Ranked: The 13 best Call of Duty games

Before Activision goes back to WWII, relive the shooter's glory days

It's official: Call of Duty is going back to World War II, and we'll get the full reveal in a livestream tonight. The title? Well, it's Call of Duty: WWII.

Activision's shooter juggernaut hasn't revisited its original setting since 2008 and, in the time since, we've seen it tackle modern timelines and the blast farther and farther off into the future - for better and for worse at times.

Before we see what's next for the franchise, then, take a look back as we sort through Call of Duty's core releases, picking the best of the bunch and lamenting the less-memorable entries in the pantheon.

Did your favourite Call of Duty top our list? Find out below.

13) 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.

Buy Call of Duty: Ghosts here 

12) 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.

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11) 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.

Buy Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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