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Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare review

The third game in the Plants vs. Zombies series, Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, has been released for Xbox 360, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. The latest game, which follows on from last year’s Plants vs Zombies 2, remains a tower defence game but it’s also a cooperative third-person shooter.

Gameplay

As with the other games in the series, players can take control of their own plants, but the third-person shooter gives this new release a different style of gameplay. You can choose from the pea shooter, cacti, sunflower or chomper plants or you can be a zombie with all the associated slow walking weirdness that anyone who’s watched an episode of The Walking Dead will be more than aware of.

Game modes

There are three game modes to enjoy, all of which will be familiar to fans of first-person shooters: Team vanquish is the game’s death match mode, gardens and graveyards is an attack/defence mode, and then there’s the survival game which will please fans of the previous games because it’s very similar to the original concept.

Downloadable content

Developers PopCap Games have announced that downloadable content (DLC) will be free of charge. The firm’s marketing manager, Gary Clay used twitter to say: “Yes DLC will be free.” Although he didn’t confirm when the first DLC pack will be made available, most users expect it to be released soon.

Microtransactions

At the moment, Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare doesn’t feature microtransactions. Instead the developers will be looking at in-game metrics and getting feedback from player before determining how to best move forward.

3D

Going 3D could have cost the developers a lot of users, as could the change to a third-person shooter from a tower defence game. Thankfully, Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is a special game with some imaginative twists on the standard shooter format, plenty of humour, great maps and superb graphics.

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