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Games Like 'Call of Duty' to Play Next

If you're looking to branch out from the series, you have more choices today than ever before. Here are 10 games like 'Call of Duty' to play next.
by Jon Bitner — 
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Call of Duty: Vanguard

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Call of Duty is one of the bestselling franchises around, with its latest installment (Call of Duty: Vanguard) earning impressive reviews and topping the charts in 2021. Offering a variety of single-player content, cooperative campaigns, and a popular competitive multiplayer mode, Vanguard gives fans everything they've come to love about the series.

Vanguard might be the newest entry, but 2020's Call of Duty: Warzone still manages to pull in legions of players, too. The game is a fast-paced battle royale, throwing 150 combatants into a single match and forcing them to duke it out to be the last one standing. Developers Infinity Ward and Raven Software regularly add new and unlockable content — which is part of the reason its community is thriving after more than two years on the market.

The other reason is its tight gunplay and deep customization options. Whether you're looking to post up on rooftops with a sniper or rush through building with a shotgun, Warzone supports a wide variety of playstyles. It also boasts an incredible map, which is constantly being reworked to give fans a reason to come back and keep exploring.

Both Vanguard and Warzone are among the most popular shooters on the market, but they're facing off against stiff competition in 2022. If you're looking to branch out from the series, you have more choices today than ever before. Whether you're looking for cooperative action or highly competitive online play, there's a catalog of great games at your disposal.

Here are 10 games like Call of Duty to play next, listed by Metascore.


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Overwatch

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Overwatch (PC)

Metascore: 91
Best for: Fans of team-based shooters
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Also available on: PS4, Switch, XB1

Overwatch is the first FPS released by Blizzard, yet somehow the team managed to launch a well-balanced product that immediately sucked in millions of players. As a team-based shooter, you'll select from a roster of unique characters before heading out to the battlefield with your teammates and attempting to outwit your opponents. Dozens of maps are available along with numerous game modes, and there's a seemingly limitless number of unlockable cosmetics. Each character is given exclusive skills that can change the tide of battle, making it easy to find a character that fits your preferred playstyle. An updated version of the game (Overwatch 2) is slated to arrive in 2023.

"It's that intoxicating path of discovery that makes Overwatch so varied, so rewarding, and ultimately another seminal release from developer Blizzard." — GameSpot


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Apex Legends

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Apex Legends (PS4)

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

Much like Warzone, Apex Legends is one of the most popular battle royales of 2022. You'll be grouped up with a few other players before plummeting down to an ever-changing map to scavenge for gear, eliminate opponents, and be the last team standing. Unlockable content abounds, with season passes released regularly and new playable characters always on the horizon. Its gunplay is arguably tighter than Warzone, and its mobility system is leagues ahead of the competition letting you scale walls, zip line across buildings, and slide down hills at a breakneck pace.

"Apex Legends is squad-based battle royale done right, complete with cool heroes, a superb communication system, and polished mechanics." — IGN


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Doom Eternal

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Doom Eternal (PC)

Metascore: 88
Best for: Fans of ripping and tearing
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Also available on: PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch, XB1, XBX

Doom Eternal offers a rather unique multiplayer mode (which is an asymmetrical 2v1 affair), but most players will find more fun in its single-player experience. The game moves at a blistering rate, with demons and other monstrous creatures thrown your way so frequently that it makes other games seem slow. Your arsenal packs a bit more firepower than other titles, too, with plasma rifles, rocket launchers, and supercharged swords that can cut throw hordes of enemies with ease. Fans of Call of Duty's frenetic gameplay will find a lot to love about Doom Eternal, even if its multiplayer isn't as developed.

"Doom Eternal kicks ass. It's smarter than it looks, faster than it looks, and somehow even more fun than it looks." — PCWorld


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Halo Infinite

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Halo Infinite (XBX)

Metascore: 87
Best for: Fans of open worlds and deep competitive multiplayer
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Also available on: PC, XB1

Just as iconic as Call of Duty, the Halo franchise only seems to get better with age. Halo Infinite takes the long-standing gameplay that made the series famous and throws it into a sprawling open world. You're free to tackle quests and side quests as you see fit, upgrading your skills and unlocking new areas as you go. Its sci-fi story is just as engaging as previous entries — but most players will quickly find themselves gravitating towards its free multiplayer mode. This brings dozens of unlockable items, multiple game types, and a deep ranking system that will keep you playing late into the night.

