Call of Duty: Vanguard Reviews

Call of Duty: Vanguard is ranked in the 51st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
9.5 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2019

Call of Duty: Vanguard continues the high standard set by 2019's Modern Warfare, providing a grounded, classic Call of Duty campaign, coupled with a deep multiplayer experience rich with progression and an inviting Zombies mode that welcomes all skill levels.

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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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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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Nov 4, 2021

Call of Duty: Vanguard is a balanced game across the vectors of historical interest, good gameplay, variety, and a strong narrative. It ties everything together in a competent way that makes sense. That doesn’t mean it’s a spectacular game on the order of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which was a breakthrough game for the franchise because of its thoughtfulness and disturbing material.

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90 / 100
Nov 4, 2021

This culmination of all things Call Of Duty has resulted in something the entire series can look to, a blueprint on how to build a meaty and superb first person shooter experience.

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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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87%
Nov 8, 2021

We'll be damned if this isn't another fine Call of Duty game. The solo campaign is excellent, multiplayer delivers on practically all fronts, and Zombies provides a neat co-op diversion. Call of Duty: Vanguard represents great value, and enough new stuff to warrant taking a look.

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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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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2021

As a complete package, from a Call of Duty developer that hasn't yet established its own Modern Warfare or Black Ops sub-franchise, Vanguard feels like it could end up being Sledgehammer's tentpole. Iconic characters, unique multiplayer and map design, and overall integration into the wider Call of Duty experience set the pace for not only the next year, but whatever comes next from Sledgehammer.

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TrueGaming
Top Critic
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2021

Call of Duty: Vanguard offers us a mix of interesting stories, very fun group play phases and much-welcomed zombie innovations, already an experience not to be missed for fans of the series and first-perspective shooting games.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2021

Aside from breath-taking visuals, the campaign mode of Vanguard doesn't have much to say, as it's the standard short and sweet Call of Duty campaign that we've known for years, but when it comes to multiplayer Vanguard is a beast, offering the most content than any other COD game before with some top notch map design and super smooth gameplay.

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85 / 100
Nov 9, 2021

Vanguard does not provide significant news, but Sledgehammer has managed to create a solid delivery that manages to capture the best of the essence of the Call of Duty of recent years. The fun provided by the excellent design of its multiplayer mode shows that the formula is still fully valid. In the must there is a campaign mode that, although fun and spectacular, is too short, as well as a zombies mode that is not up to expectations.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2021

A content-starved Zombies mode aside, Call of Duty: Vanguard is a triumphant return for the series.

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84 / 100
Nov 4, 2021

Vanguard doesn’t stray too far away from the classic Call of Duty formula we have come to expect from the franchise over the past several years. In many ways, it’s a little more of the same. That said, Call of Duty: Vanguard is an incredibly robust package offering up tons of content for the buck. Zombies mode is far more enjoyable and varied, the single-player campaign is a visual stunner, and 20 MP maps at launch is nothing to sneeze at. If you have passed over Call of Duty over the last several years, it might be time to come back.

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Atomix
Top Critic
83 / 100
Nov 10, 2021

Call of Duty: Vanguard is another strong entry for the franchise. It offers a lackluster campaign, but makes up for it with a frenetic and fun multiplayer experiencie. It doesn'r bring anything new to the table in the FPS genre, but many of its elements definitely feel like an evolution for the franchise.

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8.3 / 10.0
Nov 23, 2021

A bet on popcorn, action and fun. An ode to explosions, gunshots and getting up screaming from the couch. A formula that, despite not being liked by the current critics, continues to work perfectly

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Gamersky
Top Critic
8.2 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2021

Call of Duty: Vanguard maintains the consistently high level of production in the Call of Duty series, with an excellent cinematic narrative and unparalleled shooting feel, giving players an audio-visual experience in person on the battlefield.

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8.2 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2021

Now it's time for the final review and I'm extremely torn. I'll admit, I'm quite a fan of single player campaigns and I really liked this year's one. I thought the overall almost cinematic staging was great and it had some great moments. Being a sniper in Stalingrad reminded me of the great scenes in Call of Duty: World at War. But the other locations were great as well. Multiplayer is something I enjoy playing in phases. I liked Black Ops: Cold War quite a bit and found myself in battles there more often. The beta phase of Call of Duty: Vanguard put me off a bit, as I didn't really warm up to the multiplayer mode. Of course, what was shown was only an excerpt of the later scope. So this part could also win me over now in the weeks gradually more. In the end, the problem of Call of Duty is probably more and more the "egg-laying-willing-milk-sow" principle paired with the tight release procedure, which seems to be a challenge despite changing studios. With Call of Duty: Vanguard, Sledgehammer has shown some great ideas of how a good shooter can be presented.

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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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