This week in Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee reviews Call of Duty: Vanguard.
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Well go on then, Yahtz, tell us World War 2 shooters are overdone. And while you’re at it, be sure to inform us that water is wet and modern political discourse is fucked. Ironically, pointing out World War 2 shooters are overdone is, itself, overdone. We’re stuck in the fucking ouroboros of tedium, the snake eating its own tail while complaining that the seasoning is bland. Actually I wasn’t going to rag on Call of Duty for going Nazi-fartsy on us again because I’ve come to accept that while shooters can’t seem to get away from World War 2, it definitely hasn’t been for want of trying. The Modern Warfare trend was about as valiant an attempt as one could expect and we all know where that ended so, fuck it, let shooters have their fucking comfort zone. It’s the only uncomplicatedly good setting for a quote “realistic” shooter. Get too close to the present and war’s mainly decided not by the ground-level machine gun exchanges that FPSes bank on but by whose tech can make the biggest explosion happen the furthest away. Also it’s still the war with the best narrative. Where the writers weren’t trying to frame the side with aircraft carriers and predator drones as the plucky underdogs struggling valiantly against an opponent armed mainly with harsh language and angry livestock.