I have to be honest, Call of Duty: Vanguard I was less than enthused. I thought Call of Duty: WWII was fantastic, but I was not sure I was ready for another World War II COD game. I was going to not bother getting the game! However, my wife knowing I like past Call of Duty games surprised me with it for Christmas and I have to say, I am very happy she did.
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The Game Review
While many people only play COD games for the multiplayer, I always have a great time with the campaign. The campaign in Call of Duty: Vanguard is very different from the one we got in Call of Duty: WWII. It is far flashier and more action packed, but I have to say even though it looks like a dumb action movie, it has far better character development.
You play as four different characters and it is basically about the formation of the first ever special forces unit. The two characters I liked best were Polina, the Russian sniper who is quick and agile, and Lucas who is an expert with explosives. You go back and play missions from the past that flesh out the characters before they all team up in a truly epic section on a train!
Overall, I thought the campaign was a great deal of fun and it had a lot of variety thanks to the different characters, special abilities, and different locations. Also, as always, the campaign looks and sounds amazing, I played this on a PS5 and with a Dolby Atmos soundbar, and as cliché as this sounds, it really was like I was playing through a movie!
Of course, we cannot talk about a new Call of Duty game without getting into what you can expect from the multiplayer action the game is offering. Even though I am not the biggest multiplayer fanatic when it comes to the Call of Duty series, but I did have a fair bit of fun here.
You have your typical modes as you would expect from a Call of Duty game. The new, Champion Hill mode where you and another player take part in 2 vs 2 battles was awesome. I have played this with my son, my brother in law and a few friends and it is always a good time, even if we are not winning.
As far as other multiplayer game modes go, team deathmatch is really the only other one I play. Thankfully, Call of Duty: Vanguard has a decent selection of maps so things do not get boring quickly. However, I have to say as is the case with all Call of Duty games, after a while, it is only the “pro players” left and things become more frustrating than fun.
I was very interested to see what they did with zombies mode here as it is a prequel to the excellent zombies’ mode from last year’s Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War. There is a great mixture of having to survive as well as complete objectives and in all honesty, that is all I want and need from zombies. Like Champion Hill, zombies is a mode I have had a lot of fun playing with friends and family.
Even though I was not exactly excited about Call of Duty: Vanguard when it was announced, I am so pleased my wife (or Santa Clause) surprised me with it. The game has a fantastic campaign, it has a great new multiplayer mode and zombies is an absolute blast. I thought I was sick of the WWII setting in COD games, but this game proves there is more great WWII stories to be told.
- The campaign truly is epic
- I liked how each character felt unique and was well developed
- I loved the new Champion Hill mode in multiplayer
- The whole game looks and sounds phenomenal
- I will probably drop off from the multiplayer pretty quickly if I am being honest
- While this game was great, I do feel we need something different than WWII for next years game