Early Call of Duty: Vanguard reviews point to good multiplayer but a lacklustre campaign

Call of Duty: Vanguard reviews are in, though we don’t have our own just yet: We haven’t played it, so expect to see our verdict some time next week once we’ve played through the campaign and spent some meaningful time with the new multiplayer and Zombie modes. It’s the 18th game in the long-running shooter series (19th if you count Warzone), marks another return to World War 2, and early signs point to another singleplayer campaign that plays a heck of a lot like previous instalments, just maybe not as well.

In IGN’s review, Simon Cardy scores the campaign a 7, writing that its “highly polished campaign provides a healthy amount of fun, even if its brief length and lack of variety lead it to fall short of the classic pieces of war cinema it’s trying to emulate.” Those film influences come chiefly from Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, though Cardy also mentions The Longest Day and The Thin Red Line. 

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