The biggest issue that we had with 'Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare' was the fact that it is online multiplayer only. There is no campaign mode or offline option to play with friends at your console. Outside of that issue, 'Garden Warfare' is one of the most unique games we've played for the PS4.
'Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare' on the PlayStation 4 is a strategy based video game that was released on August 22, 2014. The game was developed by the guys and girls at PopCap Games and published by Electronic Arts.
It's pretty crazy how much the gaming world has changed in the past decade or so. We've come a long way in the world of handheld gaming and how we perceive it as a genre. The addition of the iTunes App Store has also changed how companies approach creating games, just ask the guys behind 'Plants vs. Zombies'. The series launched as an application for iOS and now we are holding a copy of 'Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare' for the PS4 in our hands. Not unlike the growth of 'Angry Birds' before it, 'Plants vs. Zombies' seeks to take their brand to the next level.
Going into 'Garden Warfare' you might mistakenly be expecting some sort of top down RTS, similar to the famously popular app that the series got its start with. This isn't the case here. In fact, the guys at PopCap have delineated so far from what we could have expected with their first huge release on the PS4. 'Garden Warfare' is a third person shooter replete with gorgeous graphics, hectic combat, and game modes that avail themselves to up around 24 players at once. To say things get pretty crazy, pretty quickly would be too kind. But before we go into all of that, let's take a moment to start at the beginning.
We all know that fast paced shooters have taken over the console gaming market, just ask the guys at 'Battlefield' or 'Call of Duty', heck even 'Halo' has their thing going strong still. So what makes a 'Plants vs. Zombies' shooter spin off worth even considering? What made the team develop this game to begin with? While it could be seen as a cash grab, trying to mash a popular game with a popular genre, we instead prefer to think of it as a stroke of genius and one of the best gaming decisions in the past year or so.
The game runs itself as a multiplayer experience and that is the only way you are going to enjoy it. You can play cooperatively or competitively and the choice is up to you. Three are a ton of different game modes to enjoy as well as a plethora of DLC packs that you can get to expand your experience.
When you first drop into the game you will find it endearing in a way that is hard to tab down, at first. After a half hour or so of playing it finally clicked in our heads. This was a game created for fun, without any need to try and push players into a certain style of play or toward some airy DLC packs in the future. The game world is bright and colorful and the textures pop off of the maps. Even though we aren't used to the 3D world of 'PvZ', the levels still imbued that sense of irrelevance inside of them.
The game is designed as a third person shooter that hinges on how much you enjoy hectic gameplay. With up to 24 different players, and almost as many game modes to choose from, you will always be running around like a chicken with your head cut off. Yet behind this insanity, there is definite strategy as well.
You can pick a variety of different characters and a variety of different classes to bring with you when you go online. Of course you will have to choose which side you want to fight on: the Plants or the Zombies. No matter who you first choose to play with you will no doubt be switching teams before too long. Checking out all of the different classes and their perks, on both sides of the 'war', will be the primary way that you measure your progress in the game. As you play these different classes you will unlock achievements. These achievements will lead you to new perks. There is really no true end game as this is a multiplayer title through and through.
In game you will have a team of companions around you. Outside of your human companions you will have A/I back up. This back up team is comprised of a variety of different class types that you will have to unlock via the sticker shop. For your playable character you will have four different types to choose from. These variants will give you different looks and weapons as you go forward in the various battles you no doubt will undertake. As a zombie player you will raise your opponents from patches of Earth. As a plant you will raise your allies from various potted plants around the map.
The big draw to 'Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare' for the PS4 is the many game types that you can play. From the standard fare: death match, capture the flag, territories all the way to the insane: Garden Ops, Taco Bandits, Gardens and Graveyards--there is something for everyone.
When you play on cooperative modes it will pay you great dividends to actually try and help your teammates. Reviving a fallen soldier will take a point away from the enemy while also giving you some aid. Many of the other game types absolutely require that you work together in order to get to the finish line. that isn't to say that you can't have fun and be succesful as a lone wolf type player, there are definite modes for you in that regard. Casting similarities to 'Call of Duty', you are able to rain down perks to your teammates in 'Boss Mode'. You can give them health, send in airstrikes, or even revive someone from across the map.
The biggest issue that we had with 'Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare' was the fact that it is online multiplayer only. There is no campaign mode or offline option to play with friends at your console. Outside of that issue, 'Garden Warfare' is one of the most unique games we've played for the PS4 this year.