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POSTED 12/3/14


PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE

Popcap/EA
Xbox One (also on Xbox 360, PC)

When we first saddled our bags to this whole videogames caper, there was none of this ‘internet’ flimshaw that you young slug-a-bed scapegraces so slavishly eulogise.

If we wished to play a game with other people, they bloody well had to be in the same room. ‘Social gaming’, we called it. But being social doesn’t involve personal interaction now, thanks to that sockdologizer ‘online gaming’. Still at least one can be attired in their lounging robe whilst partaking.

Such is the case with this mutation of classic puzzling tower defence riff Plants vs Zombies from Popcap, who got swallowed by EA, who subsequently decided that it didn’t have enough third-person shootertasticity or teaminess, so they injected it. Want to play sans internet connection, on your lonesome? Well tough petroleum distillate, you can’t. Phooey!

More or less a cartoonified Team Fortress 2, PvZ:GW certainly looks the part, taking 2D and extra-dimensionalising it as gorgeously as zombies allow. The original puzzler basics survive, essentially, as you plump for a garden to defend, pick a plant class and defend your turf against varying zombified hordes as if your roots depend upon it. Which they do.
 
That’s the first of three modes, which take place upon eight maps. Others go for 24-player death match dealies and getting your undead on by trading chlorophyll for horror-dill.

It’s most often rather fun – after faffing about with signing into EA’s online overlord Origin and waiting around in lobbies for something to happen. One merciful nod to ye olde school videogaminess is a two-player local co-op mode, so at least something will still work when EA inevitably switch the servers off in a couple of years, for if you wish to play single player without internet you can’t...

But we might have said that already.

Erm, umm, uhhhh - NOW GET OFF OUR LAWN!

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