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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
    Funny online shooter, easy to learn and very addictive. A welcome surprise with lots of humor.
  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: 23 out of 37
  2. Negative: 12 out of 37
  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 instantAmazing 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. Nov 16, 2014
    9
    Absolutly love it. Graphics are ok, gameplay is fun and addicting,you and your friends will love it. Now im speaking from the pc point of viewAbsolutly love it. Graphics are ok, gameplay is fun and addicting,you and your friends will love it. Now im speaking from the pc point of view and my only complaint is...you guessed it EA's stupid servers now if you have played the battlefield games on pc then you know what i mean its soooo hard to find a non-laggy game it takes a bit but once you get into a good game of garden ops you can forgive them immidiatly. Great game for the price and i hope to see popcap comeout with even more awesome games like this Expand
  3. Aug 8, 2014
    9
    a really good tps with great gameplay and variety. there are various characters to play as, as well as different variants, and each charactera really good tps with great gameplay and variety. there are various characters to play as, as well as different variants, and each character gets unique weapons and abilities which keep the game fresh. in addition, you can also unlock weapon upgrades, accessories, hats, and consumables from the sticker shop to use in game. the only problem is the lack of a push to talk option for mics. which makes the game lobbies pretty annoying and i usually just end up muting everyone. other than that a really great game with a unique idea. Expand
  4. Aug 3, 2014
    7
    Must try for any FPS fans who like the PvZ franchise.
    Pros:
    Graphics Online gameplay has almost no lag Very easy to find a group to play
    Must try for any FPS fans who like the PvZ franchise.
    Pros:
    Graphics
    Online gameplay has almost no lag
    Very easy to find a group to play with
    Card pack system and class unlocks keep game interesting

    Cons:
    Lack of game types for online multiplayer
    class system is very basic
    soundtrack is mediocre
    almost non-existent game updates/content updates
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  5. Jul 28, 2014
    7
    On the surface, Garden Warfare seems pretty cartoony and childish, and I won't lie: this game is clearly marketed toward kids/young teens.On the surface, Garden Warfare seems pretty cartoony and childish, and I won't lie: this game is clearly marketed toward kids/young teens. Essentially, the target audience for the original Plants vs. Zombies. If you liked Plants vs. Zombies at any point in your gaming career, and you enjoy third person shooters, then you've found a game that will fit neatly into a niche in your gaming collection.

    The first thing to note is that there IS customization. Garden Warfare has plenty of customization options, from cool to crazy, that you can deck your plants and zombies out with. Best of all is that the longer you play, the more stuff you'll have to choose from, including taunts and 'characters'. Some of the unique alternate characters genuinely play differently, and it's nice. Keeps things interesting. You can also change aesthetic and statistical aspects of your abilities. Digging even deeper, each class has its own unique 'upgrades' that let you reload faster, carry more ammo, or just generally be a more effective unit.

    Each of the base classes have a niche to fill on the battlefield. Sunflower/Scientist are the healers, Peashooter/Soldier are the base front line fighters, Engineer/Chomper are specialists, while Cactus fills a genuine sniper role and All-Star is a heavy, in-your-face class. If you've ever had a chance to play Team Fortress 2, the classes all fit similar niches, but diversify more because of their abilities.

    First thing most players do when they boot up the game is hit Multiplayer. The Welcome Mat is just that: it's there to welcome new players to the game by leaving out customizations, upgrades and ability variations. It's very much the stock version of Garden Warfare. One thing you'll notice immediately is that Zombies have an overwhelming disadvantage against Plants. Unless your team consists of solid, experienced players on the Zombie side, Plants tend to win quite often.

    The reason for this is largely because, one on one, Plants overwhelm the Zombies. In fact, there are plenty of situations a Plant can find itself in against multiple Zombies and come out the victor. They tend to do more focused damage and have more useful abilities. It also doesn't help that their healers are mobile, while Zombie healers have to camp. The only chance a Zombie team has of victory is to move as a group. Running off solo without tagging along with at least one other Zombie is a recipe for failure no matter what class you choose.

    Another thing you'll notice quickly is that the spawn system is fairly wonky. It has a tendency to spawn the enemy behind you, where you'll often be flanked immediately. Keeping an eye out behind you at all times is absolutely crucial to avoid an enemy sneaking up on you. Thankfully, in objective based game modes, this isn't a problem.

    Once you learn the flow of a battle and that teamwork is far more crucial in this game than in other shooters, no matter the game mode, it becomes a smoother ride. This game is not for solo warriors, unless you're playing on the Plant side. Then you have a legitimate chance of making an impact on your own.

    There are naturally other game modes - several variations of multiplayer, Garden Ops - and they each have their pros and cons, but you'll have to play them to really get an idea of what you like. Then, just stick with it. There's plenty of content to keep you busy for a while, but its flaws are readily apparent. If you can look past that, well, it's certainly worth the money.

    Oh, and in case you're wondering, the Digital Deluxe version is only worth it if you give a crap about aesthetics. The actual unique aesthetics you get for it are minimal at best.
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  6. 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.
    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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  7. Oct 18, 2014
    0
    This game is almost a carbon copy of tf2 except it is worse and soppier and makes me want to throw up and worst of all only 3 ways to play butThis game is almost a carbon copy of tf2 except it is worse and soppier and makes me want to throw up and worst of all only 3 ways to play but that doesnt matter anymore as the servers shut down really quickly. next time if you are going to knock off a game make sure you dont make it this bad or dont knock it off at all Expand

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