The Top 10 Best Call of Duty Games of All Time

Best Call of Duty Games of All Time

Love it or hate it, Call of Duty is gaming’s most successful series to date. With over millions of copies sold every year, there is no stopping the shooter juggernaut that has made a huge name for itself in mainstream entertainment.

Its popularity has blown up so much, it has become a source of reference in movies, tv series, comics, and in other video games as well.

It always holds the record for being the best-selling game of the year and has always been highly praised by mainstream gaming media such as IGN and Gamespot.

Activision, the publisher of Call of Duty, gets the majority of its revenue from this IP. According to Statista.com, it has sold over more than 252 million copies for the last 15 years since its debut in 2003.

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That makes Call of Duty the best-selling video game franchise and it seems like it won’t be stopping there.

With Call of Duty Black Ops 4 arriving soon with refreshing new game modes, new class-based team system as well as the much-anticipated Blackout mode—the CoD version of battle royale, it doesn’t seem like Activision will have a run for its money.

Whether you’ve been a fan since the first game or just started playing the series, we’ll be going through the best CoD titles that diehard fanboys consider the greatest hits in the last 15 years.

Before we begin jotting down the best titles in the series, let’s take a look back at how it became so popular and how it made first-person shooter games the most mainstream genre in video games.

The rise of the FPS genre

While the late 90s was the start of the FPS genre as well as arena shooters, the early 2000s was the era where first-person shooter games began to take shape as story-driven narratives as well as high-skilled competitive gaming.

In 2001, the world witnessed some of the most amazing and ground-breaking first-person shooter games that defined the genre: Counter-Strike, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, and most of all, Halo: Combat Evolved.

MoH: AA was one of EA’s most triumphant IPs at the time due to its pulse-pounding gameplay and total immersion of what it was like fighting in the beaches of Normandy during World War II. Some fans called it Saving Private Ryan: The Video Game as it was as believable and terrifying as the movie’s action scenes.

Return to Castle Wolfenstein, on the other hand, was id Software’s comeback that stayed true to its fantasy-WWII roots. Gamers praised it for its fast and thrilling gameplay as well as generally making them feel like a real bad-ass.

But the most notable FPS games of that year were two distant yet equally successful titles: Counter-Strike and Halo: Combat Evolved.

Counter-Strike was a PC-only game that helped shape the world of competitive gaming and popularize esports. CS was a modern shooter that innovated skilled gameplay, team cooperation, and tactical combat.

Halo: Combat Evolved proved the world that FPS on console is possible and having both a remarkable story-driven campaign as well as implementing a very addictive online multiplayer was a reality. It was also the first FPS game that added regenerating health and NPCs that actually help you in battle against enemies in a very non-linear way.

When these titles became instant hits, many game developers sought to do what they did, creating an overly saturated genre of a one-man-army protagonist saving the world from the bad guys in an FPS game format.

Gamers soon became tired of all the one-man army stuff in single player games and wanted to feel vulnerable to the point where they needed the aid of other allies on-screen.

2003: The year that started it all

What the world didn’t know at the time was that the developers of Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, 2015 (which later became Infinity Ward and acquired by Activision), would soon transform the FPS genre with their 2003 debut, Call of Duty.

The world never saw CoD coming as it raised the bar in war games—much more believable set-pieces that put MoH:AA’s D-Day campaign to shame, smart AI teammates that were relevant and helped you from beginning to end, becoming more prone to death if you go one-man-army against a battalion of Nazis, gun recoil, iron sights, and the most immersive combat sounds to ever hear at the time.

It blew the critics’ minds with its wonderfully-executed theaters of war. It came to show that video games can be as impactful as any good action movie.

While they weren’t known for good multiplayer that time (Battlefield 1942 was the reigning class-based WWII multiplayer shooter during that era), the first game did lay the foundation of what CoD is known for these days: loud, explosive cutscenes, and just generally crazy gunfights.

Since then, Activision has been putting out a Call of Duty game every year, starting from games set in World War II, to the modern era, and to the future beyond planet Earth.

Whatever Activision’s theme for Call of Duty is ever year, it always seems to surpass their target sales.

What makes the best Call of Duty game?

In our Call of Duty game list, we’ll be counting down three major parts that make a memorable CoD title: Single Player, Multiplayer, and Innovation.

Single Player

CoD was always known for Michael Bay-esque narratives but it’s not always the explosions and over-the-top actions that made a particular title great. It had to have an engaging story, memorable missions and wonderful characters.

Take for example the All Ghillied Up mission in CoD 4 where you and your Captain were set out in a deserted Chernobyl in order to assassinate a high-priority target or the nerve-wracking Normandy Beach Landings where you had no idea how you were going to survive in the beaches of Pointe du Hoc filled with heavy enemy fire from the cliffs.

Multiplayer

CoD became known for its multiplayer in 2007 with CoD 4: Modern Warfare. That title alone has set the bar really high for addictive competitive shootouts in which players up to this day came to know and love.

It has become CoD’s bread and butter for the series and the main feature of the game. They focused so much on multiplayer that they decided to remove the single player mode and added much more multiplayer modes for CoD: Black Ops 4—a risky move that could truly make or break the series.

We’ll be counting in the multiplayer that had the best maps, best guns, and best features like the Pick 10 system in CoD: Black Ops 2 and Zombies mode in CoD: World at War.

Innovation

Last but not the least is innovation. While the gaming community may see CoD as a repetitive cash-grabbing annual shoot-fest, we’ll be focusing on the titles that made the game feel fresh from its stale predecessors.

Innovations include the perk and weapon mod systems in Cod 4: Modern Warfare, the cod points in CoD: Black Ops and the addition of double jumping in CoD: Advanced Warfare.

CoD at its best

With all that said, let’s finally dig down on the proudest moments for both CoD and its community.

These are the best Call of Duty games ranked 10 to 1.

Please take note this is based on our own picks.

10. Call of Duty (2003)

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It would be a massive disrespect if we never added the foundation that made CoD what it is today.

