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POSTED 3/3/16


PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE 2

PopCap/EA



Zomburbia, where the suburbs meet BRAINZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

We were sceptical when EA took over PopCap, weeded out everything that made them PopCappy in favour of everything that made EA, erm, EAy, and morphed a puzzle game into a shooter.

Yet when we played PVZ:GW, we knew what we hated, and we didnít hate that. But it also could have been better Ė especially for solo players.

While still inexplicably leaving pretty much the entire casual space to diabetes-inducing matching games, EA have seemingly listened to criticisms of that first genre collision and acted upon them. Yes, this sequel is better, really putting the petal to the mettle...

So, whatís it all about, zombie? Well, itís still essentially Team Fortress 2 with plants (YAY! (We must profess to bias here, considering our family name)) and zombies (BOO!), instead of your typical army types with their big guns and even bigger attitudes. In all honesty multiplayer remains where itís at for serious competition, but if you do want to fly solo you now have more entertaining options, including AI compatriots, despite a continued unhealthy reliance on an internet connection.

Yeah, yeah, sure. But we must digress for a moment to deliver the most alarming news. The zombies won the first round! But as a good and loyal plant, you are prepared to breach no-manís Ė erm, no-seedlingís - land to fight the power and redress the balance. Rather than also battling a plethora of menus, itís all a lot more aptly organic this time, with all options accessible through a backyard hub world.

Extra characters, extra skirmishes, extra challenges, extra multiplayer options, extra solo options, extra characters, extra customisations, extra weapons, extra collectibles, extra stickers, extra enjoyment! Upon playing you donít need too many BRAINZZZZZZZZZZ to realise that this sequel is better in every way. But they sure are yummy... oh shit, weíre turning!

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