There's no question that Call of Duty has been the most successful franchise in gaming history. With 9 PC/Console games (excluding Ghosts), mobile apps, portable console games, millions of players, and more, it has defined the first person genre in the world of gaming.
The Call of Duty title that granted the game instant popularity was Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Taking this into consideration, this article doesn't feature maps from Call of Duty 1,2, and 3. We will look back at every single Call of Duty title from Modern Warfare to Black Ops 2, and pick out the top 20 multiplayer maps of all-time.
20) Turbine (Call of Duty: Black Ops II)
Turbine is a rather large map. From open fields, to flanking routes, to a big crashed airplane in the center, this map offers a variety of different play styles. What really sets it apart is the rocks and cliffs. You can climb nearly all rock on this map, which gives it more verticality and easier movement.
19) Dome (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3)
Dome is a really small close-quarters map. The action in this map never stops. There's always something attacking you, whether it's enemy players, AI driven vehicles, or bouncing betties. It's also pretty balanced from both ends, with a large Dome almost at the center. What keeps this map from ranking higher on the list is that it's too fast. Fast paced maps are nice, but in Dome you will find yourself dying one second after spawning several times per game, and it gets pretty annoying.
18) Hijacked (Call of Duty: Black Ops II)
Hijacked is set on a yacht afloat in the middle of the ocean. It is really fast paced, but unlike Dome, it doesn't let you face the problem where you die a second after spawning. Another thing it does right is that it provides areas suitable for all kinds of weapons. It's one of those rare fast paced maps where you could easily use a sniper or semi-automatic rifle.
17) Showdown (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare)
Showdown is set in the desert, and mainly consists of a courtyard surrounded by a 2-level structure. This map is pretty fast-paced, and the courtyard is exposed to all the enemies, regardless their position on the map. This allows for a dynamic experience. It's pretty fun to play, as you have to continuously cross the courtyard and be shot at from all directions throughout the game.
16) Scrapyard (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2)
One of the most fun maps to play in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is Scrapyard. Almost every single player is always holding a sniper rifle in this map, which is what gave it the title "The Snipers' Playground". Whether you're running through the destroyed airplane parts, jumping on top of them, or providing overhead cover from the 2 buildings on each end of the map, you can use a sniper easily. This sets the map apart from other Call of Duty maps, and it's extremely fun to play.
15) Summit (Call of Duty: Black Ops)
Summit is a snow covered research facility on top of a mountain. It's probably the best snow map in any Call of Duty game, simply because it's fun yet extremely competitive. This map has more flanking routes than most of the maps in Call of Duty: Black Ops, which forces you to watch every step you take. The center is the main research facility, and it's a large indoors area filled with computers. The action in this particular area never stops; you cannot step in it and not be shot at, whether it's from the lower floor, or the upper floor windows.
14) Vacant (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare)
Vacant is a rather small and tight map set in an abandoned office building. It mainly consists of corridors and tight rooms, with accessible parts of the outer area. This map is pretty fast paced, and you have to watch your front, back, left, and right, as the enemies could appear from any of the numerous corridors and rooms. You often see players rapidly looking in all directions, as the map gives you a sense of claustrophobia. You never know where an enemy will appear from.
13) Highrise (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2)
Highrise, just like Scrapyard, is usually a snipers' playground. It's set on the roof of a skyscraper, and any wrong step could lead to your death. The very moment you spawn there's a line of site that leads to the other teams' spawn. You could be sniped 2 seconds into the round. The lines of sight here are great, as you could strategically take out many enemies without having to hide behind windows or barrels. What sets it apart are the many secret areas you can reach. There are lifting cranes you can jump on outside the map, and there are high floors on the structures found on each of the 2 sides of the map which you can reach using secret ways. Even up until today, not many players know how to reach those areas, and even if they did, it's pretty hard to attempt it.
12) Firing Range (Call of Duty: Black Ops)
Firing Range is without a doubt one of the best maps to play in Call of Duty history. There's no routine behind the games on this map. Each game goes differently, and you can't really "expect" anything to happen. The structures in it offer nice base-to-base gunfights, and the single tower set in the center of the map is the destination every sniper wants to reach. Not only do snipers fight over that spot, but it's a challenge to reach the top. The climb is high, and while climbing, you're exposed to every single side of the map, so it might take you several tries to make it up there alive.
11) Favela (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2)
Buildings, rooftops, jumping... This map offers things that no other map can offer. Favela is set in the slums of Rio, and contains tall buildings and several alleys. You can enter the buildings, run and jump on their rooftops, or clear out every enemy you find in the alleys. While walking, an enemy might be right above your head and you wouldn't realize it. This map can accommodate many different play styles, as you can snipe from the rooftops, use sub-machine guns in the alleys, or grab an assault rifle and shoot enemies from behind a building window.
