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Call of Duty Vanguard Beta Review: Big potential but major tweaks needed

The Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta was full of thrills and spills, but how close is it away from being perfection?

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The first full weekend of the Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta has been and gone, and after a few hours with it, we can safely say that fans should be excited.

The Call of Duty: Vanguard Alpha was merely a snippet of what the full game is going to offer, only showing off the new Champion Hill mode. With solid gunplay and a mode with potential, the Vanguard alpha certainly won us over, but the biggest test for the game so far was yet to come.

It’s arrived in the form of the long-awaited Beta testing with PlayStation users getting early access. Early indications are that whilst there is some obvious room for improvement, Call of Duty: Vanguard could be heralded as a classic upon its release.

Maps, modes, and meaty mayhem

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Keen testers are able to sample three of the game’s maps, a selection of guns, and other key elements like killstreaks, loadouts, and Perks.

Each map contains an abundance of personality: Gavutu is a gorgeous tropical island with weather effects playing havoc with your screen, Red Star is a brisk stroll through a snowy, war-torn square, and Hotel Royal could be one of the best Call of Duty maps ever.

To adequately test them out, the Beta removes the ability to custom-select the game modes you want to play, which is understandable given that Sledghemamer wants all the content to be played equally.

Alongside the classic Team Deathmatch and Kill Confirmed stipulations is the new Patrol game mode. It’s essentially Hardpoint, but the objective area is constantly moving, making for a more dynamic and proactive experience.

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For anyone who missed out on the Alpha, Champion Hill returns to challenge eight teams of either 2 or 3 members to go toe-to-toe and whittle down each other’s lives. We covered our full experience with it in our Call of Duty: Vanguard Alpha review, but it’s safe to say that it’s a mode that will keep people coming back for more.

The final major change that tries to set Vanguard apart from previous entries is the new Combat Pacing variants – Tactical, Assault, and Blitz.

Tactical is usual 6v6 fare, Assault ups the player count to around 20, and Blitz is a chaotic duel between two huge teams – roughly 40 players in total. In our experience, we found that this function certainly changes the way matches play out, not always for the better though.

Assault and Blitz on Red Star are immense, Tactical is not – with fewer people, the map inherits the problems that Miami originally had in Cold War by having a huge map with no one around, leading to sluggish, uneventful gameplay. If players are able to filter pacing choices in Vanguard’s full release, then we expect Assault and Blitz to be picked a lot more than Tactical.

Plenty of customization, but glaring issues

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Gunsmith returns in Call of Duty: Vanguard with players able to select up to 10 attachments per gun.

Each slot contains a variety of different attachments, each with its own subtle differences, so we expect to see lots of interesting loadouts for the STG44, MP40, MG42, and more.

The Perk meta may not be as interesting though, as unless another one or two are added, then we expect to see almost everyone running Ghost and Radar.

Vanguard also suffers from two problems that we can’t help but comment on – visibility and spawning. We are in love with the PS5’s ability to process breathtaking particle effects and give each map a rich, premium shine, boosted by HDR and exquisite ray tracing.

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But its technical polish is scuppered by constant visibility issues, a common flaw of Black Ops Cold War. We found ourselves on the receiving end of deaths without ever knowing where they came from.

Maps like Hotel Royal have so much going on that it’s easy to become lost in the action, and Gavutu’s extravagant scenery also becomes perfect folly for campers. Maybe the addition of a faint silhouette or outline could help matters, but we feel that it needs to be improved somehow.

The audio seems to be fine, and with a headset, we experienced few problems, but the main issue with Call of Duty: Vanguard at present sticks out like a sore thumb – spawns. CoD games have never been renowned for having the best spawn placement, but Vanguard’s different pacing across each map is clearly affecting the game’s logic and decision-making.

We simply lost count of how many times we were killed from behind from nonsensical spawn placements and how often enemy players just appeared right in front of us, enabling us to score an easy kill.


In Conclusion

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On the plus side, the game is a lot of fun to play. Guns feel distinct and tight, the hitmaker sound effect is ridiculously good, and the game modes on offer help to keep the Beta fresh.

