Ranked: Every Call of Duty game in order of greatness

UPDATED: Where does Black Ops 4 rank on the all-time list?

Call of Duty is back in action with the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and it's not just another retread of the familiar franchise package.

Black Ops 4 is the first mainline Call of Duty game without a cinematic single-player campaign included. Instead, they've packed it with more online multiplayer action than ever, including the new Blackout battle royale mode that's designed to challenge Fortnite and PUBG.

We've posted our review following epic sessions full of headshots, zombie massacres, and thankfully no jetpacks in sight. Where does it land on the all-time list? Read ahead to find out, and see if your favourite Call of Duty topped our ranking.

15) Call of Duty: Ghosts (2013)

What do you remember of Call of Duty: Ghosts? Is it anything at all?

We wouldn't be surprised if the answer is "no." Infinity Ward's first post-Modern Warfare entry was about as generic as could be within the franchise, treading familiar ground with its setting and lacking big, memorable moments and missions in the single-player campaign.

It was absolutely competent, of course, and still had rip-roaring multiplayer fun and sharp production values, but it felt like Call of Duty was treading water here. Ghosts is completely forgettable.

14) Call of Duty 3 (2006)

Call of Duty's first notable misstep came early on, and it seemed to be a result of the sudden demand for annual entries: Activision needed something while Infinity Ward was off doing Modern Warfare, and so Treyarch whipped up this Call of Duty 2 successor.

That studio would go on to do special things in the franchise, but Call of Duty 3 wasn't really one of them. It was buggy upon release, with big network issues in play, and the solid campaign lacked the finesse or standout scenarios of its predecessor. Again, it was fine back when, but there's no reason to revisit it now.

13) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014)

Advanced Warfare was a step up from Ghosts, for sure, pushing the series farther ahead in the future with crazy exoskeleton suits that enabled special powers. Oh, and it had Kevin Spacey as a power-hungry private military corporation leader.

Still, on a list like this, it's overshadowed by more compelling campaigns, and games that helped set the template that Advanced Warfare mostly just follows.

The jetpack-assisted multiplayer was the first step in a gradual departure that's taken COD away from boots-on-the-ground action, while the Exo-Survival co-op mode is totally unremarkable. Advanced Warfare is very good overall, but not essential.

 

12) Call of Duty: Black Ops III (2015)

Treyarch's last Black Ops entry ranks below its predecessors (keep reading), as this trilogy-capper delivers another solid, but somewhat uninspiring extension of the far-future formula.

The campaign plays some neat tricks with its sci-fi powers and weird mind-jacking abilities, but doesn't really feel fresh overall. Multiplayer fares better here with some terrific maps and a move to a class-based system, but ultimately it feels a bit like a Titanfall knockoff. It's a great, long-lasting package, but also sees the Call of Duty essence somewhat muddled as a result.

11) Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (2016)

It sort of feels like we're just ticking off the most recent entries now, aren't we? Infinite Warfare sheds any illusions about the series dipping its toes into sci-fi and dives right into the pool, sending you off to space and onto other planets.

Weird, right? And yet Infinite Warfare soars in spots: the universe feels really built-out, the presentation impresses top to bottom, and the campaign makes the most of the new setting, allowing single-player to feel fresher than it has in a while.

Many series fans loudly voiced their displeasure with the setting shift, however, and so the move back to World War II has been pretty warmly received. But there's actually a lot to like in this one. 

 

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