Even though most modern Call of Duty games are known for their multiplayer modes, some COD games have single-player storylines that aren’t as well known.
The Call of Duty series is one of the few first-person shooter games that regularly gets a lot of players from all over the world. Even Call of Duty games like Cold War that weren’t as famous made a lot of money. Even though most people think of Call of Duty as a multiplayer or zombie game, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a real campaign mode. The main thing that made COD popular in the gaming world was its unique and gritty Campaign, which was first seen in the first Call of Duty game.
Most new Call of Duty players don’t play the “Campaign” mode. But some die-hard fans play the “Campaign” mode first before jumping into the “Multiplayer” mode. And that’s because most of the Campaigns show more about characters like Ghost and Captain John Price, who fans love. But because Multiplayer is so popular, some Call of Duty Campaigns have been forgotten for a long tim. Even though they should have gotten more attention.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
Restarting the popular Modern Warfare series was a risky move, but Infinity Ward was able to make it work.Fans knew and loved the main characters. But the reboot changed things about them or got rid of them altogether. Fans may not have met Soap or Ghost in Modern Warfare (2019), but the game’s focus on the team leader, John Price, gave them a chance to get to know him better before heading into the more well-known parts of the series, which involve nuclear war, major global transgressions, and government traitors.
In the story, Captain John Price and his team were helped by Commander Farah Karim, who was in charge of a group of freedom fighters who were fighting to protect their country from terrorists and foreign invaders. Players could have easily ignored the reboot of Modern Warfare because this would be the first time they could play Call of Duty on next-gen platforms. Modern Warfare was also forgotten when Call of Duty released Warzone. Which was a Battle Royale for the series and continued the story of Modern Warfare.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
There’s no doubt that the story in the first Black Ops is one of the best in both Call of Duty and all of games. The story of Alex Mason and his connections to secret government plans, implanted memories. And nuclear stress made for an exciting game, and players can thank the famous writer David S. Goyer for that. Goyer had a hand in the story for Black Ops: Cold War. Which makes it feel like a return to form for Call of Duty games and their campaigns.
In Black Ops: Cold War, Bell, a relatively new and unknown operative, worked with iconic Call of Duty characters like Woods and Mason to stop nuclear war. They did this outside of the rules and under the surface. The story is great, very exciting, and has choices and how they affect the story in a way that has never been seen before in a Call of Duty game. Even though the single-player campaign had some exciting parts. Call of Duty: Zombies and Multiplayer’s return to form kept most people from playing it. This was especially true after Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode and Black Ops 3’s futuristic warfare messed up the Black Ops timeline.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022)
The original Modern Warfare 2 is one of the most popular and well-known Call of Duty games. The game was known for its Multiplayer and also for its epic single-player storyline. But Modern Warfare 2 had some controversial parts, like the “No Russian” task that everyone talks about. When Activision and Infinity Ward chose to continue their Modern Warfare reboot with a rebooted Modern Warfare 2, the story was very different, with only a few vague similarities and story beats, like the traitorous General Shepherd and the return of Ghost.
In Modern Warfare2, there is never a real chance of a nuclear war. The game is mostly about world agencies that are forced to fight each other by their governments. The story is great and exciting, and it gives hints about the future of the Modern Warfare series with perhaps its most famous bad guy in the lead. But Modern Warfare 2 was mostly marketed as a return to form in Multiplayer. And players didn’t like that its story wasn’t an exact copy of the first Modern Warfare 2.
Call Of Duty 3
Call of Duty 3 was the third game in the COD series. It came out at the same time as the PlayStation 3 and Wii. And while most of the gameplay stayed the same from the first two games. Call of Duty 3 added something new: key goals that could be changed at any time. That meant that there were more than one way to finish the main level. So players could play however they wanted and weren’t limited to one style. In addition, the single-player campaign had Canadian and Polish tasks. As well as the usual American and British missions that are a staple of any World War II video game.
The multiplayer game mode quickly overshadowed what could have been one of the best Call of Duty adventures. And that’s because “Player and Ranked” matches were added to the multiplayer part of Call of Duty 3 when it came out. Player-type matches were casual games that didn’t affect a player’s K/D. While Ranked-type games let players earn Player Points and unlock Achievements. Also, each team in multiplayer games could have up to 24 people, which was a first for the series.
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is definitely one of the most controversial COD games from the past few years. But not because of its single-player or online modes. Someone stole a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and put it on the internet. Which made Activision crack down on anyone who got it. Also, in France, two guys in masks used tear gas to knock out a truck driver so they could steal a copy of MW3.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was still one of the best games for the PS3. But not because of the single-player storyline. And that’s because the single-player story campaign kept doing the same things as previous games in the series without adding anything new. On top of that, MW3 had some questionable scenes that could upset people. Because they were violent, but these scenes could be skipped altogether. All of these things made it so that MW3 didn’t become one of the best Call of Duty missions.
