I doubt anyone gives a crap but…
Call of Duty games, in order of best to “worst” in my opinion:
1. Black Ops
2. Modern Warfare (original)
3. World at War
4. Black Ops 2
5. Modern Warfare 2
(I did play Call of Duty 2 but I think it’s been too long to include that)
Why do I feel this way? Well, first off, I judge the games based primarily on their campaigns. All the multiplayers sort of bleed together for me. And in terms of campaign. Let me go through my choices one by one:
1. Black Ops I. Why? Best story, nice and gritty, and an incredible variety in enemy and weapon type (the fact that they included a WWII level that did not feel out of place at all was awesome). The campaign had a little bit of everything. I even got to fight British commandos. Oh joy!
The downside, of course, was that it was “barely interactive”, but I’ll accept that.
2. Modern Warfare, the original. Why? Well, aside from its originality, setting the standard for all the upcoming entries in the franchise, it just had a down to Earth feel that everything subsequent (except WaW) lacked, since they weren’t trying to go for an epic story. The campaign was hearty, and it was just a really solid shooter.
3. World at War. In many ways, this game was subpar. For example, the character voices seemed to be coming from the wrong location all the time, and the enemy AI was glitchy (you could often pass right by them and they wouldn’t shoot you). BUT, it was refreshing to see a gritty take on World War II that didn’t reak of comic-book. And it was nice to finally get to fight the Japanese after fighting their friends to the West in about a thousand other games. And the soundtrack was awesome. A creative and gritty mix of rock, orchestral, and techno that somehow manages to still fit the time period.
4. Blacks Ops II. This game basically sucks until the invasion of Panama begins, then it becomes awesome. It starts off with bad texture work, confusing narrative, clumsily scripted events, and gruesome violence that seems tastelessly shoe-horned in. But after the point I mentioned, it becomes a whole lot of fun! Raul Menendez is a great character, fighting bots is a refreshing twist, and I absolutely love the inclusion of Deus Ex style player choices. Killing Raul Menendez had to be the most satisfying kill in videogame history. Killing the bad guy when you have to in order to progress is one thing. Killing him when you have the choice is another.
5. Modern Warfare 2. Did it have its moments? Definitely. And, sick though I may be, I really loved getting to play as a terrorist. But it was also buggy for me. Lagging, freezing, and crashing. Infact, I couldn’t even finish the game and had to watch the ending on youtube. Then, of course, was the story, which had so many loose ends. Not to mention the whole T141 or whatever your little justice league was called seemed really comic-book like and cheesy. Also, why does fighting Spetnaz feel exactly like fighting thugs in basketball Jerseys in the Favela? Not to mention, the campaign was mighty short. And, multiplayerwise…I’m annoyed enough when I have to use Russian weapons playing as a US Marine, but seeing a bunch of Brazillian gangsters call in a harrier jet is a whole new kind of slap in the face to realism.