Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is a 3rd Person Action Shooter for the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC from PopCap Games. The game is a spin-off of the original Plants Vs Zombies but gives the player full control of each and every Plant and/or Zombies then pits them in a battle for the backyard. Each plant and each zombie are controlled by the left thumb-stick and aim their weapons with the right stick, firing with the trigger and jumping with the A button.
Players who stick with one of the four different zombie/plants will upgrade their abilities that can be triggered with the other face buttons and bumpers. These abilities are timed sensitive and once you use them you will have to wait a few seconds to activate them again. The aim in the game is good but spotty at times but you can adjust it any the sensitivity to your liking even on the battlefield. The other controls in Garden Warfare are easy to learn but will take time to finesse to become good over time.
If players are on Team Plants they will have access to the infamous Peashooter, the Sunflower, the Chomper as well as the Cactus for players to choose from. If the player lands on Team Zombies they can choose either Foot Soldier, the Scientist, the All Star or the Engineer when they head into battle. Each team has a boss mode which players control Crazy Dave or the King Zombie to drop health or revives to their team, drop sonar nodes to reveal enemy positions and airstrikes to even the odds during matches. If have the Xbox Second Screen app you can control the boss with your smart device. The Boss Mode class is exclusive available to the Xbox One and at the time of this review there are no plans to bring this feature to the Xbox 360 or PC.
PVZGW is strictly a multi-player/Co-Op game which may turn off some gamers but with its plethora of game modes it has plenty of content for players to explore. Garden Ops acts the games horde mode where the plants must defend their garden from an onslaught of zombies that gets increasingly difficult as each wave passes. Every player in the squad will be equipped with plant cards that will allow them to place different plants in vacant flower pots to help fend off the zombies and heal their squad. If players make it to the final round they will have to charge to the pickup point where Craaazy Dave will extract them in his Winnebago. Team Vanquish serves as the games Deathmatch mode the first team that reach 50 vanquish wins. Garden Vs Graveyards is the games capture and hold mode where the Zombies fight to take over the plants gardens which ever team that holds the most areas at the end of the game wins.
When every players vanquishes a foe, complete an side objective, and complete a match or wave they are award with Zcoins that can be used to purchase sticker packs that will upgrade their abilities and unlock new characters as they play the game. The more you play the more you earn and as of the time of this review neither EA or PopCap have plans to allow microtransactions for Zpoints which puts away worries of any notion of a “Pay to Win” option in the game for now. However the game does require skill and teamwork that even if a player was able to buy more packs for their character it wouldn’t matter. PopCap has perfectly balanced the game so even if you do have a heavy hitter you won’t automatically dominate because of it.
The game offers Classic modes that do not allow players to use upgrades and the special characters as well as a Welcome Mat mode and mixed mode that throws all the game modes in a playlist. The only problem that PVZGW faces in its online Multi-player modes is the lack of matchmaking or clans and this hurts the game because it takes along time for players to add each other in the game. In the Xbox One version of the game their is an offline multi-player for the times when gamers are not connected to the internet and is also not slated to ever show up in the Xbox 360 or PC versions of the game. Players that want the definitive version of this game should purchase the Xbox One Version, even though it is $10 extra it is well worth it. Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare overall is a well-rounded shooter even with its flaws and it is a game that everyone can play and enjoy no matter what age they are.
Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare is a great 3rd person shooter that captures the essence of the original tower defense games but brings an entirely fresh and new experience. When players master the controls and can put up with the off beat matching making system they will be in for a game that is amazingly deep and enjoyable no matter how old they are.
Overall Score: 8 / 10
RGN Rating : Silver Game
Developer: PopCap Games
Publisher: EA Games
Available On: Xbox ONE | Xbox 360 | PC
Played On: Xbox One
Review Copy Info: A physical copy of this game was purchased by RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this review.