Plants vs. Zombies Wanders Into The Third Dimension With Garden Warfare
Name: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Genre: Third-person shooter / Tower Defense
Players: 2-24 players
Multiplayer: 2-24 players and 4 players cooperatively
Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC
Developers: PopCap Games
Release Date: 21 February 2014
Price: Xbox 360: R399, Xbox One: R699, PC: R299
Looking back at the barren wasteland that is Earth in 2009 I remember tilting my head ever so slightly to the right as I read the words: “Plants vs Zombies” – my thoughts were that of hopelessness, because the human race has gotten so obsessed with zombies that now even plants have to fend for themselves against these hordes. I installed the demo out of curiosity and quickly withdrew the spoken words and skeptic thoughts. I simply could not put the game down and refused to leave the house and get a nice and even tan as well or a girlfriend for that matter. How quickly one tends to be skeptical to the unknown. However, I once again find myself with the titled head effect when reading about a third-person multiplayer centered Plants vs. Zombies game.
Yes, we are looking at what is essentially a third-person shooter with characters from the Plants vs. Zombies world. It certainly is an interesting move on PopCap’s side, but before the skeptical eyebrows are lifted, let us see what the game has in store for us.
As mentioned above, this is a pure multiplayer focused affair and while that felt like a dodgy move, curiosity quickly took over now it is only a matter of time to see how it fares against the high-end serious modern military multiplayer behemoths that dominates the industry. When examining screenshots and gameplay videos it looks and feels both quirky and like an arcade shooter, but at the same time as a multiplayer game able to stand its ground against the other serious games with steroid-addled tough guys and gals.
Three game modes have been revealed so far: Garden Ops, Team Vanquish and Gardens & Graveyards – each with its own set of rules.
Garden Ops is the cooperative game mode where a maximum of four players/plant buddies take on waves of zombies one after another. If you’ve played the original game and Plants vs Zombies 2, you’ll no doubt see a few familiar decomposing faces as they make a return; only this time in three dimensions. It is basically Gears of War’s Horde mode in a goofy overcoat and wacky star-shaped sunglasses. It has been said that every so often a boss character will appear and while this sounds like it also comes straight from the likes of Gears of War; it is exclusive to the Xbox One version of the game.
Team Vanquish is the Plants vs Zombies take on team deathmatch as 24 players are able to battle it out. It is simple, one team consisting of zombies and one team rooted together as plants.
Gardens & Graveyards is a similar mode to Team Vanquish with 24 players in total and still two teams, but with objectives thrown into the mix. Zombies must invade the various gardens and slowly transform it into a graveyard and the plants stop them from doing so.
None of these game modes sounds particularly new and fresh, but the wacky vibe this whole game has reminds me a lot of Team Fortress 2 which didn’t have any problems in finding an audience. Plants vs Zombies already has a massive audience of both casual and hardcore gamers who will undoubtedly give this one a try. (Just for the record – classism is ridiculous and gamers do not need to differentiate themselves from one another)
Players will be able to customize their plants and zombies with a wide array of various unlockable items as they progress and level up their characters which also sounds like a Team Fortress 2 idea, but we’ll have to wait and see who can come up with the wackiest sunflower or disco zombie.
Suspected Selling Points
- The game has the potential to show that multiplayer focused games does not have to take themselves so damn seriously.
- A wide variety of playable plants and zombies are able to cater to your play-style, whether you’re a casual or seasoned player.
- Customizing your characters can make for some odd and interesting results.
- The third dimension may change the way people think about Plants vs. Zombies and the new direction may gain a whole new audience.
- The game may turn out to be just another multiplayer focused shooter with another overcoat.
- No single-player campaign or story
Garden Warfare sets out to be something interesting and hopefully fresh. This is the first venture for the sunlight hungry plants and lumbering zombies into the third dimension and we hope this brings some joy to the serious world of multiplayer shooters. We have high hopes for this one.