Name of Obligation: Vanguard

RRP $ 59.99

“Whereas it provides some attention-grabbing new options to the Name of Obligation method, Vanguard’s blended adjustments make it an entry to recollect.”


  • Weapons really feel fantastic

  • Traditional, fast-paced multiplayer

  • Destructible environments add depth


  • Forgotten marketing campaign

  • The brand new zombies method is not that enjoyable

  • Unbalanced weapons in multiplayer

  • A cheat’s paradise

I fell in love with Name of Obligation once more two years in the past when the sequence’ Fashionable Warfare storyline restarted. The sport included most of the good elements of the basic Name of Obligation expertise whereas including some enjoyable new elements on the identical time. The tactical dash was a pleasure, new choices for diverse gameplay with gear and new weapons (together with a lever rifle that I spent manner an excessive amount of time bettering with) had been a pleasure. Name of Obligation: Vanguard appeared to imitate a lot of what led to its launch, utilizing the identical engine as Fashionable Warfare and mimicking the extra reasonable really feel of the sport.

Nevertheless, Vanguard is all present and little or no substance. It turns off some options and claims they’re new when it actually is only one of them. Exterior of multiplayer, each Vanguard’s marketing campaign and zombie modes attempt to reinvent their basic interpretations, although each fail in these makes an attempt. After spending round 15 hours taking part in the sport to this point, I am pleased to place my controller down and depart Vanguard for good.

Characters haven’t any character

I’ve some expectations when diving right into a Name of Obligation sport as I have been a gamer for years. I count on an easy marketing campaign that lets actions communicate louder than phrases and a zombie mode the place I can flip my mind off utterly and benefit from the carnage with a number of associates. Vanguard tries to combine up each experiences with some fairly radical adjustments, although the result’s that each adjustments left me with a foul style in my mouth.

Name of Obligation: Vanguard’s marketing campaign brings the franchise again to World Battle II yet one more time. As a substitute of viewing the battle by means of the lens of the fighters of a specific faction, the gamers are launched to the Vanguards, a choose group of extremely certified specialists from the allied nations. Everybody has their very own backstory, methodology, and even particular expertise. Every can be painfully uninteresting, together with the remainder of the marketing campaign.

Only a few of Vanguard’s combat-heavy encounters get the blood pumping like earlier entries within the franchise.

Vanguard places his characters on the heart of the story, not their battle. It is a huge twist on a Name of Obligation title that might work higher if the sport really managed to get me fascinated about one of many Vanguards. As a substitute, the group presents itself as a motley staff of stereotypes. The Australian was out and in of jail and ignores orders, the American is a lone fighter, the Russian is vendetta-happy and the staff is led by a rational British. These descriptions are the start and the top of the depth of the characters gamers slip into. They’re typical Name of Obligation characters – shallow and uninspired – however they’re nonetheless within the highlight.

The motion set items that often get all the eye in a Name of Obligation title are additionally just a little disappointing. Most of Vanguard’s missions observe a method the place the participant sneaks earlier than participating them in a firefight. Nevertheless, only a few of Vanguard’s combat-heavy encounters get the blood pumping like earlier entries within the franchise.

Call of Duty: Vanguard - crawl through a jungle

Establishing custom

If Vanguard manages to deliver the depth, it does so with weighty weapons and improbable sound design. Every weapon in Vanguard has its personal sound profile that’s fascinating to take heed to. I can nonetheless hear the considerably hole, tinny sound that an MP40 makes when it’s reloading. Firing weapons is a straightforward pleasure in Vanguard, and the truth that they will blow away cowl (and even physique elements) solely offers this energy that energy.

Every character’s potential would not do a lot so as to add to the facility journey that gamers needs to be feeling. They’re all very simple: highlighting enemies, commanding teammates, making gamers maintain onto various kinds of explosives, and so forth. These expertise set any character aside through the sport, however they made little distinction ultimately.

Every weapon in Vanguard has its personal sound profile that’s fascinating to take heed to.

Vanguard’s marketing campaign turns all the pieces gamers ought to count on from the single-player Name of Obligation expertise on its head. It lacks these large action-packed moments, as a substitute it tells its story by means of character-oriented cutscenes. The identical fast change of course additionally applies to the sport’s Zombie mode, which now encompasses a slew of characters who shout instructions at gamers as they full targets. Killing zombies shouldn’t be a pointless motion in Vanguard, however a goal-based mode through which the gamers’ subsequent steps have to be fastidiously thought-about.

Zombies run in Call of Duty: Vanguard.

