PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE 2
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on February 29, 2016
Here in the Netherlands, the weather wasn't too bad last weekend. It was actually excellent for spending some quality time in your garden. I made a lot of plants grow, but unfortunately I had to kill some of them as well. And I've heard of people having gardens filled with garden gnomes, but can somebody please tell me what all these zombies are doing mine?!
As you may have guessed by now, I didn't work in a real-life garden last weekend; no sir, I spent my time in the fantastical and never boring garden neighborhood of Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, called Suburbia, or rather, Zomburbia. Since the events of the first Garden Warfare game, the zombies, lead by the evil doctor Zomboss, seem to have taken over a large part of Suburbia and have claimed it for their own, turning everything that was once colorful and happy into their dreary and undead habitat. To be totally honest, the only time I played Plants vs. Zombies before, was on my smartphone. I did like it right away though, because I thought the flowers where cute. But, like in almost every app-game I've ever played, after a while I got stuck, got annoyed, and finally I just stopped playing the game.
Although the Garden Warfare games are far removed from the original app game series as far as gameplay goes, the basic idea of these games is still the same after all these years. For one reason or another, plants and zombies just can't be friends, so they try their best to eradicate each other as a species. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is the second console game of the series and offers us a lot of new environments to explore, characters to accessorize and characters to kill. Although the Garden Warfare games are far removed from the original app game series as far as gameplay goes, the basic idea of these games is still the same after all these years. For one reason or another, plants and zombies just can't be friends, so they try their best to eradicate each other as a species. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is the second console game of the series and offers us a lot of new environments to explore, characters to accessorize and characters to kill.
I started my life in Garden Warfare 2 as a sunflower, which was pretty cool. But, remember when I said I liked the original Plants vs Zombies because of the cute plants? Well, playing as a plant myself this time around, I was hoping I could be the cutest of them all, and I did! While all flowers in the Flora army are pretty cute, there's only one Rose! Rose is a princess/fairy like flower, complete with cape and magic wand. When I saw her, I knew I had founf my favorite Flower character, so I played the Plants' storyline as Rose. The main story offers you about 12 missions to play through. These missions can range from a tower defense type of battle to collecting a certain object somewhere in town and safely returning it to your base of operations. And, if running around town isn't enough fun already, there was one mission where I had to fly a helicopter and give air support. That was so awesome; it is certainly one of my favorite missions of the game! But then again, all missions are a fun-packed and crazy thrill ride!
Next on my to-do-list: the Zombie storyline. I chose to play as the Imp, because out of all zombies, he's the fastest and has machine guns to defend himself. I must say, the zombie characters might not be as cute as the plants, but what they lack in cuddliness, they make up for by being really, really cool! I mean, how cool is it to play as a character that seems to be a cross between Elvis and Superman, who can actually fly? Or as an undead army dude, a pirate character, a disco zombie? I rest my case! And, of course, all the characters (plants and zombies alike) come with their own unique and upgradeable special abilities. And to make your plant (or zombie) even more unique, you can dress it up in a bunch of fancy hats.
While walking around Zomburbia, keep an eye out for snow globes and gnomes; these collectables will add money to your wallet, which you can spend at sticker vending machines. These machines let you buy sticker packs, which contain items you can use in the character select menu or during the game in general. During a tower defense round, you can plant or build turrets (in plant or zombie form of course) to help you defend against incoming enemies. The stickers also contain body parts of special characters. Collect all body parts and the character on the card will be added to the character select screen and is yours to play as!
Apart from the two main story lines, Zomburbia has plenty more activities for you to take part in. Some of the game modes of Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 can be played together with a friend in split-screen mode. Luckily, Ferry “Sadhonker” Adams was around so he joined me for a nice round of zombie slaughter. You can decide just to walk around Zomburbia and fight endless waves of enemies, but if you want to have a purpose, there are some special coop missions to play and complete. And let me tell you, these missions are really not that easy! On the other hand, they are guaranteed to keep you laughing and playing for quite some time. A bit of bad news for everyone who'd like to play this game on PC; the split screen coop missions are only available for the console versions of the game.
As you may have noticed, there is never a dull moment in Zomburbia because of the sheer amount of characters that walk around. So, it's no surprise there is a multiplayer mode as well. In the multiplayer you can join arena rounds as a plant or a zombie. The multiplayer arena can be played with up to 24 players simultaneously. You can invite friends to play arena rounds or just play together with random gamers from all over the world.
First things first; before you can shoot at so much as one opponent, you'll have to pick a side. After you select your team, you enter the arena, where your team's goal is to kill (or vanquish, as the game calls it) 50 opponents. The team that vanquishes this magical number of opponents first, wins the round. After every round, the best players of that round are revered and put on pedestals for all to see. I don't know why, but if you see other players on one of those pedestals, you cannot help but think: “The next round, I want to be up there!” (or the one after that, or the one after that)
So no matter how you look at it, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is a fun and exciting game! It really doesn't matter whether you play solo, coop or online; you will most definitely enjoy yourself. The environments in the world of Zomburbia range from bright to somewhat dark, but always look colorful and cool. The game plays wonderfully and offers a plethora of things to do, explore, unlock, collect or upgrade and, of course, vanquish! I've had so much fun playing Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2; it's a fantastic game. So here's a big “thank you” from me to Popcap Games and EA for making this awesome third person, tower defense, single- and multiplayer shooter for us!