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Games Like 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II' to Play Next

If you need a break from the 'Call of Duty' reboot, hone your FPS skills with these other games.
by Jon Bitner — 
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'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II'

Activision

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was one of the best games of 2009, so it should come as no surprise that the reboot, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, was one of the most-anticipated games of 2022. And despite some lofty expectations, the military shooter has (largely) lived up to the hype.

Modern Warfare II follows in the footsteps of 2019's Modern Warfare, serving as a sequel for the reboot. Its campaign centers around such iconic characters as Soap MacTavish, Captain John Price, and Simon "Ghost" Riley as they set out on a globe-trotting mission to neutralize a terrorist organization that's threatening the world. There's plenty of chaotic action to go around in the campaign, but most players will forgo it in favor of Modern Warfare II's popular multiplayer modes.

As usual, multiplayer matches are fast-paced battles that let you go it alone in Free-For-All combat or team up for squad-based skirmishes. If you've played Call of Duty in the past, then you'll immediately be at home with Modern Warfare II. The game doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it does offer tons of graphical enhancements, new maps, and tweaks to the popular Gunsmith feature — which lets you handcraft your firearm to fit your playstyle.

FPS enthusiasts will find tons of content to sink their teeth into with Modern Warfare II, and dedicated fans will probably keep playing until the inevitable release of a new Call of Duty in 2023. But if you're looking for a change of pace or want to check out another game to help hone your skills, there are plenty of other great titles to consider.

Here are 10 games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II to play next.


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Apex Legends

EA

Apex Legends (PS4)

Metascore: 89
Best for: Fans of battle royales
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Also available on: PC, PS5, Switch, XB1

Call of Duty fans have likely already dipped their toes into the battle royale world with Call of Duty: Warzone, but Apex Legends is another one worth checking out. It places a strong emphasis on movement and positioning, with players given the ability to scramble up walls, slide down hills, or zipline away to safety. Gunplay is just as fluid as Modern Warfare II, with each weapon offering its own stats and requiring a bit of nuance to master. Where it really shines, however, is with its catalog of playable Legends. Not only do they bring exclusive abilities to your team, but they're brought to life with incredible character designs and backstories that add a fun layer of lore to the action.

"If you're a fan of the battle royale genre or first-person shooters in general, Apex Legends is at least worth giving a shot." — COGconnected


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Titanfall 2

EA

Titanfall 2 (PS4)

Metascore: 89
Best for: Fans of remarkable solo campaigns
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Also available on: PC, XB1

Titanfall 2 comes from the same studio that created Apex Legends, meaning the two games share a lot of the same DNA. Both offer a futuristic setting, fluid movement systems, and tight gunplay that makes you eager for each new encounter. But unlike Apex Legends, Titanfall 2 isn't a battle royale. Instead, it gives you a surprisingly emotional and thought-provoking single-player campaign. There's also Titans, which are lumbering, mechanical robots that you can pilot to gain extra firepower. Its multiplayer mode isn't as active as it was at launch, but fans of FPS campaigns will find Titanfall 2 to be more than worth the investment.

"Intelligent, creative, and never less than thrilling, Titanfall 2 finally realizes the series' true potential with verve and polish." — GamesRadar+


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Doom Eternal

Bethesda Softworks

Doom Eternal (PC)

Metascore: 88
Best for: Fans of frantic, ultra-violent shooters
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Also available on: PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch, XB1, XBX

Doom Eternal is an FPS that never gives you a moment to breath. The action is fast, fierce, and requires both incredible reflexes and careful strategizing to survive. You'll play as the iconic Doom Slayer as you try to eliminate Hell Priests and bring peace back to Earth. Along with being fast-paced, Doom Eternal is remarkably violent: It's not uncommon for the screen to explode in various hues of red. Its multiplayer mode isn't nearly as popular as Modern Warfare II, but its chaotic single-player mode is reason enough to check out this highly reviewed shooter.

"A ceaseless, panicked nightmare that pushes you to point and click with more skill and style than ever before." — PC Gamer


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Halo Infinite

Xbox Game Studios

Halo Infinite (XBX)

Metascore: 87
Best for: Fans of sci-fi shooters
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Also available on: PC, XB1

With a robust, open-world campaign and ever-growing competitive multiplayer mode, Halo Infinite is a well-rounded FPS. Most players will immediately gravitate towards its online offerings, which come in both ranked and casual varieties and include a gigantic Battle Pass with unlockable content. However, Halo Infinite's campaign isn't to be missed. It offers another bombastic adventure as Master Chief, but unlike past outings, you're given the freedom to explore its world as you see fit. New weapons, enemies, and a nifty grappling hook make it a blast to explore the dangerous Zeta Halo, and both longtime fans and newcomers alike will find much to love about the latest installment in this beloved franchise.

