Call of Duty: Vanguard

Rating Summary

Based on 129 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

72

Top Critic Average

50%

Critics Recommend

Based on 129 critic reviews
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IGN

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2021

Call of Duty Vanguard's highly polished campaign provides a healthy amount of fun, even if its brief length and lack of variety lead it to fall short of the classic pieces of war cinema it's trying to emulate.

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IGN

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5 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2021

Vanguard's Zombies mode is goofy, gory, and adventurous, but it suffers from a deadly lack of content.

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IGN

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2021

Call of Duty: Vanguard's multiplayer doesn't do enough new to distinguish itself from the last few years to be a great game, but its excellent maps and Champion Hill mode mean that it's still a reliably good time.

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60 / 100
Nov 9, 2021

CoD's multiplayer is as dependable as ever, but Vanguard's campaign and Zombies mode fail to capitalise on what could be interesting ideas.

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No Recommendation / Blank
Nov 5, 2021

Vanguard won't join the pantheon of Call of Duty games, but it's a decent stop-gap for those waiting for Modern Warfare's return.

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7 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2021
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Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Nov 9, 2021

A reliable entry full of variety and worthwhile content, that simultaneously leaves an aroma of staleness that is beginning to taint the whole Call Of Duty franchise.

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Nov 8, 2021

A solid installment for the series with a satisfying story and great multiplayer balance.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2021

Vanguard is an overall solid pick with a lackluster campaign, a nascent but incredibly promising zombies experience, and multiplayer with a few critical new aspects.

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Unscored
Nov 11, 2021

As part of the suit against Activision Blizzard, two Black female employees described a workplace where they were constantly undermined and judged on a harsher rubric than their white coworkers. One employee mentioned being " … micromanaged such that her male coworkers were known to be playing video games without any intervention by her supervisor, but her supervisor would call and check on her if she took a break to go on a walk." Both employees eventually left the company as a result.

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7 / 10
Nov 5, 2021

Tweaks in multiplayer and Zombies advance the Call of Duty franchise overall, and an emphasis on distinct characters makes Vanguard's story fun, but it doesn't always mix well with the series' gameplay.

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5.5 / 10.0
Nov 19, 2021

Sledgehammer Games is no stranger to righting wrongs, as seen with its previous Call of Duty entries, but even with additional balance tweaks and new content, I’m certain five years from now that Vanguard will be looked down upon as one of the weakest games in the series.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2021

In the long history of the CoD series, it’s fitting that Vanguard stayed true to form with the World War II setting, because when all is said and done, I think it’ll be considered among the greats. If it’s already this fun to play now, I can’t wait to see how it evolves in the coming months with any updates Sledgehammer has planned.

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9 / 10
Nov 10, 2021

The stars have aligned for Call of Duty: Vanguard. For the first time, this truly feels like a full package without any caveats. Sure, some parts are naturally stronger than others but there isn't a weak link in sight. After back to back triumphs, Call of Duty is now on a killstreak.

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87 / 100
Nov 5, 2021

Even failing at "showing World Wart Two like never before", Call of Duty Vanguard is a great FPS. Campaign is full of epic (and some dramatic) moments, multiplayer is fun and fast, and includes 16 maps (twice as the previous Call of Duty game) with plenty of modes and progression elements, and the new zombies mode is incredibly fun.

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Erik Kain

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2021

All told, Call Of Duty: Vanguard has exceeded my expectations, especially after a less-than-promising pre-launch Alpha and press event. Then again, the Beta was drastically improved overall so I was already feeling more optimistic by launch.

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8 / 10
Nov 11, 2021

While Call of Duty: Vanguard does what it does well, it’s as I wrote at the start: the expected experience. There’s nothing overly surprising here, no major shakeups to the gameplay, nothing that rejuvenates the franchise like 2007’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. But that doesn’t mean it’s bad. In fact, Call of Duty: Vanguard offers a solid experience for those looking for their annual fix from the franchise.

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VG247

Top Critic

Nov 10, 2021

Judged on its own terms, Call of Duty: Vanguard offers a solid, albeit predictable campaign, an engaging multiplayer with deep progression systems and satisfying gunplay, and a Zombies mode that will only serve as a minor distraction in its current state.

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6 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2021

Overall, it feels like a game that doesn't want to disturb and has no soul of its own.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2021

Call of Duty: Vanguard is certainly a good return to World War II by Sledgehammer, especially in terms of multiplayer modes: many maps, customizable weapons with numerous options and a progression system to applause. On the other hand, the single player campaign is just enough, far from being considered epic, while the Zombies mode needs to be expanded as soon as possible.

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