How to play the Call of Duty Games in Order

Here's how to get started, or freshen up, with the most popular FPS franchise.

Call of Duty is not only known for its action-packed multiplayer, but also its rich storytelling, portraying some of the most iconic and memorable characters in video game history. That said, the vast number of games in the franchise might make the timeline difficult to grasp for both new and veteran players. If you're looking to play every Call of Duty game ever made, this guide will help you decide which games you should play first.

Call of Duty games in Order to Play

GameTimeline
Call of Duty: WWII1940s
Call of Duty: Finest Hour1940s
Call of Duty 11940s
Call of Duty 21940s
Call of Duty 31940s
Call of Duty: World at War1940s
Call of Duty: Big Red One1940s
Call of Duty: Vanguard1940s
Call of Duty: Black Ops1960s
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War1980s
Call of Duty: Black Ops II1980s & 2025
Call of Duty: Black Ops 42040s
Call of Duty: Black Ops III2060s
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare2000s
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 22010s
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 32010s
Call of Duty: Ghosts2020s
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare2050s
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare2100s
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare2020s
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 22020s

This list is based on the in-game timeline and is the best way to play the Call of Duty games if you want to follow the narrative. Although games like Modern Warfare take place before the Black Ops II timeline, we have put them after the latter series because the campaigns are best experienced when you play the games of one series together to better understand the lore and characters.

Therefore, you should play either the entire Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare series or Treyarch's Black Ops series in conjunction. As such, you can choose for yourself which series you want to play first.

Related: Activision will continue releasing Call of Duty games on the PlayStation until 2023, but beyond that is unknown

All Call of Duty games in Order of Release

To give you a better perspective of the diverse franchise, the following table lists the Call of Duty games in their release order.

GameYear of Release
Call of Duty2003
Call of Duty: Finest Hour2004
Call of Duty 22005
Call of Duty: Big Red One2005
Call of Duty 32006
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare2007
Call of Duty: World at War2008
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 22009
Call of Duty: Black Ops2010
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 32011
Call of Duty: Black Ops II2012
Call of Duty: Ghosts2013
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare2014
Call of Duty: Black Ops III2015
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare2016
Call of Duty: WWII2017
Call of Duty: Black Ops 42018
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare2019
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War2020
Call of Duty: Vanguard2021
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 22022

Stay tuned to Pro Game Guides for more Call of Duty content. In the meantime, head over to our article on How to get Rebirth Island Bunker Access Codes in Call of Duty: Warzone.

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I'm a video gaming enthusiast and content writer from India. I've been playing and covering first-person shooters such as Call of Duty and Apex Legends for years now. Besides FPS games, I also like to indulge myself in RPGs every now and then.
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