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Opinion: Ranking the Top 5 Call of Duty Campaigns

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From 2003 to 2018, these are the five best Call of Duty campaigns.

While the latest installment of Call of Duty ditched the traditional campaign, there are still fourteen action-packed stories that fans continue to love. From World War 2 to the distant future, Call of Duty has taken players to places near and far.

Looking back at these single player narratives, I ranked my top five campaigns based on how memorable they were. Missions that stuck with me years after the credits have rolled.

Here are my personal top five Call of Duty Campaigns:

5. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

The most futuristic Call of Duty campaign is also the prettiest. Hopping around planet after planet, witnessing some of the most stunning sky boxes I’ve ever seen, IW proved that Call of Duty can be more than just gritty war zones.

While you’re definitely fighting among explosive debris like in other campaigns, I remember just looking up whenever I had the chance and marveling at the stars and ships in the sky. Piloting a Jackal left me wanting more and played better than most dedicated spaceflight games.

4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 is literally memorable moment one after the other. No Russian. Burgertown. Whiskey Hotel. MW2 captured the feeling of defending your own soil. Fighting enemies in suburban America or the nations capital was rarely done in video games, but MW2 did it anyways.

Aside from the amazing locales, it fleshed out the relationships between series legends like Captain Price, Shepard, and Soap that are still relevant 10 years later.

3. Call of Duty: Black Ops

What makes the first Black Ops so noteworthy is just how they told the story. After every mission you were flashbacked to the interrogation room having to recount your lost memories. You became attached to Alex Mason and started to trust the characters around you. The infamous twist at the end of the game surprised me completely and had me seeking revenge for my lost comrade.

The grounded sci-fi story balanced outlandish moments with real world events that kick started the Black Ops series and defined what Call of Duty is today.

2. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

After three World War 2 games, Infinity Ward chose to mix up what the series was all about and brought Call of Duty into the 21st century. While smaller modern day first person shooters existed at the time, Call of Duty 4 was the first to do it on a AAA scale.

From playing as a Saudi president being led to his execution, to literally being blown up by a nuke. This game learnt so much from blockbuster movies and put that same action into gamers hands.

1. Call of Duty: World at War

Treyarch knew they had to do something different with World at War. In a market saturated with World War 2 shooters, Treyarch chose two theaters of war and just focused on that. For one half of the campaign you’re fighting alongside the American army against the Japanese forces. Burning down fields with a flame thrower was enough to signify that this isn’t you’re typical shooter.

On the other end of the spectrum was Germany’s eastern front. From the Battle of Stalingrad to storming the Reichstag, World at War took you through events that actually happened in one of the most immersive ways possible. Tearing down the streets of Berlin with Reznov felt like you were really part of this all-out war.

Japanese bayonets hurling straight towards your face and Nazi limbs flying in the air. World at War depicted the enemies as the villains they were and pulled no punches when it came to brutality. Mix that with historically accurate events and a sound World War 2 story makes for my favorite Call of Duty campaign so far.

Let me guess… you disagree with this list, eh? Sounds about right. I’d love to know your favorite Call of Duty campaigns in the rankings below. 

Apex Legends

Apex Legends Season 13 review: Newcastle saves lackluster update

The Apex Legends Season 12 update boasts a host of content, finally brining a new Legend to the game that makes a meaningful impact.

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Apex Legends’ brand-new character Newcastle has well and truly arrived in Season 13, dominating the limelight among various changes and new content.

Apex Legends Season 13: Saviors has officially arrived, and now that players have had some time to enjoy the new content, it’s clear what stands out in the community.

With major Ranked changes, Storm Point update, and various Legend and weapon buffs and nerfs, Season 13 has no doubt made an impact on the ever-growing battle royale game. However, the brand new Legend Newcastle has definitely stolen the show.

Apex Legends Season 13 review

A welcomed Ranked overhaul

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Apex Legends Season 13 brought some much-needed changes to the Ranked system. Players had been calling for changes for some time, and finally, the devs delivered in Season 13: Saviors.

This huge Ranked overhaul was dubbed “Ranked Reloaded,” and brought changes to most aspects of the competitive game mode. The most significant of these changes are around the way in which players receive Ranked Points (RP) and Kill Points (KP).