"In the end, it's hard not to love Halo Infinite, which is easily the most complete game in a franchise that's long set the bar for gaming." — New York Daily News


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Destiny 2

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Destiny 2 (PS4)

Metascore: 85
Best for: Fans of live service games
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Also available on: PC, PS5, XB1, XBX

Destiny 2 is what happens when you mix MMO tropes with FPS gameplay. Its world is bustling with players, and you'll quickly find yourself running and gunning with others as you trek across the solar system. A lot has changed since it launched in 2017, although new players will have no trouble diving into competitive multiplayer or teaming up and tackling some of Destiny 2's most challenging content. There's several years' worth of content to sink your teeth into — although some of it is best experienced with a group of friends.

"Destiny 2 is a massive and rewarding game that offers the potential for hundreds of hours of fun and discovery with friends." — Game Informer


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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (PC)

Metascore: 83
Best for: Fans of high-stakes skirmishes
Where to buy: Steam
Also available on: PS3, XB360

Despite launching in 2012, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive continues to be one of the most popular games on Steam. Daily concurrent player counts typically peak at around 800,000, which dwarfs nearly every other game on the list. The reason for its success is simple — it offers some of the best strategic, FPS action you'll find on any platform, and it does it without charging a dime. You'll be tasked with either defusing or protecting a bomb site, with no respawning allowed. That alone makes for some tense encounters, but throw in an impressive list of weapons and handcrafted maps, and its easy to see why millions of players are still flocking to Counter-Strike.

"Global Offensive delivers on the promise of a faithful, polished, and better looking Counter-Strike for whoever wants it." — Destructoid


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Payday 2

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Payday 2 (PC)

Metascore: 79
Best for: Fans of bank heists
Where to buy: Steam
Also available on: PS3, PS4, Switch, XB360, XB1

If you're a fan of Call of Duty's Zombie Mode, Payday 2 might be your next favorite game. It doesn't feature any zombies, but it does force you to work as a team to pull off the perfect heist (a task that's arguably more daunting than the undead). A variety of gadgets are at your disposal to complete your mission, but things truly become fun when you (inevitably) trigger an alarm. This will set off a chain reaction that results in waves of enemies heading towards your location, and you'll need to figure out how to make it out alive without leaving behind duffel bags filled with cash.

"Pulling off a frictionless heist is the exception to the rule in Payday 2, but the tension is still palpable as you try to orchestrate a robbery without getting caught." — Game Informer


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Rainbow Six Siege

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Rainbow Six Siege (PS4)

Metascore: 73
Best for: Fans of tactical combat
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Also available on: PC, PS5, Stadia, XB1, XBX

Rainbow Six Siege pulled in average reviews when launching in 2015, but years of updates have turned it into one of the best FPS titles you can play this year. The team-based game raises stakes by removing respawns and adding destructible environments, making it nearly impossible to tell where the enemy will attack from. A variety of objectives can be tackled (including hostage rescue or bomb disposal), with each playable character bringing a unique skill to the battle. Your best chance for success comes when playing with a group of friends, although jumping into a random match can still result in some high-stakes fun.

"Stakes and tensions run high whether playing solo or in a group, but the game truly shines when you're working with a coherent team, so pick this game up and find one." — Cheat Code Central


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Splitgate

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Splitgate (PC)

Metascore: 71
Best for: Fans of Portal
Where to buy: Steam
Also available on: PS4, PS5, XB1, XBX

What would otherwise be a rather average shooter is brought to new heights thanks to its innovative portal system. This gives you the ability to place a portal on one side of the map, hide in a safe location, open a second portal, and take shots at players from your new vantage point. It's a fun mixture of Halo and Portal, and any FPS fan owes it to themselves to check out the quirky action. There are a few rough edges to the experience (including some lackluster maps and poor matchmaking), but it's hard to complain when the game is offered for free.

"Splitgate is a competitive free-to-play shooter that takes something from Halo, Portal and others to offer a fun yet pretty generic experience." — Multiplayer.it


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Battlefield 2042

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Battlefield 2042 (PC)

Metascore: 68
Best for: Fans of chaotic 128-player battles
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Also available on: PS4, PS5, XB1, XBX

Its launch was plagued with almost as many bugs as Cyberpunk 2077, but Battlefield 2042 is finally starting to come into its own. You'll be thrown into a chaotic warzone that's filled with attack helicopters, tanks, assault vehicles, and up to 127 other players. Your mission is to secure a variety of checkpoints, although a few different modes change up the action — including Battlefield Portal, which gives you a chance to forge your own objectives. It's not perfect, but now is a great time to dive in, as the game only seems to be getting better.

"It's not without its issues, but Battlefield 2042 is off to a fantastic start for DICE's beloved series. All-Out Warfare modes are immersive, Hazard Zone is enjoyable while Battlefield Portal steals the show." — Press Start Australia