Call Of Duty: World At War (15.02 Million)
Kicking off our list is a Call of Duty game that, while achieving slightly higher sales than some others we'll mention, remains less popular: World at War. Call of Duty: World at War doesn't diverge significantly from its franchise counterparts.
However, it does stand out with its enhanced and fuller content, offering players various ways to progress through the game. Despite not being the biggest hit in the series, its sales figures tell a different story.
With a total of approximately 15 million sales, it's clear that World at War holds its own in the franchise, demonstrating success rather than failure.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 (14.3 Million)
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 distinguishes itself within the franchise as the only title without a traditional single-player campaign. This game is notable for focusing exclusively on its multiplayer aspect, which includes various modes like the popular Battle Royale.
The decision to omit a campaign and cater primarily to multiplayer enthusiasts may have impacted its sales to some extent. Despite this, Black Ops 4 still managed to perform reasonably well in the market, with a total of approximately 14.3 million sales.
This figure indicates that, although it took a different path compared to other entries in the series, Black Ops 4 was far from being a sales disappointment and holds its place respectably among other Call of Duty titles.
Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare (13.6 Million)
So, fans hated Infinite Warfare, and many consider it to have one of the worst CoD campaigns ever made. When it was released, the main criticism centered on its failure to align with the demands and expectations of Call of Duty players. The game's futuristic setting and space combat, while innovative, strayed too far from the franchise's traditional elements.
This deviation led to a disconnect with the core player base, resulting in mixed sales and reception in the gaming market. And yeah, besides, I don't think anyone considers this one to be among the best CoD multiplayers; it was terrible.
Call Of Duty 3 (7.2 Million)
Moving on, we have Call of Duty 3, a game that, despite being well-crafted for its time, experienced lower sales. A significant factor contributing to its subdued performance was the era in which it was released — a time when the gaming world wasn't as bustling as it is today.
But even then, people consider it to be one of the worst Call of Duty games of all time, and there are many reasons to see it this way.
Call Of Duty 2 (5.9 Million)
Alright, it's obvious that older games can't be expected to compete with the sales of newer releases. Initially, the series stood out with its World War theme, but with the expansion of the gaming world, player expectations have shifted.
Looking back, the original Call of Duty might be seen as a stepping stone in the context of today's gaming landscape. Developers faced challenges in keeping the series fresh and engaging, particularly with the absence of a consistent lead character.
This concern led to a strategic approach in later games, focusing on creating narratives and gameplay that would sustain and grow the fan base, ensuring the series' continued success.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (5.7 Million)
Black Ops Cold War, the anticipated game expected to be a top-seller in the Call of Duty franchise, turned out to be a significant disappointment for many players. The primary reason for its unsuccessful and unsatisfying performance was its premature release. Developed on an older engine, the game suffered from numerous technical and mechanical issues.
Call of Duty 1 (4.5 Million)
The CoD game with the worst sales is actually the first in the series. This game, originally Call of Duty: Finest Hour, was a significant catalyst in the gaming world. It attracted gamers who lved World War 2 themes but were looking for more multiplayer action than other games in the genre offered. Acting as a friendly rival to the Medal of Honor series, it uniquely filled a gap in the market.
To say it merely took advantage of its situation would be an understatement. The game had a decent beginning and finally sold over 4.5 million copies, some ten years after it first came out. Of course, considering that this is the first Call of Duty game and the series was not that successful at that time, this number is pretty normal. So yeah, in this case, low sales do not reflect the quality of the game.