Call of Duty (COD) is a first-person shooter video game franchise initially developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision. The franchise started its games from Call of Duty of 2003 to the latest Call of Duty: Warzone of 2020. In this article, we are going to share the Call of Duty games list from 2003 to 2020.
Starting out in 2003, the game set focused on the events of World War II and has evolved from Modern Combat, Cold Wars, futuristic earth setups to outer space.
Till now, the franchise has released about 50 games, of which the main series contains about 19 games. Excluding those 19, there are 4 major titles for consoles and one for Desktop. There are 4 Handheld and 5 mobile titles. Call of Duty Mobile won the 2019 mobile game of the year award.
- 1 Call of Duty games list – Every COD game from 2003 to 2020
- 1.1 Main World War II series
- 1.2 Modern Warfare series
- 1.3 Other Warfare games
- 1.4 Black Ops series
- 1.5 Standalone installment
- 1.6 Console titles
- 1.7 Handheld titles
- 1.8 PC titles
- 1.9 Mobile titles
- 1.10 Canceled titles
- 1.11 Conclusion
Call of Duty games list – Every COD game from 2003 to 2020
We will be seeing about all major 19 titles in the Call of Duty franchise to date.
Here we cover Every COD game from 2003-2020.
Main World War II series
This series was the first series in the franchise and had the theme of World War II, which was developed by Infinity Ward and Treyarch.
Call of Duty (2003)
Call of Duty’s first entry in the gaming industry came in 2003, and the main game contained 3 prime campaigns. The three-story campaigns were from the perspective of 3 different nations: American, British, and Soviet. The American campaign starts from the ‘Invasion of Regiment,’ moving ahead to fight for capture’ Sainte-Mère-Église.’ The American campaign ends with high intense tank fights and a mighty war.
Moving ahead to the British Campaign, we are introduced to the one who is now the most iconic character in the Call of Duty franchise, “Capt. Price”. However, he was not captain at that time. We are also introduced to the Special Air Force (SAS). Gameplay in this campaign is also very intense as it has battleships, rockets, bombs, and airships.
The Soviet Campaign begins with the “Battle of Stalingrad” and ends in Berlin with amazing combats and battles to display.
Call of Duty 2 (2005)
Call of Duty 2 contains four individual campaigns that are split into three separate stories. Each story covers a soldier from World War II, which tells about how he overcame overwhelming odds in the war.
The first character is Lieutenant Dimitri Volsky, a Soviet soldier in the Battle of Stalingrad.
The second character we play is John Davis, who is a British soldier. We play John Davis in a North African campaign. We also see the return of Captain Price with the British 7th Armoured Division. The player also gets to play two missions as a Commander of Crusader Tank, David Welsh, in the same campaign.
Then comes the “Battle of Normandy,” where we play 2nd Ranger Battalion, Bill Taylor. This battle has various action sequences starting from destroying German artillery to snipe mortar crews. Later Bill gets promoted to the lieutenant position.
The final mission is set amid the Americans in the Rhine River crossing into Germany. It is a high-intensity action mission that starts right away under fire, and we need to cover the gunfire against the Germans until reaching river banks and continue battling throughout the town.
The end credits show the dramatic rescue of Captain Price from the Germans by a group of American soldiers.
Call of Duty 3 (2006)
The game is set on the Western Front of World War II in the year 1944.
The events in Call of Duty 3 are highly based on a single campaign combined together, with the player being switched between the four nations and their respective characters for each part of the story. There are 14 playable campaign missions between 4 nations.
The four national campaigns are American, British/ French, Canadian, and Polish, where the player gets to play as Private Nichols, Sgt. James Doyle, Pvt. Joe Cole and Cpl. Bohater Wojciech, respectively.
The games have serious battles and realistic battlegrounds, hostage rescue missions, and intense action and chaos. Call of Duty 3 introduced Close Quarter Battles (CQB), where the player gets ambushed by the enemies and gets involved in hand-to-hand fights. This was very fun to play and needed some sharp mechanical skills to execute.
Call of Duty: World at War (2008)
The World at War focuses on the less popularized events of World War II. Instead of again playing in Normandy and D-Day for what would have been the 100th time for World War II shooters, this title covers the island jumping campaign in the Pacific.
It also covers the story from the Red Army’s reversal of the tide at Stalingrad all the way to the Fall of Berlin. This provides some amazing new battlefields set on sun-kissed coral atolls in the Pacific. You can also see some familiar places with the bombed-out cities and the farmlands of the Eastern Front missions.
This remains a Call of Duty game at its core, which means that the action and battles in the game are fast and intense, as well as tightly scripted.
This Call of Duty: World at War is considered as the most historically accurate game in the World War II series.
