Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Review
When Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare was first announced, there was a lot of skepticism. Not only were people confused by a tower defense game going third person shooter, many saw it as an attempt to cash in on the popularity of Plants vs Zombies. As more information was revealed, such as it being an online only game with competitive and cooperative modes, people started to open up to the idea. With that being said, is Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare a must have for shooter fans or was the initial criticism accurate?
From the moment you start playing Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, you can tell stays true to its roots. The levels have quirky designs, Crazy Dave is a prominent figure and most importantly, the concept was modeled around the characters, instead of the other way around. This is an important distinction to make, since it allows the concept to feel more organic than trying to change things to suit the game.
If you’ve played Plants vs Zombies in the past, then you should have a basic idea of what to expect from Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare. The peashooter is mainly an attack character, the chomper is a high risk and high reward character that relies on stealth, the sunflower is obviously the medic and the cactus is your sniper/ranged character. Naturally the zombie characters work in a similar way and largely mirror their plant counterparts, except they have an offensive lean counter to the plants defensive lean.
Beyond this each class has a number of unlockable characters, which offer different takes on their basic concept. So in the case of the cactus, one rewards getting critical hits, another does three shot bursts, several have an elemental flare and yet another has a laser beam you can charge. This allows you to choose a character that better suits your needs or at least offers different alternatives to deal with a situation.
Now that you know how the characters work, let’s actually talk about the gameplay. As mentioned in the opening, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare has a cooperative mode and a competitive mode to choose from. The cooperative mode is your generic hoard mode, where as competitive offers various takes on the standard shooter modes.
As you might have guessed, the game’s cooperative and only split screen mode, garden ops, is the closest thing in Garden Warfare to the original Plants vs Zombies. In this mode you have to protect your garden from 10 waves of zombies and escape in Crazy Dave’s RV. In an effort to spice things up, the fifth and tenth waves have randomly selected bosses and two other waves will have an optional challenge. For the most part the difficulty will depend on where you put your garden, which bosses you get and how good your team actually is, though other factors come into play.