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October 12, 2021

The STG44 (also known as the MP44) has been in Call of Duty games from the very beginning. Let's take a look back at every game to feature the iconic World War II assault rifle.

When Call of Duty launched in 2003, the World War II first-person shooter offered several weapons in both its campaign as well as multiplayer. Of these, the STG44 quickly became one of the most used and recognizable assault rifles. A a well-rounded weapon, the STG has made its way back into several other Call of Duty titles from Call of Duty 2 and 3, to more modern titles like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and 2017's Call of Duty: WWII.

With every entry, the STG has seen minor changes. Earlier titles offered little in the way of gunsmithing or cosmetic customization, but beginning with Advanced Warfare, the rifle received optional skins and tactical upgrades such as upgradable optics and magazine sizes. For the most part however, the biggest changes include sound design, reload animations, and how close (or far) the player holds the rifle while aiming down sights. Some games like Black Ops 3's Zombies mode also have unique stock iron sights.

With a strong presence in more than a dozen titles, the STG44 will be returning to the series with Call of Duty: Vanguard this November. Stay tuned to GameSpot for the latest coverage on all things Call of Duty, as well as your other favorite FPS titles like Battlefield and Halo.

Time Stamps:
00:22 - Call of Duty
01:09 - Call of Duty 2
02:30 - Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
03:48 - Call of Duty N-GAGE
04:33 - Call Of Duty 3
06:03 - Call of Duty: Roads to Victory
07:00 - Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
08:24 - Call of Duty: World at War
09:03 - World at War Zombies
09:41 - Call of Duty: World at War DS
10:37 - Call of Duty: World at War Final Fronts
11:54 - Call of Duty: Black Ops
12:55 - Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
13:43 - Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
15:01 - Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
15:47 - Call of Duty: WWII
16:34 - WWII Zombies
17:12 - Call of Duty: Vanguard BETA