Call of Duty
The Call of Duty franchise includes the most popular first person shooter games ever: the Modern Warfare series. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 had the biggest launch in the history of shooting games and future shooter games online will struggle to reach the standard that Modern Warfare 2 has set.
Call of Duty is a series of award winning first person shooter games that has attracted a fanatical following approaching that of the renowned HALO shooter games trilogy or the MLB Show simulation games. The Call of Duty shooting games were developed by several game companies over the years including Treyarch and Infinity Ward and are published by Aspyre Media and Activision. Call of Duty plays on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo consoles and twelve different Call of Duty shooter downloadable games have been released to date: six in the main series and six spin-off games. The latest in the main series, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, was released in November 2009 and Call of Duty 7 is presently being developed.
All Call of Duty shooter games, except the Modern Warfare games, are set in World War II. Modern Warfare is, as its title suggests, set in modern times and the action plays out in areas like Afghanistan and Siberia. The Modern Warfare 2 shooting games feature a single player mode, a online or local co-operative player mode and an online multiplayer mode. It is thus one of the most versatile shooter games online today. Each mode features several missions and these shooter games even offer in-game host migration where a player can change his game persona during gameplay. Modern Warfare is also rare among first person shooter games as it features intelligent enemies whose behavior changes from game to game and ‘kill streak’ rewards where the more kills a player chalks up, the more he is rewarded.
Four different retail versions of Modern Warfare 2 were released, each with different extras, and players could choose which version they wanted out of Standard, Hardened, Veteran or Prestige. Xbox Live also has downloadable packs for these games and other marketing tools include a comicbook series, action figures and a card game. The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 shooter games had the largest launch of all first person shooter games in history and over 4.7million games were sold within 24 hours of its release.