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Review: Call Of Duty: Vanguard – An Enjoyable, Yet Familiar Romp

You’ve seen all of this before.

Ten minutes into the Call of Duty: Vanguard campaign and you’re jumping from rooftop to rooftop on a moving train. Yep, this is classic Call of Duty alright. Fast forward an hour and you’re dogfighting in the air over the sea in a sky full of explosions. If all of this sounds fairly familiar then that’s pretty much what to expect from the game. Instead of progressing the series forward, it instead feels much more akin to the best hits of what’s come prior. If you were to pick up a Christmas compilation album, Call of Duty: Vanguard would be an assortment of classic Mariah Carey songs.

With this being said, Call of Duty: Vanguard is not a bad game. On the contrary, it’s pretty enjoyable. Everything you’ve come to expect from the series is here, it’s just that nothing truly sticks out this time around. Featuring a campaign, multiplayer and Zombies mode, none of the current offerings feel as though they’d reside in anyone’s top five Call of Duty list. Instead, it’s a solid offering that feels more or less a stop-gap to tide players over to next year’s heavily rumoured Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

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