Video gaming has revolutionized the world since its inception. Within this revolution the genre of military gaming has gained a unique foothold that will not be easily relinquished. Within various publications the rankings of the top 5 military video games of all time may differ with the exception of one or two. Fan popularity in combination with the overall gameplay has been compiled to formulate the rankings. Below is a listing of the five best military video games of all time based on this criteria.
5. Call Of Duty: World At War
This Treyarch production set on the Eastern Front as well as in the Pacific was released to coincide with the 64th anniversary of D-Day. Two campaigns merge to form one plot. In this version of Call of Duty players for the first time engage the Japanese Imperial Army. Beach heads, jungles and ridges mark this video game which is rife with ambushes. This game earmarks the term “casualties of war” as countless losses are inflicted.
4. Medal Of Honor
1999 proved to be the year that war-based video gaming would never be the same. This foray into war games was directed by Steven Spielberg and was first introduced on Sony’s Playstation became a long standing series for game maker EA. This first person shooter game is set towards the conclusion of World War II with the imaginary Lieutenant Jimmy Patterson at the helm of the OSS squad with the intent purpose of annihilating the opposition’s position while destroying as many opposing forces in the process.
3. Modern Warfare 2
Infinity Ward’s first person shooter game is the 6th installation of the Call of Duty series as a continuation of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The thoroughness of this multi-player game received extremely high praise not only from critics but from the public as well whose contributions helped to make this the 2nd highest selling game of all time. With almost 5 million copies sold within the first twenty four hours of release, a variety of characters are used during this campaign. Goals are accomplished in a wide range of fashions which vary from arriving at checkpoints to the defense of strategic positions. Co-op missions some of which require two player support while others can be accomplished alone enhance the gameplay.
2. Men Of Valor
This first-person shooter is a simulation of Vietnam War infantry combat. The storyline is set in 1965 at Da Nang and rich in historical content for which it received high praises. From the onset this video game is filled with intrigue as the military base comes under heavy military fire. Plots which include the extraction of hostages as well as secret missions which require the capture of top VC commanders give this game the feeling of witnessing history as it unfolds.
1. Modern Warfare 1
This franchise has entered the niche of war video gaming and never looked back. Fourth in the Call Of Duty franchise, this marks the beginning of Call of Duty’s foray into present day military campaigns. Infinity Ward hit a home run with this Call of Duty, releasing versions for all major gaming systems in addition to the PC. Intermingling plots which play like a film place this version of Call of Duty at forefront of war video gaming. Set in the Middle-East and Russia, complete with modern weapons and technology, Modern Warfare has been unanimously named the best war-based video game of all time by critics and fans alike.
Don Ramsey is a retired U.S. Army officer and co-author of the guide to the most service friendly colleges at MilitaryEducation.org.