Call of Duty is the most popular FPS franchise, without a doubt. This blockbuster franchise has taken this console generation by storm, and it shows no signs of slowing down. While multiplayer may be the key feature of these games, the campaign is always the first thing I play. This series has had some amazing missions, and these are the ten that I feel stand out the most. My normal rule of one per franchise obviously doesn’t apply here, and neither does one per game. Also, spoilers for the Modern Warfare series and the Black Ops series. Ready? Then go, go, go!


10- Turbulance (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3)

In the first Modern Warfare game, there is a frustrating mission named Mile High Club. (For the record, it is the most unfitting name for a mission in Call of Duty history, but I digress) This is Mile High Club done right. You play as a bodyguard of the Russian president who fights off terrorists attacking the plane. The moment that really makes this level is when the plane flips in the air, and everything goes into bullet time. Papers, bodies, and soldiers go flying around in slow motion as you rack up kills of stunned terrorists. At the end of the mission, the bottom of the plane falls off and you tumble out of the plane into the forests below.


9-Victor Charlie (Call of Duty Black Ops)

Oddly enough, Victor Charlie is one of the only missions in Call of Duty: Black Ops that is actually set in Vietnam. Victor Charlie starts off like any good war story starts: a helicopter is shot down in the jungle. From there you sneak around a Viet Cong camp and finally set charges on a dam. After blowing it up, you and your fellow soldiers storm a Viet Cong village and lay waste to them before they can even react. The mission wraps up in a satisfying way that I would hate to spoil, but it is worth the ride.


8-The Battle of Pointe du Hoc (Call of Duty 2)

The only pre-modern warfare level on this list is the most iconic out of all of 1-3’s levels. This is a D-day level done right. Landing on the beaches of Normandy while allies get gunned down all around you captures that Saving Private Ryan feel perfectly.


7-Time and Fate (Call of Duty: Black Ops 2)

In Time and Fate, you actually get to play as the villain Raul Menedez. In fact, you get to play as him while he is slicing heads of in slow motion with a machete in a desperate attempt to save his sister from Frank Woods. It is a fun part of the mission, but the rest is your standard point and shoot affair.


6-Hunter Killer (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3)

Hunter Killer is a mission that doesn’t waste any time. After an atmospheric swim through a flooded tunnel, you arrive in New York Harbor only to see bombs raining down on the skyline. From there the level is a breakneck mission where Night Vision is actually useful. And of course, the mission ends with tons of explosions.


5-Of Their Own Accord/Whisky Hotel (Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2)

I don’t know why, but I have always liked stories about people defending their home countries during an invasion. Movies like Red Dawn and game like Homefront are centered around that idea, but nothing comes even close to the scale of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s subplot. Some missions switch from the view of Task Force 141 to a Private in the US Army. This saga of missions starts off with a unit of soldiers fighting for control of West Virginia while Russian troops parachute out of the sky and helicopters get shot down all around you. But this saga wraps up during the missions Of Their Own Accord and Whisky Hotel. I know I am kind of cheating by picking two, but these are so similar that I had to include them both. After taking West Virginia, Ramirez and co are sent up to Washington DC, where the Russian troops are wiping out any remaining resistance in the area. In this duo of missions, you fight for control of almost every iconic monument and building in the Capitol Mall. The scale of these missions is huge, and some of my favorite moments in the franchise take place during these two missions. From retaking the white house to defending soldiers in a bunker by the Washington Monument, everything here is a highlight.


4-Vorkuta (Call of Duty: Black Ops)

Vorkuta is the most unique mission in Call of Duty: Black Ops. You and a group of Russian prisoners start a prison riot that eventually leads into a full-scale prison break. After escaping the underground tunnels, you fight your way through the prison yard and take down a bunch of security towers with a giant slingshot. Eventually, you make it into an armory where you get a gatling gun and lay waste to everybody who dares to oppose you. And if that isn’t enough, the mission ends with a fast-paced motorcycle chase through the countryside leading to you escaping on a cargo train. It is a mission that manages to stay in the Cold War-era drama while still delivering Call of Duty’s iconic high octane thrills.


3-No Russian (Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2)

“Now remember. No Russian.” Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2’s opening mission is the most controversial in the entire franchise. You are an undercover CIA agent who has joined up with the terrorist Makarov, hoping to get some dirt on him before he starts World War III. The squad of terrorists enters an airport dressed as US soldiers, and massacres everybody they see. From cops to businessman, nobody gets away alive. You can only move in a casual walk, and almost nobody even puts up a fight. This level tested the boundaries of what was acceptable in gaming, and showed the horrors of war and showed how far a man will go to get what he wants.


2-Cliffhanger (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2)

Cliffhanger is one of the few Call of Duty missions that mixes both stealth and action perfectly. In the first half of this mission is a perfectly-paced stealth segment where you take out your enemies with silenced guns and your knife while attempting to sneak into a Russian outpost. Once you get inside, your partner is compromised but you have the perfect distraction. You blow up a building. When the Russian soldiers are distracted, you go in guns blazing to escape. And if that isn’t enough, you get away by driving a snowmobile off a cliff while shooting holding a pistol sideways. That’s what I call a stunning exit.


1-All Ghillied Up/One Shot One Kill (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare)

In All Ghillied Up, you crawl past an entire army, silently take out guards, and botch a sniper shot. Also, you play as the best Call of Duty character in the entire series, Captain Price. And if that isn’t enough, it is followed up with another great mission, One Shot One Kill.