From Microsoft striking a deal to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson reportedly being in talks to make a Call of Duty movie, a Modern Warfare 2 reboot and a Warzone sequel being confirmed, and the series planning to skip an annual release for the first time since 2004, there's simply been a nauseating amount of headlines to stomach for COD fans so far this year.
As such, now would probably be as great of a time as ever to break down, reflect and chronicle some of the all-time best maps from the iconic first-person shooter series.
DBLTAP's All-Time Top 5 Call of Duty Maps
Of course, the concept of trying to make a list of the "best" Call of Duty map of all time is impossible. However, hopefully, many can agree that at the very least, each of these entries has an argument to be in the conversion at all. Since we already did a Top 5 Call of Duty Multiplayer Maps of All Time list a few months ago, this one will be more focused on the overall legacy for the series. Here are five of the most iconic Call of Duty maps of all time, according to DBLTAP.
5. Verdansk (Call of Duty: Warzone (2020))
It's fitting that today is the second anniversary of Call of Duty: Warzone because Verdansk easily makes this list. Just as with Warzone in general, Verdansk deserved to make this list just based on its downloads, monthly active users (MAUs), revenue generated and digital footprint alone. In their 2020 Annual Report, Activision reported that Warzone brought in over 100 million players through to December 2020 since its March 2020 launch — over three times the number of people that played Call of Duty in 2018 — and that it's clear that they have since been increasingly dependent on their ability to "develop, enhance, and monetize" free-to-play games.
4. Kino der Toten (Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010))
Kicking off the list is perhaps the most iconic Zombies map in Call of Duty history, Kino der Toten from the original Black Ops. The natural pacing, simple yet addicting replay value and overall startling vibe, Kino remains the go-to Zombies map to this day and was deservingly remastered in Black Ops III.
3. Firing Range (Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010))
A hotbed for high-scoring games as well perhaps the most "fair" small map in series history, there's a reason Firing Range has been revived in Call of Duty: Online, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and Call of Duty: Mobile.
2. Rust (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009))
Perhaps the most iconic 1v1 map of all-time in the first-person genre, Rust is the backdrop of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360's "golden days." While maybe not the best setting for actual competitive games, Rust is easily one of the all-time most beloved maps in Call of Duty history.
1. Nuketown (Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010))
This Black Ops staple has been remastered nine different times across six different Call of Duty titles. While it's certainly chaotic as hell and perhaps a bit overplayed, there's no denying that it is one of, if the most popular map ever seen in the series. Nuketown has always been synonymous with Call of Duty.
Make sure to check out our history of the Call of Duty franchise!