Top 10 Call of Duty Games With the Best Campaigns

This list is about the best and worst Call of Duty campaigns.
The Top Ten
1 Call of Duty: Black Ops Call of Duty: Black Ops Product Image

This is peak Call of Duty storytelling. It was hard deciding between this and MW2 but in the end for me I decided that BO has a far better intense and interesting story. Every character from Alex Mason to Viktor Reznov is engaging and rememberable. The Black Ops series goes downhill after BO2 but BO1 also works great as a stand-alone game, every mission has memorable scenes and every character has at least one awesome line/quote. SPOILER ALERT! Plus the twists of Reznov being dead and Mason's involvement in JFK's assassination is epic

It feels fresh every time you replay it. The missions are so action-packed, and the story seems like it is just a bunch of random flashbacks. In reality, it is all connected, and it is truly amazing watching all of it unfold. They have vehicles present, they have some amazing battles in Vietnam, tons of memorable plot twists, amazing characters, and they even brought back tons of WWII weapons for one mission, to tell a continued story to the WAW campaign. I personally loved WAW to an unbelievable extent, and playing this mission for the first time gave me chills. Call of Duty was advancing here, but soon plummeted. I feel this was a campaign worthy of the peak of the franchise. Even if you are not a huge fan of Call of Duty- play it. It is more than Call of Duty. It is even above boyfriend campaigns. Truly wonderful.

If you don't think this campaign falls into the top 3 you have a small mind. It was one of the few campaigns that blended historical events, had engaging and dramatic plot twists, and a story that made you think twice. Maybe the explosions or grand battles weren't as prevalent like in Modern Warfare 2, but unlike Modern Warfare 2 (which was painfully non-suspenseful and dull, despite big battles), Black Ops offered a changing story and a plot you had to follow closely to understand. For those who didn't like this campaign I think you just lack the intelligence to understand it... or didn't give it a chance because the multiplayer was lacking.

This game starts off with an absolute bang and ends with a satisfying conclusion. You as the player, develop a bond between the characters and start to feel like you are actually within their shoes. This is a campaign filled with plot holes, mysteries, and unexpected twists! For everyone who enjoyed Call of Duty WAW's campaign, this story is connected to it in a couple of ways including the return of some characters and a mission entirely set-up in the 1940's after WWII. Even when you finish the story, there is a lot of conspiracy which leaves the player thinking and developing theories. Of course, I forgot to mention that it takes place during the Cold War and the Vietnam war so if you are interested with that, this is a must-play!

2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Product Image

The modern warfare series does the best at making you hate the enemy... Modern warfare 2 makes you just want to stab general Shepard in his ugly traitorous face. Why ghost, why!?!?

This game was gorgeous on PS3. What many think of as the last great Call of Duty had a masterful campaign. It was creative, original, and the emotional buildup+plot twists are unmatched

This campaign is awesome! It is full of action. This game makes me want to keep playing it and playing it.

This campaign makes no sense compared to Modern Warfare 1, how can it be second?

3 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Product Image

I'm not a huge Call of Duty fan. I just feel like other games compete on a very close level. Not a huge fan of ultra-realistic combat simulators either. My first FPS love was Halo: Combat Evolved. I like sci-fi fantasy shooters most, mainly for the reason that it tends toward making a more interesting story-line. This game, however, is one of the few of those games whose storyline was absolutely captivating. I beat it twice. Just now I've started downloading the remastered version, and I plan on beating it again.

This was a revolutionary game when it came out, and the campaign was the first story in which you actually feel connected to the characters and feel for them.

Honestly an amazing story, characters, atmosphere and game play.

This campaign is one of the best campaigns in gaming history!

4 Call of Duty: World at War Call of Duty: World at War Product Image

This was the only Call of Duty that actually kept me interested in the campaign. From guerilla warfare in the Pacific to marching through Europe, this campaign displayed what real battle looks like, not some unrealistic jet-pack movie sequence like the newer campaigns.

