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  • Summary: Plants vs. Zombies is digging into the trenches with an explosive new 3D experience. Blast zombies, plants, and new characters with inventive weapons across a mine-blowing PvZ world. Take on Co-Op and Multiplayer action with your friends and sow the seeds of victory.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jun 27, 2014
    85
    Quotation forthcoming.
  2. Jul 15, 2014
    84
    Quotation forthcoming.
  3. Jul 2, 2014
    80
    All in all, it's a decent port of a great game that hasn't lost anything in it's translation to the PC.
  4. Jul 2, 2014
    80
    Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare brings to PC gamers a solid, frantic, fun multiplayer-based third person shooter experience.
  5. 80
    While this game might have the look and feel of a "family friendly" shooter, the reality is that the people playing it are of a standard to make it one for the shooter veterans who want a change of scenery from the brown wasteland battlegrounds.
  6. Jun 26, 2014
    79
    The freshest shooter to sprout in recent memory, PvZ is shackled by asinine DRM.
  7. Aug 4, 2014
    65
    Garden Warfare gives out a weird vibe. It has solid gameplay, cool look and almost no game-breaking bugs, but it doesn’t have a heart. As if even its creators did not care about their project and made it only because the higher management told them to.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. Jun 27, 2014
    10
    Amazing game! As a big fan of the PVZ franchise, I was very curious to see what were coming. And the result, at least for me, is an instant success. Graphics are simply amazing running on 1080p on ultra, even with antialiasing set to high (and I play on a laptop with a gt 555m!), gameplay is very addictive, as different plants and zombies play in a unique way, sounds are very nice, the servers are working wonderfully (at least for now, while i'm writing this review). Overall a VERY polished game and for a little price for what it offers. There are several game modes, going from the classic deathmatch style, to garden ops (an up to 4 players coop where you can plant things to help you stop the zombies) and things like capture the gardens (like a capture the flag), and others. The replay value is incredible. Oh, and the game has a card store, that makes it freshier over time, as you unlock a LOT of things with it.

    I highly recommend it to anyone. Been a while since I had this fun playing an online shooter.
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  2. Jul 10, 2014
    9
    This is a fun and addictive game and I’d love to give it a 10. It’s close to that very high rating but a few issues hold it back. I’ll outline the good first and end with its flaws, most of which are correctable and hopefully addressed in the near future.

    The game has a style and charm that are immediately recognizable and enjoyable. The various buildings and characters all look like 3D realizations of the plants vs. zombies 2D games and the weapon effects are highly appropriate; the zombie foot soldier’s stink bombs leave lingering purple clouds, the chomper looks like the dangerous predator it is while still maintaining the comical look of the game universe, and such things as fake noses, snack tray hats, concrete glasses, and a host of other customization options all aptly display the game’s whimsical nature even while shooting the opposing team with gusto.

    The sounds are also well done and add even more magic to the atmosphere of the battles. These range from the various zombies cries of ‘brains’, the sunflower’s happy chirping vocalizations, the way the zombie engineer’s devices all sound like someone making machine sounds with their mouths, the pseudo-speech of both Dr. Zomboss and Crazy Dave as they declare various in-game events, and the zombies ‘rar rar raring’ the chorus for Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ when they win a round of Gnome Bomb.
    Game modes and maps are a bit limited but still enjoyable.

    The maps are really well done and so far I like them all. The game features one co-op mode; Garden Ops, the rest are all team vs. team and include; Team Vanquish (death match), Gardens & Graveyards (plants defend, zombies attack), and Gnome Bomb (hot potato to blow up 3 enemy gardens/graveyards without losing yours). The Vanquish Confirmed game mode is not on PC at the time of this writing. Gardens & Graveyards is my favorite and it seems to be many other players’ as well. It allows both teams to use the stickers they get from the shop to summon reinforcements and the attack/defend mechanic works very well in this game making these modes great fun as either side.

    Star challenges are how you level up your classes and are in-game tasks to unlock a star, once you unlock enough of these that class will level up. At first this is how you unlock your additional special ability slots but later you get class specific sticker packs you can open via the Sticker Stop.

    The sticker shop is quite fun and despite some rumors it does not require you to spend real money, although that option does exist. You get PvZ coins for playing the game and then spend them at the shop to open various packs of stickers as well as the aforementioned automatic class stickers. The better you perform in game, both on a personal level but also by helping your team, I want to stress how much the game encourages teamwork here, the more coins you get and the higher your placement in the scoreboard at the end of a round. Packs currently cost from 1,000to 40,000 coins depending on what you wish to buy.

    The stickers open up class variants, customizations, weapon upgrades, and reinforcements you can use in Garden Ops mode (plants only) and Gardens & Graveyards (both plants and zombies). You also get revivals and re-tries for Garden Ops mode and star challenge cards, these last cards will let you bypass challenges by using the stars to complete them immediately.

    With all that good comes the bad. The DRM has been brought up other reviewers and it requires Origin to buy and play since the game is always online. Also the lack of maps and map modes may be limiting its longevity but this is easily fixed in patches and they’ve already added maps and mods since its initial console launch. The game auto-connects to servers when we should have a server list that lets us pick as well as tagging servers as favorites or blacklisted. Team balance is overall good but you can get stuck on a team for round after round and if it’s bad, your only recourse is to get lucky as people join/leave or you leave the server. But if you do leave a bad server team, and join the same game mode again, it will often just put you right back where you were since you can’t pick servers.

