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Review: Call of Duty Vanguard is a solid step up from Cold War

Sledgehammer has delivered a cohesive and enjoyable CoD package, but it still feels like a stop-gap until Modern Warfare 2

Creative director
Dave Swenson
Key Credits
Sam Maggs (Writer), Bear McCreary (Composer)

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.

  • Fun, if forgettable campaign with great performances
  • Visually stunning, especially in facial animation 
  • Multiplayer is fun, and more accessible for the non-hardcore
  • Campaign is the shortest it has been in a while 
  • Consistently poor AI
  • The WW2 setting still feels overdone
3 / 5
Version tested
PlayStation 5
Review: Call of Duty Vanguard is a solid step up from Cold War
Creative director
Dave Swenson
Key Credits
Sam Maggs (Writer), Bear McCreary (Composer)

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.

  • Fun, if forgettable campaign with great performances
  • Visually stunning, especially in facial animation 
  • Multiplayer is fun, and more accessible for the non-hardcore
  • Campaign is the shortest it has been in a while 
  • Consistently poor AI
  • The WW2 setting still feels overdone
3 / 5
Version tested
PlayStation 5