But as the Beta progresses and we draw towards Call of Duty: Vanguard’s release, it’s vital that Sledgehammer looks at some of the game’s unwelcome distractions. We understand that visibility and spawns are hard to get perfect, but they definitely need improvement.

Overall, we feel quite optimistic about Call of Duty: Vanguard, and players who are unable to take part in the Beta can remain confident and excited ahead of its November 5, 2021 release date.

Verdict: 8.5 / 10

Image Credit: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

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Best Kar98k loadout for CoD: Vanguard Beta

The Kar98k is a lightning-quick Sniper Rifle in Call of Duty: Vanguard, so here’s the best loadout with Perks and attachments to fit.

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Call of Duty: Warzone players will be instantly familiar with the Kar98k Sniper Rifle, and it’s now back in its natural habitat in World War II. So we’ve assembled an excellent class for you to gear up and dominate with, so here’s our best Kar98k Vanguard loadout.

With the level of variation and accessibility in CoD: Vanguard’s maps, there will be plenty of opportunities for players to snipe.

If the 3-Line doesn’t take your fancy, or you want to default to a recognizable gun, then the Kar98k should do the trick nicely. It’s a rapid rifle with plenty of firepower, so here’s how you can make it a formidable beast in Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Beta.

Best Vanguard Kar98k loadout

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Best Vanguard Kar98k Gunsmith loadout attachments

  • Muzzle: MK. 2 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Krausnick 560MM LWS03K
  • Optic: M1913 Variable 4-8x
  • Stock: Short Stock
  • Underbarrel: Heavy Foregrip
  • Magazine: 8MM Jaeger 3 Round Mag
  • Ammo Type: Subsonic
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Shrouded
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

For the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout, we will slap on the MK. 2 Stabilizer as it peps up the weapon’s range. To complement the muzzle, the Krausnick 560MM LWS03K gives us what we’re looking for with a healthy ADs boost while not sacrificing other stats too much.

Our ideal optic is available early on in the M1913 Variable 4-8x as it gives us two valuable options to switch between with ease, and given that we want a lot of speed for the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout, the Short Stock negates a lot of that ADS time while boosting movement speed.

The Heavy Foregrip is perfect for quickening spring-to-fire time to get your eye down that sight faster when using the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout. The 8MM Jaeger 3 Round Mag reduces the ammo capacity slightly but boosts ADs and reload quickness. The Subsonic rounds keep you mostly minimap-free when firing.

Attaching the Fabric Grip boosts our vital speed stats more so. Shrouded is an OP proficiency that can reduce sniper glint, and to finish off, Fully Loaded gets us one starting bullet back per mag.

Best Perks to run with Kar98k class

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  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: High Alert
  • Perk 3: Overkill

Ghost will possibly be the most selected Perk in all of Call of Duty: Vanguard as it can effectively shield you from Spy Planes, Field Mics, and Enemy Intel.

We’ve opted for High Alert for the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout as sniping is fun and a sneaky practice, but if you’re taking enemy players out, they’ll be hunting you. High Alert will inform you that you’ve been seen and perhaps give you a second or two to retreat before your Killstreak is ended.

Finally, Overkill is a necessity for a Sniper Class such as this one. No matter how good the Kar98k is, you’re going to get into some sketchy situations out on the battlefield, so you’ll need a solid AR or SMG to swap to quickly.

How to unlock the Kar98k

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Like other weapons in the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta, most players have not had the chance to line up some headshots with the Kar98k as it’s not unlocked straight away.

With the knowledge that most Warzone players main a Kar as their Sniper Rifle, Sledgehammer Games decided to make the Kar98k a Level 26 unlock for Call of Duty: Vanguard.

Best alternatives

If sniping and long-range gameplay isn’t your style, or you need a great gun to make Overkill worth it, then we have some options besides the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout.

The Volk is another fast and furious choice weapon selection for players to choose, or if you want something quite solid overall, the MG42 slays as well.

And that’s the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout you can run! Be sure to check out all of the other weapons, Perks, and Killstreaks in the Beta.

