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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare - Xbox One

  • Publisher: EA
  • SKU: 2739012
  • Release Date: 02/25/2014
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (715 out of 788)

    Product Details


    • Developer: PopCap Games
    • Publisher: EA
    • Platform: Xbox One
    • Genre: First Person Shooter
    • Release Date: 02/25/2014

    Synopsis


    Your garden has saved you once already from a massive horde of fun-loving zombies in the original Plants vs. Zombies. Those creepy, brain-seeking beings jumped the fence at the edge of your yard, limped toward your house and met their match — your loyal yet incredibly unlikely army of petaled and leafy friends. Now the tattered monsters are back for more. Try your hand at ultimate garden warfare — and sow the seeds of victory once and for all.

    The eternal struggle between plants and zombies rages on. In this fast-paced third-person shooter, you choose between Zombies or Plants, and mercilessly beat up on the opposite team with the multitude of weapons at your disposal. Explosives, landmines...nothing is out of bounds in this battle royale. Customize Zombies and Plants alike with hundreds of unique items and a huge variety of new abilities. Duke it out on more than 10 dazzling multiplayer and cooperative battlefields. Battle it out in 24-player online combat or team up with up to three of your friends and annihilate the enemy in four-player online co-op. Experience the zombie-zapping excitement on your Xbox One with exclusive modes, including split-screen offline co-op and Boss Mode with SmartGlass and Kinect gameplay that allow you to take down the enemy from Crazy Dave's RV or the Zomboss' blimp. Haven't you ever wondered what it's like to be a sunflower tasked with eliminating the undead once and for all?

    Features


    Pre-order Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare and receive two card packs, which include character, gameplay and customization items for both multiplayer and co-op game modes

    Stave off the incoming zombie invasion with a bunch of leafy green buddies that are armed to the teeth

    Duel against an army of the undead using an array of crazy weapons in 10 unique battlefields and find out for yourself who is mightiest — the zombies, or the plants

    Personalize your favorite Plants and Zombies with hundreds of thrilling items and choose from a huge variety of new Plants and Zombies with powerful new abilities

    Enjoy modes exclusive to your Xbox One (not included), such as split-screen offline co-op and SmartGlass and Kinect gameplay in Boss mode, which allows you to command the battlefield from Crazy Dave's RV or the Zomboss' blimp

    Enlist your friends to join forces in four-player online co-op

    Engage in massive 24-player online battles as Plants or Zombies

    For 1 to 4 players or multiplayer support for up to 24 players online



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 788 reviews

    91%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Fun for young and young at heart alike

      Posted
      JTZinc
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      My 6-year-old son asked for this game and earned it via various odd jobs over the course of several weeks. I figured this was something that he'd play while I stuck to my more "grown-up" games like Titanfall or COD: Ghosts. Let me say that I was wrong - it is an enjoyable and engagement game for us both! My son would give it a 5, but there are a few details that compel me to downgrade it to a 4. The pros: This is a fun and slightly addicting game that incorporates the light-heartedness of PvZ with the action of a shooter game. Controls aren't perfect, but definitely passable, and the "death" animations are comical. The ability to "unlock" new characters and equipment make for great replayability and there are several different game modes to keep things interesting (from standard TDM or castle defense to the funny "gnome bomb" mode). I tend to "mute all" when playing, but conversations aren't anything like the flame wars sometimes heard on a CoD server - it's generally pretty laid back. If you are a kid, the level of play is good - every once in a while, someone will dominate but overall skill levels are fairly low. The cons: The downsides, while present, do not overly detract significantly from the overall experience. The character balance is decent, but certain characters outperform in most situations, while others are somewhat lackluster. The lack of an offline game mode is my biggest complaint, especially as the game ages and there are fewer players to fill up the games. I'm not sure how playable it will be a few months down the line as the popularity wanes. The character selection UI is average, especially with regards to seeing what upgrades do for you without having to go to the "sticker book". Fine for kids, but maybe nor for min/max oriented minds. All in all, a surprisingly refreshing game that is compelling for younger and older gamers alike. If you are a hardcore lover of shooter games, it may not be your cup of tea, but for the casual or family gamers, it is a fun diversion.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Surprisingly awesome and deep!

