"Battle in a Garden!"
With FPS and team based shooters coming out yearly vying for billions of consumer dollars only to be dumped in a few months, something like Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is a perfect casual experience for those who don't see themselves buying this fall's next big thing.
PvZ: GW takes the tower defense play style of the first two titles in the series and turns it into an arena based shooter. Players choose one four classes from the two factions, Plants or Zombies as they complete objectives such as racking up vanquishes (kills), defending your Garden or Graveyard, or capturing a powerful gnome. Classes can be leveled up and have abilities unlocked as they do, and coins earned from matches can be used to purchase support characters and cosmetic changes.
While this may sound derivative at first, PvZ: GW is pretty fun. A lot of the appeal for me may come from the strange premise, but it's the fusion of the polished gameplay with the weird characters and environments that make it work. I don't think any other game out there makes the healer character as appealing to play as this game's Sunflower class is to play. The transition from the hand drawn 2-D graphics of the first games to 3-D is handled well here with the plants appearing detailed while still keeping the same whimsical feel.
The overall problem with PvZ: GW is that the well-polished game that probably realizes its purpose too quickly. It's kind of obvious from playing the title that a good amount of content and modes are being held back in order to not step on the toes of Battlefield. The game is strictly multiplayer and is best played in chunks as to not burnout too quickly. There is no campaign (someone could have gone crazy here) or any kind of tutorial to ease the player into the classes, aside from the in-game menu that contains an instruction guide.
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare does a lot right for something that seemed really strange when it was announced, but it does leave a bit to be desired considering the amount of content that is in the other titles in the series. However, even with that fault, it's hard to not recommend the title if you're in the mood for something new.
GameDynamo's Score for Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (X360)
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