Everyone loves Plants vs. Zombies, right? I know I do, I was hugely addicted to it on the PC and now we have Plants vs. Zombies 2 but what was missing from this franchise? That’s right, a third-person shooter on console. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a tongue in cheek shooter based around the PvZ storyline.
Teams of plants can battle it our against teams of zombies in this highly fun game from PopCap and EA, and I can honestly say I’ve not had this much fun since I was small enough to jump on a bouncy castle without getting dodgy looks from adults who clearly wanted to be having as much fun as me.
The game is broken down into several modes; Garden Ops, Welcome Mat, Team Vanquish and Gardens & Graveyards. Garden Ops works the same was as Horde did in Gears of War, a team must survive waves of enemy zombies including boss rounds. Welcome Mat is basically and introduction into the game, it loops the same map over and over using the Team Vanquish rule setting, it’s great for beginners who want to learn the characters before settings off into other game modes. Welcome Mat doesn’t allow your character customisations so everyone is playing with the same gear as everyone else. Team Vanquish is, basically, team deathmatch with a different name, two teams, one aim, kill the other team. The first team to hit the designated score wins. Finally we have Gardens & Graveyards, think of this as Rush from Battlefield, the zombies must push up to each objective and capture it, once captured it will give you another location to capture, the plants must defend each objective, the game ends when either the time runs out or when the zombies capture the final objective. There has been further game modes announced and released as DLC for free.
You can choose from four characters on each team, or you can also choose Boss Mode which gives you the chance to command the game much like Battlefield’s Commander mode on Battlefield 4, you can drop in health and launch bombs by collecting sun or brains depending on what team you are on, personally I feel Boss Mode to be very dull and uninspiring, the real fun comes from the ground troops. On the plants team you can choose from the Pea Shooter, Chomper, Sunflower or Cactus. The Pea Shooter is an assault type class, the Chomper is close quarters, the Sunflower is a medic and the Cactus is as close as you can get to a sniper. On the zombie team you can choose from Foot Soldier, Engineer, Scientist or All-Star, all of which are self-explanatory apart from the All-Star, think of him as a heavy gunner.
Each character has their own skill set such as the Foot Soldier can rocket jump to elevated positions, the Cactus can lay down cover and the Pea Shooter can turn into a fixed gatling pea cannon, each character can have up to three abilities each, these are unlocked by completing challenges.
The rank system works differently to other shooters, you rank up based on completed challenges and not XP, completing sets of challenges will see your rank grow so it pushes you in a direction of playing with each character where other games you can just batter the same class and rank up that way. You may feel it a bit of a chore at times with having to play classes you don’t usually play but it actually comes in quite handy as mastering the classes is quite simple and some times you need to try another class to help try to break the other team down.
In Team Vanquish and Gardens & Graveyards you can apply full character customisation, the customisation options are quite fun, half of which are cosmetic. The other half is you can actually unlock new characters with different skill sets for instance you can unlock Ice-Pea and use him instead of the Pea Shooter, the Ice-Pea shoots iced peas which can slow down enemy zombies. There are hundreds of different combinations you can unlock and it’s all done via the Sticker Book, each game you complete you are awarded credits, these credits can be exchanged for sticker packs, very similar to the crate system used in Mass Effect 3′s multiplayer mode. Stickers can unlock new characters, customisations and pot plants for Garden Ops and Gardens & Graveyards game modes. This is a highly addictive system and it keeps you playing for longer than you originally plan to play for.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is not just ridiculously fun to play, it’s also a breath of fresh air in the shooter genre, it’s a game that you don’t need to take too seriously but also quite competitive without actually trying to be. I originally planned for Garden Warfare to be a game to tide me over until Titanfall arrived but I just can’t help myself going back to it to de-stress and just have some fun. If you haven’t already purchased Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare then I suggest you get it now, it’s a steal at just £26.99 from Amazon, not only is it an awesome game, it’s also fun for kids too, apparently.
- Tons of customisation
- Stress free
- Seriously fun
- Slow load times
- Addicted to stickers