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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 26/08/2014
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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) After the terrible failure of Plants vs Zombies 2 PopCap has now added a third person shooter to its already expanding list of PvZ games.

But is the decision to convert a casual 2D puzzle game to a 3D console-based shooter a wise one And more importantly can this game help PopCap and the PvZ series recover from the collapse of its last release Let's find out. 

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Developer: EA and PopCap
Platforms: Xbox 360 PS3 PS4 PC
PeGi rating: 7

Now people have had different opinions about PvZ 2 and while some didn't mind it at all most of the others including me just hated it because of how much it deviated from the original game and the terrible implementation of in-app purchases that made the game unbeatable.

So when rumours of a PvZ shooter surfaced some time ago I gave up all hope and saw this move as a desperate attempt by PopCap to get back in the game. I thought this shooter would sound the deathknell of an otherwise extremely potential series.

But boy was I wrong! PvZ: Garden Warfare has not just exceeded all my expectations but has all that I would want in - well - a plants vs zombies shooter. Borrowing from other FPS games this one too has a class-based system allowing you to choose from eight basic classes like sniper tank etc.

Each class has at least five variants of characters that can be unlocked by buying stickers and levelling up the different classes. Oh and did I mention you can now play either as a plant or as a zombie Customisation options are great and you can choose from a variety of add-ons including moustaches hats and lots more to make your favourite plant or zombie more presentable.

Being on PC as well as next-gen consoles the game is expected to have above average visuals and it doesn't disappoint. The characters are familiar and their 3D avatars look great but what really catches your eye are the textures and the environment which are definitely on par with some of the other next-gen games out in the market.

And while these aspects set the game far apart from its predecessors in terms of realism the characters still retain their silly charm which makes the game so much more appealing.

Now you can laser beam zombies to death and at the same time keep that cute smile on your sunflower's face. Brilliant! The game allows you to either play co-op levels or join online multiplayer battle and provides you an option of six game modes to choose from which is more than we could ask for.

Each character has a list of abilities from which three need to be chosen for each match and new abilities are unlocked as you proceed through the game. One very unique feature in this third person shooter is the ability to spawn a number of basic zombies and to plant different types of AI controlled potted wards that provide great support to your team.

The user interface outside the game is very basic and gives a simple and clear view of the variety of options that this game offers. To buy upgrades spawn able zombies and plants as well as loads of other add-ons for your characters you will be required to spend some in-game currency which is so easy to earn that the micro-transaction options are next to not required.

But something that I would have loved to have in this game would be the inclusion of a story mode that would have familiarised us with the numerous characters and at the same time add some more replay value to the game. But we can always hope for it to be included in the next installment if there is one.

Verdict

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare with its familiar characters whacky animations catchy music extreme customisation options and addictive gameplay not only restores PopCap to its previous pedestal but also establishes itself as one of the best console releases of this year so far.

Final score: 9/10

Pranav is a 17 year old whose passion is writing reviews and articles on technology and gaming. He also likes anime books and is an avid Dota player. His gaming tag is Fleet Admiral.


 


Muscat Daily




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