We’ve been waiting a long time for Call of Duty: Vanguard to show, but the publisher has already started specific promotion for the new version by offering players the first tests. The event occurred only on Japanese consoles, which confirms that the relationship on the Sony-Activision line is still going well for both parties. Now, PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 owners can familiarize themselves with the alpha, and in addition, the beta version will start initially on these platforms. In the case of the following tests, we’ll only see Early Access, but perhaps after the premiere, players can count on more content packs – as we’re seeing now with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
Call of Duty: Vanguard offers a combination of chess and shooting game
In 2019, Infinity Ward introduced players to a new Shooter mode, an evolution of Call of Duty: Vanguard. However, instead of simple one-on-one duels, we’re seeing tournament struggles, where eight teams compete simultaneously, and though the fight takes place in a 2-vs-2 or 3-vs. 3, but now each team has a maximum of 12 (2v2) or 18 lives (3v3). The creators provide us with dynamic and short matches, and after a minute the team receives new competitors – until there is only one team left on the battlefield. Before the tests were revealed, it was rumored to be a “mini-Battle Royale”, which in my opinion isn’t exactly an accurate term… it’s rather a competition that uses a system among other things, the Auto Chess genre.
The hill of masters has been expanded with an element of economy, because we can find money on maps, and collect additional money for defeated opponents. As a result, we can constantly unlock new weapons (even during a match), and sometimes all players end up in a HUB where they can make purchases. Here the developers allow you not only to get weapons or other grenades, but also, for example, support in the form of a radar or even provide the option to purchase a previously lost revival (HP) for the team.
The new version of the game is basically a comprehensive concept of Shooting, but the gameplay is really interesting and most importantly – during the game I did not have the impression that the developers cut the coupon. The basics are known, but the addition of additional teams to the game and a system related to equipment development ensures that the fun is updated. In the latest Call of Duty releases, I spent a lot of time in Gunfight, and at that time it was my favorite mode, and Heights of Champions left me a lot of positive impressions.
The Hills of Champions in Call of Duty: Vanguard has a lot to do, but…
However, I am aware that the latest offerings from Sledgehammer Games suggest more cooperative gameplay than Shooter, as the competition is longer and the worse team can save their budget quickly, buy upgrades and even pay to rebuild HP. Between matches, we meet other sites and the conflict itself is intense.
The system about personalizing the soldier looks great in this case, because the player can decide to buy several perks or simply focus on developing weapons. There are a lot of options and perhaps interesting tactics to use the money obtained in the best possible way – but a lot depends on what your budget is, which will certainly affect the outcome of many battles. After spending a weekend with Call of Duty: Vanguard, I had the impression that this tournament mode could appear in other forms of the game – a small two-point dominance? There will likely be people willing.
Darkness everywhere, campers everywhere…
However, I am fully aware of that Call of Duty: Vanguard is basically Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in a new look. It is no secret that the production is running on the engine as of 2019, on the other hand, we can count on many great sites in the campaign, in the online mode it is difficult to enjoy the setting. All locations are very dark, which is very favorable for players who do not intend to play open shooting, but prefer to lie in dark alleys and wait for the best moment to attack. As in the restored MW – opponents fall very quickly, and small maps encourage you to crash by chance, as your opponent returns to the fight.
I’m also not convinced by the concept of destroying locations – this isn’t a huge revolution in the series, but it’s clear that Hammer Games wanted to increase the fun by giving players the ability to destroy wooden items on the ground. As a result, experienced players “open” all the gaps from the very beginning to give themselves a significant advantage and thus significantly reduce the option of more relaxed gameplay. Here you have to run, attack, run and attack a little more – it will certainly not be well received by many fans of this IP … and don’t get me wrong, because it is nothing new for this brand, but I am one of those players who expected a quieter gameplay From Call of Duty: Vanguard.
Where is that atmosphere in Call of Duty: Vanguard?
However, it’s hard for me not to mention another one – the presentation of the Call of Duty: Vanguard campaign has stirred up so many positive emotions inside me, and with so much anticipation, I’ve included the online struggles that… It is very different from the game set during World War II. Heroes Heights does not offer the slightest production atmosphere for players who are waiting for the Call of Duty series to return to the past.
Over the years, we have seen a lot of shooters who did not provide the expected climate, because it is difficult to show the location of the events in online conflicts … However, Call of Duty: Vanguard in terms of setting and feel of the game is the updated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The creators use popular games, which for some will be great news, but more players may stop at a promising campaign.
One of my friends laughed that had it not been for the weapon designs taken from World War II, we probably wouldn’t even know we were playing a specific location in the past – we can’t see clothes anyway, because in many locations it’s too dark or the action is shown so much that it’s hard Connect Call of Duty: Vanguard to the event site.
Call of Duty: Vanguard exams left more questions than answers
The Hills of Champions is an interesting mode that is likely to gather a lot of fans, but after Call of Duty: Vanguard was turned off, I immediately checked when the beta tests would take place. I’m curious to see what production would look like in other modes, to be honest – I wasn’t quite expecting that from the latest Sledgehammer Games item.
What are your impressions of the first tests of Call of Duty: Vanguard? Were you positively surprised or were you waiting for something completely different? Let me know in the comments.
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