Call of Duty: Vanguard (PlayStation 5)

Call of Duty: Vanguard (PlayStation 5)

10/11/2021 0 By Josh shoup
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Call of Duty Vanguard is the newest entry in the long history of Call of Duty titles. For this latest entry, we are going back to World War 2 again, hopefully for the last time.

I want to come out right upfront and say that the story mode is NOT great. You play as a team that is on a covert operation to steal Nazi information and you are captured. After that, you play a series of different battles from different points in time over the span of World War 2. All the clich√© battles are here as if you are playing your favorite band’s Greatest Hits! Normandy?? You bet your ass you are there right away! Stalingrad? NATURALLY! It just felt…bleh. The worst part about it is that these are all flashbacks, so there is no weight to the battles you KNOW that the characters survive. Your teammates are about as lifeless as a Buzz Lightyear action figure when Andy walks into the room.
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The multiplayer mode comes loaded with 20 maps and all the bells and whistles you are no doubt accustomed to. As you gain levels, you unlock different abilities to choose from to help you on the hield of battle. As you play you also unlock different attachments from your weapon so you can modify those as well. This time around, there are a few new modes besides the typical Domination, Kill Confirmed or Hardpoint. This time they added a mode called Patrol that I thought was a nice breath of fresh air. Think Hardpoint except for the area that you are supposed to capture is constantly moving around the map. Thankfully this makes it so there is no way for campers to take their spots and mow down anyone that came in.

I think that the inclusion of cross-play will be welcomed by all gamers. This certainly guarantees that the wait time for getting into any matches will be all but gone. I do want to make a personal note though as I saw issues with it within about 20 minutes of gameplay. I do not consider myself to be a god when it comes to multiplayer, but I am certainly no slouch either. But I found it to be quite interesting that in one of my matches there was a guy that I unloaded about 20 headshots on and he didn’t die, yet as I ducked under a high wall, he shot me ONCE, through the wall in my stomach and I died right away. If that doesn’t tell you right away what the issue is, I noticed that he was a PC player and I was able to figure out that he was probably cheating. I saw more shenanigans like this until I turned cross-play off and thankfully that helped.
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Of course, Zombies mode is here again. Honestly, I don’t have much to say about it as I have never been a fan. The idea is to survive waves of zombies over a period of time.

Here is the problem that I have with Vanguard. Just humor me a second because I know that to a degree this is going to sound kind of silly. The problem I have is that the game doesn’t feel like it did anything to move the needle forward. From the graphics to gameplay, you could tell me that this game was DLC for the last game Black Ops Cold War, and I would 100% believe you! Furthermore, the fact that we are going back to World War 2 AGAIN tells me that the think tank that the developers go to for ideas is vastly starting to dry up.
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Everything from the campaign to the multiplayer seems like the only identity that it has was that it takes place during World War 2. We’ve seen and done that too many times to even count. The cast of characters is forgettable and despite the story having a couple of moments in which it seems, there could be something exciting happening that didn’t follow through. The story falls on its face and the multiplayer did nothing to draw me in. Maybe next time…I will give Vanguard the benefit of the doubt that the graphics are great and the controls are solid as well, but that is to be expected at this point from a AAA game.

Overall, Call of Duty Vanguard felt very uninspiring and while I can say that I normally put at least 100 hours into Call of Duty games between the story mode and multiplayer, this is one that I can’t wait to delete from my hard drive as soon as possible.

*This Review Code was so generously provided by the publisher for review*

Developer: Sledgehammer Games  Publisher: Activision
Release date: November 5, 2021
Platforms: Xbox Series X and Series S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Platform Reviewed on: PlayStation 5

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