Ah, the game that started it all: Call of Duty. The first Medal of Honor installment was released November 11, 1999. Four long years later, this masterpiece was released to the world. Perhaps inspired by the successes of the MoH series, CoD 1 established the franchise with a spectacular single player campaign and addicting multiplayer, taking the first step in embedding Call of Duty into the history books of gaming. How could anyone forget the timeless map, mp_harbor?
Next up, the successor to the original FPS smash hit: Call of Duty 2. Giving gamers a fresh campaign and shiny new set of multiplayer maps, CoD 2 shortly became the new, preferred fan favorite. With clear graphical improvements and overall added polish, it seemed the Call of Duty franchise had nowhere to go but up.
Enter Call of Duty 3. Hated by the PC community for its console exclusivity, yet praised by the console fanatics for its superiority over both of its predecessors, the public reception of CoD 3 varied, and was undoubtedly torn. Blessed with an enjoyable campaign and yet another consuming multiplayer experience, many seemed to have no quarrel with the third installment. Adding vehicles much larger maps into the MP fray, CoD 3 retained its popularity and continued to expand its audience. However, was the series being silently eclipsed by DICE's multiplayer masterpiece, the "complete MP experience unlike anything before," know as Battlefield 2? Maybe, but what we do know is that with the next CoD chapter would change the face of the franchise, for better or for worse...
Modern Warfare. That's right folks, World War 2 became old news for the moment in the FPS realm. It was all about perks, hardcore sniping and modernity. Whether you liked it or not, Modern Warfare received critical acclaim across the board, as well as numerous gaming awards from web sites and popular publication sources. Infinity Ward brought back CoD with a fantastic modern flare, one that would plant the seeds for a future of great consternation and success.
Certainly the cause of countless prepubescent tantrums, page long forum rants and millions of rage quits, Modern Warfare 2 is perhaps the most controversial FPS of all time. Praised by many, but condemned by an equal amount, vilified by professional reviers, but heartlessly bashed by many other critics, it's difficult to develop an opinion on the game unless you've truly play it yourself. Variety of weapons, weapon attachments, killstreak rewards, perks and name tag achievement have either engrossed the gamer, or beset him/her with a plague of inscrutable anger. Love it or hate it, MW2 has been, and continues to be a Call of Duty installment that has branded its mark on the industry.
Last but not least: Black Ops.
My personal favorite you ask?
What Calls you to Duty?