Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (stylized as Plants vs. Zombies GW2) is a third-person shooter video game developed by PopCap Games and published by Electronic Arts for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It is the fourth game in the Plants vs. Zombies series and is the sequel to Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare.
Why It Rocks
- Twice as many plants and zombies, being eight (four for each side,) as the last game (six were available at launch and two were added in an update.)
- The idea of Dr. Zomboss contacting his future self to take over the Suburbia is kind of interesting.
- For the first time in Plants vs. Zombies, this game is not just about the "plants defend the home from the zombies" formula, there are three modes (Graveyard Ops, Herbal Assault, and Turf Takeover) where the zombies on the defense and the plants on the attacking side.
- Unlike in the first game, PopCap Games has added a single-player campaign, in which the story is interesting.
- In addition, PopCap also added a hub area named Backyard Battleground where you can decorate your hub and invite your friends.
- Also every mode in the game can be played solo.
- Great graphics and visuals that look better than the first game.
- Player could transfer your plant and zombie variants the player earned in the original game were available to be transferred to this game until February 28, 2017
- There are many references to Plants vs. Zombies 2 are shown in this game, given the fact that both games have time-traveling elements and being sequels to their respective series.
- In addition to Plants vs. Zombies 2 references, there are also references to other EA properties such as PEA Sports (parody of EA Sports) and Z-Mech is being based on the Titan from Titanfall.
- Buying the Deluxe Edition gives you Z7 Imp, which is a spoof of Mass Effect, another EA franchise. In fact, BioWare assisted PopCap with developing the Mass Effect-inspired mech-suit.
- The game is less pay-to-win compared to the first game, with coins are easier to earn to open Sticker packs, along with a level system that they may get an upgrade for that character depending on what level their character is at.
- Although the sticker packs in this game are expensive compared to the first game.
- This game also introduces a new type of enemy named Gnomes, which can be fought in Infinity Time mode with Junkasaurus/Mecha Cat.
- The September 2016 update adds Trials of Gnomus areas, where players can play to beat the Trials and fight the gnomes in Guardian Room to unlock Torchwood and Hover Goat-3000.
- If you don't mind beating the Trials, you can buy the Torch and Tail Upgrade.
- There are 54 golden gnomes in the entire game (14 in Backyard Battleground and the rest are in multiplayer maps.) If the player manages to find all 54 Golden Gnomes, a secret door will open and the player can open three chests. You can also spend 200 stars to receive the legendary Everlasting Crown.
- Unlike the first game, it is possible to mod the game on PC, allowing players to create mods to play.
- The single-player campaign is short and can be completed in 5 - 8 hours and doesn't have much variety. At least Battle for Neighborville managed to add more variety to the single-player portion.
- The game had a horrible launch thanks to the fact that it was rushed to February 2016 just to release only 3 months before Overwatch. Though PopCap eventually patched the game to make the game more playable.
- The Capture the Taco DLC (the first content update since 2016,) isn't very great.
- Balancing is still terrible, though nowhere near as bad as the first game and Battle for Neighborville.
- The PC version has hacker problems, in which many hackers using mods online to play scrapped/restricted characters to ruin everyone's experiences.
- What's worse is EA did nothing to stop hackers running rampant.
- Ocassionally lag in multiplayer.
- Map/visual department is weaker compared to the first game.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 received positive reviews by critics and fans alike. On Metacritic, the PC, PS4, and Xbox One versions have a critic score of 82/100, 81/100, and 80/100 respectively while the PC version has a user score of 7.6/10, the PS4 version has a 7.8/10, and the Xbox One has a 7.8/10.