Metacritic (Xbox): 80/100
Metacritic (PS): 81/100
Release: Feb 2016
Reviewed on: PS4
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
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The wacky Plants vs Zombie themed shooter is back with a sequel that introduces new characters and plenty of single player content for those that don’t want to solely focus on the multiplayer scene.
Game design wise most of the core features have remained the same with the game set just after the events of the original Garden Warfare with a plant victory although with the use of time travel the zombies were able to conquer Suburbia and rename it as Zomburbia. This leaves players joining a world that is split between the plant owned suburbs and the zombie suburbs with a battleground smack bang in the middle.
This refreshed focus on an actual location creates the much needed backdrop for the single player portion of the game where you’ll go out on missions all in the name of victory in the war. Single player now also extends to all the multiplayer game modes with ability to also enjoy split screen multiplayer.
Multiplayer is of course still the shining sunflower of the title and where you’ll be spending most of your time. Unlocked straight after the quick game introduction there is nothing stopping players from skipping the single player quests altogether if so desired. Nearly all the modes from the original game are there with new modes that allow for a reversal of roles (that see plants attack and zombies defend). For those unfamiliar you’ll find modes such as team death match, king of the hill, capture and defend and many others.
Within these you’ll be able to take one of the 14 different characters into battle (7 for each side) which come with their own playstyle and abilities. Mixing these with your team and considering counters to the enemy team plays an important role as one would expect from a class based shooter.
While at first glance 7 base characters for each side might seem a bit low there are over 100 different variants available for unlocking which alter the characters in various ways, although unfortunately are levelled up separately.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 makes great progress over the original game and is worthy for a return to garden warfare or first play.
- Expanded single player offering.
- New plants and zombies to command into battle.
- Plenty of variants to unlock and level up.
- Impressive map design and great number of game modes.
- Play on Windows, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
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