These changes give the mode a much more team-orientated vibe, which is exactly how it should feel. The devs introduced demotions as well, which the community had been calling for.

This will no doubt make the lobbies more competitive and also make the system more accurate at placing players in the Rank that reflects their skill level. This will also encourage players who are “hard stuck” to continue pushing and developing their skills to reach the Rank they are aiming to stay in.

These changes have been greatly welcomed so far, but of course, as they overhauled the system there are some issues and small tweaks that will be needed. If you’d like a more in-depth look at the changes, check out our guide on Ranked Reloaded.

Lackluster content & changes

Storm Point

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Apart from these impactful Ranked changes, the update did bring a slightly underwhelming map update to Storm Point, as well as a lack of meaningful changes to Legends and weapons.

Storm Point was given a brand new POI, the Downed Beast. Despite this POI being great fun and having a well-thought-out design, one new POI for such a massive map definitely feels underwhelming.

Of course, Storm Point also got the new IMC Armories on the map, and these are great for getting high-tier loot. However, again, there isn’t much map change, just a new POI and some of these new IMC Armories that have popped up around the map, which is quite disappointing.

Legends & weapons

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Season 13 also failed to bring a new weapon to the game, which many had been hoping for. Apart from the massive Kraber and Helmet changes, not much has changed with both the weapons and Legends in the game.

Light weapons are now much weaker than Heavy due to the R-301 going into the Replicator and both the Flatline and Spitfire being placed back in floor loot. The only Legends to receive big changes were Rampart and Valkyrie, leaving the community disappointed to see no changes for Lifeline.

In general, Season 13 has failed to bring significant changes to the Legends and weapons in Apex Legends, which makes the gameplay feel slightly stale.

Newcastle is the Savior

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Despite all of this, the brand-new Legend Newcastle is the saving grace for Season 13. Newcastle is a refreshing Legend that stands out as a dominant force, which sets his release aside from the previous Legend introductions that have been deemed unimpressive by the community.

The Mobile Guardian has a very strong kit with abilities that feel impactful and worthwhile. Newcastle can change the tide of a fight with his Ultimate, make a push easier with his Tactical, or even play a supportive role with his Passive shield revive.

His introduction has definitely shaken up the meta in Season 13, competition with the likes of Gibraltar and Lifeline who have both been dominant picks for many seasons. Newcastle is a blast to play, and although he may need a few tweaks as his abilities are definitely strong, he doesn’t feel overpowered.

This new Legend stands out as the most entertaining and impactful introduction within the Apex Legends Season 13 update, saving the season from an otherwise disappointing launch.

Verdict: 6/10


Remember, we will be getting some new content throughout the season which could brighten up the update and bring some great new content. With that in mind, check out the leaked Awakened Collection Event.

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Warzone’s 2nd Anniversary: The best & worst metas in Warzone history

Warzone’s second anniversary is here, so we’re looking back at all of Call of Duty’s metas and revealing which were the best and worst.

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March 10 marks Call of Duty: Warzone’s two-year anniversary, so we’re taking a look at the best and worst Warzone metas throughout its history.

When a gun is considered ‘meta’ in Warzone, that means it’s the most powerful weapon at the time. Keeping Warzone’s meta as balanced as possible has been a constant battle for devs Raven Software, where they release several updates a month that make major changes to the best and worst weapons.

When the meta is balanced, it means that you don’t necessarily have to use the best weapons to succeed. However, some metas are so game-breaking that you’re forced to use a specific weapon to have a hope of competing.

We’ve looked back on every meta across Warzone’s first two years and picked out the best and worst metas the game has seen, plus we’ve discussed what the meta looks like on Warzone’s second anniversary.

Call of Duty: Warzone’s best meta

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While something can be said for Warzone’s M4A1 and Grau 5.56 metas, we believe the Kilo 141 and MP5 meta was the most balanced the game has ever been. While powerful and easy to use, the Kilo 141 and MP5 never felt like they were the be-all and end-all weapons.

There was plenty of room for experimenting with different loadouts, and no weapon felt too dominant. You could still use the Grau, CR-56 AMAX, or M4A1 if you wanted, or you could try out something whacky like the SCAR.

Aside from the AS VAL and SPR-208 being broken for a little while, Warzone’s meta was in a fantastic place during Modern Warfare Season 6, but that all changed when Black Ops Cold War integrated in December 2020.