Call of Duty went back to their roots with this game while keeping the narrative, cinematics, and gameplay style that made Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare before it so popular. The combination really pays off with this being my favorite campaign in the series. A lot of memorable moments.

Really man, Call of Duty world at war had best campaign.
The storyline was awesome, characters were epic, gunplay was fair.
This is the best world war 2 game in which we kill Nazis.
Zombies mode was playable.

Still the best campaign for me. I have played it countless times and it never gets old. Amazing game overall as well. Still my top Call of Duty game.

5 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Product Image

What I like about this campaign was the diversity of mission locations. Unlike Cod4 where you're mostly in Caucus mountains, this game puts you in Sierra Leone, New York city, Somalia, Berlin, Paris, London, Hamburg, and Prague.

The campaign was just so memorable, it improved in nearly every aspect amazing progress and story telling everything detailed and the ending like always intense unique and unforgiving.

This campaign has special moments like sniping, tanks, Helicopter jumps and more... But however, This campaign has a lot of recycled stuffs from MW2, This point is dissapointing.

This game deserves every bit of recognition it gets.

6 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Call of Duty: Black Ops II Product Image

The story was written by Christopher Nolan, one of the greatest film director's and writter's of all time! The same man who created the Dark Knight series, Insterstellar, and much more! The gameplay in the campaign is terrible, unlike Black Ops 1 I'll admit, but the story is phenomenal! Also unlike Black Ops 1, we got a fantastic villain! Menendez is incredible, relatable, and unpredictable. I highly recommend this game merely for the story, but nothing else. The Zombies was awful and the multiplayer... Well, let's say that it's so bad it's good. Still, it has a strong story with a better villain, and is definitely worth giving a go!

One of the most fun Campaign experiences in all Call of Duty Games, the story was pretty good, the setting was decent, the characters were interesting, the missions were exciting, you could choose your loadout, had branching paths to the story, had secrets hidden here and there, and it had optional side missions.

Probably one of the best Campaigns in the whole series, should be around Top 3. Following the story set in BO1 was fantastic, seeing Mason's Son, witnessing Woods age, experiencing these characters again in a new fashion brings in a memorable, nostalgic, and new experience.

Not to mention the different paths and endings this game has, it adds replay value alongside an other feature I'll talk about below. With optional side missions and branching paths it felt like your really made a difference in the story.

One of the most defining aspects was choosing your loadout, in which you unlock weapons as you progress through the story or complete special ...more

The best Call of Duty campaign in my opinion, because for once the villain had some depth of character and motive, who you could feel for, instead of just someone you want to shoot as soon as you are introduced to them. Also the game wasn't as technology focused and was much more realistic than the other future-based games, plus the multiple storylines were very interesting, because choices finally mattered.

Easily the best Call of Duty campaign ever. An interesting plot, terrifying yet somewhat sympathetic villain, multiple choices and endings. While most call of duty campaigns set in the future so far have been complete rubbish, Black Ops 2's setting of 2025 strikes a near impossible parallel between the boots on the grounds warfare of the past, and the believable technological advances of the near future.

7 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Product Image

This Campaign is really cool. It makes you actually feel like a normal ''boots on the ground ''soldier and not a an invincible super soldier!

8 Call of Duty: WWII Call of Duty: WWII Product Image

Definitely in my top 3 favorite call of duty campaigns. You grew connections to so many characters.. I can't really put words into how I felt about it all. I guess the best way to put it is: I felt like I was actually in this war, fighting along-side my brothers.
Aside from the campaign, the multiplayer experience is finally fixed after 3 years of nonsense. Instead of loot boxes dropping stat-altering items, it's all fair. Instead of saving up 30 credits, you earn them as you play. You can still buy them for Call of Duty points, but there's not enough in the loot boxes to make it worth it to someone to blow hundreds of dollars to unlock every loot box item. If you like collections, and wanna get them all the fast way, go for it and spend hundreds. It wont affect how you do in matches, so good luck to you type of people out there.
Zombies is pretty interesting as well. I'll let you guys figure that one out on your own.

