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Vanguard players furious with Akimbo Shotguns and Riot Shield combination

Vanguard players are demanding a nerf for Akimbo Shotguns but with the devs on holiday these weapons are set to continue their dominance.

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Akimbo Shotguns are currently running rampant in Vanguard and with the ability to strap a Riot Shield to the back, these players are frustratingly difficult to kill. 

If you’ve dabbled with Vanguard over the holidays, chances are you’ve encountered some pesky Akimbo Shotguns and Riot Shields. According to numerous players, the maddening combination of Shotgun and Riot Shield is ruining the Multiplayer experience for the Call of Duty community. 

With the Overkill Perk, players can strap a Riot Shield to their back and utilize an Akimbo Shotgun class that dominates close quarters. The destructive power and extended range of this Shotgun are making it nearly impossible to deal with.

Akimbo Double Barrel Shotgun

The Double Barrel Shotgun has usurped the Combat Shotgun for the most used Shotgun in Vanguard. Thanks to the Akimbo attachment, the Double Barrel can practically transform into MW2’s infamous Model 1887. 

This isn’t the first time Shotguns have caused issues in Vanguard. During the game’s release month, the Combat Shotgun was deemed overpowered by Vanguard players. Shotguns tend to cause quite the stir when their damage range goes unchecked as evidenced in the clip below.

To make matters worse, most players with Shotgun in hand tend to equip a Riot Shield as well, creating the most frustrating combination of weapons in the game. With a Riot Shield protecting players’ backs, finding a weak spot is extremely difficult. 

Although players have begged for the devs to release an update that would nerf Akimbo shotguns, this likely won’t happen until they return from their holiday break. 

One way of solving this issue would be to attach more downside to players who choose to utilize this combination. Furthermore, some have suggested moving Overkill into Perk slot 1 or 2 where there’s more competition for Perk selection.

Of course, the simple solution would be a weapon balancing update. Warzone players are experiencing similar frustration courtesy of the Double Barrel Shotgun.

For more Vanguard news be sure to check out this perfect spot to farm easy longshots for camo challenges.

Image Credit: Sledgehammer Games

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Vanguard players furious with “broken” Attack on Titan bundle

The highly-anticipated Attack on Titan bundle is leaving Vanguard players feeling frustrated with the unfinished product they purchased.

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Just one day after the release of the highly-anticipated crossover and Vanguard players are already frustrated with the “broken” Attack on Titan bundle.

There’s a ton of overlap between fans of both franchises therefore a crossover between brands checked a lot of conceptual boxes. However, early feedback from Vanguard players has been incredibly disappointing as they’ve highlighted major flaws with the cosmetics.

The Attack on Titan bundle already received its fair share of negative feedback prior to release due to the poor design of the Survey Corps Operator skin but some new flaws are leading players to claim the bundle as “broken”.

Attack on Titan bundle CoD

It didn’t take long for things to go sour with the Vanguard Attack on Titan bundle and given the fact that the bundle costs around $20 it’s easy to understand why players feel shortchanged. Paying customers expect a finished product and the bundle is clearly failing to deliver on this promise.

The bundle consists of one Operator skin, three weapon blueprints, three in-game animations, one emblem, one sticker, and one charm. Players have already called out the skin for its poor design and now it seems like two of the weapon blueprints and some animations are not working as advertised.

As you can see in the clip posted to the Vanguard subreddit, the weapon blueprints that advertise Orange Tracers actually boast lackluster “cartoonish muzzle flash.” Without the Tracers working as intended the weapon blueprints look and feel like half-finished products.

A separate post detailing issues with the bundle’s animations is additional proof that the bundle is broken “Dunno if it’s just me but the MVP highlight is broken, just shows every character beating someone with an invisible gun.”

Once again, the most significant selling point fails to work as intended. Without the iconic AoT blades, the MVP highlight animation is meaningless.

Ideally, the bundle would work as intended from the getgo instead of presenting an unfinished product to paying customers.