The sport’s lone map, The Starting, locations gamers in a hub space and guides them to portals that result in zones the place gamers should full targets. Some targets are so simple as killing zombies and surviving, whereas others problem gamers to gather drops from zombies and take them to an enormous obelisk. Whereas it is enjoyable to revisit previous zombie maps like Shi No Numa from Name of Obligation: World at Battle and have on the spot entry to the Pack-A-Punch machine within the hub, Vanguard’s Zombie Mode felt prefer it was burdened by its objectives and leaving me behind I want it had been extra directionless like its earlier iterations.

The signal is lacking

A Name of Obligation sport is characterised by its multiplayer mode, through which virtually all gamers spend a big a part of their time. And whereas I can verify that Vanguard’s multiplayer is healthier than the opposite two sport modes, this is not precisely a top quality bar. Multiplayer in Vanguard offers passable gunplay general, however suffers from far too many balancing points that punish gamers who aren’t able to grind up the sport for a weekend.

While you step into Name of Obligation: Vanguard’s multiplayer, you get a primary set of weapons and perks. However what the sport would not inform you is that these weapons and perks are a number of the worst on the market. Low degree gamers are continually being outdone by excessive degree gamers who’ve entry to the sport’s higher weapons and weapon equipment. The sport’s STG-44, its beginning assault rifle, for instance, is extremely tough to regulate with its beginning attachments when capturing. However higher-level gamers who’ve leveled up the weapon can flip it right into a laser beam that knocks down gamers very quickly.

Vanguard’s multiplayer additionally runs into some basic first-person shooter multiplayer issues. On a number of the smaller, extra chaotic maps within the sport, it is not unusual to spawn in entrance of an enemy and provides them a fast, free kill. This drawback is not unusual sufficient as to not jeopardize the end result of a sport at instances, or to provide opponents easy accessibility to their killstreaks, a few of that are problematic in themselves. A few of Vanguard’s killstreaks drop bombs on the map, and whereas they will not at all times hurt you, they’re assured to ship a cloud of smoke within the participant’s face. It is a disorienting impact that simply made me lose shootouts and usually feeling unfair.

Call of Duty Vanguard's multiplayer mode.

Vanguard’s greatest drawback, apart from bizarre spawns and balancing points, it shares with Name of Obligation: Warzone. Throughout my time with the sport, I’ve performed a handful of video games the place it was clear {that a} participant was dishonest. Killcams confirmed them locking onto gamers, typically by means of partitions, earlier than mowing them down with extraordinarily exact fireplace. Cheaters will make their manner into each sport sooner or later, however given the aggressive nature of a few of Vanguard’s sport modes, comparable to Search and Destroy, encountering cheaters generally is a game-breaking expertise.

Throughout my time with the sport, I’ve performed a handful of video games the place it was clear {that a} participant was dishonest.

However when all the pieces goes proper in a Vanguard sport, when issues do not feel too unbalanced and there aren’t any cheaters round, the sport’s improvements shine. Including destructible environments to the sport brings a brand new degree of depth as total chunks of canopy are ultimately blown away, reworking the playing cards. Having the ability to burst by means of partitions is only a powerful transfer, like one thing ripped straight out of a ’90s motion film. It’s unlucky that these options are overshadowed by Vanguard’s extra distinguished points.

Our opinion

Vanguard does what each entry within the Name of Obligation franchise tries to do. It’s alleged to develop the fast-paced motion of the sequence and in some locations flip total sport modes the wrong way up. However Name of Obligation: Vanguard is an instance of innovation within the flawed course. It emphasizes the flawed elements of a Name of Obligation marketing campaign and zombie mode, making them the worst variations of themselves. The one redeeming issue within the sport is the multiplayer, which retains the nice ol ‘run and gun playstyle the the gamers ought to count on. Nevertheless, it’s slowed down with its personal issues, starting from cheaters to doubtlessly game-destroying spawns. These points might be fastened, nonetheless, and as soon as they’re fastened, Vanguard might be left as an general first rate entry into the franchise for multiplayer aficionados.

Anyway, I will be taking part in Fashionable Warfare for at the very least one other 12 months from 2019.

Is there a greater different?

Should you’re on the lookout for a brand new multiplayer FPS, Battlefield 2042 is straightforward to advocate.

How lengthy does it take?

The Name of Obligation: Vanguard marketing campaign goes by shortly and lasts just a little over six hours. Anybody trying to unlock all the pieces within the sport’s multiplayer ought to be capable to chat with the sport till one other Name of Obligation title comes out subsequent 12 months.

Do you have to purchase it?

Name of Obligation: Vanguard would not hit Fashionable Warfare’s 2019 high quality mark, which is holding up nicely to at the present time. Should you urgently want new Name of Obligation content material, please be happy to buy the sport.

Name of Obligation: Vanguard writer Activision-Blizzard is presently going through authorized proceedings over the corporate’s alleged historical past of poisonous office habits. If this might affect your buy resolution, we advocate that you just learn up on the state of affairs.

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