Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Review
Xbox One | Xbox 360
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Box Art
System: Xbox 360, Xbox One*
Dev: Popcap Games
Pub: Electronic Arts
Release: February 25, 2014
Players: 1 (2+ Online)
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Animated Blood, Crude Humor, Fantasy Violence

Taking another page out of the shooter genres book, the class based character selection is another nice (although expected) addition. Each side, Plants or Zombies, have four defined classes. Though they are named differently for each side, they are basically your Assault, Medic, Support, and Sniper classes. Each class has its benefits and drawbacks, which balance the field quite nicely. As you complete challenges for each of the classes, new abilities will be unlocked. You can have up to three active abilities at one time, which are mapped to LB, Y, and RB. These actions can be used at any time, but must be recharged once used, so use them wisely.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Screenshot

If you’ve played a shooter before, then the control scheme of PvZ: Garden Warfare will be no surprise to you. All the basic controls are there, and the simplistic mapping of the abilities buttons make it easy to pick up and play. Although, I did find that the controls for PvZ aren’t as tight as they could be, especially when it comes to aiming. But, by and large, the control scheme functions as it should and does its job.

The visuals transfer well to the next-gen platform, Popcap has done an excellent job of translating their characters to the 3D realm. The environment retains the cartoon charm, without forcing it down your throat. Even though the graphics are sharp and clean, the best part about PvZ: Garden Warfare from a visual standpoint, is that it doesn’t overdo it. It could have been easily bogged down with unnecessary animations, screens, and effects, but the developers seemed to focus on gameplay over worthless eye-candy. In addition, the soundscape earns some cool points by retaining the signature soundtrack while expanding it with comical sound effects that adds a lot enjoyable nature of the PvZ.

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Perhaps the best part about Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is its price point. At only $39.99 US for Xbox One and $29.99 US for the Xbox 360 version, it’s a relatively cheap and extremely fun take on shooters, which is all too rare these days. To date, this is the lowest-priced disc-based game to be released on the Xbox One, which is sorely needed to bolster the consoles anemic lineup. If you love the original PvZ games and want to try a different type of shooter, you really can’t go wrong here. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to call in this Corn Strike with my Garlic Drone. I’m sure you understand.

By
Joshua Bruce
Video Director
Date: February 26, 2014

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
The most fully realized version of the Plants Vs. Zombies world yet.
3.8
Control
For the most part, the control scheme works well with some minor flaws.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Familiar music and sounds from the mobile games are present and well executed.
3.5
Play Value
The three main game modes will keep you busy while you collect the plethora of characters to fill out your lineup or take the fight online against others.
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare digs into the trenches with an explosive new action experience.
  • Blast zombies, plants and new characters across a mine-blowing world that delivers the depth of a traditional online shooter blended on high with the refreshing humor of Plants vs. Zombies.
  • Take on Co-op and Multiplayer action with your friends and sow the seeds of victory!

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