Plants vs Zombies has become a phenomenon. From toys to clothes, you will be hard pressed to find a child who doesn’t know the classic wave defense game. It did not take long before Pop Cap games teamed up with EA to bring the plants and zombies to a new genre; third person shooters. In February 2014, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare launched on Xbox 360 and Xbox One with huge critical and user success, with a PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 launch later that year in August. Now two years later, we will be getting a sequel that adds on all the fun of the original while maintaining the charm and quirkiness that we expect from a Plants vs. Zombies game. Here’s our Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 Review.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 gameplay is some of the best in the third person shooter genre. It is silky smooth with no hiccups or frame rate drops. The lack of sprint does take some time to get use to, but once you get the pace of the game you no longer need sprint. The maps are just big enough that you can evade a attacker, while also getting from one side to another quickly. With places to hid and funnel points for the action you always feel like you could be the attacker or on the run of a dime become the next salad. Running on the Frostbite 3 engine, the same engine for BattleField, the environments feel like the latest animated movie.
Game play means nothing without characters. Both the Zombies and the Plants have seven classes all with specific abilities for aiding your team or hurting the opposing team. There are three new classes for each side from the original game. For the plants there is Kernel Corn who acts like a machine gunner, Citron who is bounty hunter and an orange with a later shoulder cannon, and finally Rose whose mage-like class with sorceress powers to heal your team and attack theirs. For the zombies they get a sniping zombie pirate named Captain Deadbeard who has a parrot that acts like a military drone, a brute like class zombie Super Braniz that is dressed like a super hero, and finally you can play as the Imp that you always see on the back of the giant zombies back. There is a class that fits any play style. However, I found myself not wanting to try any other classes once I found the class that suited my play style.
Some of the biggest complaints with Pants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare was lack of games modes, and Pop Cap listened. Plants vs. Zombies: GW2 has added an a slew of new modes from single player missions for both sides that act as a story mode, to a free roam area where you can attack as many zombies as you wish with the freedom to explore. With all the new non-multiplayer additions doesn’t mean Pop Cap did not also over haul online. With every aspect of GW2 having the ability to be Co-Oped you also have many more game modes online. From Domination to Team Death Match there is something for everyone in GW2.
Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 is an all around a better game then the original, and that’s saying a lot for how good Garden Warfare was. Pop Cap took all the fans requests into account and has delivered a game that you can play on the couch with a friend or child, as well as someone over seas. If you are an online gamer or just want to play some wave based missions with a friend in the main hub area there is something for you too. We loved what we have seen so far, and with the game releasing this Tuesday we will have a full analysis of the multiplayer once it gets out into the wild. Regardless, GW2 is more bang for you buck then the original and it is hard for us to see the online experience weaker then the original.
Things we liked
+Addition of Single Player Mode
Things we Disliked
-Learning Curve from Other Shooters
-Some Classes Wont Appeal to Everyone
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