I think this call of duty should of been number one. Its all around fantastic. I have played them all, some that feel to short, other a slap on the face and other great ones. This one one that has to be the best out to date.

Should be higher up this game is well deserving of a greatest Campaign I'd say the realism they put into the story made for one of the top 5 campaigns at least.

Best Campaign of all time..

9 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Product Image
10 Call of Duty 2 Call of Duty 2 Product Image

So much Nostalgia! And no silly stealth missions where the unrealistic one-man-army aspect of Call of Duty shines really through, just combat, big battles and the most world war 2 you will get in the Call of Duty series. Also it didn't only last 5 hours to complete, which is nice...

The campaign is so simple that it's awesome. I loved missions like the pipeline and also repairing the telephone wire.

This game is supposed to have the best storyline in Call of Duty history, simple and sweet

The Contenders
11 Call of Duty Call of Duty Product Image

I bought this game back in 2005 when the multiplayer was still extremely active. The campaign was just like any other first-person-shooter at the time, except Call of Duty's had three different parts. There is an American campaign, a British campaign, and a Russian campaign. The Russian campaign is the most memorable, as the missions are the longest and most dramatic out of all the campaigns. The American campaign is probably the least memorable out of the three, as the missions are broad, and are quite short. The British campaign is long, but it doesn't include any super action-packed scenes. The guns available in the game are amazing compared to any other first-person-shooter made around 2003.

Classic, I love this game very much. It actually in only number 9 because it's old though, but I have no complains about the game. One of the best campaigns for its date.

12 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Product Image

The story was awful, but fun... I can't say I didn't have a bad time! Kevin Spacey's performance was spot on, even though his character became Hitler in the end, and declared war on the world by threatening every world leader at a UN meeting right after getting accepted into it (stupid). I just thought the story was lazily written. The gameplay definitely makes up for it, though!

I think the reason why people hat e this game is because all you do is be like robocop and hire one of the guys from house of cards ( or house of cods, get it ) with eyes that don't blink during gameplay ( but is still funny ) but personally I think this is one of the best Call of Duty games ever sin mw2. Everyone ready for black ops 3? How do I know black ops 3 is the next Call of Duty, because Call of Duty released a teaser of the game yesterday. it is hard to find so go check it out

I personally loved this game's campaign. It had weird pacing, but it put all of the control in the players hands, so it felt like you were actually doing stuff. When something happened, it feels more like "Wow I just did that! " than "I pressed a button and watched a mini movie play out."

One of the best in my opinion. Every character had a great fighting aspect while staying completely Badass

13 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Product Image

By far...I will say again, by far the best campaign, I actually felt that emptiness what you feel when you finish your favourite series.
Multiplayer is not bad at all, no major problems with it, just the hate, because of the space theme. This is not what the community asked for? Guys, we have a new Call of Duty every year! See through the cloud of hate, and realise how good the actual game is.

This is the second campaign that actually makes me feel for the characters. It is so deep and intricate. The characters are amazing and hell even Ethan, a damn robot makes me feel for him. The end of this campaign is really saddening to me. MW3 is the other campaign that was good. Say what you want about this game but the campaign is amazing

The reason I loved this game was that Infinity Ward chose to do a change and risky move which angered diehard fans. Campaign has to be my fourth favorite.

The campaign for this game is pretty damn good, it's got a mass effect vibe to it, the characters are memorable and the writing is terrific. And I want a shooter that is 100% in zero g with full 3d movement.

14 Call of Duty: Ghosts Call of Duty: Ghosts Product Image

Call of Duty Ghost really wasn't that hell of a game, I personally hated Extinction and the Multiplayer was meh, but if you ever get Ghosts, you should get it for the campaign, I really loved it, trough the story you slowly learn to know the characters. And of course Riley, the dog, which was an pretty awesome addition. The story gets really emotional and the cliffhanger made me pretty darn mad..
I was really hoping for a Ghosts 2, with the critics of the community and fans they could make the Multiplayer etc. a lot better and continue the thrilling story.

