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Call of Duty Vanguard campaign length and how long to beat

Call of Duty: Vanguard
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Call of Duty Vanguard campaign length and how long to beat the story are useful things to know when weighing up whether you want to commit yourself to the game's campaign - after all, some will want a short, punchy story, while others will want to get the most bang for their buck in length. Whatever your thoughts, we'll lay out COD Vanguard's campaign length and how long it takes to beat Vanguard below. We've also included a full mission list, letting you know how many missions there are and how far you are through the campaign.

Call of Duty Vanguard campaign length

Call of Duty: Vanguard multiplayer

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Call of Duty Vanguard's campaign length will vary depending on your own personal skill and the difficulty at which you play it, but we'll plant our flag and say it's roughly 5-7 hours for the vast majority of people to make it from the new game prompt to seeing the credits roll. This is a fairly standard campaign length for a modern Call of Duty game, which usually lean towards being short and punchy rather than extended military campaigns (so to speak).

Actual missions in COD Vanguard are a bit longer than you'd expect though. Each one lasts generally 45 minutes (though again, this'll depend on how difficult you find it), so they're not really drop-in, drop-out experiences. As elaborated on in our Call of Duty Vanguard review, many of these are designed to be self-contained experiences, so while they're arguably a little longer than the average shooter mission, they do present a whole story each time. 

However, it's worth keeping in mind that not all of this will be gameplay. Vanguard has slightly more focus towards telling a story than recent COD games, and with this comes more robust and lengthy cutscenes that make up a bigger percentage of the experience. Players may appreciate this or not, depending on their preference - if you like storytelling and a deeper understanding of the characters you're controlling, this may speak to you. If you can't understand why anybody would rather watch monologues than blow things up, you may get impatient at times.

Call of Duty Vanguard mission list

Call of Duty: Vanguard

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COD Vanguard has nine missions specifically and no real side content to speak of, in contrast to recent COD games. Each mission is roughly the same length (as mentioned, about 45 minutes), so players shouldn't have too much trouble estimating whereabouts they are within the story and how much longer they have to go. We'll lay them all out in a full list below.

  1. Phoenix
  2. Operation Tonga
  3. Stalingrad
  4. The Battle of Midway
  5. Numa Numa Trail
  6. Lady Nightingale
  7. The Rats of Tobruk
  8. The Battle of El Alamein
  9. The Fourth Reich

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Joel Franey

Joel Franey is a writer, journalist and podcaster with a Masters from Sussex University, none of which has actually equipped him for anything in real life. Consequently he chooses to spend his time playing video games, reading old books and ingesting chemically-risky levels of caffeine. He is a firm believer that the vast majority of games would be improved by adding a grappling hook, and if they already have one, they should add another just to be safe. You can find old work of his at USgamer, Gfinity, Eurogamer and more besides.