10) Backlot (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare)
Large buildings, mounted machine guns, secret paths, and more are all found in Backlot, one of the maps that define Call of Duty's multiplayer. There are small and large buildings, the largest being a perfect area for snipers, yet a dangerous one, as there are several entrances to the upper floor. The alleys give the map a close quarters aspect while players are running through them, but the buildings reinforce the need to use long range weapons.
9) Dome (Call of Duty: World at War)
Dome is a close quarters map set atop a building called Reichstag. The indoors structure is large and domed, thus the name "Dome", and there's an outside area accessible to players. This map is very dynamic, as it merges into a really small area 2-level buildings, an open outside area, a tight indoors area, stairs, and flanking routes. Also, don't forget the famous pit in the indoors section, it's always a bummer when you fall in that.
8) Terminal (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2)
Terminal is a map set at an airport in Russia. The indoors area is filled with luggage, tiny shops, counters, and tables. The outside area is open, with cargo boxes everywhere, and an accessible plane where many gunfights take place. The noticeable thing is that the plane has realistic seats, meaning you can enter the seats, hide behind them, and use them as cover or as a hiding spot. Terminal is one of the most popular private match maps in Call of Duty history, as it's really fun to play whether it's a 1 vs. 1 or 6 vs. 6 game, which is why it deserves a high spot on the list.
7) Rust (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2)
Definitely one of the smallest maps in Call of Duty history (after shipment), and one of the most played offline/private match map, is Rust. It's basically a tiny squared map with large metallic structures you can climb. If it ever pops up online, you know you'll have one of the most fast paced games ever. Every time you spawn you're being shot at because of random bullets. The enemy wouldn't have realized that you spawned there yet. The center metallic structure is massive, and really high. You can climb to multiple levels on it and get an overview look of all the battles happening below.
6) Nuketown (Call of Duty: Black Ops)
Nuketown is a nuclear testing facility set in the Nevada Desert. It is most definitely one of the most popular maps in Call of Duty history, as the map design and flow of gameplay are unmatched. It's almost symmetrical from both sides, and provides some of the most organized fast paced action in any Call of Duty game. Try playing "Demolition" on this map with 11 other players, you will definitely have a lot of fun.
5) Castle (Call of Duty: World at War)
Castle is a large map set in Japan. It offers everything from tight spaces to high sniping areas. The map's colors give it a really unique feeling, and so does its design. It has two main buildings with balconies and high towers, and a cliff where one of the teams spawn, giving the players many different heights to use to their advantage. It's really fun to play in regardless the number of players, and it's one of my favorite maps for "Capture the Flag".
4) Bog (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare)
Not many Call of Duty maps are set at night, and out of the ones that are, Bog is definitely the best. The small yet open field with tanks, buses, and other platforms used for cover provides really fun and all-around gameplay. There aren't many paths in this map; it's mainly a large circular field, meaning the enemies could appear from any direction to kill you. It provides a few perfect sniping spots for the sniper lovers, and fast-paced gameplay from all directions.
3) Overgrown (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare)
Overgrown is an open wide map that provides significantly slower gameplay than the usual Call of Duty maps. With long grass that's used as perfect cover for snipers in their ghillie suits, two bridges, and several buildings set around the map, it urges the player to use strategic positioning to get his kills. Strategic snipers usually love this map because of the opportunities presented to them. They have building windows, large grass fields, and several platforms to use as sniping positions.
2) Crossfire (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare)
One of Call of Duty's true masterpieces. Very similar to the eyes, yet very unique. Up until today you can still walk into internet shops and find people playing local games on Crossfire. It's very balanced, very dynamic, both fast and slow paced depending on how you choose to play. Not much explanation is needed for this map. You have to play it yourself to know what I'm talking about.
1) Crash (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare)
Here it is. The holy grail of Call of Duty. The map that everyone loves. The map that left its mark in the Call of Duty franchise forever. Crash is the best map I've ever played in a Call of Duty game, and it was voted by Call of Duty players worldwide as the top Call of Duty map of all time. The several buildings, flanking routes, and amazing fast paced action inside and outside those buildings made this map deliver a truly unique experience. If you call yourself a real Call of Duty player, then you will realize that this map is a masterpiece.
There you have it, the top 20 Call of Duty maps of all time. Honorable mentions go to: Skidrow (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2) - Jungle (Call of Duty: Black Ops) - Shipment (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare) - Makin (Call of Duty: World at War) - Mission (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3) - Yemen (Call of Duty: Black Ops 2)