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Call of Duty: Vanguard Review

Call of Duty: Vanguard Review

Call of Duty: Vanguard

Call of Duty Vanguard is a fast food chain snack: it’s cute, easy, and just right, but you know exactly what you’re going to get and also that you can find something better elsewhere that’s definitely more surprising. Vanguard builds on a foundation that’s been around for years and hardly changes anything about it. This doesn’t show much ambition or imagination, but it still makes for a good game. The campaign is immersive, offers variety, and takes players into the battles of World War II. Multiplayer (also) is well known, but thanks to the “Speed” option, it can be modified to your own taste. It’s a pity that some of the maps are not well balanced and birth points are unfortunately placed here and there, but other than that, the traditional multiplayer plays very well. Champion Hill is a great addition to multiplayer and allows players to experience a slightly more competitive way to play in an accessible way. Zombies is a little out of place: with the campaign and multiplayer doing what they’ve always done, the Zombies mode isn’t quite as good as it used to be. Fortunately, there is still more content for Zombies, but at the moment this mode does not have much to offer. The main question is whether all this will interest players enough, or whether the majority will continue to focus solely on Warzone. The latter certainly would not surprise us.

The phrase “almost the same, but different” has been a very nice way to describe the new Call of Duty game for years, just as it applies to many other annual games. The studios working on the game add their own elements and change the setting, but if you look at the overall recipe, the details in particular seem to have changed. Call of Duty Vanguard is no exception. The game has the same elements as any previous Call of Duty game and does some good and inferior things within those elements. An additional drawback to Vanguard is that the game emerges in an era when Call of Duty players have focused on Warzone en masse. The free-to-play battle royale game has gained a lot of popularity in the past year, and in this area there was nothing to fear from Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War. A similar “supporting role” lies for Vanguard.

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Of course: Vanguard will affect the world of Warzone in its own way, just as the Cold War did. There has rarely been a bit of hype surrounding the release of a Call of Duty game as it is now around Vanguard. This is great, because like Call of Duty World War II, Vanguard has World War II as its main theme and that has traditionally been a popular topic among shooter fans, especially if those fans are old enough to play the first Call of Duty games and Medal of Honor games the oldest. Some of them might dive into Call of Duty Vanguard and end up during the campaign in Normandy, Stalingrad, and Midway, among others, or encounter the same environments in traditional multiplayer, but a large – or greater – portion of gamers will be private. Looking forward to December 8th. On that day, Warzone’s first Vanguard Season will begin and the Vanguard map for Warzone will also be released. So let it be immediately clear that this review is not about that, because we haven’t been able to get this content to work yet.

What is left then? The ancient trinity of campaign mode, competitive multiplayer mode, and zombies. All three are part of it, and all three can be expected like sirens that start going off every first Monday of the month at noon in the Netherlands. Is that bad? No, not really, as long as you know what you’re buying. Moreover, well-known materials often mean that they have been modified for years and that everything is now in good condition. Now the latter doesn’t apply to every aspect of this game, but Call of Duty Vanguard can definitely give you a good time, whether you want to play multiplayer or are especially looking forward to the campaign mode or Zombies.

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