call of Duty series, the plot gets a little riveting as players follow a CIA operative through the Cold War of the 1960s.
The game was initially made from Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 but in September of 2012, N-Space and Aspyr developed versions for the Nintendo DS and OS X respectively.
The game also featured some improvements from the previous versions. The most notable was the addition of interactive characters that can speak during gameplay. Call of Duty points where players could buy new weapons and customise their characters were also introduced in the game.
The addition of 14 playable maps for different areas include Russia and Cuba, and several multiple player modes was also a much-needed addition.
Most of the other aspects of the game were left unchanged. However, there were some much-needed tweaks to the killstreak rewards, load-out choices and weaponry.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Release date: November 2011
Supported platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows and Nintendo Wii
It took three developers; Infinity Ward, Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games to finally come up with the sequel to the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and the 8th instalment of the CoD franchise.
In addition to originally intended platforms, N-Space later developed its own version for the Nintendo DS. There was a free version created by Beachland Studios called Call of Duty Elite that gave players access to downloadable content and integration of social networking.
Storyline-wise, Modern Warfare 3 picks up where Modern Warfare 2 left off. It focuses on Taskforce 141 but with a few tweaks to the players. For instance, the player’s health only regenerates if they avoid harm and in-game currency to buy weapons, upgrades, support and more were introduced.
There's also a new survival mode, and the killstreaks were changed to Pointstreaks not to mention in this new game, players have a harder time trying to unlock new goals.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Release date: November 13, 2012
Supported Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, Windows PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Black Ops II was the first in the CoD franchise to be available on the Nintendo Wii U system. The game is also the first to have players jump between different time dimensions (the 1980s and 2025).
In addition to the previous modes, Black Ops II makes things even spicier by adding a competitive mode where players of the same skill can take part in league competitions.
The Zombie mode is also reintroduced along with other new game modes. Another first in the Black Ops II edition is the introduction of futuristic warfare and storyline that change depends on whether the player completes a mission, the types of weapon they choose as well as other player actions.
In the multiplayer mode, the players can try out the Pick 10 system where players can choose up to 10 skills for their class, including grenades, perks and weapons.
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Release date: November 5, 2013
Supported Platforms: Windows PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 & 4, Nintendo Wii U
The game takes place in the future after a nuclear bomb destroys the Middle East. Other than the spicy storyline, the game also has a variety of new and exciting features like the 20 new killstreaks. You can now build your team, new weapons and up to fourteen multiplayer modes.
The Ghost edition also pulls another first by introducing the create-a-character software with new characters. Players can now customise their own characters using the over 20,000 character options available.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Release date: November 4, 2014
Supported platforms: Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Advanced Warfare is the first edition of the CoD franchise that was not available on any Nintendo. It’s also the first instalment with one playable character in the single-player campaign and over 400 weapons to choose from in the multiplayer option. There’s a new Exo survival mode in the game that lets players fight against their enemies.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Release date: November 6, 2015
Supported Platforms: PlayStation 3&4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows PC
The 12 instalments in the series also marked the last title available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
The storyline takes place 40 years after the Black Ops II storyline in the year 2065. The world is devastated by climate change and advanced technology. Players have to adopt a cybernetic character with its own distinctive features and activities. It’s a big jump in the series which includes zombie and nightmare modes for players yearning for more squishiness.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Release date: November 4, 2016
Supported Platforms: Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
This series is set around hostile forces who try to take over the solar system. The new storyline is just the tip of the new features the game has. It includes hundreds of new primary and secondary weapons, and players have options to enhance their weaponry.
The classing system is revised in this series and is now called the Rig system. It’s somewhat similar to the system in Black Ops III.
Call of Duty: WWII
Release date: November 3, 2017
Supported Platforms: Xbox One, Windows PC, PlayStation 4
In the 17th series, the game revives the most monumental wars in history. It follows the 1st infantry division as players travel across Europe taking down their enemies in the same locations as in real-life.
There's a strong emphasis on brotherhood and history in the game, and the weaponry is also scaled back in this option.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Release date: October 12, 2018
Supported platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC
The addition of the 18th edition to the franchise is not short of surprises. The most exciting one is the addition of the Battle Royale Mode which capitalises on the exploding game genre.
The game has three zombie maps with riveting territories like Alcatraz and Titanic that players can explore and the single-player mode is gone. In its place is the solo mission.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Release date: 2019
Supported platforms; Xbox One, Windows PC and PlayStation 4
After 19 editions, CoD still finds ways to remain riveting and captivating as is evidenced by the latest addition. This edition reboots all the existing Modern Warfare series with an expansive campaign mode with storylines for single players and cooperatives.
The ground war multiplayer mode and the cross-platform gameplay between consoles are the newest additions to the systems among others.
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Despite having a staggering 18 games in the series, it’s difficult to choose a favourite given how different and revolutionary each game is. You can only hang around with bated breath waiting to see what the next edition if any will hold.