The original game from 2003 was the debut of the series, showing its gamers and its audience how capable a game dev can do in creating incredible war stories.

From the epic battle of Stalingrad where you see your unarmed comrades getting pierced by the MG42 as you all rush into the town square to the quiet raid with your fellow SAS squad on the night before D-Day, each mission was beautifully executed with a good mix of silent moments to explosive death-everywhere scenarios.

It did have a multiplayer but it was the usual stuff like Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag. Not as exciting as the modern CoD games but it really was a nice starter for the series.

The original 2003 game is in our list simply because the amount of production and the then-new shooting mechanics were the identities that made CoD what it is today.

9. Call of Duty Advanced Warfare (2014)

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Call of Duty Advanced Warfare (2014)

The iconic “Press F to Pay Respects” meme came from this game and while it wasn’t one of the most stand-out titles in the series, it did have quite a handful of good new features.

Not to mention the gorgeous Single Player campaign’s main characters were voiced by Kevin Spacey and Troy Baker as well as the Zombies DLC having John Malkovich in the scene.

While Black Ops 2 was set in the near future, Advanced Warfare paved the way for sci-fi shooting in the series as it is currently known today.

The campaign story may be wonderfully acted but its main plot was weak except the points where the first few missions were very good and the ending was such a shock and awe.

However, the combat in the campaign was awesome since it had lots of non-linear moments such as raiding a patrolling helicopter in the middle of a firefight and had some good change of pace that included stealth kills, making you feel like a really cool protagonist without having to explode stuff.

The multiplayer had some slight changes too.

This was the first in the series to feature double jumps, exosuits and much more verticality in multiplayer.

It also had the Pick 13 system—a more juiced-up version from Black Ops 2’s Pick 10 system.

This was also Sledgehammer Games’ very first CoD game and quite honestly, they really made a good first impression.

8. Call of Duty 2 (2005)

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Call of duty 2(2005)

2005 was the birth of the Xbox 360 and brand-new graphics cards for PCs that were capable of running The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. This was the age of next-gen gaming and Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty 2 became one of the entry points for the 360 and PC.

It was, in so many ways, much bigger and louder than its 2003 predecessor.

This was the very first time CoD implemented regenerating health, secondary grenades, smarter AI on both teammates and enemies, better combat system and beefier sound design.

Many players were left wanting for more in the game due to its highly immersive campaigns from the bloody streets in Russia, the deserts of North Africa, the stormy nights in the Netherlands, and the terrifying beach landing in Pointe Du Hoc.

There were so many memorable set-pieces in the campaign that, for the first time in WWII shooters, had original storyboards on the action in both cutscenes and in-game narrative.

It wasn’t like Medal of Honor’s heavily-inspired Normandy beach landing from Saving Private Ryan or CoD 2003’s rush through Stalingrad like Enemy at the Gates.

Not to mention the multiplayer started taking shape here as players get to choose their loadout in any 16-player game modes.

7. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011)

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 (2011)

It was time for Infinity Ward to conclude the trilogy that helped shape CoD for what it is today.

MW3 was quite frankly the weakest in the three games but it was a sweet farewell mostly to the cast of characters that made the Modern Warfare trilogy’s campaign one of the most beloved stories in the series.

The game didn’t change much at all as they pertained 90% of MW2—same graphics engine, same-looking menus, same controls, same HUDs, same old same old.

A lot of players didn’t like the recycling at all but it was more about putting an end to what Modern Warfare was known for—both for its stellar narrative and the modern time period.

The story took place just right after the events of MW2 and fans were delighted to see familiar faces like Capt. Price, Soap, Nikolai, and Makarov.

It was also quite a scary depiction of what World War 3 would look like through the vision of Infinity Ward’s game.

It did have its share of great missions like saving the Russian president from terrorists that made CoD 4’s Mile High Club bonus mission look weak, the mission in France where you get to see the Eiffel Tower crumble, the adrenaline-rushing final mission, and so many questions from the previous games being answered through flashback sequences.

On the multiplayer side, they stuck to the words “if it works, don’t fix it” and so they didn’t change the online mode at all except for some new stuff like Kill Confirmed, Call of Duty Elite, and the addition of Survival mode.

MW3 would later become the grounds for CoD esports.

6. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (2015)

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Call of Duty Black Ops 3 (2015)

Activision didn’t want Treyarch (the devs behind the Black Ops series) to end CoD’s futuristic setting after Sledgehammer GamesAdvanced Warfare from the previous year. The brand new Black Ops universe took place years after the events of the 2nd in the series.

It was, at its core, nothing related to the first two Black Ops games and instead focused on a storyline that involved issues of cybernetics and humanity as well as brainwashing and mental health.

A lot of long-time Black Ops fans were very skeptical about this move as they obviously saw Activision just using the name Black Ops to generate more leads into sales since it has been the second most dominant figure in the franchise since the Modern Warfare trilogy.

While the plot had totally nothing to do with the Mason family or even Menendez’ cause, it was still quite an enjoyable campaign—not for its story much but for the overall gameplay.

For the story, it was pretty predictable and at times, bland.

However, what made the Single player mode good was the different pacing of each mission.

Treyarch introduced skill trees and an upgrade system into the mix, making players wanting to replay the 6-hour campaign with different sets of perks.

It was a refreshing addition as you didn’t have to do the generic CoD stuff like shoot bad guys at point A and then follow the NPC to point B while shooting more bad guys.

This time around it had multiple ways to finish a level and paths to discover much like Call of Duty 3 or even Black Ops 2.

The variety in the single player gameplay made up for the otherwise flat storyline…that is until you experience Nightmare Mode.

Not to mention the horrifying Demon Within campaign.

On the multiplayer side, things did have some nice additions that complemented with the Pick 10 system from BO2:

  • Players now get to play as Operators a la Rainbow Six: Siege with the tried and tested shooting mechanics of CoD
  • Doubled the verticality from Advanced Warfare
  • Wall-running
  • Swimming and shooting underwater

It was a change of pace that the now-repetitive multiplayer needed.

