Any long-running series is bound to have at least a few iconic quotes — sayings that live rent free in players’ heads long after the credits roll. Here are our picks for the best quotes the Call of Duty series has ever produced.
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There are dozens of amazing quotes from almost all the Call of Duty games, but for my money, it’s the earlier ones that have the most by far. Call of Duty 4, Modern Warfare 2 (2009), the first Black Ops. These are games that helped define and redefine what an FPS single-player campaign looks like, and you’ll find most of the quotes I list from those three games, though there are some from more recent titles as well.
The opening line to a mission so controversial it made national headlines and prompted Activision to put not only a disclaimer about said mission, but also the ability to skip it entirely. “No Russian” was undoubtedly the biggest shock moment gaming had experienced in years, and a defining set piece all but unchallenged in the years since.
You could call this line from Shepherd MW2 (2009)’s mantra, as it defines not only how Shepherd views his actions but also how Price and Soap do at the game’s climax. It’s also something of a condemnation, though I leave such philosophical questions to better minds than mine.
The first new dialog in Modern Warfare 2 (2009) helped set the stage for the entire campaign, as General Shepherd — Call of Duty’s best villain — waxes poetic about the times in which we live and how humans do nothing but repeat cycles.