Call of Duty: WWII (2017)
After a list of futuristic Call of Duty games, it was about time to visit the old classic gameplay of World War II. This game brought back memories of previous World War II games and delivered just the right way.
The campaign was very short as it’s been a declining trend nowadays but still was worth putting hours into. The campaign follows Private Red Daniels through important moments like D-Day and the liberation of Paris with amazing gaming experience, theatrical cutscenes, and intriguing storyline.
The Multiplayer mode is fascinating as always, and the new Nazis Zombie mode was also very fun to play. The characters, missions, and combats in this game are on point.
Modern Warfare series
Coming out of the World War II niche, which was set up in the past, the Modern Warfare series was played in the present times of the 21st century. The Campaign story of the Modern Warfare trilogy is still the best Call of Duty franchise has ever seen.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)
The game splits away from the previous titles setting of World War II and is set in modern times (present). The story happens in the year 2011, where an extreme chief leader has executed the leader of an anonymous nation in the Middle East. Later, the Civil War flames up in Russia due to an ultranationalist movement.
The gameplay is set in 5 parts, which kick starts from a ship heist prologue and ends with a plane hostage rescue in an epilogue. In between those, we have 3 Acts of various missions to play as Sgt. Paul Jackson and newly recruited “Soap” under the leadership of “Capt. Price“. We also get to play an amazing co-op mission as Lieutenant Price with his then captain.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare introduces a new mode called Hardcore. In this mode, the health of all players is decreased to 30 from 100. Also, the friendly fire is enabled, and the heads-up display is removed. Standard game modes such as Free-For-All, Headquarters, Team Deathmatch, and Search and Destroy are included in the Hardcore library.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is by far the least favorite of the series, with the core element broken up into three main acts of gameplay. Single-player campaign, the new Spec Ops mode, and Modern Warfare’s groundbreaking multiplayer mode better than ever.
The campaign storyline is well written and continues with the end of previous titles. We witness one of the biggest betrayals in gaming history in this title.
The only problem with the campaign is its length. A player can complete the campaign in merely 5 hours. But the multiplayer and the Special Ops mode is just outstanding.
Throughout the game, we visit many locations such as Rio de Janeiro, Washington D.C, Afghanistan, Virginia, and Siberia.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011)
Modern Warfare 3’s single-player campaign has the same highs and lows as its predecessors. Amazing locations serve as the backbone for giant firefights. The shooting is extremely responsive and well-tuned, and the battlegrounds challenge your awareness and mechanical skills at all times. You’re always put into different situations that muddle-up the gameplay to keep the storyline and gameplay interesting.
The Warfare series was ended very dramatically and had a very satisfying end even though players lost a very widely loved COD character, and the pain is immeasurable.
Moving forward, Modern Warfare 3’s multiplayer is just fantastic. Just like the other Call of Duty titles before it, this one pulls you in with its tireless leveling system and frantic combat and actions. Sixteen new maps were introduced, and all are exciting to play.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (2016)
To be direct, Modern Warfare was no longer modern though the combat and the action-movie story at its foundation are immortal.
This game is not outdated, yet classic, and the amount of effort that has gone into enhancing the models, textures, and effects has improved it enough that playing through the campaign once again was rewarding.
It is the game with modern high graphics with the same old gameplay where there was no double jumps or slide. It felt great to be back there once again.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 50% prequel, 50% reboot to the Modern Warfare franchise. The game’s story takes place before the events of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, although revisit the events of those earlier titles, however, expand and alters upon them.
Captain Price returns from the original, very young, and bold. There are also some other familiar faces as well. The game again is divided into various acts and missions within it to experience an overwhelming campaign experience.
The game mostly takes part in the present timeline as it’s a Modern Warfare game. It also takes players back to Farah and her brother Hadir’s backstory. The old gameplay and combat styles were back in the business with fantastic graphics and realistic cutscene sequences.
We get the new maps in multiplayer mode. Both the special ops and multiplayer modes delivered again as expected.
Other Warfare games
Slightly expanding the Modern Warfare era, these games were set in the futuristic world and went even beyond the earth. From 2052 to outer space, this series has it all.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014)
Advanced Warfare has gone to great heights to renew Call of Duty. From the disturbing vision of powerful and dangerous mercenaries run hazardously in 2054 America to the cybernetically enhanced abilities, this title is the biggest and most successful iteration from a Call of Duty game since the times of Modern Warfare.
Advanced Warfare did not ruin the fascinating, fast-paced run-and-gun shooting that made Call of Duty a brand; instead, it took that quality and committed itself completely to the idea that mobility and flexibility are at the apex, making it more focused and faster than any other Call of Duty game before it.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (2016)
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare leaps into futuristic space combat, which you have never seen before. With fantastic graphics and surroundings, the game was very poorly paced in both campaigns and multiplayer.
