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One game in contemporary times that unites the trio of the past, the present and the future is the Call of Duty games (CoD); a first-person shooter video game which began on Microsoft Windows before expanding into video game consoles and handheld gaming devices. The first game of the series had a World War II theme while modern and future games all have and will have themes that are futuristic as the developers of the game continue to give gamers a peek into what modern warfare would look like albeit having virtual entertainment primarily in mind.

Since the first Call of Duty game was released in the year 2003, several other main series and spin-offs of the franchise have all been successfully released and sold in the market. From this, over 250 million copies of the series have been purchased totaling about $15 billion in sales. It is then therefore interesting to know which games have made this creation of Activision a huge success in the global market of video games.

Call of Duty Games

After over a decade and half of its first introduction, the game franchise has introduced games where players play with a rudimentary arsenal to more sophisticated and futuristic weaponry. To achieve this, the following games were built with any of IW engine, the Treyarch NGL and id Tech 3 game engines as their need are.

Main Series

1. Call of Duty

Call of Duty Games

DeveloperPlatforms and Supported DevicesRelease Date
Infinity WardPlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, OS X, Nintendo DS, Windows MobileOctober 29, 2003

It all began here with the infantry and combined arms in World War II portraying the American and British paratroopers and the Red Army. The maiden Call of Duty was distinct from the normal sci-fi inspired games in its time as it was more realistic with a natural environment and real life/combat realities of a soldier limited to only two weapons. The player had no pickups other than health and ammo and was also less mobile. In the course of playing the game, you will have to play as an American, British and Soviet soldier in the various stages of your virtual participation in World War II. Every fan of Call of Duty games started here.

2. Call of Duty 2

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DeveloperPlatforms and Supported DevicesRelease Date
 Infinity WardXbox 360, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, OS X, Nintendo DSOctober 5, 2005

This is the second of the World War II Call of Duty games. The graphics were much better compared to the first just as the addition of enemy grenade indicators and automatic health regeneration encouraged players to be a lot more adventurous in the fast-paced game. The storyline remained mostly the same as the player played in a more combat rich environment in America, British and Soviet campaigns.

3. Call of Duty 3

DeveloperPlatforms and Supported DevicesRelease Date
TreyarchPlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, WiiNovember 7, 2006

Call of Duty 3 became the first of the Call of Duty Games to be originally released on a computer platform. The game narrates the war times and events of the American, Canadian, British, French Resistance and Polish armies in the Falaise Gap after the D-Day (Normandy landing of Tuesday 6 June 1944 in Operation Overlord). The major changes the series came with was the introduction of vehicles for multiplayer mode and of course better graphics as expected. The storyline featured a single campaign from the views of 4 different protagonists.

4. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

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DeveloperPlatforms and Supported DevicesRelease Date
Infinity WardPlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Microsoft Windows, OS XNovember 5, 2007

As the name suggests, Modern Warfare marked a paradigm shift from the World War II theme of its predecessors as it was set with modern time warfare in mind. It typically featured combat in Russia and the Middle East with both American and British protagonist who had an assorted array of arsenal at his disposal. The release of this game marked the beginning of greater things to come in the Call of Duty games.

5. Call of Duty: World at War

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DeveloperPlatforms and Supported DevicesRelease Date
TreyarchPlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Microsoft WindowsNovember 11, 2008

Activision showed they really had a thing for the original World War II theme of the Call of Duty games. It was probably, for this reason, they went back in time to it and released the 5th of the game series; Call of Duty: World at War. The storyline remained the same with an option of a campaign either a single or multiplayer centered around the Pacific and the Eastern Front. A zombie defense mode was also introduced in the multiplayer version.

6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

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DeveloperPlatforms and Supported DevicesRelease Date
Infinity WardPlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, OS XNovember 10, 2009

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 game retained much of what was in its predecessor but had the addition of a “Spec Ops” mode where a player can embark on a series of separate missions either as a single player or with another player.

7. Call of Duty: Black Ops

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DeveloperPlatforms and Supported DevicesRelease Date
TreyarchPlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Microsoft Windows, OS X
November 10, 2010

 

Though Call of Duty games owes some of its success to its non-sci-fi warfare storyline, it would be insensitive to assume that that games that have such storyline were not doing well. Prolly for this reason, Black Ops was introduced as it centered on fictional events; machinations and their operations taking place during the cold war and partially in the Vietnam war. It retained much of the characteristics of the series but with a protagonist that can talk, in-depth and more precise character customization as well as a zombie mode.