"Whether you want a big, mysterious sci-fi adventure or a chance to engage with some intense PvP, Halo Infinite nails the shots where it counts." — Game Informer


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Destiny 2

Bungie Inc / Activision

Destiny 2 (PS4)

Metascore: 85
Best for: Fans of cooperative and competitive multiplayer
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Also available on: PC, PS5, XB1, XBX

If you're looking for an FPS that offers just as much cooperative content as it does competitive, consider making space for Destiny 2 on your hard drive. The game has built up a mountain of content since launching in 2017, and as one of the most-played games on Steam, it shows no signs of slowing down. Beyond the usual running and gunning found in the FPS genre, Destiny 2 makes liberal use of RPG mechanics, letting you craft your Guardian as you see fit. There's also an endless stream of loot that gives you a constant sense of progression and reason to check out every game mode it has to offer.

"Evolved beyond what anyone imagined, Destiny 2 realizes the FPS-RPG dream with a richness, warmth, and player-minded benevolence that needs to be played to be truly understood." — GamesRadar+


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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Valve

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (PC)

Metascore: 83
Best for: Fans of tactical shooters
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Also available on: PS3, XB360

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is an unforgiving FPS that has you trying to plant or defuse a bomb at critical locations on the map. No respawns are available in its most popular game mode, but you'll get to equip yourself with weapons and gear using money earned from previous rounds. Success largely boils down to working as a team, moving tactically through each map, and learning the recoil and firing pattern of each gun. After a long stint as a premium game, Global Offensive is now free-to-play. Dedicated players can opt to spend real cash on cosmetics, although the game is entirely enjoyable without opening your wallet.

"A glowing reminder that quality game design is rewarded in longevity and variety." — games(TM)


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Call of Duty Mobile

Activision

Call of Duty: Mobile (iOS)

Metascore: 81
Best for: Fans seeking more Call of Duty
Where to buy: App Store
Also available on: N/A

Call of Duty: Mobile is a standalone game that takes the standard Call of Duty formula and faithfully ports it to your smartphone. It looks absolutely stunning for a mobile title, and you'll even be treated to a handful of iconic maps from across the series' history. Beyond slick graphics and well-designed maps, Call of Duty: Mobile offers a bunch of competitive game modes, Gunsmith, and seasonal rewards. Its touchscreen controls are highly customizable, making it easy to control the blistering action without a controller, and rounds are short enough to play while on the bus or waiting in line at the grocery store.

"Call of Duty: Mobile follows the essence of the original series, bringing the famous shooter to mobile devices." — IGN Italia


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Overwatch 2

Blizzard Entertainment

Overwatch 2 (PC)

Metascore: 80
Best for: Fans of hero shooters
Where to buy: Battle.net
Also available on: PS4, PS5, Switch, XB1, XBX

Overwatch 2 has caught flak for its lackluster Battle Pass and monetization schemes, but that doesn't diminish its fantastic minute-to-minute gameplay. Like its predecessor (Overwatch), you'll jump into team-based battles that revolve around a roster of unique characters. Some, like Mercy, allow you to heal your teammates, while others, like Junker Queen, bring deadly shotguns and impressive melee skills to the frontlines. Learning each character's intricacies and coordinating with your team is just as important as honing your reflexes. And with a PvE mode expected to drop in 2023, there should be plenty of content to keep you coming back for more.

"A wonderful shooter full of depth, with unique heroes to master, maps to learn, and hours of your life to lose all over again." — God is a Geek


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Rainbow Six Siege

Ubisoft

Rainbow Six Siege (PS4)

Metascore: 73
Best for: Fans of team-based shooters
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Also available on: PS5, Stadia, XB1, XBX

Rainbow Six Siege moves at a much slower pace than Modern Warfare II. Instead of speeding around maps gunning down everything in sight, Siege makes you play cautiously as you only have one life per round. Get eliminated, and you'll have to spectate until the round ends. That alone raises the stakes of each encounter, but toss in destructible environments, a roster of unique characters, and constant updates, and it's easy to see why Siege has such a big fanbase. You're also given a wide degree of freedom to customize your loadout, and though it's not as elaborate as Call of Duty's Gunsmith, it's still fun to tinker with before each match.

"A breath of fresh air against an overwhelming fog of twitch shooters." — PlayStation LifeStyle


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Battlefield 2042

EA

Battlefield 2042 (PC)

Metascore: 68
Best for: Fans of gigantic multiplayer maps
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Also available on: PS4, PS5, XB1, XBX

Battlefield and Call of Duty have something of a rivalry, although it seems to have cooled off in recent years. Both games are military shooters that drop you into chaotic matches, but Battlefield has always opted for large-scale encounters compared to Call of Duty's smaller skirmishes. Battlefield 2042 takes things to the next level, with more than 100 players roaming around its maps as they commander vehicles, secure chokepoints, revive teammates, and cause as much mayhem as possible. Critics weren't too thrilled with the game at launch (due to some missing features and technical issues), but subsequent updates have fixed many of its faults.

"Battlefield 2042 brings the sandbox back to the series in bold and controversial ways." — EGM