Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 65 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
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  1. Mar 3, 2014
    74
    Garden Warfare may not be the most ambitious game ever made, but its one with a clear sense of personality and identity, which is more than you can say for a lot of other online shooters.
  2. Feb 25, 2014
    74
    A crazy and colorful garden packed with a huge army of plants, defending their motherland against funny and fearsome zombies. PopCap Games feeds their successful IP with a fun 12v12 third person shooter totally recommendabe for casual audiences.
  3. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Mar 30, 2014
    70
    Outstanding fun for the first few weeks thanks to the OTT carnage but Garden Warfare trails off a little too quickly to leave a lasting impression. [Issue#109, p.76]
  4. Mar 21, 2014
    70
    Plants Vs Zombies is bright, colourful, lovely to look at and fun to play - it’s the third person shooter no-one knew they wanted and may go a little way to filling the small gap before the big triple A games start to drop.
  5. Feb 27, 2014
    70
    Garden Warfare on the Xbox One is visually impressive and PopCap did a great job translating the color palette and aesthetics of the mobile game to this third person shooter.
  6. Feb 26, 2014
    70
    A spin-off for Microsoft systems of one of the most popular franchises out there for mobile devices, Plants Vs Zombies. A bit bland and repetitive, but nevertheless Garden Warfare is a fun multiplayer experience.
  7. Feb 25, 2014
    70
    The least brown shooter ever made, with the colourful graphics and accessible controls supported by an imaginative and surprisingly well-crafted online experience.
  8. Feb 25, 2014
    70
    PopCap's lovely tower defense game has been transformed into hectic action with all the features anyone can wish for in a game that can be enjoyed by both younger and older gamers. Only lack of gameplay content prevents this title from higher grades.
  9. Feb 25, 2014
    70
    While it's short on modes and maps, the core game should entertain long enough for PopCap to work on expanding the game via DLC.
  10. Feb 25, 2014
    70
    The game offers that experience you can expect from good shooters, but without that complexity. The thing is it is very limited, and the contents and modes are not enough to support its ideas.
  11. Feb 25, 2014
    70
    Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is an incredibly frustrating game to review as everything that’s here is great, but there’s simply not enough of it.
  12. Feb 25, 2014
    70
    I’m glad to see a return to the franchise that doesn’t involve a free-to-play model, but as far as multiplayer shooters go this feels like a nice change of pace, rather than a long-term alternative.
  13. Feb 25, 2014
    70
    Garden Warfare is a fun, polished shooter, and what it lacks in gameplay depth it more than makes up for with fun cosmetic gear you'll actually want to unlock.
  14. Feb 25, 2014
    70
    While the unlockables fit right in with the whimsical spirit of the Plants vs. Zombies franchise, you're left feeling like Garden Warfare needed a little something more to make it a meal rather than a side salad. Still, it's that rare shooter whose world and characters might put a smile on your face, making it a refreshing entry in a genre that usually takes itself really seriously.
  15. Games Master UK
    Apr 7, 2014
    68
    Like homemade fertiliser, it does the job, but not like the proper stuff. Also, it whiffs a bit. [May 2014, p.67]
  16. Feb 28, 2014
    65
    Before the tedium set in, I had fun with Garden Warfare.
  17. Feb 25, 2014
    65
    The patient build-up of plant defenses is almost entirely absent, and the zombies act just like competent human soldiers. Although Garden Warfare has some charm, most of it is borrowed from the original games.
  18. Feb 26, 2014
    60
    A charming concept can only get a game so far, and Garden Warfare fails to capitalize. While there's fun to be hard, there's not much meat on the bones, and the repetitive combat ensures this will be nothing but a stopgap title until better shooters enter the market.
  19. Feb 25, 2014
    60
    Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is not an exceptional shooter by any means – and in the case of its progression, can be quite frustrating – but seeing its classes brought to life in a shooter so effectively, with its trademark humor intact, will win you over for at least a short while.
  20. Apr 5, 2014
    50
    At the end of the day, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare delivers on all its promises: it’s loony, hugely accessible, and has plants and zombies locked in warfare.
  21. Mar 5, 2014
    50
    Sadly, any gains made here are squandered by woolly controls, a dearth of feedback and infuriating inaccuracy even with aiming assist dialed up to maximum.
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 432 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 104
  2. Negative: 7 out of 104
  1. Feb 25, 2014
    10
    Excellent Xbox One debut for the PvZ franchise! :) At just $40, this game's an absolute steal and I recommend it to just about anyone. PopcapExcellent Xbox One debut for the PvZ franchise! :) At just $40, this game's an absolute steal and I recommend it to just about anyone. Popcap Games and EA have a winner on their hands. Full Review »
  2. PHJ
    Feb 25, 2014
    9
    Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare is a nice 90 out 100 game, witch mixes perfectly FPS and Casual genres and bring to you the same style, samePlants vs Zombies Garden Warfare is a nice 90 out 100 game, witch mixes perfectly FPS and Casual genres and bring to you the same style, same idea and same objectives that the Tablets version brings to you, but in 3D, with a great Engine and some great Graphics. The weak point is how the engine works in the Split Screen Mode. Full Review »
  3. Feb 25, 2014
    10
    It is a fun and challenging game. The innovation applied in a game that was once simple has exceeded my expectations. A great choice of FPSIt is a fun and challenging game. The innovation applied in a game that was once simple has exceeded my expectations. A great choice of FPS out of wearing patterns. Full Review »