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Call of Duty: Vanguard's gameplay reveal is full of sniping, climbing, and running

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Following last week's official announcement, Activision shared a chunk of Call of Duty: Vanguard (opens in new tab) campaign gameplay today during Geoff Keighley's Opening Night Live stream. The demo (which you can watch above) centers around the Stalingrad mission that we had previously only heard about.

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The mission stars Polina Petrova, a sniper in the Soviet Red Army and one of the four playable protagonists in Vanguard's campaign. We see Petrova fight through a burning, bombed-out Stalingrad (the same Stalingrad mission that used San Francisco's actual sky (opens in new tab) as a skybox reference). Petrova works her way through a variety of weapons, graduating from a knife to a shotgun, to a sniper rifle, and then a Kar98.

It was a cool showcase of what looks like some great gun feedback and reload animations, but the mission itself is basically everything you'd expect from a standard CoD mission, now with prettier graphics. And wow, it does look pretty.

I was more interested in the campaign clip I saw in a closed press briefing, which we covered last week (opens in new tab).  That mission was a slower, more stealth-oriented survival mission that reminded me of Last of Us 2, but it's clear Vanguard's campaign will also have its fair share of loud, explosive moments like we saw today.

Morgan Park
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Morgan has been writing for PC Gamer since 2018, first as a freelancer and currently as a staff writer. He has also appeared on Polygon, Kotaku, Fanbyte, and PCGamesN. Before freelancing, he spent most of high school and all of college writing at small gaming sites that didn't pay him. He's very happy to have a real job now. Morgan is a beat writer following the latest and greatest shooters and the communities that play them. He also writes general news, reviews, features, the occasional guide, and bad jokes in Slack. Twist his arm, and he'll even write about a boring strategy game. Please don't, though.