What would a year be without another Call of Duty? Don't worry. Vanguard is here to fill the gap for this year's entry.
Reviews for the game are slowly pouring in, but there's enough out in the wild now to give us a feeling of what to expect this year.
Without further adieu, here's what critics are saying about Call of Duty: Vanguard:
Game Informer (8/10)
Call of Duty: Vanguard’s campaign misses the mark, but multiplayer and Zombies do the heavy lifting to get the title to a good place. If you’re most invested in the single-player experience, you can pass on this year’s entry, but if you’re into the other modes, Call of Duty remains an excellent choice for some shooting, looting, and zombie executing
Call of Duty: Vanguard is probably the most entertaining entry in the latest triptych (which now share a unified launch screen alongside Warzone). There aren’t many surprises to be found if you’ve already played Modern Warfare or Black Ops – Cold War, but if I were to recommend just one of the three, it would unquestionably be Vanguard.
The thing about Call of Duty games is that, with each yearly iteration, you pretty much know what you're getting--and that's largely the case here. It's both a blessing and a curse for Vanguard, however. Elements of Vanguard feel like good additions to the franchise, but its ideas also don't always mix well with the series' framework. That framework is still strong, and the solid gunplay, exciting multiplayer, and inventive moments of the campaign are worth seeking out.
IGN - Single-Player Review (7/10)
With a strong cast of characters used to varying effect throughout to tell a tale that puts just about enough of a spin on the stories it's paying homage to, Call of Duty: Vanguard’s single-player campaign is an impressively cinematic depiction of World War II. That said, aside from a few standout moments sprinkled over its fleeting five hours, for the most part it plays it a little too safe in regards to mission variety to feel like a standout in the series.
At launch, Call of Duty Vanguard feels like a solid step-up from Black Ops Cold War, but falls short of the benchmark that was Modern Warfare 2019. Together, Vanguard's three pillars make for a game that we’re frankly surprised is as cohesive and enjoyable as it is.
Vanguard, I suspect, will do well - Call of Duty does well! Its in-game store will sell silly outfits for its World War 2 operators. Pricey weapon skins will keep the money rolling in. As the Call of Duty menu screen swells, adding a new front to fight on even as we head into what's sure to be a difficult winter, Vanguard will do its bit for the war effort. But unlike the source material, Vanguard won't live long in the memory.
The consensus seems to pinpoint it being another enjoyable entry, but perhaps nothing too memorable in the pantheon of classic Call of Duty titles.
There's no Metacritic score for Xbox as of yet, however the PS5 version is sitting at a score of 79.
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