From storming the beaches of Normandy to battling zombies in a burning house, these are the 10 craziest campaign missions in Call of Duty series history.
Since 2003, the Call of Duty series has been delivering story campaigns full of crazy missions that try to outdo each other with over-the-top set-pieces, surprising plot twists, and disturbing moments. There have been over 100 Call of Duty missions to date, but out of all of the missions fans have played through so far, these 10 are the craziest.
Before reading on, please note that this article will contain spoilers for the entire Call of Duty series.
10 All Ghillied Up (Call of Duty 4)
The Call of Duty 4 mission All Ghillied Up is widely considered to be one of the best campaign missions in series history, and for good reason. It stars a young Captain Price as he sets out on Britain's first assassination mission since World War II. Price and his commanding officer, MacMillan, don ghillie suits and attempt to sneak by enemy forces in Chernobyl to line up a shot on their target, Imran Zakhaev.
Whereas most levels in Call of Duty 4 embrace the "guns blazing" approach, All Ghillied Up is focused on stealth, close-quarters melee kills, and intense encounters with enemy canines. It also features a good deal of sniping as players crawl through the derelict, radioactive city.
9 Cliffhanger (Modern Warfare 2)
Cliffhanger in Modern Warfare 2 begins with players scaling a frozen cliffside. After reaching the top, it then becomes a stealth mission, as players kill their way through a compound full of heavily armed enemy combatants. Stealth goes out the window near the end of the level, though, forcing heroes Roach and Soap to make an incredible downhill escape on a pair of snowmobiles, with trigger-happy enemies in hot pursuit.
8 Demon Within (Black Ops III)
The campaign in Black Ops III is mostly nonsensical, but it does feature one of the franchise's craziest missions. Demon Within is a trippy rollercoaster ride through a number of visually striking settings, including a trip to a World War II battlefield, and a burning house full of zombies. It also transports players to a strange void with a single, glowing tree in its center, effectively blending outlandish sci-fi elements with the game's gritty tone.
7 Dust to Dust (Modern Warfare 3)
Dust to Dust is the mission that wraps up the Modern Warfare saga, featuring the epic final showdown between Captain Price and series antagonist Vladimir Makarov. It begins with players in an impenetrable juggernaut suit, mowing down endless waves of enemies – and concluding with a helicopter crash and Makarov meeting a grisly end.
Those playing Modern Warfare Remastered will discover that Makarov can die well before Dust to Dust in Modern Warfare 3. There is an achievement in that game to kill Makarov, creating a time paradox that ensures the events of Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 3 never come to pass.
6 No Russian (Modern Warfare 2)
No Russian is host to one of Call of Duty's most shocking moments. In this brief but disturbing level, players participate in a vile act of false flag terrorism, killing dozens of innocent people at a Russian airport. This mission is considered so upsetting that players are given an option to skip it entirely before they start the campaign.
5 Shock and Awe (Call of Duty 4)
Even before No Russian, the Call of Duty series was no stranger to shocking moments. In fact, one of the game's most memorable, craziest moments is in the Shock and Awe mission from Call of Duty 4. The mission features a number of thrilling firefights, and concludes with the jaw-dropping explosion of a nuclear bomb, the aftermath of which is likely to stick in the minds of gamers for a long time to come.
4 The Battle of Pointe du Hoc (Call of Duty 2)
Before it made the jump to a modern warfare setting, the Call of Duty series had its roots firmly planted in real world historical conflicts. In Call of Duty 2, Infinity Ward recreated the incredible D-Day beach landing from World War II. From soldiers dropping dead all over the beach to brutal close-quarters encounters with Nazis in fortified bunkers, Call of Duty 2 does an admirable job at bringing history's largest seaborne invasion to life. And with Call of Duty 2 backward compatible with Xbox One, even modern gamers can relive the epic battle.
3 Time and Fate (Black Ops II)
In Black Ops II, players are allowed to control the villain for a brief period of time in the mission Time and Fate. In Time and Fate, villain Raul Menendez is thrown into a blind rage after his sister is captured by US forces, and goes on an astonishingly violent killing spree to find her. Menendez's massacre is pure adrenaline-fueled insanity, with his increased health and infinite ammo allowing players to play as an unstoppable killing machine.
2 Vendetta (World at War)
The Vendetta mission in Call of Duty: World at War introduces players to Viktor Reznov, a seasoned war veteran with a penchant for secret sniping operations. Vendetta begins with players crawling through piles of their dead Russian comrades, and then engaging in some long-range sniping kills as Reznov leads them through Stalingrad. It ends with a challenging sniper kill, and then a heart-pounding retreat from an enemy tank.
1 Vorkuta (Black Ops)
Reznov resurfaces in Call of Duty: Black Ops in the mission Vorkuta, where he works together with protagonist Alex Mason to escape a Russian labor camp. Vorkuta is a sequence of insane moments, including the murder of a prison guard, using a slingshot to destroy buildings, inciting a wide-scale riot by releasing all the other prisoners, fighting a helicopter with a harpoon gun, using the Death Machine to slaughter countless enemies, and then finally making a daring escape on a motorcycle through the Russian countryside. With all that goes on in the level, Vorkuta sticks out as one of the most exciting and craziest Call of Duty missions.
There's well over 100 Call of Duty campaign missions as of 2016, and with the franchise's annual release schedule, that number will continue to grow each year. So far, the series has delivered a number of crazy missions full of shocking moments, awe-inspiring set-pieces, and incredible action, and fans can expect that to continue with subsequent entries in the series.
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