Call of Duty's newest title, Vanguard wasn't exactly a hit. The game more so flopped in terms of sales and overall reviews, however, it still brought that fun fast-paced FPS gameplay that is Call of Duty. Despite that, a lot of gamers didn't find the game to live up to its expectations and instead are turning to other WWII-inspired titles. And if it's WWII-inspired FPS you're looking for we got you covered with the most comparable and best games like Vanguard.
A lot of these games are inspired by the true events of WWII and look to replicate them to the best of their ability. This means no shortage of FPS action and adrenaline-rushing combat. So if you weren't quite impressed with Call of Duty: Vanguard, then the five best games like it, should fill that void.
5. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
Black Ops Cold War was the Call of Duty installment released one year before Vanguard. Although it didn't receive the same praise that Vanguard got, the game still feels very similar. This is most likely due to the fact that Activision is the publisher of both titles. And the fact that both games use the same IW engine. So if you're looking for that fast-paced, run-and-gun-style FPS, then Cold War is a solid option.
Despite the game not grossing too successfully, it has gotten a lot of improvements since its release in 2022. With that, a lot of talk around the Call of Duty community mentioned the game has improved substantially from the time of its release. This has attracted a lot of players back to the game, and it may be worth it since Call of Duty will be skipping its annual release this year. That just means you have more time to grind Cold War if you've already exerted your time in Vanguard.
If you're looking for more of the WWII-inspired gameplay that was consistent in Vanguard, try out Hell Let Loose. The game is a platoon-based realistic FPS, set in WWII. You will definitely notice a huge difference in gameplay, as you won't be slide canceling in this FPS. Or for that matter, running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
Instead, you will be working with your assigned platoon, clearing out open fields of battle, but at a moment's notice, it will turn. Once your location is revealed, expect infantry, tanks, and all types of artillery to be bombarded you're way. This makes for a great deal of strategy in the game until you get into combat. Once the fight's begun, well it really is like hell is let loose. Hell Let Loose may not have the same feel as Vanguard, but its plot is nearly identical as both work as an FPS set in WWII.
3. Battlefield V
With how poorly Battlefield 2042 runs, and the fact that it's set a century after WWII, I don't feel it's a comparable game to Vanguard. However, its predecessor, Battlefield V doe's a lot better job. If it's WWII inspiration you want, then turn to the “War Stories” in Battlefield V. These are single-player story modes that are inspired by true events of WWII, and play like a movie. With that, the storyline follows a very similar suit to Vanguard.
Instead of being a part of special forces in Vanguard, you will be with the resistance in Battlefield V. So just like Vanguard, you can find yourself going on a lot of top-secret missions, that eventually turn into firefight gameplay. And if it's worth mentioning, I feel the Battlefield V storyline is much better than Vanguards, with its WWII depiction and immersion.
Even if you're here for the multiplayer aspect of Vanguard, Battlefield V has this covered as well. There are very similar games modes, such as Conquest, Domination, and Outpost, but on rather big-scale maps. Both Battlefield V and Call of Duty: Vanguard have very similar plots and for that matter a similar fast-paced FPS style. You are sure to get a similar experience from Battlefield V and with that a very enjoyable one.
The freshest face to the WWII FPS scene is Enlisted. Released in 2021, Enlisted focuses on squad-based combat around WWII's major battles. The gameplay feels like a combination of Hell Let Loose's graphic style with the fast-paced FPS movement of Vanguard. Giving a great blend of high-intense fast pace action, and skillful decision-making.
That's what's so great about Enlisted, one life you can be clearing out trenches with a flame thrower, and the next, blowing up artillery in an aircraft, or cruising around in a Tank. Or maybe you feel like you're in Saving Private Ryan and want to post up in a bell tower to snipe. Enlisted has all this and more, offering a really immersive WWII experience. Oh, and did I mention it's free?
1. Call of Duty: WWII
If you want the most iconic, and comparable experience to Vanguard, then head back to Call of Duty: WWII. The game was made back in 2017 with the same developers of Vanguard, Sledgehammer Games, and Raven Software. You could even argue that Vanguard feels like a re-skinned version of Call of Duty WWII, with new features.
The good news is that Call of Duty: WWII didn't fail, and fans were really happy with its release. Still to this day the game has a solid community of players who simply enjoy the title for its gameplay and style. Also for the fact that it has a great rendition of Zombies, which many gamers are turning to the game for. It's undoubtedly the most comparable Call of Duty game to Vanguard, and I would argue that it's better.
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