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CoD: Vanguard Field Upgrades list: Dead Silence, Armor & more

Here are all of the CoD: Vanguard Field Upgrades currently in the game, including new pieces of equipment and some fan favorites.

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CoD: Vanguard will continue the tradition of field upgrades, and here is a list of the ones available for players to dominate their enemies with in-game.

As far as loadouts go in Call of Duty, players can take an awful lot with them onto the battlefield. In addition to two firearms, players can mix and match three perks and two pieces of equipment.

On top of that, CoD: Vanguard is once again allowing the use of Field Upgrades. These are a unique third piece of equipment that operates on a cooldown. Where players have a limited number of lethal and tactical equipment, Field Upgrades are limitless and give players various bonuses.

Here are all of the CoD: Vanguard Field Upgrades currently known.

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CoD: Vanguard Field Upgrade List

As of right now, there are only five known Field Upgrades in CoD: Vanguard. More upgrades could be added later or when the game releases. For comparison, Warzone and Cold War currently have seven Field Upgrades.

Supply Box

The classic Field Upgrade, Supply Box, returns in Vanguard. The player throws down a box of Ammo and Equipment for themselves and their teammates to stock up. The box explodes when shot. This Field Upgrade has a fast recharge rate.

Armor Plates

Armor Plates function exactly as they do in Warzone. Using this Field Upgrade allows players to take a few more hits before going down. Armor Plates have a fast recharge rate.

Goliath

A new Field Upgrade, Goliath, is a small remote-control bomb that players can drive like the RCXD. Players can drive this tank-like bomb for 30 seconds before it explodes, or they can detonate it early. The Goliath has a slow recharge rate.

Field Mic

The Field Mic operates as a stationary UAV that covers a minimal area. Players who pass through this area will be marked on the map briefly. The Field Mic has a slow recharge rate.

Dead Silence

Another classic Field Upgrade, Dead Silence, allows you to move without making any noise. This buff only lasts for a few seconds but should be long enough for you to flank your enemies without being detected. Dead Silence has a fast recharge rate.

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Those are all of the CoD: Vanguard Field Upgrades that are in the game currently. However, there will likely be more to come in the future. Although, players aren’t too happy with some of the ones we have now.

For more Call of Duty: Vanguard, check out these leaked details about the new Zombies map, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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CoD: Vanguard leak reveals insane number of camos for each weapon

a Call of Duty: Vanguard leak has revealed the type of challenges and amount of camos available for each weapon, and it’s pretty impressive.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard will introduce various changes to the franchise’s beloved Multiplayer, one of which seems to be a crazy amount of weapon camos.

Call of Duty: Vanguard has enjoyed its final weekend of the Multiplayer Beta, which officially ends September 21. Not only have players be able to get to grips with the new gameplay, but players have also been able to provide the developers with feedback.

Having said that, players weren’t able to explore the weapon camos on the Beta, but recent leaks have revealed some pretty exciting details.

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Although the game is set to release on November 5, players already have a decent idea of what to expect on launch, thanks to the Multiplayer Beta and the recent leaks surrounding the game’s Zombies mode.

Now, thanks to renowned Call of Duty leaker ZestyCODLeaks, some pretty interesting details surrounding camos in Call of Duty: Vanguard.

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The leak claims that Vanguard will have “an ASTOUNDING 245 camos PER GUN.” This is an unprecedented number when it comes to Call of Duty Camos, and it’s by far the most seen in the Multiplayer experience, if it’s true.

Using the STG-44 and MG42‘s code in the Vanguard files, Zesty has worked out that each gun will have around 245 camos.

The leak also suggests that there will be Mastery, CDL, and perhaps even Zombies camos for every weapon in Vanguard.

Lastly, Zesty also revealed the type of challenges players can expect to be doing when trying to unlock this insane amount of camos.

Like previous Call of Duty games, players will be doing challenges like crouch kills, assists, and kills with no attachments. However, some new challenges in the mix will take advantage of the Point Blank mechanic, which allows players to shoot out of cover.

That’s all for this CoD: Vanguard camos leak. For more, check out all of the Vanguard Ammo Types players can use to dominate their enemies.

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