    The worst thing right now however is the microphone issue. I cannot stress enough how annoying this can be. The game has no way to set it and it defaults to auto-voice detect with no option to mute yourself or set push-to-talk like we really need. You will often join a server and be bombarded with coughing, static, background noise, etc. until you can tab out to the scoreboard and toggle mute all. This is a serious irritation and must be addressed ASAP.

    In conclusion this is a fun and addictive experience with a lot of charm and is a blast to play, but with a few flaws that need to be corrected, especially that microphone problem. I’m an older gamer (44) and I love this game and look forward to fixes and more content!
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  3. Jun 25, 2014
    9
    My mother in law bought the xbox 360 version of this game for my son last month. I had a free month of live gold so I used that profile to play the game and was very pleasantly surprised. My son and I both really enjoy the game. Sometimes I think I like it more than him. However I really really do not like to play shooter games with a controller, so when I heard this was coming to PC, I was very excited. I have to admit that I was apprehensive about dealing with EA and Origin, but I liked the game enough to give it a shot. While I was waiting for the game day to launch, Origin offered Titanfall for free for 48 hours. The game would not launch correctly and I never got to play. So, that definitely added to my paranoia about preordering which I never do out of principal. The launch of this game was surpirsingly smooth as were the servers for the past few days. I am very pleasantly surprised with EA with regards to this title.

    The only negatives that I have to comment on are the microphones. Thankfully my keyboard has a mute button that I can push before going into a match where I can then mute everyone manually and still play with sound. Also waiting between matches is kind of a downer. Its only one minute, but then you have to wait for the game to load. Just seems like extra waiting that could be eliminated, in my opinion.

    My favorite thing about the game is that it is easy to pick up but hard to master. It reminds me of TF2 a lot, but is different enough that it doesn't feel too familiar. There are always little tricks and hiding spots to find and use to get the edge and I really admire that in a game.
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  4. Jul 8, 2014
    8
    This is the best third - person shooting I have ever played. This game has GREAT graphics, sounds, gameplay. The bad thing about this game is the connection is too weak although my connection is pretty strong. 8 out of 10. Expand
  5. Jun 24, 2014
    8
    Conceptually, the game is solid. It's Battlefield-sized maps, with some game modes that work similarly to the Battlefield game modes, made with the Battlefield engine, but with TF2 styled gameplay and weapon arrangements. I currently don't see any class that is OP or UP.

    However, there are some hiccups.
    1. No push-to-talk as of now. (Can be solved with a 3rd party program, but should be in the game in the first place)
    2. Framerate Stuttering (EA said they'll fix it)
    3. No text chat.

    Other than that, the game is great, replayable, and addicting.
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  6. Jul 3, 2014
    7
    Great game +9, lazy porting -2. Gameplay is solid and a good evolution for the franchise. Think a 3rd person, asymmetrical version of Battlefield without vehicles. Unfortunately, mics are defaulted to transmit for everyone with no option for push-to-talk or to permanently turn off all voice chat. At the start of almost every match, you will be sonically assaulted with audio clutter including annoying white noise, slight feedback, or irritating chatting/music from players, some who don't even realize they are broadcasting. The quick fix is to mute everyone at the start of each match. And then again if anyone with an annoying mic joins in-game. And finally again in the between game lobby. This is the epitome of lazy porting even though there are multiple articles where devs deceptively claim this game will not be a simple port. There is no written chat function. You cannot create a party with friends in-game, it must be done out of game thru Origin. There are a handful of minor bugs, quality-of-life issues, and rare crashing even though the game was released almost half a year ago for consoles . Ultimately a fantastic and humorous shooter soiled by terrible porting and not enough polish. Expand
  7. Jul 26, 2014
    3
    German:

    Nach 100 Spielstunden kann man sagen, das Spiel ist Schön und Schlecht zugleich.
    Warum ?
    Keine Lobby um mit freunden zu Spielen.
    Kein Server-Browser. Die Comm. besteht nur aus 12 Jährigen Vollhonks, die sowas wie Teamplay erst lernen, wenn ihnen da Haare wachsen wo die Sonne nicht hinscheint. Mich eingeschlossen. Teleporter aufbauen und auch noch bewachen ? ROFL ja ne und wo
    ist MEIN Spass ?
    Der Patch ? Lächerlich und viel zu spät. 20.000er Packs bringne keine Char Bilder mehr. nur noch Kosmetischen Krams. Das geheule und gestöne seiner Mitspieler ist abschaltbar ? Ja, Denkste.
    Klappt leider auch nicht immer.
    Der Startsound benutzt die Einstellungen ? ne, warum ? Soll das ganze Haus doch wissen was man
    Spielt und neue Boxen braucht man danach auch.

    Der Netcode ? Ist ja wohl das allerlezte. Man steht vor seinen Gegenspielern und trifft. (Fadenkreuz Rot) Der Spieler bekommt aber keinen Schaden.
    Cheaten wird das wohl nicht sein. Obwohl Level 255 Spieler ... na egal.
    Die Karten sind voller Clipping Fehler. Spieler können Problemlos durch Felsen und Mauern schiessen.

    Wer ein kurzweiliges Spiel ohne irgendwelche Ambitionen sucht, ist hier willkommen.
    Alle anderen, die auch so blöde sind und glauben man könnte Teamplay betreiben, glaubt weiter an das
    gute bei EA.
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