      Posted
      Trojan
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Picked up this game when it was on sale for $30 and haven't regretted it for a second. I love the visual style with the Plants vs Zombies aesthetic. Cartoony but not kiddy. Warning: if you love the old Plants vs Zombies tower defense games on mobile/PC, this is a completely different type of game. But if you're into online shooters, I think you'll really love this. The game has a few different modes: Garden Ops (a co-operative, wave-based mode where you and 3 other players try to protect a garden against waves of computer-controlled opponents), Team Vanquish (team deathmatch), Gardens and Graveyards (a territory-control style mode where a team of plants tries to protect a garden from a team of zombies. If the zombies capture the garden, the plants fall back to protect another garden. This goes on until the zombies destroy a final objective OR the plants defend a garden long enough for a timer to go off), and Gnome Bomb (a mode I haven't gotten around to playing yet but I hear is fun). Playing these modes earns you in-game currency (coins), which you can use to buy card packs (kind of like baseball cards, where you don't know what's in it but you have a guarantee that each pack of a certain grade contains x number of this type of thing and at least y number of this type of thing). Opening packs earns you new characters and ways to customize your characters. There are SO many things to unlock, the game will keep you working towards things for a long time. Oh, and did I mention that all the DLC for this game is free? That means that you and your buddies will ALWAYS have all the DLC for it, unlike how it works in most other online games (Call of Duty, Battlefield, etc) where if your friends buy new maps but you don't have them, you can't play together. Highly recommended!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      One of the best mobile gaming franchises ever..but

      Posted
      kbluetrump7
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      PvZ is one of my favorite mobile gaming franchises ever. I think it's PvZ and Angry Birds that are synonymous with mobile gaming. This game is a great rendition and play on the PvZ universe, but sadly comes through some rather poor programming and infrastructure issues. This is a game that relies almost solely on it's online experience. It is essentially a multiplayer death match style game where you are defending areas and getting "vanquishes" in the process. So what you would come to expect, or should for that matter, is seamless and efficient gameplay. Well unfortunately that is not what you get. Bear in mind I am running my home network on Comcast cable internet with plenty of bandwidth and my internet speeds are not an issue in any way. I stream video from Netflix and ESPN on a regular basis. This is a gaming issue. With that being said this game is most certainly broken. The glitch and laggy gameplay is maddening at times where I just shut it off and won't play again for days. Not to mention the amount of times EA's servers are just down completely is rather irritating. Whether the absurd amount of issue with the game would ever be fixed with a patch is beyond my knowledge, but just be aware that this is an issue and it has nothing to do with your console or internet connection more than likely. Just another ruined game by EA. This would be an easy 5 star, 4 star minimum game from me if it weren't so broken and my gaming enjoyment weren't so inconsistent. I was so excited when word of this game first hit the internet and I was able to see the first gameplay of it. But sadly it's been a 2 star kind of experience as it just didn't meet adequate standards as far as I'm concerned.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      It's PvZ, but with a twist!

      Posted
      TweakyRabbit
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a game that not many people expected to be good. I can assure you now, it's a fun game, so long as you enjoy third-person shooters. Also, it needs to be mentioned now that this is an ONLINE ONLY game. Why? I have no idea, and playing local split-screen ended abruptly when EA's servers decided to take a dive. This means that you'll need Xbox Live Gold and EA's servers to run well just to play local co-op, which is just absurd. However, the fact that I already have Xbox Live Gold and only had this issue once didn't take me away from the experience of what Garden Warfare is trying to achieve. PopCap is trying to bring the fun back into third-person shooters, and for the most part, they succeed. Garden Warfare is filled with fun and has plenty of game modes to keep you busy, but it's the crazy amount of character customization and Garden Ops (Horde mode) that really shine. Only on Xbox One are you able to play Garden Ops split-screen co-op, but it would have been nice if you were able to play online with 2 other human characters (like Left 4 Dead). I don't want to give too much away, or write a lot when real reviews can cover the specifics, but if you're on the fence about getting this game, I would say get it if you have GCU. If not, wait for a $10 price drop, because although there's plenty to keep you busy, it won't seem like much for certain people to justify the $40 price tag.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Until the servers are working. I'd avoid this game

