New Plants vs. Zombies: More Than Just Garden-Variety Fun

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Plants vs. Zombies used to be a simple tower-defense game that you played when you had a little time to kill while waiting in line or for the train. However, much has changed since the olden days. Now, the series has its very own third-person shooter that is called Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, a quip to the Modern Warfare sub-series in the Call of Duty franchise.

Although Plants vs. Zombies initially came out for Windows and Mac in 2009, it was not until 2010, when it came out for iOS, that it really picked up. Since then the game's developer PopCap Games has been acquired by Electronic Arts.

With Garden Warfare, PopCap Games transition the PvZ series from a basic 2D tower-defense game to a 3D third-person shooter. The game was originally released back in February for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. In June, it had a release for Windows. Just a little over a week ago, on August 19, it received its release on PlayStation 4.

If you purchase the new Plants vs. Zombies, you will get all of the DLC that has already been released for it. This includes classes, weapons, maps, and skins. This is a way to compensate the additional wait that PlayStation 4 owners had to endure.

PopCap Games are very aware that they have made quite the ridiculous game. However, its all about the fun, so they do not take themselves too seriously. Apart from being called Garden Warfare, the game makes another little nod at the Modern Warfare series. One of its maps is called Chomp Town, which is a reference to the Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer map Nuketown. Both maps are stylized to look like a small town in 1950's America. However, PvZ has it own unique take on it.

The game is very simple to play, so you can jump in even if you are not used to third-person shooters. Each class has one main attack and three special abilities. This makes it fairly easy for gamers to pick up even if they are new to the game type.

Although it is a lot of fun, Garden Warfare has some downsides. For instance, to play the game, you have to be connected to the Internet at all times. Even if you are playing split screen. Still, this is not that great of a flaw, so it can be forgiven. Especially for a game that has even been compared to the highly successful Team Fortress 2. Not only because of its gameplay and its cartoonish looks, but also because of the silliness that both of the games embrace so well.

Do you like plants or are you more of a zombie fanatic? Are you are looking for a third-person shooter that does not take itself seriously? Then Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is the game for you.

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