Vanguard Public Beta fails to impress Call of Duty fans


Call of Duty: Vanguard Public Beta launched this weekend to little fanfare. Unexcited gamers are rushing back to play Cold War after lacklustre demonstration.

Perhaps the rumours were true? Vanguard beta proves that the new Call of Duty game had some major development hickups. PC gamers experience a plethora of bugs.


The general consensus for Call of Duty: Vanguard is that, although it is a lot of fun to play, it’s missing that little something to make it truly stand out. While blind-firing from cover is a great new mechanic, the game struggles to truly impress diehard Call of Duty fans, especially after the open public beta on PC.

Unlike its predecessor Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Vanguard just doesn’t have that seamless and smooth feel and responsive controls; it sits somewhere between Modern Warfare and Cold War. It appears that poor PC optimisation could be the culprit.

PlayStation gamers are loving the new game and are not held back by some of the games flaws seen on the PC and Xbox Series X versions. Bizarre graphical issues such as texture tearing and model morphing are very common when playing on PC. There also seems to be slight input lag when playing with keyboard and mouse.

We tested the beta on a system running an AMD Ryzen 9 5950x, 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and a RTX 3090 and we saw the same graphical bugs seen below.

Aim assist, as well as enemy hitboxes, have also been buffed up for console players giving them a massive advantage over keyboard and mouse PC players.

While the game, even its current state, is a lot of fun to play it is failing to truly capture old school Call of Duty fans. The exciting new standalone Gulag mode called Champion Hill which is currently playable in solos, duos and trios has extremely long lobby waiting times. Most people appear to be flocking to the quickplay playlists.

Vanguard open public beta
Call of Duty: Vanguard open public beta extended.

The game’s bugs and issues could be due to Sledgehammer’s rumoured troubles which almost ended in Activision/Blizzard pulling the plug and cancelling Call of Duty: Vanguard all together. Although they don’t entirely ruin the experience, it is hard to remain excited for the new shooter knowing that it is set to launch in under 2 months.

Perhaps it is the Battlefield 2042 hype that has people questioning whether they should commit to purchasing a new CoD game in late 2021.

The Battlefield 2042 trailer was incredible well received; it has almost 11 million views with close to 600K likes on YouTube totally eclipsing the Vanguard reveal trailer which, despite having almost double the views, only has 120K likes.

Call of Duty: Vanguard is available for pre-order and will launch worldwide on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC (Battle.Net) on November 5, 2021.

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