In this Call of Duty game, you battle in a zero-gravity environment. You also fly a spaceship named Jackal and also have a friend named Ethan, who is a robot. The concept was very awesome and futuristic but failed a deliver the fast pace for which Call of Duty games are known. You do get high action fast-paced combats and battles in the later stages, but it’s a little late till then.
Call of Duty: Warzone (2020)
One of the latest entries in the Call of Duty franchise, Warzone was hit as soon as it was released. This extremely fast battle royal game where you don’t have to spend initial 10-12 minutes for finding loots and attachments like PUBG nor the frustration of emptying a whole mag of a rifle just to inflict some damage off the armor-like Apex Legends. Here you die quicker and heal faster.
Warzone’s prompt deaths are offset by how easy it is to get your teammates back into the fight. Also, not only can you purchase a respawn for teammates at Buy Stations, which are spread throughout the map, but also earn your life back by winning a 1v1 duel in the Gulag.
Call of Duty: Warzone is the best battle royal games out there and has a fast-paced shooting mechanics with continue and consistent action going all around the map. This game focuses more on the firefights than other useless things that most of the battle royal games do.
Black Ops series
Another present and future mix themed Call of Duty series stands second for the best storyline after Modern Warfare and stands 1st for the multiplayer gameplay.
Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010)
You play as Alex Mason, a soldier being interrogated for the information that he can’t remember. You play through the memories in search of information. There are twists and turns throughout with a great end, and the story is very well written and crafted. The plot was never disappointing, but the gameplay was. It had many bugs in the campaign story, from AI to guides.
The game is highly popular in the multiplayer mode. It is always very amazing and fast-paced. Many maps to play and very hard to master. The shooting mechanics are also insane.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (2012)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II is a revolutionary game in the franchise. The best villain to ever be in this franchise. The campaign storyline jumps between various characters’ POV and also in time.
The Cold War timeline missions follow Alex Mason and Sgt. Frank Woods from the first Black Ops title, while the 2025 missions follow David, Alex’s son. All characters’ arcs are intertwined with the antagonist, Raul Menendez, and his organization Cordis Die.
Black Ops II surely has a great story campaign but what sets it apart from the rest of the titles are its alternate endings. The intels you ignore or the decisions you make will significantly impact the ending of your campaign. This was the standout feature in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III (2015)
Talking about the campaign, it’s very futuristic and built in a sci-fi background with cyber powers and AI simulation. It’s very similar to Advanced Warfare. The Black Ops III does not continue with the decision and consequences method like its previous title as it comes with a linear storyline.
This is the first time in the Call of Duty franchise that players can select to play as a female character.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III has the most brilliant multiplayer of all. Co-op missions are very interesting, and overall gameplay and combat mechanics were great and satisfying for the audience in compensation for its campaign.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (2018)
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 does not have a campaign but has three prime modes. The modes are Multiplayer, Zombies, and Blackout.
The multiplayer does get some narrative path from the Specialist HQ, which results in a good training ground for every multiplayer character. Their introductory missions contain story cutscene.
Zombies mode also includes two major storylines. These storylines are very hard to follow, as the story of each individual map is hidden behind the Easter egg challenges.
Blackout mode instead presents a highly polished and creative take on the basic battle royale formula with a first-person shooter focus. It’s tense, death means an instant game over, and much of your game relies on the luck of your drop.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (2020)
Cold War is the direct sequel to the Black Ops series covering the missions and events of the 1980s.
The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is the latest game in the franchise and is promising a way back to the beloved Black Ops titles.
Read about all the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (2020) details and more.
Call of Duty: Ghosts (2013)
It’s a nice standalone to have and not much to talk about. It’s a Call of Duty from a different universe and different characters. It does stick to the franchise’s core elements of fast-paced shooting and amazing setpieces. Although apart from graphic benchmarks, it is not as good as any other title in the franchise.
Call of Duty: Finest Hour
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
Call of Duty: World at War – Final Fronts
Call of Duty: The War Collection
Call of Duty: Roads to Victory
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized
Call of Duty: Black Ops DS
Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified
Call of Duty Online
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Force Recon
Call of Duty: Zombies and Zombies 2
Call of Duty: Strike Team
Call of Duty: Heroes
Call of Duty: Mobile
Call of Duty: Combined Forces
Call of Duty: Devil’s Brigade
Call of Duty: Vietnam
Call of Duty: Roman Wars
The Call of Duty is never going to get old and the franchise will keep on delivering its fast-paced first person shooter games. In the coming years more titles will come up and it’s a never dying game. These were all the games that Call of Duty franchise has released till now.
We would be updating this Call of Duty Games List every time when a new COD game is released.