Call of Duty: Warzone’s worst meta

Warzone DMR 14

It will come as no surprise that the DMR-14 was Warzone’s worst meta, with the game being infamously nicknamed DMR-zone during Cold War Season 1.

The AUG/M16 and FFAR 1 meta could be considered just as bad, but the biggest issue was how long the DMR was meta for. It hit a pick rate of almost 30% at the height of its popularity, but it felt much higher than that in-game.

With incredible damage, a fast fire rate, low recoil, and almost infinite range, the DMR-14 wasn’t fun to kill people with, and it certainly wasn’t fun to be killed by. The community was crying out for nerfs, but the first round wasn’t enough. Then, the DMR was finally nerfed and the FFAR 1 and the burst rifles took over.

Luckily, Raven Software dropped a ton of nerfs after Verdansk was nuked and Verdansk ’84 arrived, and even though the Krig 6 and FARA 83 became dominant, nothing has come close to the DMR-zone.

How is Warzone’s meta on its second anniversary?

Bren LMG in Warzone Pacific

After some accidental buffs to both Vanguard’s Bren LMG and PPSH-41 were reverted, Warzone Pacific Season 2’s meta is in a pretty good place.

The Bren is still dominant at long-range, but weapons such as Cold War’s AK-47, Vargo 52, Automaton, and Cooper Carbine can all give it a run for its money.

The close-range meta is also fairly balanced, with the MP-40 still remaining a popular choice and many switching over to the Owen Gun. With more weapons set to arrive in each of Vanguard’s upcoming seasons, we’ll likely see plenty of new metas hit the game.


We might not even be playing this version of Warzone for its third anniversary, as Infinity Ward have confirmed that ‘Warzone 2’ is in development and will arrive during Modern Warfare 2‘s lifecycle.

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Caldera Clash proves Warzone needs more LTMs

The success of Warzone Pacific Season 2’s LTM Caldera Clash is proof that more LTMs could be a great thing for the battle royale.

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The Warzone Pacific Season 2 update introduced Caldera Clash, a limited-time mode that players instantly enjoyed and its success should open the door for more Warzone LTMs.

Warzone LTMs are far from a new concept and players have enjoyed some over the years including Payload, Caldera Clash, and Armored Royale. While not all of these modes were met with acclaim from Warzone players, it’s safe to say there have been few LTMs in Warzone.

Despite the lack of LTMs in Warzone, the same cycle seems to occur when a new one is introduced in which players ask the devs to bring the limited-time mode back. We believe this happens because LTMs work well as a change of pace in Warzone and introducing more would be a fantastic idea.

Caldera Clash menu screen

Caldera Clash may have looked familiar seeing as it draws from the Clash mode on Verdansk ’84 and Warzone Rumble. Even the successful Caldera Clash can’t technically be considered an original concept, which Warzone desperately needs more of.

Caldera Clash is a large-scale TDM-like game mode with two teams that takes place on the Caldera map. To understand why Warzone would benefit from more LTMs we must first take a look at why Warzone players enjoy Caldera Clash.

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For starters, Caldera Clash was a great mode to level up weapons quickly. With how notoriously slow Vanguard weapon levels progress, players loved the notable boost from Caldera Clash gameplay.

The second major factor that made players truly enjoy the LTM was its much more forgiving gameplay when compared to Warzone’s traditional battle royale style. Caldera Clash offered casual players a fun new way to enjoy the game without constantly being put in a blender.

Caldera Clash proved to be an excellent change of pace for players who may have been growing tired of the Vanguard Royale and Battle Royale playlist since Caldera’s December 2021 arrival. Therein lies the true value of LTMs in that they bring a valuable change of pace to a game that we’ve been playing for years.

As the above post on the Warzone subreddit explains, not only was Caldera Clash less punishing for casual players but it has the potential to reinvigorate interest in both the Vanguard Royale and Battle Royale playlists once the LTM disappears.

Offering a variety of game modes for a limited time then tightening the focus on core offerings could be a great strategy if used correctly by the devs.

The fact that players are clamoring for LTMs to return once they disappear is a wonderful thing and it means the mode served its purpose by breaking up the monotony of Warzone.


For more Warzone, check out NICKMERCS & TimTheTatman explain how to make Warzone 2’s map perfect.

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