Call of Duty is a first-person shooter video game franchise. The series began on Microsoft Windows in 2003, and later expanded to consoles and handhelds. Several spin-off games have been released. The earlier games in the series are set primarily in World War II, including Call of Duty, Call of Duty 2, and Call of Duty 3.
Beginning with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which is set in modern times, the series has shifted focus away from World War II. Modern Warfare, released November 2007, was followed by World at War (the final game in the series to take place entirely in World War II) and Modern Warfare 2. Black Ops, released November 2010, takes place in the Cold War, while Modern Warfare 3, released November 2011, takes place in a near-future setting. Black Ops II, released November 2012, takes place mainly in the year 2025. Call of Duty: Ghosts was released in November 2013. In May 2014, Advanced Warfare was announced. On April 9, 2015, Treyarch announced Black Ops III. On November 2016, Infinite Warfare was released; initial reactions to the game were notably very negative.
Installments with their own pages
- Call of Duty (N-Gage)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified
- Call of Duty: Ghosts
- Call of Duty: World at War – Final Fronts
Why many of these games suck
- A repetitive yearly series that's nothing but new maps, story, and weapons. Sure, Advanced Warfare had a new game engine, but that's all. As an example, a cutscene in Call of Duty: Ghosts is recycled from MW2.
- The series' success contributed to the over-saturation of shooter games in modern gaming.
- Terrible fanbase that mainly consists of little kids, despite the (post-COD4) games in the franchise having a rating of M for Mature. Most of them also swear despite being kids because they hear other players do the same.
- Most of the other fans are fratboy dudebros.
- The terrible series sold well enough and gained positive reviews and were milked to make COD channels.
- Heavily overrated series, and nowadays other FPS franchises have taken the spotlight from it.
- The PC versions of all post-World at War games (except Black Ops III) lack any sort of mod support, which is strange considering that PC games are usually mod-able, including the earlier games.
- The series is heading to a futuristic setting which does not fit into the Call of Duty series (with the exception of Modern Warfare), making the series not feeling like Call of Duty anymore. This is especially apparent with the initial reaction of Infinite Warfare, which was extremely negative.
- After the massive fan backlash that Infinite Warfare received, the series is returning to its original World War II roots with Sledgehammer Games' Call of Duty: WWII.