As this bundle isn’t cheap, costing players $20, hopefully Sledgehammer Games will look into these issues and ensure that they work as intended moving forward.


For more Vanguard news check out our guide to the best Assault Rifles in Vanguard as well as a ranked list of the best SMGs in Vanguard.

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Vanguard graphics glitch makes CoD Zombies “unplayable”

A new Vanguard graphics glitch appeared after the January 20 update, and it’s making CoD: Zombies “unplayable.”

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CoD: Vanguard’s January 20 update brought a new graphics glitch to the game, and players are frustrated as it has made the game’s Zombies mode “unplayable.”

Sledgehammer Games released a major Vanguard update on January 20 to address the game’s problems. This patch finally nerfed the Double Barrel Shotgun and fixed some frustrating glitches.

However, this update also brought some frustrating new issues for players to deal with. A new visual glitch has been ruining the graphics in Vanguard’s Zombies mode and making the game unplayable.

Vanguard Operator holding flamethrower in Zombies mode

Reddit user ‘SecretlyHiddenSelf’ showcased this glitch in the CoD: Vanguard subreddit. The image they posted showed missing textures in the game’s Zombies mode, with large polygons taking up most of the screen.

This isn’t the first time that Vanguard players have had to deal with frustrating graphics issues. The Redditor called these new graphical glitches “insane,” claiming that they’re making Zombies “unplayable.”

The commenters were equally frustrated with these texture issues and some of them came to the conclusion that this glitch is a result of the NVIDIA Drivers update on PC. So, they began looking for ways to fix it.

How to fix Vanguard Zombies graphics glitch

A few of the commenters in this thread stated that reverting the NVIDIA Drivers update on your PC will fix this graphics glitch. “If you’re on PC roll your NVIDIA Driver back to 497.29,” suggested one user.

You can get this done by going on NVIDIA’s website and manually choosing a specific driver version to download and install. If you already have the latest driver installed then you can simply uninstall it.

Ultimately, this is a game-breaking glitch that the developers will need to address soon. At the time of writing, it’s unclear whether or not they’re aware of the issue, but we’ll be sure to update you if they announce a fix.


For more Vanguard content, check out this Ranked mode that’s been confirmed for Vanguard Season 2 as well as the best SMGs to use in Vanguard’s multiplayer.

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Vanguard Ranked mode confirmed for February’s Season 2

The latest Vanguard patch notes have teased players about a highly anticipated Ranked Mode, suggesting it could be coming soon.

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Vanguard players have been calling for a Ranked mode for some time now, and those prayers have finally been answered with confirmation that it is on the way.

Vanguard’s January 20 update delivered bug fixes after the delay of Season 2, which is great for the community who have recently been highlighting the abundance of issues in both Vanguard and Warzone.

As well as this, players were also given an update regarding Ranked Play, with an update from the Call of Duty League confirming its arrival isn’t too far away.

Vanguard Operator aiming sniper rifle

In a blog post on the official CDL website, General Manager Daniel Tsay confirmed that the mode will release in the near future, marking down February as its likely date.

“Ranked Play is planned to roll out alongside new Call of Duty: Vanguard game content in February,” he wrote. “We’re all very excited about the future of Ranked Play here and can’t wait to share more details as we get closer to its release.”

While Tsay didn’t go as far as giving an exact date, it’s likely that it will drop with Vanguard Season 2, which has been delayed to February 14.

Screenshot confirming Ranked Play from CDL website

In the January 20 patch notes, fans were given a teaser about the mode, with one bullet point mentioning killstreaks in Ranked matches.

  • All Killstreaks, except Artillery Strike and Cruise Missile, are restricted and not able to be used while in Ranked matches

We know that players have been calling for a Ranked mode to be added for some time now. A new competitive mode would be great for the players wanting more from the game, as some may feel as if the casual playlist is not enough.


As more information is released regarding a Ranked mode, we’ll be sure to keep you updated. For now, check out the best SMG’s to use in Vanguard’s multiplayer.

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