As for Zombies mode, this was highly regarded as the best in the series with its noir-esque 40’s era in Shadows of Evil. Also, Jeff Goldblum is there. Everyone loves Jeff Goldblum.

5. Call of Duty Black Ops 2 (2012)

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Call of Duty Black Ops 2 (2012)

This was considered by a lot in the CoD community as the last true CoD game.

The campaign had an equivalently good narrative as the first BO but it was still much better than stories from 2013 to 2017.

The story is set in the near future where robotics and AI are now the main sources of warfare and a revolutionary seeks to take control of it in order to bring balance to the world.

We have to say that Menendez is one of the best-ever antagonists ever created in the franchise that you’ll think twice if he’s actually a real hero or just another villain according to your command.

Treyarch did a good job by including timeless characters from the first BO including Woods, Mason and Hudson and tie up the stories set in very different time periods. It even had a good number of plot twists too just like in the first BO.

The single player campaign featured a choice system like in any RPG that will affect the whole game including the ending—another take by Treyarch to flush out the repetitiveness of the campaign mode throughout the years of CoD.

But the game really shined the most on Multiplayer as this was the first time CoD had the Pick 10 system which balanced out the game very much. The weapons were very balanced too and not a broken weapon in-sight (like the Striker from MW3).

Oh, and also Nuketown 2025.

Pro CoD esports players hailed BO2’s online mode as the best in the franchise and the most enjoyable one.

As for Zombies mode, not so much. Tranzit was a new kind of story with brand new characters that opted out the original cast of Richtofen, Dempsey, Belinski and Masaki.

It was a change of pace with decent level design but the characters were forgettable.

The only exception in Zombies were the DLCs for it such as Mob of the Dead, Die Rise and Nuketown Zombies.

4. Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010)

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Call of Duty Black Ops (2010)

For us, this was the last Goat CoD game before it turned downhill for fans who saw the game becoming repetitive each year.

Black Ops was a fresh twist in the long-running franchise and had the most interesting time periods compared to other CoD games.

It wasn’t just another military man and his buddies just shooting baddies with the face—the story had full of conspiracies and what if’s.

Honestly, this was Call of Duty’s best narrative with a compelling plot and lots of surprising revelations that made fans go “Okay what the actual f*ck?”.

What’s most interesting about the story was how well-blended Treyarch did by connecting the 2008 game World at War to the whole narrative. No one saw that (nor the unexpected return of certain characters like Reznov—who was still voiced by Gary Oldman) coming.

And also Vorkuta—what an incredibly-designed mission that felt like a mix of Shawshank Redemption, The Great Escape, and Enemy at the Gates.

Multiplayer was such a blast too. This time the game featured a new currency called cod points in which you must grind for in order to purchase new killstreaks and weapon customizations.

Let’s not forget Nuketown was born in this game.

Now for Zombies mode, it was amazing how Treyarch managed to expand the story of Richtofen, Dempsey, Belinski, and Masaki. At this point, Zombies had a lore of its own, making it one of the most beloved spin-off chronicles in CoD.

Lastly, one of the main highlights here is you can play as either John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon, and Robert McNamara. You don’t get humor from the CoD series like this anymore.

3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009)

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (2009)

Everything good that was Modern Warfare became even better in its direct sequel 2 years later.

MW2 was the peak for Activision as this brought everything good about the first MW and made it even better.

The story takes off a few years after Imran Zakhaev’s death in which he becomes a martyred hero of Russia. His successor, Makarov, wants to fulfill Zakhaev’s dream of having Russia escape from the clutches of the West by starting a war.

What does he do? Set-up a cause for war, of course.

This is where the ever-controversial No Russian mission took place. And when he knew that one of his “comrades” was actually an American spy, he shoots him right before he flees, causing a turmoil that would eventually lead the world into war.

The story had amazing plot twists and memorable missions including battles in Washington DC and the epilogue that had a very satisfying kill on the main antagonist of the story.

The multiplayer got amped up too as all of what made MW’s multiplayer great became even better—more maps, more killstreak rewards and more game modes including the coop-heavy Spec Ops mode.

Let’s not forget that this is where the whole “MLG 420 NOSCOPE GET REKT FGT” and “1v1 Rust” memes started from since the multiplayer was so highly competitive.

It dawned a new kind of gamers into the community—the aspiring pro players. Sadly, most of them were just angry 12-year-olds who kept screaming on the mic.

This was also the golden age of YouTube montages and compilations such as “FUNNY MOMENTS” or “BEST KILLS”.

It outdid the sales of MW and to this day, majority of the community calls it the best multiplayer in the franchise.

2. Call of Duty: World at War (2008)

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Call of Duty World at War (2008)

Treyarch had big shoes to fill in as they had to make a CoD game that was as thrilling in both single player and multiplayer modes.

World at War went back to its original CoD roots: WWII.

This turned off a lot of fans, most of them saying they’re playing safe and that they didn’t want to innovate. They would be wrong.

Unlike the previous world war shooters, this one was darker, grittier, and more violent than ever before. MW was violent but this was a whole new level of violence.

In fact, this has to be the goriest CoD game ever with Black Ops 3 being the close second; soldiers drag their legless bodies, intestines fly out of the stomach when hit by a grenade, heads pop off, choking from a shot through the neck—it was terrifying but highly immersive.

It was also the first CoD game to have vulgar language so when long-time fans went back in the CoD universe to play this new game, they were shocked. You should see the look on the pre-teens’ face back then.

The loading screen cutscenes were as amazing as MW’s high-tech showcase by mixing good editing and real WWII footages.

Not to mention 2 of the main characters are well-voice-acted by Keiffer Sutherland and Gary Oldman as Barnes and Reznov respectively.

World at War had a huge message for its audience: The second world war wasn’t all glory and victory but death, destruction and despair.

