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Call of Duty: Vanguard Review

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The Call of Duty series has always been up to the mark to provide its fans with some exciting content. Released in 2021, Call of Duty Vanguard quickly grasped fame with its tantalizing graphics and gorgeous visual effects. It’s the 18th sequel in the all-time successful Call of Duty series. The game takes you into the closing chapters of World War 2, as Special Forces made of veterans work together to sabotage the Nazi mission.

Let us dive into the details of this action-packed FPS game.

Call of Duty: Vanguard Campaign

The game opens up at Belin in the final days of the  Reich, where the Nazis are conducting a secret mission, “Project Phoenix”. A group of veterans from different war fronts are assembled into special forces, with the mission to sabotage the Nazi regime’s secret mission. However, The group comes to know about this secret mission while assaulting a submarine dock.

Unfortunately, our team of heroes is soon captured by the Nazis during this adventure. In the strong captivity of German forces, we learn about the stories & experiences of each group member. This includes a series of flashbacks, as all veterans share their experiences of war. The flashbacks ranging from 1941 to 1944, showcase the exciting battles of Stalingrad, Midway, and the pacific.

The first character story we come across is 2nd lieutenant Lucas Riggs stationed in Libya.  Through his eyes, we witness the fiercest battles of Africa, as Riggs and his fellow men fight Erwin Rommel and his Afrika corps. On various occasions of battle, Riggs disobeyes his commander’s orders ultimately leading to his imprisonment for insubordination.

Following Riggs’ account of the  African battle, the game takes us to the pacific front in 1942. On the Pacific front, US navy pilot lieutenant Wade Jackson is engages in the battle of Midway against Japanese forces. During the air combat, Jackson’s plane is shot down, leading to the pilot and his tail gunner’s capture. However, soon enough, the US infantry rescues them from the Imperial Japanese army. The game puts you into the cockpit of Japanese dive bomber Aichi D3A, as Jackson and Hernandez use it to destroy Japanese resistance on the islands.

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Gameplay snap-Battle of Midway, via IGN.com

The third and most exciting story is that of Polina Petrova. A Russian nurse, turned into a deadly sniper as the Germans invaded her hometown of Stalingrad. To avenge her father’s death, she kills down German troops stationed in occupied Russia. Along with her brother Misha and fellow Partisans she hunts down the Wehrmacht commander Leo Steiner. We also get to experience the D-Day scenario through the eyes of British Paratrooper Arthur Kingsley.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard GamePlay

The gameplay of COD’s this sequel is amazing with the franchise adding some new functions as well. The gameplay mechanics are very much similar to Modern Warfare. The player can mount weapons. In addition to this, in Vanguard the player can use more advanced tactical abilities. For example, the player can fire blindly from behind the cover as well. This is a feature that previous sequels seriously lacked. It allows the player to use much more realistic moves like breaking through environmental elements & climbing.

Call of Duty: Vanguard Multiplayer

In addition to the classic Gunfight mode, Vanguard introduces the new mode, “Champion Hill”.  In this newly introduced mode, the players are assigned the task of surviving as long as possible in a squad-based death match. This game also features the “Arms Race” mode, which has more players and more action, as the two teams of 12 players fight each other to capture bases. The players earn cash by completing objectives, allowing them to buy custom loadouts.

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Call of duty Vanguard- Multiplayer mode via Activision.com

Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombie Mode

The zombie mode has always engaged Call of Duty’s fandom, and Vanguard doesn’t shy away from adding fuel to this fire. The mode starts with a new map, “Der Anfang” a hub located in the center of Stalingrad. It has several portals, through which the players are transported into different regions like the Pacific and Paris. In these different places, the player must complete some objectives while slaying down hordes of zombies. The game includes a series of magic obelisks.

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Gameplay snap-Call of Duty vanguard: Zombies Mode via gamespot.com

Call of Duty: Vanguard System Requirements:

The minimum system requirements are as follows:

Minimum System Requirements:

OS: Windows 10 64-Bit (latest update)
CPU: Intel Core i3-4340 or AMD FX-6300
RAM: 8 GB RAM
STORAGE SPAGE (at launch): 36 GB (Multiplayer and Zombies only), 177 GB all game modes
HIGH-REZ ASSET CACHE: Up to 32 GB
VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon RX 470
VIDEO MEMORY: 2 GB
GRAPHIC DRIVER: NVIDIA 472.12 or AMC 21.9.1

Recommended System Requirements:

OS: Windows 10 64-Bit (latest update) or Windows 11 64-Bit (latest update)
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
RAM: 12 GB RAM
STORAGE SPAGE: 177 GB
HIGH-REZ ASSET CACHE: Up to 32 GB
VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 580
VIDEO MEMORY: 4 GB
GRAPHIC DRIVER: NVIDIA 472.12 or AMC 21.9.1

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How to Download Call of Duty: Vanguard

The game hasn’t been released on steam. Its only available for download at Acivision’s Battle net. launcher at a price of $ 49.9 for ultimate edition and $ 29.9 for standard edition. However, If you find yourself broke but still want to enjoy this action packed FPS adventure, click here.

Conclusion:

Vanguard is an FPS that is worth buying, as it takes you into action-packed adventures across the Pacific, Africa, and Europe. And in case, you get tired out of playing through different protagonists, there’s always time to enjoy its multiplayer mode with new features. And, after all the zombie mode is always there to satisfy your hunger for some classic shooting.

Nasir Hussain

I write on almost everything that intrigues me. Other than writing about amazing games, I am doing scientifc research & blogging on Politics in my free time.

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