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Call of Duty: Vanguard (Series) Review

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Posted: 5 weeks ago, last updated 11 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Call of Duty: Vanguard 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.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 05/11/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Developer: SH Games (@SHGames)


Duration: It takes between 10 minutes and half an hour to play a round of this game.
Players: You can play this with 48 players online. There are 10-14 players in each team depending on the mode. The Blitz survival mode supports up to 48 players.


Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Some of these purchases (known as 'loot boxes') are for a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent. These in-game purchases also offer a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game.  

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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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.

Account Rating

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.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Call of Duty: Vanguard Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@SHGames) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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