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Call of Duty:
Vanguard Review

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Call of Duty: Vanguard (2021) is a shooting game set during end of the World War II. It's the eighteenth instalment in the Call of Duty series.

Vanguard offers similar gameplay to previously Call of Duty games like Modern Warfare. You can mount weapons on flat surfaces, open doors and perform takedowns. This year you can also blind fire from behind cover, breaking through walls and fences or climb structures to gain the element of surprise.

The multiplayer mode offers 20 maps, customisable weapon classes and a new way to select different pace of combat in these games. A new Patrol mode tasks you with capturing and holding a moving zone to earn points for your team. There will be a Zombies mode in this game that will act as a prequel to Black Ops Cold War Zombies. The game will also bring changes to the battle royale Call of Duty Warzone experience, unlocking new maps and weapons.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Call of Duty: Vanguard 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Shooting game. You can play this by yourself or as a 48-player online game. There are 10-14 players in each team depending on the mode. The Blitz survival mode supports up to 48 players.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 10 minutes and half an hour to play a round of this game.

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Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Bad Language and Violence.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

In the US, ESRB state: This is a first-person shooter in which players assume the roles of several members of an elite Allied fighting unit battling Nazi and Axis powers during World War II. Players recount events of the war, complete various missions, and use pistols, machine guns, sniper rifles, and explosives to kill enemy soldiers in frenetic, realistic combat. Battles are highlighted by frequent gunfire, explosions, cries of pain, and blood-splatter effects. Some sequences/cutscenes depict more intense instances of violence: a dramatic airstrike killing several soldiers, resulting in depictions of severed limbs and mutilated corpses; restrained prisoners beaten or burned alive; a soldier stabbed in the throat, close-up. A zombie mode depicts several instances of decapitation and dismemberment, as players use guns and bladed weapons to kill hordes of undead soldiers. The game includes customizable player cards that can be equipped as part of players' identity. Some of these cards depict marijuana-related items (e.g., illustrations of cannabis, characters smoking) and female figures designed with deep cleavage and/or wearing revealing outfits (e.g., lingerie). The words “f**k” and “sh*t” appear in the dialogue.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need a good sense of direction, quick wits and fast reactions. Understanding how best to achieve the missions also helps, as does having the resilience to not mind when you lose and keep pushing ahead even if you are behind.

Account Rating

Account required for online play that has 13 years old as minimum age. Game is available to individuals aged 13 or older. If you are under 18 years of age, you and your parent or guardian must review this Agreement and the Privacy Policy together.
  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.


Call of Duty: Vanguard usually costs £59.99 to £99.99.

Call Of Duty: Vanguard: Standard Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £59.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £59.99

Call Of Duty: Vanguard: Ultimate Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £99.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £99.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £99.99

Call of Duty: Vanguard

Steam Store PC -
XBox Store Xbox X|S -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Loot Boxes: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. These include in-game purchases of random items (known as 'loot boxes') that offer a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent.
  • In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, reward items and other aspects of the game.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 05/11/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1 (48 online)

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

Developer: SH Games (@SHGames)

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