In fact, there were no happy moments in this game at all. Sure, you and your fellow soldiers may be cheering URA on the Reichstag but have you seen what you and your men did to both the Nazis and your comrades? Not a great sight at all.

WaW came to show people that there were no good sides in war—whether you’re American, German, Russian, or Japanese. War was war and it wasn’t good on both sides.

As for the multiplayer, it played exactly like MW except with WWII swatches. You can call it MW: WWII mod if you will.

That’s not saying it’s bad at all—in fact, it was really good at the time even to this day.

It had the same fast pacing of MW set in the 2nd world war except the killstreaks were very cool replacements: Radars were swapped with Recon Planes, Airstrikes were replaced with Artillery and, our personal favorite, Attack Helicopters opted out for Attack Dogs.

Plus it was the first (and the only) CoD game with a tank in a multiplayer. It was a shame that tanks weren’t seen in future CoD games anymore.

But the biggest highlight in the game was the addition of Zombies—a mode in which no one expected but became the most beloved.

You’d think that after rolling the credits you can rest your eyes easy after so many killings but suddenly a new cutscene happens and now you’re in a brand-new game fighting off the living dead.

It was a simple wave-based defense game but it blended so well with the mechanics of CoD so much.

It would a few months later that the game would be introduced with new Zombies DLCs with its very own original characters: Richtofen, Dempsey, Belinski, and Masaki.

1. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)

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Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare (2007)

Finally, we made it this far. This may not be a surprise for you as this is really the obvious choice for the #1 spot.

Modern Warfare is the definitive game in the series that ultimately transformed the franchise into what it is today.

In fact, this is considered one of the perfect games that deserve every 10/10, 5/5 stars and 100% from critics and gamers alike.

This is one of those games where you just can’t find a single mistake at all.

This game was what redefined modern FPS games as a whole—mixing gaming skills with simplistic gun mechanics.

Infinity Ward took a very bold risk here by cutting off the traditional WWII era that the series has been known for in the past 5 years and transformed it into one of gaming’s greatest achievements.

MW is beautiful from top to bottom: the engrossing single player campaign and the culture-defining multiplayer.

The campaign mode had a very good story about saving the world from a tyrant who wishes to turn the tides of battle into the West as well as one of the best set of characters alongside Black Ops.

The story was scary in its own right—scary in a way that the visions of war and death in a modern era can be possible in real life and that such extremist leaders do exist in the world we live in.

It has one of the best bundles of stories ever made in a single player game—All Ghillied Up, Shock and Awe, Death from Above and Mile High Club are to name a few.

Captain Price, is of course, the number one protagonist in this game (Fact: He was based on the same Captain Price from Call of Duty 2).

But let’s talk about the real broth in the soup: the multiplayer.

The online multiplayer was what put the game into the spotlight and the main Goat of the series.

It was simple yet so addictive that players have spent day and night playing.

It was the first of many that made it the foundation of the now successful multiplayer section of any CoD game—perk system, weapon mods, tier unlockables, and killstreaks.

The online mode was highly competitive, the weapons were balanced, the maps were well-designed and the community was very active.

This brought both PC and console gaming to a whole new level that it attracted the mainstream audience too.

It was the ultimate love letter from Infinity Ward and Activision—a game where they put so much time and effort with and didn’t feel like a cash-grab at all.

Ever since its rise in population, other publishers sought to compete with it but the bar was so high, nobody could topple Call of Duty at all.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare will always be remembered as the holy grail of modern FPS games.

Conclusion

So what’s your favorite Call of Duty game? Was there a memorable moment in your days of playing CoD?

That concludes our article on one of gaming’s most commercially successful Intellectual Properties of all time.

Top 5 Best Gaming Headsets Under $100

SteelSeries Arctis 5

Every gamer craves for the best headset that provides everything from godsend audio quality, most comfortable earpads that are better than your pillow in bed, and a clear microphone that doesn’t jitter.

However, to afford such kind of headset, you will need to spend a lot of money as much as $299 or even more.

But what if you only have a budget of less than $100 and still want to have a top-quality headset?

Worry no more as we will dive deep into good cheap gaming headsets.

Now let’s go over to the big question:

What makes a good gaming headset while on a budget?

Audio Quality

This may be a no-brainer but of course, top quality audio is what you need.

So how “good” should good audio quality should be?

To make things simple without getting too technical, the most important traits of a wonderful audio quality are clarity and bass.

Clarity in the sound department is important as you want to hear the game fully like you’re witnessing a choir singing in a theater. The last thing we want is to hear muffled audio while your favorite Halo theme song is playing on the main menu.

Clearer audio makes for better immersion into the game as you get to hear everything from the humming orchestra while exploring a forest, travelers chatting together from a distance, the birds chirping on the trees, and hearing every footstep your character makes.

Bass is also what makes good sound quality. Yes, some people like their sounds with more bass while some want it less; A headset that delivers the right amount of bass is good enough—not too much, not too less.

Without bass, there is a good chance that there will be bad “tearing” quality when something loud comes up such as explosions or the loud clanging of swords contacting each other. It’s very unpleasant to the ears unless the headset has good enough bass support.

Comfort

Another important trait that you must look forward to is the overall comfort of the headset.

Everything from the softness of the earpads to the adjustable headgear should be taken into account.

If the earpads aren’t comfortable enough, you will begin to feel an agitation after hours or even minutes of prolonged headset usage.

Sweat is also part of the standards for comfort. The longer you use the headset in one seating, the more sweat you build up.

The last thing you want is sweat dripping off your headphones after you take it off or sweat soaking up within the earpads and the speakers themselves, causing a rupture in the audio.

If the earpad material isn’t high-grade quality, the coating itself will deteriorate as time goes by.

A headset with good earpads should be able to absorb the sweat without feeling soaked.

Luckily, this article is full of headsets that don’t feel cheap when it comes to comfort, be it earpad comfort or sweat build-up.

Microphone Quality

Let’s face it, a lot of headphones suck when it comes to mic quality unless you’re buying something that is beyond your budget. The last thing you want is a headset with a microphone that sounds like you were talking in the sewers.