But of course there's the childish Call of Duty community that burns the whole game to the ground saying they want something new; well that's what they got when Ghosts came out, and now we're here: Seeing Call of Duty burning for it's faults, Having to make a Star Wars 2.0 called Infinite Warfare, and that, my friends, is where the community is coming back in to give their very negative 'opinion' by burning everything of ...more

Call of Duty ghosts had some of the best champaign gameplay and the game brought me close to the characters. The multiplayer was not the best in the series but in my opinion and many others it had the best champaign gameplay and story. From the betrayal to the atmospheres of the levels it was great. Controlling Riley in one of the missions was one of the things players enjoyed about the game and how the Call of Duty franchise started to get into a new age that people would enjoy.

Worst campaign in the whole series by far. I'm guessing all of the comments here were posted on opposite day, because none of them are true. The majority of hate ghosts gets is because of its campaign. Multiplayer and extinction aren't perfect, but they definitely dance circles around the campaign. Not only did it reuse and recycle models and textures from past titles, not only was it overly cliché, not only was it boring and easily forgettable, not only did it piggyback on the success of black ops 2, not only did it make no sense and have nothing to deliver, but the main reason that tops all of them is that ending. Literally the biggest middle finger by a company in gaming history. The sole reason it happened was to make a piss poor excuse for a sequel that it doesn't deserve. It can't even be called a cliffhanger, its not worthy of that title. But I guess that's what happens when you don't give 2s about your product and only about maximizing possible profits. I will never EVER ...more

Wonderful, unique missions, characters,storyline, damn, this was a good campaign, with a new twist and a dog this is really one of the most thrilling Call of Duty campaigns, ever, I doubt if there will be one as good..

sad that the whole Call of Duty community had to burn the game down because they did'nt like it, and then they get something new and you can wait for them to burn it again. Beautiful campaign, just beautiful. And then, yeah, that cliffhanger.. Well there would've been a Ghosts 2, with everything the player wanted but no, no constructive critism, but burning the whole game to the ground for being something new, well yeah.

15 Call of Duty 3 Call of Duty 3 Product Image

This campaign is great, but it has a lot of problems, no real radar or minimap, This game is forgettable.

16 Call of Duty: Black Ops III Call of Duty: Black Ops III Product Image

Black Ops III is the only Call of Duty game that has a true narrative behind it. Filled with mystery that pulls you in for more with a massive revelation at the end. The plot can be confusing for some and it's not aimed at your traditional Call of Duty crowd. The BioShock like mechanics is also worth a mention.

The multiplayer is by far the fastest paced in the series and does a good job at ridding the game from campers. Over all this is by far and wide the best game in the series.

Campaign is old. Its like playing through advanced warfare AGAIN. The characters all lack personality, they're just soldiers. This is the only campaign I never finished it bored me so much. Its just shooting your way through levels. That's it. Nothing special.

EPIC GAME! I have not played the campaign but multiplayer is AMAZING. Zombies isn't bad but black ops2 zombies is better, On Call of Duty black ops 3 zombies I have not been able to pass the bit were your on the train.

I'm guessing the main reason for no campaign in Black ops 4 is because many people hated the campaign in this one. Honestly the camapaign in this game was kind of bad. But the game itself was great in my opinion. Good Zombies and Multiplayer makes up for it.

17 Call of Duty 2: Big Red One Call of Duty 2: Big Red One Product Image

Me and my friend had sex the other day hehehehe stupid eleven year olds never getting in on the action just imagining it!

You were just so emotionally attached to each of your squadmates.

18 Call of Duty: Vanguard Call of Duty: Vanguard Product Image
19 Call of Duty: Finest Hour Call of Duty: Finest Hour Product Image
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