Call of Duty: Vanguard reviews roundup – the verdicts are in

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The first reviews for Call of Duty: Vanguard are now live, and it appears that Activision's annual first-person shooter is a solid yet unremarkable entry in the series.

Call of Duty: Vanguard is available now on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC. It's the next mainline entry in the Call of Duty series and is set during World War 2. The game is currently sitting on a Metacritic score of 79 on PS5 after 10 critic reviews, which means the game has received "generally favorable" scores.

You'll have to wait a little longer for TechRadar's verdict, but here's what the rest of the gaming press wrote about the latest Call of Duty.

GameSpot's Phil Hornshaw awarded the game a 7 out of 10 and said: "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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Eurogamer's Wesley Yin-Poole thought that Call of Duty: Vanguard was "fun filler that won't live long in the memory" but conceded that the game will undoubtedly do well regardless.

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Ian Boudreau at PCGamesN awarded Call of Duty: Vanguard an 8 out of 10 in his review and said: "Opting for pulp fantasy over Spielbergian reverence for the era, Vanguard reinvigorates the World War II setting and charts a new path forward."

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In PC Gamer's early review of Call of Duty: Vanguard, Shaun Prescott said that the game "doesn't sound like a standout COD game", and that it appears to have "good multiplayer but a lacklustre campaign."

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IGN, whose review is in progress, describes the game's campaign as "fun" and "truly cinematic" but notes that it "lacks variety". In regards to the game's multiplayer, IGN says Vanguard's competitive modes are multiplayer are "fast, fun, and more than anything, familiar."

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Jordan Middler said: "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" in VGC's review.

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War never changes

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The overall consensus on Call of Duty: Vanguard, then, seems to be that it's the same Call of Duty experience that many crave every year, but there's little to get excited about overall.

For some, that will be more than enough, but with Battlefield 2042 and Halo Infinite dropping on November 19 and December 8 respectively, competition for Call of Duty's crown has never been more fierce. 

Adam Vjestica

Adam was formerly TRG's Hardware Editor. A law graduate with an exceptional track record in content creation and online engagement, Adam has penned scintillating copy for various technology sites and also established his very own award-nominated video games website. He’s previously worked at Nintendo of Europe as a Content Marketing Editor and once played Halo 5: Guardians for over 51 hours for charity. He is now an editor at The Shortcut.