8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

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DevelopersPlatforms and Supported DevicesRelease Date
Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer GamesPlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Microsoft Windows, OS XNovember 8, 2011

The major addition to this series was the “Survival” co-op mode which saw players defending their ground against waves of enemy attacks, combat was more intense and the need for survival became a natural instinct of the player in the game. MW3 was so successful that it was reported to have sold over 30.71 million copies worldwide.

9. Call of Duty: Black Ops II

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DeveloperPlatforms and Supported DevicesRelease Date
TreyarchPlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U, Microsoft Windows.November 13, 2012

Activision maintained the tradition of having a follow up for some of its series. Black Ops II came as a follow up to its predecessor – Call of Duty: Black Ops and had the main addition of being set in two time periods; 1980s and 2025. One of the main improvements in this particular game was the introduction of a weapons progression system where the player unlocks more sophisticated weapons as he progresses in the game.

10. Call of Duty: Ghosts

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DevelopersPlatforms and Supported DevicesRelease Date
Infinity Ward, Neversoft, and Raven SoftwarePlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U, Microsoft WindowsNovember 5, 2013

The Call of Duty games continued coming out with a modern or perhaps futuristic wartime theme with a touch of sci-fi seen in previous games. Call of Duty: Ghosts was another new addition with lots of things to thrill the player with: there was a new cast of characters, the introduction of an animal; a German Shepherd dog named Riley and many realistic combat environments. Ghosts heralded the coming of more sci-fi games from the series before they went back to the original World War II installment.

11. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare

DevelopersPlatforms and Supported DevicesRelease Date
Sledgehammer Games in collaboration with Raven Software and High Moon StudiosPlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Microsoft WindowsNovember 4, 2014

One of the spectacular things about Call of Duty Games is their ability to bring to the present what was before now and at the same time give us a peek into what will be in the future. With Advanced Warfare, an Exoskeleton suit which improved character mobility for faster gameplay was introduced in addition to the player having a health boost, cloaking ability and a portable shield to withstand enemy fire. If you like feeling indestructible in a game, you will definitely take a liking to this game once you try it out.

12. Call of Duty: Black Ops III

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DeveloperPlatforms and Supported DevicesRelease Date
TreyarchPlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Microsoft WindowsNovember 6, 2015

Black Ops III went further into the future precisely in the year 2063 when a breed of Black Ops soldiers emerges as a battle between human and military robots ensues. There is an option of customizing your character just as the thrill of 4-player co-op was not eliminated in the game.

13. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

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DeveloperPlatforms and Supported DevicesRelease Date
Infinity WardPlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft WindowsNovember 4, 2016

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare code-named COD: IW took a complete departure from the earth-themed combat events the Call of Duty games have been much associated with. In this installment, you will play as a certain Captain Nick Reyes a Tier 1 Special Operations pilot who leads the remaining forces to fight in space after an attack on earth leaves the planet devasted. The multiplayer mode was retained while the option of players crafting their own weapons was introduced for various campaigns as they fight in a zero-gravity environment.

14. Call of Duty: WWII

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DeveloperPlatforms and Supported DevicesRelease Date
Sledgehammer GamesPlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft WindowsNovember 3, 2017

After many changes in mobility and weaponry have been made in the Call of Duty games of various installments, Activision thought it best to revisit their roots with an aptly named game called Call of Duty: WWII. The game came void of advanced technology, sci-fi, automatic health regeneration and a couple of other things the modern and futuristic themed series has been characterized with. You will begin life in this game as you land with a squad in the 1st Infantry Division, in Normandy on the D-Day then fight your way through Europe as the horrors and thrills (if any) of the events of World War II unfold before you in  Operation Overlord.

15. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

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DeveloperPlatforms and Supported DevicesRelease Date
TreyarchPlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft WindowsOctober 12, 2018*

Just like World War II, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was devoid of automatic health regeneration but still retained customization options and weapons progression like the previous Black Ops installment – Black Ops III. In addition to this, the single-player option which Call of Duty games seems to owe much of its success to was thought irrelevant in this series as it came in a battle royale mode with fluid multi-player setting and a wide array of zombies.

Spin-offs/Other Games

16. Call of Duty: Finest Hour

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DeveloperPlatforms and Supported DevicesRelease Date
Spark UnlimitedGameCube, Nintendo, PlayStation 2, and XboxNovember 16, 2004

Call of Duty: Finest Hour retained the World War II theme of the first Call of Duty game. It consists of three main campaigns in the Eastern front (Soviet), North African (British) and the Western Front (American). You will have to play through The Battle of Stalingrad in the Soviet campaign, embark on a night raid in Matmata with a commando team in the British campaign and finally advance into Germany in the American campaign.

