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The Best 'Call of Duty' Games

List RulesMainline CoD games only.

This list of all Call of Duty games, ranked best to worst, gives gamers the chance to decide once and for all the answer to the question: What is the best COD game of all time? The COD video game franchise is a great example of the best first-person shooter series that has been incredibly popular for more than a decade now. If you're a huge fan, feel free to rerank this list in any order you like to make sure that your favorite COD games are near the top!

The first installment in the Call of Duty video game series was released back in 2003. From that point on, COD became a staple with gamers. With each year that passes, the makers of Call of Duty continue to push boundaries, which is one reason why COD is consistently named among the best video games of all time.

From the uber-popular Call of Duty: Black Ops up to the newest release, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, this list features all the mainline series games. Vote up all your favorite releases, and vote down all the installments you thought simply didn't live up to the hype.

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  • Photo: Rebellion Developments

    Metacritic score: 84%

    Setting: World War II

    Released on Veteran's Day, Call of Duty: World at War is divided into two campaigns: the American and Soviet. Much of the game takes place in the Pacific Theater, a region rarely explored by WWII games.

    World at War is often considered to be one of the most graphic and profane games in the series. It's also known as the first game in the series to feature zombies, a trend that has since become a CoD staple.

    • Release: 2008
    • Developer: Rebellion Developments, Exakt Entertainment, n-Space, Treyarch
    • Platform: Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii
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  • Photo: Sledgehammer Games

    Metacritic score: 88%

    Setting: 2016

    Taking place directly after the events in the previous game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the eighth game in the series and features three different acts, each set in a different location.

    Prior to the game's releases, many of Modern Warfare 3's details were leaked online, leading gamers to speculate over what information was accurate. Activision later released their own trailers.

    • Release: 2011
    • Developer: Sledgehammer Games, Raven Software, Infinity Ward, Treyarch
    • Platform: Microsoft Windows PlayStation 3 Wii, Xbox 360
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  • Photo: Sledgehammer Games

    Metacritic score: 73%

    Setting: World War II

    Set in the European Theater during the height of the Second World War, Call of Duty WWII focuses mainly on the events occurring between 1944 and 1945, where players take control of Red Daniels and other characters.

    During the game's development, Activision worked closely with WWII historian Martin Morgan to make the game as realistic as possible. Coupled with the amazing visuals, the end result is extremely powerful.

    • Release: 2017
    • Developer: Sledgehammer Games
    • Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
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  • Photo: Treyarch

    Metacritic score: 81%

    Setting: 2065

    Taking place 40 years after the last game, Call of Duty: Black Ops III is notable for being the first Call of Duty game to run at 30 fps (the standard had been 60). It's also the first game in the series to introduce new specialists, characters with unique abilities to help augment your skillset.

    Like other modern games, Black Ops III features an enthralling zombie mode with a unique experience system where players can customize the look and effectiveness of their weapons.

    • Release: 2015
    • Developer: Treyarch
    • Platform: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
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