Good microphone quality is equal to good communication, especially in the competitive gaming department.

Don’t you just hate when you’re saying something important to your teammates only to have them reply with, “Huh? I didn’t get what you said.” It blows, right?

Fortunately, the budget headsets we have here are all above standard when it comes to mic quality.

Should I get wired or wireless?

The answer to whether or not you want something traditionally wired or wireless is all up to you. Just take note of the following:

Wired Headset

Headphones attached with wires are always connected with either 3.5 mm jack or USB or even both by default. This is your usual no-fuss tried and tested type of headsets which you can never go wrong with.

The only flaws here are that they get tangled easily if you aren’t careful and they only have a limited range from the input.

Nonetheless, this is generally the preferred type of headset for PC players and console gamers

Wireless Headset

Some people get easily stressed out by wires and to deal with that, wireless headphones exist. A wireless headset looks very minimalistic as an audio apparatus and is always nice to look at.

Just expect wireless headsets to be on the range of $80 to $99 for good sound quality and smooth audio without lag.

There are also downsides to using wireless headphones, however.

One of the biggest cons is that it is battery-charged. If you don’t charge your headset regularly, it’s going to break your momentum during a heated game when it dies down in the middle of a fight.

Another is that since this is signal-based, any obstructions will cause the audio to lag. You need to have a clear pathway for your audio source to your wireless headset.

Wireless gaming headsets are recommended for console and PC gamers who want no stress at all on wires.

Later on in the article, we’ll be showing the best wireless gaming headset under 100 for each platform: PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Presenting the best gaming headphones under 100

Without further ado, let’s get the show on the road and ogle at our top picks for great gaming headsets.

They all sound and feel so good that you wouldn’t want to have a higher-end headset.

Take note that these headsets are in no particular order.

1. SteelSeries Arctis 5 – The ultimate surround sound headset without blowing more than $100

SteelSeries Arctis 5

Who says you need lots of money just to have a top-quality headset when you can get one that’s below $100?

Introducing the SteelSeries Arctis 5. SteelSeries has always been known for well-made headphones but this has to be the best one yet.

Not only does it look professional, it sounds and feels professional too.

Here are its core features that make it the best in the market right now:

  • 7.1 Surround Sound RGB technology
  • Arctis implemented their award-winning audio technology in the Arctis 5, giving you the clearest and most detailed sound in any game, all under a price of less than $100
  • Features an exclusive next-gen DTS Headphone:X v2.0 surround sound that will make you feel like you’re really part of the game
  • The mic is so good for gaming, it got certified by Discord as the official best mic in gaming thanks to its ClearCast bidirectional technology
  • Illuminated earcups made with prism RGB technology
  • Adjustable volume control that helps you configure the ratio between in-game and chat volumes
  • Headgear is supported with performance fabric AirWeave cushions that feel better than pillows
  • Supported by a ski goggle suspension headband so you can wear it for very long hours

The headphones are so good, it has been awarded by known critics such as Red Dot Product Design, Tom’s Guide, and PC Magazine Editors’ Choice.

SteelSeries has proven you don’t need to spend more than $100 to have the best gaming headset.

Whether you play on PC, console, or even mobile, do not hesitate to get this.

2. Sennheiser GSP 302 Closed Back Gaming Headset—A wonderful all-purpose wired gaming headset for any platform

Sennheiser GSP 302 Closed Back Gaming Headset

Sennheiser not only proves everyone that they don’t just make one of the best audio peripherals for the general audience but they can make a bombastic gaming headset for its niche demographic too.

Meet the Sennheiser GSP 302: a gaming headset that is easy to use and easy to the ears.

Whether you’re playing on the PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch or mobile, audio quality stays the same with pitch-perfect sounds and beefy bass.

Compared to the others in this list, this is one of the most affordable headphones on the list that packs a huge punch with competent sound quality and comfortable design.

Here are the best parts about the GSP 302:

    • Uses a closed back headset design supported by high-grade memory foam that makes this the best in noise cancellation among the rest in the list
    • Remarkable bass performance that vibrates just right without getting too intense
    • Earpads are coated with top-quality faux leather for long-lasting usage
    • It may be a stereo headset but it feels like it can be surround too thanks to its clear sound delivery
    • Microphone has the clearest sound among the rest in this list
    • Fancy volume control on the right ear that feels very responsive and smooth

There are a few mishaps, however, but not that much of a deal:

Since the pads are made from faux leather, the sweat from your ears will eventually form on the cups themselves. Luckily it’s very easy to wipe it off and the faux leather itself is surprisingly soft and comfortable for the ears even after long periods of usage.

Another bit of a flaw is the cable itself. Modern gaming headset wires are usually braided to ensure it doesn’t break easily but the Sennheiser’s thin wire is quite delicate; make sure you aren’t careless with the wire or it loosens/breaks sooner than expected.

For its price, it’s beyond worth it.

If it wasn’t for the thin wire, this could’ve been our top spot but nonetheless, the Sennheiser GSP 302 is worth every penny.

3. Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless Gaming Headset—The best wireless gaming headset for PC

Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless Gaming Headset

Truth be told, only a few wireless gaming headsets stand out since most of them either have a short battery life or have a short lifespan before the audio quality and connection start to deteriorate.

We give you the Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless Gaming Headset: a wireless beauty that delivers quite a punch as wireless headphones.

If you would like to experience the goodness of Corsair’s gaming headset on console, you can always buy the Void Pro RGB USB wired version. It has the same specs as the wireless rendition minus the USB power transmitter and the wireless function.

While it may not work best on consoles like the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, it does show its best on PC.

If you haven’t known by now, it’s the direct successor to the Corsair Void—an already good headset but with slightly fewer features.

The Void Pro is very responsive with an extremely low latency that doesn’t lag up to 40 ft which are quite amazing given that this is less than $100.  Audio quality is superb, earpads are wonderfully comfortable and it’s filled with lots of features.