17. Call of Duty 2: Big Red One

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DeveloperPlatforms and Supported DevicesRelease Date
TreyarchPlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCubeNovember 1, 2005

The second spin-off to the Call of Duty series came as the CoD2: Big Red One. It focused on the combat lives of the Big Red One; the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division not explored in the original game Call of Duty 2. The game began with a North Africa Campaign, invasion of Sicily, the Omaha Beach landing in Europe and the crossing of the Siegfried Line into Germany.

18. Call of Duty: Roads to Victory

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DeveloperPlatform and Supported DeviceRelease Date
Amaze EntertainmentPlayStation PortableMarch 13, 2007

CoD Road to Victory is the spin-off to Call of Duty 3. There are three campaigns a player will have to play through in the game viz the American, Canadian, and the British campaign with various operations in each campaign. The game, however, was not as successful as most of other Call of Duty games as it was marred with several glitches during gameplay.

19. Call of Duty: World at War – Final FrontsCall of Duty Games

DeveloperPlatform and Supported DeviceRelease Date
Rebellion DevelopmentsPlayStation 2November 10, 2008

CoD World at War – Final Fronts was developed and released entirely for the PlayStation 2 gaming console. It had its own set of distinct missions with the U.S army fighting in the Pacific region, Battle of the Bulge in Europe, and the British advancing on the Rhine River into Germany. The gameplay, however, remained unchanged like other Call of Duty games.

20. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized

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DeveloperPlatform and Supported DeviceRelease Date
n-SpaceNintendo DSNovember 10, 2009

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized was solely for the handheld Nintendo DS. It retained much of the theme of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in addition to spotting new weapons, vehicles, usage of spy drones, an AC-130 gunship and hacking of computer terminals. The game received several positive reviews but not as much as that received by the original series.

21. Call of Duty: Zombies

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DevelopersPlatforms and Supported DevicesRelease Date
Ideaworks Game Studio, TreyarchiOS, AndroidNovember 16, 2009

CoD Zombies was adapted from the Zombie mode of Call of Duty: World at War with three maps: Verrückt, Shi No Numa, and Der Riese a player will play through. It was developed for mobile devices and basically, a player will have to defend a German bunker from waves of zombie attacks from SS soldiers.

22. Call of Duty: Black Ops – Zombies

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DevelopersPlatform and Supported DeviceRelease Date
Ideaworks Game StudioiOS, AndroidDecember 1, 2011

Continuing with the zombie theme spin-offs, Black Ops – Zombies was released entirely for the thrill of mobile users who are avid fans of zombie-themed games. The game had an option of 2-4 players to play in a co-op mode with several other new enhancements made to the general mechanics of play while still retaining the taste of all Call of Duty Games.

23. Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified

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DeveloperPlatform and Supported DeviceRelease Date
 nStigate GamesPlayStation VitaNovember 13, 2012

Black Ops: Declassified is a spin-off of the series introduced to fill the gap between Call of Duty: Black Ops and Black Ops II. Its single-player mode was styled in an objective mission setting where players can revisit previously concluded missions to perform better. In its multi-player mode, you have the liberty of playing with 3 of your friends (4 in all) in the various missions you will take up throughout the game.

Sadly, Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified wasn’t much a success as it had several glitches and design flaw that hampered the overall thrill of the game.

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24. Call of Duty: Strike Team

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DeveloperPlatform and Supported DeviceRelease Date
The Blast FurnaceiOS, AndroidSeptember 5, 2013

Call of Duty: Strike Team was set in the year 2020 where the mission of the player will be to lead a special team that will hunt down those responsible for putting the world in chaos. The game came with an option of your being able to customize your team’s weaponry before setting out to take down the bad guys

25. Call of Duty: Heroes

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DeveloperPlatform and Supported DeviceRelease Date
Faceroll GamesiOS, AndroidNovember 26, 2014

In CoD Heroes, you will have a wide array of drones, elite soldiers and heroes at your disposal as you battle in its 3D combat environment. The game is similar to Clash of Clans as players have the ability to move their army – called Units in the game to any position they want and have them attack from there. In addition to this, players will also have to build up their base with defensive structures to prevent enemy attacks. In all, this is one Call of Duty game that seems distinct from what the franchise is known for.