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Garden Warfare 2, zany, crazy fun

Mar 4, 2016

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2Bigger. Badder. Bigger. Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 lives up to its tag line…and much, much more. 

In 2014, PopCap Games took their simplistic but addictive puzzle game and sprouted it into an outstanding, lighthearted third-person shooter: Garden Warfare. This sequel is an improvement in every way.

The biggest change is Warfare 2's streamlined structure. There is a new hub area in which you can access all of your gameplay choices very easily. You can choose between plant, zombie missions, multiplayer, single player, buy enhancements, switch characters, uncover some bonuses, all in one convenient hub now. 

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2Whether you first choose to play as the zany zombies or the preposterous plants really doesn't make much difference as even though the campaigns have their own side-splitting storylines and kooky characters, the missions are identical. Along with very competent AI allies or if you choose, some online pals, you have to defend this or that, fetch this or that, escort this or that or plant this or that. Even though Warfare 2 could use a little more variety, there is enough variation to keep most gamers satisfied.

Much of Warfare 2's appeal comes from the seemingly endless variety of exceptionally madcap character creations. Disco zombies, killer cacti, savage sunflowers, bounty-hunting oranges, pirate zombies, superhero zombies and the Titanfall zombies – Yeah, we saw what you did there developers – are just a sampling of the oddball zombie and plants you can play as or battle against. 

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2Even though you can transfer your characters over from the original game, leveling up the new characters is a whole other matter. Each side of the never-ending war has 14 characters who have their own positives and negatives abilities depending upon the type of mission they face. Some are melee fighters, others are snipers, some are heavy gunners while others represent a balance between offensive and defensive capabilities. 

The creature diversity is impressive but it takes a whole lot of time and a whole lot of effort to level each of them up on an individual basis and to acquire prized sticker packs and bonuses. So be prepared to grind more than a chef with their new mortar and pestle.

Leveling aside, Garden Warfare 2 is by far one of the most amusing games I have played in long, long time. The tone is unabashedly silly but at the same time, the gameplay can be very challenging, competitive. It is clear PopCap Games has put so much thought and so much creativity into every detail of Garden Warfare 2. It is a nice change of pace from a genre teeming with grit, gloom and gore.  

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
Format: Xbox One
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: PopCap Games
ESRB Rating: E 10+

Official Site: http://www.pvzgw2.com/

Rating: 8.5 / 10

 
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