Call Of Duty: World At War
Unfortunately, the single-player mode in Call of Duty: World at War was just another campaign that was overshadowed by the multiplayer and zombie modes. And while the Multiplayer mode didn’t change much about how the game was played, it did add co-op play. With this new way to play, players could work with up to two other players in split-screen mode on platforms or four other players online.
This new split-screen cooperative mode became one of the best split-screen games on Xbox 360 and PS3 very fast. But this Call of Duty single-player mission should have gotten a lot more attention. Because it had more dark and gritty parts that made it feel more like a game set in World War II.
Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare brought back a lot from previous games, like the Pick 13 system, which was first seen in Black Ops 3. And let players choose guns, attachments, perks, and score streaks within 13 points. Aside from that, players could use an Exosuit that let them do things like boost, dash, and sky jump, just like in the Halo series. With all of these features, players often ignored the Campaign. Because they just wanted to get to the action right away.
But this Campaign had a lot of unique parts that were later used in other Call of Duty games. For example, as players move through the Campaign, they can use the upgrade points they earn by completing certain in-game tasks to improve their Exosuit or weapons. This game also had a great cast of players, including Kevin Spacey (who played the bad guy) and Troy Baker (who played the good guy). But the most important thing is that this Campaign gave gamers the famous “Press F to Pay Respects” joke, which is still used today.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2
Black Ops 2 was another Call of Duty campaign that got pushed away because of multiplayer. And that’s because Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 made a lot of big changes (except for Photo Mode, which was a shame) that would change the competition scene for COD in the future. Black Ops 2 was the first game to have the “Pick 10” system. Which let players make their own unique classes however they wanted. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 also had a competitive mode, now called League Play. That let “casual” players participate in a Ranked League.
The Campaign in Drive Mad was the first game of its kind because it had multiple plots that players could choose to follow. But what made Black Ops 2 really stand out was its Strike Force missions. Which let players take control of a variety of war weapons, like drones, jet fighters, and robots. This underrated Campaign also lets players change their gear before a task. Which has never been done before in the series.
Call Of Duty: WW2
World War II is one of the most common war themes in FPS games. Which makes it almost impossible to win. Battlefield 5 and Call of Duty: Vanguard have gotten a lot of bad reviews. And they are often the least popular games in their groups. Call of Duty: WW2 was attacked even before it came out. Mostly because it didn’t have the Swastika symbol and its playable characters weren’t based on real people. Because of this, many players think that Call of Duty: World War II is the worst COD ever.
Most people didn’t play this game at all because of these small problems. So they missed out on one of the best World War II campaigns in the Call of Duty series. Call of Duty: World War II was different from its predecessors. Because it added Squad mates, who could give you bullets, grenades, call in mortar hits, or spot enemies. But the music was the best part of the Campaign. It was so good that it won six awards at the 16th Annual Game Audio Network Guild Awards.
Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare
The Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer was the second most hated video on YouTube in 2016. So most players may remember it. The fans were tired of the “futuristic” fighting that had become too common in the Call of Duty series, which was the main reason they didn’t like it. Even though it sold the most copies in 2016. It sold the least copies of any Call of Duty game before.
Still, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare had a number of Campaign features that set it apart from games that came before it. For example, it had a unique way to play called “boots-on-the-ground” that made it easy to switch from intense space combat to intense ground combat. Players could also change how their Jackals looked, which let them make the story their own. In addition to the Campaign, the Zombie Mode was also a good addition to the series.
Call Of Duty: Ghosts
Ghosts may be one of the most controversial Call of Duty games. Since some players say it’s the best FPS ever and others say it’s the worst. In the Multiplayer mode of Call of Duty: Ghosts, buildings that can be destroyed were added. This is a feature that is often used in the Battlefield series. This game also had a unique mode called “Extinction,” which was a 4-player co-op mode where players worked together to fight aliens called “cryptids.” But the Campaign is the part of Ghosts that gets the most flak and is least recognized.
Some players and reviewers thought that its Campaign was just a rehash of past Campaigns that didn’t add anything new to the series. Even though this Campaign isn’t the best in the series. It still gave players a unique journey that, unfortunately, only a few got to experience. First of all, Call of Duty: Ghosts was the first and only COD game where you could play as a German Shepard instead of a person. Even though this non-human figure couldn’t do much. It was still able to win over the hearts of a few die-hard fans.