Marcelo Jabulas | @mjabulas – Activision hosted the first beta round of “Call of Duty: Vanguard” between September 10-13, exclusive to PlayStation consoles. The second round takes place between the 16th and the 20th, during which players from the Sony, Xbox and Windows platforms will be able to compete against each other.
And let’s talk about the first impressions of “Vanguard”. In this test, as usual, only the multiplayer mode came out, with three maps and four game modes.
The cards look for scenarios that recreate battle scenes during WWII. One is the penthouse of a hotel in Paris. On this map, the emphasis is on close combat, with many rooms and hallways. Close range weapons such as shotguns can be effective in close combat.
Another option is Gavutu, a Japanese island that explores the fighting in the Pacific. With forests, a stranded ship, rocks, and beaches, this scenario requires special attention to not get exposed and become a sniper target. A weapon with low recoil and good rate can be very useful.
And finally the map of the red star, which refers to the battle of Stalingrad, in Russia. This map shows buildings and open areas, which requires special attention in hallways and when moving through the streets. In this case, it is better to have a rifle or a submachine gun, in addition to being careful to cross the street.
The modes add additional objectives to encourage the player to go beyond just shooting. In “Patrol” mode, you must master the positions and maintain them. Beating your team’s flag earns extra points.
In “Dominate” mode, you must secure a certain position on the map and contain the onslaught of the enemy team. In the “Confirmed Low” mode, in addition to targeting the enemy, it is necessary to recover the soldier’s plate.
And finally, the good old “Mata-Mata”. In this mode, the team that reaches the limit first wins. There are fights with up to 200 kills or by time limit.
Ultimately, it’s about killing and dying. The player cannot be shaken by the number of times he will be shot down. Taking action is part of the game.
At first, the player will die relentlessly, just like in that Tom Cruise movie, “On the Edge of Tomorrow”. But then the player gets used to it, learns to position themselves and explore the reaction of each weapon, a skill that veteran shooters have long mastered.
Understanding the dynamics of the weapon’s recoil, aiming for the future point, being aware of the flanks, and trying to see the enemy from a distance are lessons learned in the heat of battle. In addition, you learn how to read the game, and predict player behavior. And don’t feel cowardly about letting your coworker take the lead. It can be the bait to defeat an enemy.
Graphics and audio
Visually, “Call of Duty: Vanguard” is well tuned. There are still some bugs, like one element crossing another and other nonsense. On the first day there were failures in the storylines and even in the connection, with the game crippling. The audio was also very faulty, making it impossible to hear gunshots and other game noises. But between the 10th and the 13th, it was possible to see some corrections.
The connection of the servers was also satisfactory from day one. Of course, players with better broadband quality stand out. Even with the game trying to balance ping (two-way latency), it’s still possible to see in replays that enemy you’re aiming for, but can’t take down. In the rehearsal, you can see through his eyes that he saw you well before and reacted first. But overall the game was balanced.
The new CoD weapons are a crucial factor in the gameplay. The latest editions have focused on contemporary combat, with sophisticated weapons, with high rate of fire and precision.
For “Vanguard” the player has access to high rate weapons like assault rifles, submachine guns and machine guns. They allow performance similar to current war games. However, there are old weapons like bolt-action rifles, which have great damage power but take forever to fire and reload.
So, for the beginner, the advice is to get a good cadence weapon and play with it. The more the player uses a weapon, the more points he earns to improve it. Thus, it is possible to swap sights, add silencers, swap ammo, butts and other items that make the Trebuchet deadlier.
A word of advice, if your friend likes to play in the camper van and dig in with a sniper rifle, it is good to be smart, because after your first kill your enemy will come to you, as the location is revealed in the replay .
The beta of “Call of Duty: Vanguard” shows that the game has attributes to continue the success of “Warzone”, which is a true free-to-play shooter community. The environment and the technologies of the 40s, spice up the game. Anyone who has lost the window cannot pass the round from September 16 to 20.