Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
|Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare|
|Series||Plants vs. Zombies|
|Release date(s)||Xbox 360 & Xbox One
NA February 25, 2014
AUS February 27, 2014
EU February 28, 2014
JP September 4, 2014
NA August 19, 2014
AUS August 21, 2014
EU August 22, 2014
JP September 4, 2014
|Genre(s)||Tower defense, third-person shooter|
|Distribution||Optical disc, download|
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a multiplayer third-person shooter and tower defense video game. It is the third game in the Plants vs. Zombies series, developed by PopCap Games and published by Electronic Arts. The game was first announced for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, but later it was reported that it would also be available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. It is unknown when the game is coming out for Macintosh. The game features co-op along with competitive multiplayer modes, where players can control the plants as well as the zombies. All game play modes require a paid account; PlayStation versions require PlayStation Plus, and Xbox versions require an Xbox Live Gold account.
The player can take control of plants or zombies from a third person perspective in either a cooperative or competitive multiplayer environment.
To progress in the game, players must complete challenges unique to each class. These challenges, once completed, will level up the character allowing the player to access features such as upgrades, new characters, weapon skins and character clothing. The game's challenge pop-ups closely resemble the notification system used on the Xbox One.
The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions feature split-screen multiplayer as well as Boss Mode, which is similar to Commander mode from Battlefield 4.
The game features a cooperative mode and four competitive multiplayer modes. Three different modified versions of the competitive modes also exist:
- Welcome Mat: A playlist consisting of Team Vanquish featuring one map and no customization. It is aimed towards new players, but it is available to all players regardless of rank.
- Garden Ops: A cooperative mode where up to four players take control of each of the plants defending a garden through ten zombie waves, with the fifth and tenth waves being boss waves represented by a slot machine either spawning 1-3 bosses, a jackpot, tombstones or a Super Boss.
- Team Vanquish: A team deathmatch variant, where two teams representing plants and zombies fight against each other to take down opponents.
- Vanquish Confirmed: A game mode where players must collect orbs from fallen opponents to receive credit. This mode shares the concept with the "Kill Confirmed" mode from the Call of Duty series
- Gardens and Graveyards: A game mode where players either capture (as zombies) or defend (as plants) various objectives. It is a parody of the Conquest and Rush modes from the Battlefield series.
- Gnome Bomb: A game mode where players attempt to secure a bomb (strapped to the back of a hapless gnome) and detonate at various bases. It is similar to Obliteration mode from Battlefield 4.
- Classic Team Vanquish: Team Vanquish with no customization.
- Classic Gardens and Graveyards: Gardens and Graveyards with no customization.
- Mixed Mode: A playlist where each game mode is used interchangeably. It will be one mode with either zombies or plants. Then the next mode played right after will be the same mode along with the same map. However, the player will be using the opposite character team from before. Using the opposite character team does not happen all the time. After two matches of the same mode are complete, the other mode mentioned will do the same action as described. Before the "Tactical Taco Party Pack" update, this mode only supported Team Vanquish and Gardens and Graveyards, following it though, Gnome Bomb, Vanquish Confirmed, and eventually Suburbination were added.
- Suburbination: A domination variant, where the objective is to capture three areas, A, B, and C in the map.
- Taco Bandits: A capture the flag variant, where the zombies must steal a taco from Crazy Dave's taco stand and bring it to a UFO (The plants have improved defenses).
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare was presented for the first time at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2013 as part of the lecture given by the company that owns PopCap Games, Electronic Arts, who had previously reported the imminent announcement.
Since then, seven free downloadable content packs have been released:
1) Garden Variety Pack
The Garden Variety pack featured the introduction of Gnome Bomb, the addition of the Chomp Town map, three new abilities for every character, and over 100 customization options.
2) Zomboss Down Pack
The Zomboss Down pack featured the introduction of the Cactus Canyon map for Gardens and Graveyards, a new class and increased levels for every character, and new customization options.
3) Tactical Taco Party Pack
The Tactical Taco Party Pack featured the introduction of the Jewel Junction map for Xbox platforms, after being a timed exclusive on PC, the new Vanquish Confirmed game mode, two new characters sponsored by Aquafina FlavorSplash, and a new 8v8 playlist for Mixed Mode.
4) Suburbination Pack
The Suburbination Pack featured the introduction of the Crash Course map, the new Suburbination game mode, new boss characters for Garden Ops, blinged-out customization packs for all characters, and the new Plasma Pea character, designed by the winner of a competition.
5) Cheetos Pack
The Cheetos Pack, available with specially-marked Cheetos bags in US Target stores, featured the introduction of two new character variants, the Chester Chomper and the Dr. Chester, based on the Cheetos mascot, Chester Cheetah, as well as new cheesy-abilities for both character classes. After a short while of this, the characters and abilities were released to all for free.
6) Legends of the Lawn Pack
The Legends of the Lawn Pack featured 7 new character variants, including the Centurion and the Jade Cactus, new customization sets & AI consumables, new Garden Ops waves, and the Taco Bandits game mode; also includes the Suburbination Pack for PlayStation consoles. 7)ultimat character pack
PlayStation Edition Pre-Order
As a pre-order bonus, all gamers pre-ordering a PlayStation copy from any retailer would receive a bonus pack featuring character customization options from Sly Cooper and Ratchet & Clank. A Fat Princess hat for the Chomper was also available exclusive to digital pre-orders.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare has received generally positive reviews from critics. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the PlayStation 4 version 80.85% and 78/100, the PC version 77.50% and 78/100, the Xbox One version 77.18% and 76/100, the Xbox 360 version 76.67% and 69/100 and the PlayStation 3 version 76.00%.
GameZone's Lance Liebl gave the Xbox One version an 8.5/10, stating "Don't let the thought of a Plants vs. Zombies shooter scare you off; it actually is a really fun game. Yes it needs more game modes and split-screen play options, but everything else about the game shines." Hardcore Gamer's Steve Hannley gave the Xbox One version a 3.5/5, saying "The maps are well-designed, character classes are surprisingly well-balanced and there’s a large amount of customization. Including only three modes however is a massive oversight that severely damages the replay value."
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