Let’s check out the overall specs of the Corsair.

    • Delivers 7.1 surround sound that helps you immerse into the game even more
    • Fastest frequency response time for a wireless headset: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
    • Discord-certified 50 mm neodymium speaker drivers that enhance the audio quality even more
    • High-quality unidirectional noise cancel microphone with a quick response time of 100 Hz to 10 kHz
    • Microphone is backed up by an LED mute indicator that reduces background noises for better voice quality
    • Very long battery life of up to 16 hours
    • Powered by a USB transmitter

Again, the biggest drawback here is that it only works well on the PC but not much on consoles. Yes, the headset is viable for console gaming however when we tested it on the PS4 and the Xbox One, there were unusual mishaps that we never found on PC: the audio was laggy and the microphone wasn’t performing smoothly.

In short, if you want to opt for a wireless headset for the PC, you have to have this.

4. Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless Surround Sound Gaming Headset – Best Wireless Gaming Headset Under 100 for the PS4

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless Surround Sound Gaming Headset

If you couldn’t afford the PlayStation Platinum Wireless Headset due to its heaping price, you can always rely on the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 which works really well with the PS4.

This is truly the best PS4 headset under 100.

Here are the main features that make it the best for the Sony PlayStation 4:

    • Made with Turtle Beach’s award-winning virtual surround sound technology that makes the game more alive with its stellar audio delivery
    • Large 50 mm speakers for “crisp highs and deep thundering lows” according to their official description
    • Earpads are covered with mesh fabric that makes it one of the most comfortable wireless headsets in this list
    • Turtle Beach’s exclusive ProSpecs technology makes it highly ergonomic for gamers who wear glasses by removing the pressure on glasses
    • Has an exclusive SuperHuman Hearing technology that will have you hearing the environment even more such as approaching enemy footsteps and distant weapon reloads—ideal for competitive gaming
    • Fast speaker frequency response of 20 Hz – 20 kHz

However, unlike the PlayStation Platinum Wireless Headset, this one does not feature any game mode toggle buttons. But that shouldn’t be a big issue since this is way cheaper than the PS Platinum Wireless Headset.

If you’re a PS4 player looking for an affordable wireless headset, you should consider buying this.

5. Turtle Beach Ear Force XO One Amplified Gaming Headset – Best Wireless Gaming Headset Under 100 for the Xbox One

Turtle Beach Ear Force XO One Amplified Gaming Headset

Do not worry, Xbox fans. Turtle Beach also has something good for you—the Ear Force XO One gaming headset.

This is considered as an entry-level headset according to Xbox fans but unlike other starter headphones, this one is very beefy in the audio department with features that optimize the experience of both the headset and the console.

Quite honestly, this is the best Xbox One headset under 100.

Here are the specs that make it so:

    • High-quality 50 mm speakers to hear every crisp highs and thundering lows
    • Has a small audio control panel which you can conveniently adjust for the Xbox One
    • High-sensitivity mic that delivers crystal clear chat
    • Has a bass booster that you can freely configure
    • Very lightweight thanks to its soft mesh material making you feel like wearing nothing at all
    • Works also well with mobile devices and the PC with the help of its detachable 3.5 mm connection

The only drawback here is that the provided cable is a bit too short. But that’s probably because Turtle Beach wants you to use this primarily as a wireless headset than a wired one.

Overall, you won’t find any other better budget wireless headset for the Xbox One that this.

Conclusion

There you have it, five of the best gaming headsets under 100—two of which are the best wired headphones and the three being the best wireless headsets.

If there’s going to be our personal pick, it’s really the SteelSeries Arctis 5.

What’s not to love about it? 7.1 surround sound technology, illuminated earcups, made from grade-A lightweight materials and highly ergonomic.

It doesn’t matter which platform you’re playing, just get this and cherish it for what it is since you won’t get any better bargain than the Arctis 5 for below $100.

But if you’re up for anything else, it will just depend on your preference. Whichever you pick, there is no wrong answer at all:

  1. If you want the best value out of your hundred bucks, the SteelSeries Arctis 5 is a headset to behold.
  2. If you desire something cheaper than the Arctis 5 but still want the same competent overall quality, the Sennheiser GSP 302 is your best choice.
  3. If it’s a great wireless gaming headset for the PC you’re after, go for the Corsair Void Pro RGB Gaming Headset.
  4. If you’re a PS4 player looking to buy a much more affordable wireless gaming headset, the Turtle Beach 600 Wireless Gaming Headset is your new best friend.
  5. If you’re an Xbox One fan looking for the best wireless (or wired) gaming headset, the Turtle Beach Ear Force XO One Amplified Gaming Headset is right for you.

That’s it for this article. With any of these headsets with you, you’re guaranteed to have a much more immersive gameplay thanks to the stellar sound quality and comfortable ergonomics.

Top 5 Best Gaming Monitors for PS4 and Xbox One

Best Gaming Monitors for PS4 and Xbox One

Console gaming is always perceived as only being played on a TV—an HDTV, in particular. Majority of the console gaming community use a TV but for the hardcore gamers and the ones who pursue the dream of becoming the next big thing in esports, an HDTV won’t just do.

In fact, professionals recommend getting a gaming monitor for your console, be it the PS4 or Xbox One.

In this article, we’ll be looking at monitors that are best-suited for both the PS4 and Xbox One and why you need one.

Let’s go ahead and answer the big question:

Why do I need a gaming monitor and not just an HDTV instead?

On the surface, people might think a gaming monitor is only best for PC. That is not true at all.

Right now, there are tons of monitors built not just for  PC players but also for console players too.

You may think there wouldn’t be much of a difference between a gaming monitor and HDTV but if you look through the details, you’ll soon understand why longtime gamers prefer monitors.

You may have noticed in console esports gaming like Halo, Call of Duty, or Street Fighter tournaments that the screens used there are monitors and not tv. This is because the pro players with cunning reflexes benefit from the monitor’s responsiveness without delaying even just a fraction of a second.