      Posted
      alert
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      What I played of PvZ last night was pretty fun, nothing amazing, but fun. Then the SERVERS went down and stayed down all night for me. PopCap posted a message stating that they have to conduct maintenance on their servers. This is an ongoing problem with so many games today, especially anything running on EA servers. BESIDES the server issues, my game was locking up, while looking for a game to join. Every time after the servers went down, I would look for a game in hopes I could connect, the game would lock up at the menu screen, forcing me to back out to the X1 screen and force the game to quit. Until things run smoothly for this game, my advice is to save your money and put it towards something else. If they can turn this around quickly and you want something different in your library to play, I'd say go for it. I'm curious what the community for this game will look like 6 months after launch. I'm hoping they put out more maps and support the game, but time will tell. Pros: Multiplayer maps are designed well and have a good scale Reminiscent (to me at least) of Team Fortress 2 combined with Monday Night Combat. Cool art style and PvZ humor brought over to a FPS Cons: $40 price tag is a little steep for an online only game with not that many maps/game modes available at launch. Unstable servers and game instability on Xbox One at the moment.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great mindless game!

      Posted
      DarkAlkamist
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This has got to be one of the best time killers for Xbox One, when it's working. Popcap Games did a great job mocking all of our current military shooters. The game is over the top, and silly; which is a nice change of pace. I find myself laughing when I die, and not ready to throw the controller. On the darker side of this game, its an always online game, which means you need to have Xbox Live even to play by yourself. It also runs on EA servers, which means that you will encounter a lot of the same connection issues you have experience on BF4. Couch co-op seems like it was tacked on, and does not offer a true couch co-op experience, like on games like COD, Gears of War, Halo, Borderlands, etc. Only one person can be logged in at a time, so the second player doesn't get any experience points at all. Also you can't do split screen multiplier. Overall great game for $40, even less if you are in Gamers Club Unlocked which you get an extra 20% off of new games. Couch co-op was a let down, and was not detail enough before the game released. I say great first effort for Popcap Games, but next time I expect a full couch co-op experience. Next time I will not be as understanding, I promise you!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Addicting twist to PVZ

      Posted
      animeangel3
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I got really addicted to this game and normally I have a hard time playing FPS shooting games. At first I had a hard time learning to shoot, but that is just me, but the more I played, the better I became. It is pretty simple to learn and it is fun. They show you the different skills after you have unlocked them. I love the different game plays because you can play a quick game like team vanquish that would finish in 10 minutes or less. They just added a new game mode: Mixed mode with Team Vanquish and Gardens and Graveyards, which is fun because it combines the two modes. The upgrade packets give an incentive to play more because you want to unlock all the characters (or at least for me anyways). In addition, they have challenges for you to level up your character. I wish that you could play online with two players (on the same console). In addition, I wish that there is a multi-player lobby or something that would allow you to play with your own party. Overall, it is a fun and addicting game.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Multiplayer

      Posted
      Elterrible
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      This game can be fun if you're looking for mindless action but, if your somebody that hates Multiplayer gaming or First Person Shooters, you probably want to pass on this. Garden Ops is a 10 round defense of a series of gardens and it is the only psuedo campaign you have but, it is a good way to get familiar with the mechanics of the game. The Graphics are great and if you've played the Tablet game, you'll no doubt recognize the classes... Well, most of them anyway. Don't worry though, each class of plant or zombies has several upgrades and special skills so you're not just running around playing the same boring shooting game. There are no night battles and and water zombies / plants need not apply. These Maps are straight up Daytime maps. There are multiple modes to the game play and I encourage you to try them all as you'll no doubt find plenty to do in this game. If you like comical gameplay that's great with friends or online, you've found the right game for you!

      I would recommend this to a friend


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