Up until now the Plants vs. Zombies games have been strictly glued to the tower defense genre but the newest installment in the series, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare tries something different; it is a third-person shooter. The title is said to be a competitive multiplayer but also includes a co-op mode. The game will release on February 18th, 2014 for North America, and two days later on February 20thin Europe and is Popcap’s first attempt at a something so heavyily embedded in the shooter genre.
At the bottom of the article you can video a nine minute video that demonstrates a number of characters and abilities. The video features producer Brian Lindley who commentates over the 24-player battle. For most, the video represents the first look into Plants vs. Zombies as a shooter and it does a great job of showing off the strengths and weaknesses of a number of different playable characters.
As expected, the game retains the comical feel that past installments of the series are known for. One side will of course play as the zombies while the other side will play as the plants. Each character has three abilities and a basic attack. There is no ammo, when your basic attack runs out you have to wait for the cooldown to recharge before being able to fire again. Abilities also work on a cool down system and some can be used in conjunction for great results such as the Chomper plant’s goop attack and burrow ability, the goop gets them stuck and the burrow finishes them off.
The game features a number of creative and fun characters. It follows basic classes that most third-person shooters do, you’ll have engineers and medics still, but they have enough creativity you’ll likely be pleasantly surprised. Characters also have challenges that can be completed in battle that will unlock new cuztomization items.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is currently set to release on the Xbox One, the Xbox 360, and Windows. At release the game will cost $29.99 but is said to reveive free bi-monthly downloadable content. These free DLC packs will bring new maps and modes as well as additional items and new characters. Lindly has said, “That’s definitely going to be one of our big focuses once the game launches, to drop lots of new content.”The last Plants vs. Zombies game, Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time did the opposite, the game was free but you could constantly buy new content and plants with real money while you played, although it was not required.
Game developer Popcap is very familiar with making games for the casual market, games such as Bejewled, Zuma, and Peggle have solidified their name as a game developer. They gained such a reputation that in 2011 Electronic Arts bought Popcap for $650 million in cash and another $100 million in shares. A third-person shooter such as Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare will be something extraordinarily different for them.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is set to release for Windows, the Xbox One, and the Xbox 360 in February. Free bi-monthly DLC will add new elements to keep the game’s blood pumping. If you like shooters but are tired of the same old stuff, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare will certainly provide a new flavor of shooter to try out.
By Garrett Jutte