We are just a couple of weeks away from one the 10 year anniversary of on of the most popular games in the world, Call of Duty. The first copy of Call of Duty hit shelves on October 29th, 2003, and was exclusive to PC. The relentless action and fast paced gameplay is what hooked players to the World War styled shooter. The franchise has had unparalleled success over its 10 year, becoming one of the best selling titles of all time. Today we will be taking a look at the core titles in an attempt to see where the series has come from and what it has become today.
Call of Duty (2003)
The first Call of Duty kicked the series off in the World War II era where players were taking a campaign and various missions that attempted to simulate the battle between allies forces against the Third Reicht. However, unlike Medal of Honor, the war is seen not just from the viewpoint of an American soldier but also from the viewpoint of British and Soviet soldiers.
Call of Duty: Finest Hour (2004)
Know for being the first console installment of the series, hitting PS2, Gamecube and Xbox. The game had no online functionality initially, however, up to 32 could play locally though Xbox's System Link feature. At a later stage the PlayStation 2 port allowed for online play for up to 16 players per session.
Call of Duty 2 (2005)
The game is set during World War II and the campaign mode is experienced through the perspectives of four soldiers: one in the Red Army, one in the United States Army, and two in the British Army. It contains four individual campaigns, split into three stories, with a total of twenty-seven missions.
The game was met with positive reception. Critics praised the game particularly for the graphics, sound and the regenerating health system. The Xbox 360 version sold over 250,000 copies in its first week, and had sold 2 million copies by January 2008.
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One (2006)
Big Red One differs from other games in the Call of Duty franchise in that it focuses on a single Allied formation in the War: the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division, which goes by the nickname Big Red One due to their unit patch which features a large red numeral one. The game covers the division's part in the invasion and liberation of North Africa, the invasion into Sicily, the landing on Omaha Beach in Europe and moving east, eventually crossing the Siegfried Line into Germany.
Call of Duty 3 (2006)
In addition to the single-player campaign, Call of Duty 3 features a wide range of multiplayer modes for players to participate in - each team allowing up to 24 on the PS3 and the Xbox 360, and 16 for the PS2 and Xbox in a single match. This was the first Call of Duty to introduce two different game modes. The "Normalized" mode was added to allow console players a way to adjust to the smaller kill box of Call of Duty, UO, and Call of Duty 2. The title also represented a complete shift to console, thus the title didn't even release on PC.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)
Call of Duty 4 was the first title in the series to step away from the major WW era and brought the title to the modern day. The campaign was relatively short but where this title stood out was with its multiplayer. Soon to become a fan favorite, Modern Warfare grew a huge following and became one of the most successful FPS's on PC's and consoles worldwide.
Call of Duty: Roads to Victory (2007)
Call of Duty: Roads to Victory is a World War II first-person shooter for the PlayStation Portable. It was released on March 13, 2007. The title didn't receive a great reception with the biggest complaint being about the unimpressive and laughable artificial intelligence (AI) that players competed against. Another draw back was the game's control scheme that had been heavily criticized for its lack of intuitive mechanics.
Call of Duty: World at War (2008)
World at War brough the Call of Duty series back to the WWII days. The multiplayer continued to succeed but the hidden gem in World at War was the Zombies mode, which eventually became one of the most popular game modes to date.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (2009)
Modern Warfare 2 furthered the success of the Modern Warfare brand by keeping to the same formula that made Call of Duty 4 such a success. With a new perk system and gun attachments, Modern Warfare 2 became an immensely popular multiplier title.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - Mobilized (2009)
Created for Nintendo DS, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized features the same first-person shooter gameplay found in its predecessors, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: World at War. Mobilized includes new weapons and vehicles, new mini-games such as hacking computer terminals, and taking control of UAV spy drones and an AC-130 gunship.
Mobilized also features a six-person online multiplayer mode including new game modes like Sabotage, where players fight to bring a bomb to opposing bases, a survival mode in which players must fend off waves of enemies at once, and An arcade mode, where players must complete the single-player campaign in a set time limit for points and unlockable achievements
Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010)
Call of Duty: Black Ops had made vast improvements to its campaign by adding a twist filled story line. The multiplayer also added a huge amount of variety that gave players large scale of character customization. Black Ops also introduced a mode solely dedicated to the zombies game mode, that featured hidden plots and new mechanics.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Modern Warfare 3 took steps to completely change the killstreak system in the multiplayer, by allowing players to select from 3 main categories: Support, Assault and Specialist. There was also the new cooperative mode that got introduced, Survial, that didn't receive a great reception from the fans of the series.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (2012)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II most notably introduced two completely different eras in one campaign, meaning players jumped between 1986 and 2025. Black Ops 2 also introduced League play, which offered players to compete and earn a ranking according to their skill level.
Call of Duty: Strike Team (2013)
Strike Team on iOS changed up the Call of Duty Formula by letting player switch between an overhead tactical view and traditional FPS action.
Call of Duty: Ghosts (2013)
Call of Duty: Ghosts is just around the corner, and will be marked as one of the most important titles due to the fact that it will be the first Call of Duty on the next generation of console. Make sure that your for the next step in Call of Duty ready when the title hits shelves on the 5th of Novemeber.
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