Better Resolution

TV manufacturers market their products to a wide general audience by showcasing picture-perfect displays, be it live-action films, animations, or even games.

Gaming monitor manufacturers, on the other hand, provide a much better display specifically designed for the gamer demographic.

The main showcase here is the fact that gaming monitors offer sharper resolutions than HDTVs, bringing out the best of the video games’ visuals.

Gaming monitors are made with exclusive technology that HDTVs don’t have to enhance the colors of video games even further—sharper color saturation, darker black tones, and some even have preset color adjustments depending on the video game be it a vibrant platformer or a dark and musky horror game.

What you need is a gaming monitor that provides a resolution for optimal visual quality; specifically, 1920 x 1080—the maximum native resolution of both the PS4 and Xbox One and up to 4K for the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.

Cheaper Price

The usual budget to afford a good HDTV is around $600 or more but a gaming monitor is usually half the price of any high-end HDTV on the market.

The biggest reason why an HDTV costs much more is that it serves as an all-in-one entertainment system—includes various sources for output devices like a laptop, DVD player or audio player, internet tv streaming like Netflix and traditional channels.

You wouldn’t need all of that if your sole purpose for buying a display is just for console gaming, right? Gaming monitors’ only purpose to exist is to bring the best out of your gaming experience for a lesser price.

That is a big advantage for gamers since they pay less while getting more value from their money than buying a multi-purpose television. It’s especially convenient for gamers who play solo.

Refresh Rate Matters

One of the most important specs for gaming, be it PC or console, is the refresh rate of the screen. The least you need to have is a display that has a 60 Hz refresh rateany other display lower than that will result in blurs and lags.

A high-end HDTV always has at least 60 Hz refresh rate but you will need to spend mad bucks on one, starting at $600. A good gaming monitor also has 60 Hz PLUS better display resolution, all for a much lower price compared to a tv.

However, you don’t need more than 60 Hz on a console since their frame rate maxes out at 60 frames per second, so any 60Hz monitor is suitable.

Quicker Response Time

Another edge that gaming monitors have over HDTVs is the faster response time.

A lot of gamers don’t know this but there is a slight delay of action on-screen when you press a button. Competitive players see this small lag as a factor to winning a game.

In short, the quicker screen response time, the lesser the lag.

You need to discover gaming monitors that have a maximum of 1ms response time and at least 2 ms response time.

Anything more than 2 ms is just not going to be a good enough gaming monitor. HDTVs, by default, are always more than 2 ms.

Exclusive Features that HDTVs Don’t Have

Another aspect that you should definitely take into consideration is the fact that gaming monitors have modes and options that will adjust to your gaming standards.

Again, manufacturers have made these displays purely for the purpose of gaming and they want you to take full advantage of that.

Some offer an equalizer technology that adjusts the black and gray palettes into more vibrant shades rather than resulting in washed-out colors while some monitors even shift the gamma automatically, depending on the colors of the game—a type of feature that you will won’t find in HDTVs.

Whether you’re playing grand-scale open-world adventure games filled with a lot of contrasting colors or a dark and moody dungeon crawler, gaming monitors are sure to double the aesthetics than they already are.

Convenience

Last but not the least, gaming monitors are simply more convenient to place in a room than an HDTV.

The most recommended size is at least 24” and a maximum of 34”. The only drawback of gaming monitors is that there are no larger screens than 34” on the market so far.

A 24” monitor is best if you’re sitting in front of a desk while 27” to 34” is better if you want to slouch on a couch at the edge of a room while playing.

If you’re planning on becoming a pro player, a 24” is good enough as you don’t have to move your eyes around the screen a lot. That also means quicker response time too.

Are there any disadvantages with gaming monitors?

There are three main cons: smaller screen size, incompatibility with previous generation consoles, and below-standard loudspeaker sound quality.

Just as previously mentioned earlier, there are no larger gaming monitors out there that exceed 34”. That means some gamers may have to lean closer to the screen in order to see distant objects, which is kind of a turn-off in terms of immersion.

With that said, you might strain yourself just for leaning too much.

The second factor, while it may not be a big deal, is that gaming monitors these days only have an HDMI jack.

If you want to play an old-school console like the PS2, the original Xbox, or something older like the Sega Genesis or Nintendo 64, you can always just plug the console on an HDTV. Or if you really want to roll it out old-school, the CRTV is still the best way to go if you still have one. Sorry for hipster gamers out there.

HDTVs are no surprise in delivering rich audio but for gaming monitors, the audio is usually either like it’s making sound from a can or the bass and treble aren’t configured well so they sometimes cause audio tears.

You will need a good 3rd party audio source or a good pair of headphones along with your monitor and console for better gaming experience.

Presenting the 5 best console gaming monitor for PS4 and Xbox One

Now that we’ve covered all of the important aspects, it is now time to get on with 5 of the best console gaming monitor.

Please take note that these are in no particular order.

1.ViewSonic VA2465SMH 24” LED Monitor—The best starter gaming monitor for consoles

ViewSonic VA2465SMH 24” LED Monitor

ViewSonic is known to make sturdy monitors for the PC, be it for work or for gaming. The same can be said here as it has all the basic features that make it a good gaming monitor:

  • A good 1080p resolution
  • Has both HDMI and VGA inputs
  • Can be adjusted up to 178 degrees
  • An exclusive SuperClear VA technology that is catered to video games for better colors
  • Blue light filter built in the screen so you don’t strain your eyes on long gaming sessions

If you’re looking to shift into the world of gaming monitors or if you’re on a budget, the ViewSonic 24” monitor is an ideal choice.

2. GAEMS M240 Pro Gaming Monitor – a 24” powerhouse that delivers great sound quality as well as great display resolutions

GAEMS M240 Pro Gaming Monitor

We may have said that gaming monitor audio quality is usually just subpar but the GAEMS M240 Pro Gaming Monitor has proven us otherwise.

This monitor looks like a rebel in our list as it wants to be a cut above the rest of the gaming monitors here by providing really good sound quality.

However, besides the great audio elements of the monitor, everything else is the standard specs that you need to have a good gaming monitor plus some added perks:

    • It delivers one of, if not, the best audio above any other monitors in this list.
    • It even has a port for an optional subwoofer if you want to have some added bass—great for explosive shooter games.
    • 1920×1080 resolution
    • 1.5 ms response time
    • 60 Hz refresh rate
    • 2 HDMI inputs—great if you own both a PS4 and Xbox One
    • Extra HDMI output
    • Lightweight
    • Has a VESA-mount that acts as both a stand and as a handle

If you want the best loudspeaker audio for a gaming monitor, this is it.

3. BenQ ZOWIE 27” Gaming Monitor—Truly a gaming monitor made for console gaming and beyond

BenQ ZOWIE 27” Gaming Monitor

BenQ has always unleashed really good monitors but this is something else.

If we had to pick the best one in this list of gaming monitors, it has to be this one.

Everything good is included in here that makes this the best gaming monitor for PS4 and Xbox One.

This is a heavy favorite among gamers due to its uncompromising features which blend very well with any game, be it a casual game or a highly competitive one.

    • Fast response time of 1 ms—no blurs, no lag, no jagged movements.
    • Quick refresh rate
    • Stunning visual resolution with a contrast of 1000:1
    • Features Blue Light filter and ZeroFlicker for reduced eye strain so you can play longer
    • Exclusive “Black eQualizer” technology that enhances the visibility in dark environments without ruining bright colors
    • Has preset filters depending on your game—RTS, FPS and Fighting mode.
    • Has 2 HDMI inputs plus D-Sub and DVI-D ports
    • Has a provided retractable headphone hook and an angular base at the back to store both your headphones and console controller.
    • Flexible VESA-mount that adjusts to an angle that you desire

Now that is a load of features just for a monitor.

No other gaming monitors come this close to be convenient enough for console players.

4. ASUS VG245H 24” Gaming Monitor – The fastest response time and refresh rate made for console gaming

ASUS VG245H 24” Gaming Monitor

ASUS has always been a worthy contender in the world of gaming and the VG245H proves once again that they are a force to be reckoned with.

Introducing the ASUS VG245H monitor—a 24” wonder that is powered by their tried and tested technology that is only exclusive to this screen.

Honestly, we had a very tough time which one between this and the BenQ was the best in the list. Needless to say, this is our 1st runner-up.

The amount of detail put into this monitor is amazing—both hardware and software.

Let’s go over to the core features that make this a good gaming monitor:

  • 75 Hz refresh rate makes this the quickest refresh rate for any monitor in this article
  • The refresh rate is thanks to the AMD Radeon GPUs stored in the monitor for seamless gaming experience
  • Adaptive-Sync technology that supports 40 Hz ~ 75 Hz for its 2 HDMI ports along with the VGA/D-Sub port
  • Ergonomic stand that swivels with ease as well as adjusting the height easily
  • Extremely swift 1 ms response time due to its GameFast Input Technology allowing for a very smooth console gaming experience
  • Features exclusive modes to enhance the colors of the game—GameVisual and GamePlus mode
  • ASUS also included their own blue light filter technology called ASUS Eye Care which prevents visual flickers and eye strain minus making the gamer feel sleepy from amber lighting

This is also much cheaper than the BenQ monitor but still includes quite the same features as its main opponent. The only things lacking here are the added hooks and storage at the back as well as excellent audio quality but those aren’t any big deals at all.

All in all, it’s still chosen by many hardcore gamers as a must-have monitor for console players.

If you can’t afford the BenQ, this is the best one you’ll ever get.

5. Acer XR342CK Curved 34” QHD Monitor – The biggest gaming monitor that can rival the likes of HDTVs

Acer XR342CK Curved 34” QHD Monitor

If you’re willing to spend as much as buying an HDTV but for the purpose of having a ridiculously wide monitor for console gaming, look no further than the Acer XR342CK.

It is still not as expensive as an HDTV, however, it still brings more quality visuals than any other television.

Here are the specs that make this worth every penny:

    • This monster is not only 34”, it is also curved, guaranteeing the most immersive gaming experience you will ever have.
    • An astonishing resolution of 3440 x 1440 that shows every detail on QHD display
    • A wonderful refresh rate of 75 Hz
    • Quick response time of 1 ms
    • 2 speakers that have the same good audio quality of an HDTV
    • Features an exclusive Acer VisionCare—their version of blue light filter that still retains safety despite its size
    • Easily adjustable stand

However, the major drawback here is that it does not have any gaming-exclusive modes in it just like the BenQ and ASUS.

But still, the fact that this behemoth of a display works really well as a console gaming monitor makes it worthwhile.

If you are looking for the largest screen where you (and even your friends and family) can sit at the end of the room and relaxing on a couch while playing hours on end with your PS4 or Xbox One, this is the best pick for that purpose.

Conclusion

As always, it all boils down to how much you are willing to spend for a good gaming monitor for PS4 and Xbox One.

Again, you only need 60 Hz to perform very well on consoles.

    1. If you truly want the best of the best in terms of both convenience and functionality for your console gaming needs, the BenQ ZOWIE Gaming Monitor is your best bet.
    2. If you can’t afford the BenQ, the ASUS VG245H should be your target as it delivers similar specs as its competing brand.
    3. If you want the best audio quality with great gaming monitor specs, get the GAEM M240 24” Pro Gaming Monitor.
    4. If you don’t want to settle for a small screen and want something grand scale that delivers the same good specs of a gaming monitor, you get the Acer XR342CK.
    5. But if you just want to play it safe since it’s your first time trying a gaming monitor for your console or you’re on a tight budget, the ViewSonic VA2465SMH is a great entry-point.

There you have it, five of the best console gaming monitors you can find in the market right now. Time to experience your PS4 or Xbox One gaming session like you have never felt before.