Generally favorable reviews - based on 65 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
  1. May 16, 2014
    With a variety of interesting characters and well-balanced gameplay, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare should have been a perfect entry-level team-based FPS, letting younger and more casual audiences learn about the fun of meeting others online and shooting them in the face. Sadly, the frustrating unlock system puts a damper on that, and it never manages to make players feel rewarded for playing.
  2. Apr 9, 2014
    Thoroughly and unexpectedly wonderful. [Issue#146, p.102]
  3. Apr 7, 2014
    Like homemade fertiliser, it does the job, but not like the proper stuff. Also, it whiffs a bit. [May 2014, p.67]
  4. Apr 5, 2014
    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.
  5. Apr 2, 2014
    An inconspicuous game that really surprised me – it’s enjoyable, funny, great from the technical point of view. It would have been perfect with a better balanced undead team and more gameplay modes. [04/2014, p.54]
  6. Mar 30, 2014
    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]
  7. 80
    Fans of the shooting genre might be tempted to overlook this title because of the cute design, but they would be doing themselves a disservice in doing so.
  8. Mar 21, 2014
    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.
  9. Mar 18, 2014
    It is seems a shame the game didn’t launch before Christmas – on this evidence, with its kid-friendly content and rock-solid gameplay, it had the potential to have cleaned up, and help Microsoft move a bunch of additional Ones off the shelves in the process.
  10. Mar 17, 2014
    A great, simple shooter for all ages.
  11. Mar 14, 2014
    PopCap Games reinvents its most famous brand, and turn it in a funny multiplayer shooter, with both cooperative and competitive game modes. It is not revolutionary, but it's still solid and genuinely entertaining.
  12. Mar 13, 2014
    Colorful, humorous and mostly fun to play: Garden Warfare is unexpectedly a multiplayer shooter that can easily live besides Titanfall on Microsoft’s console.
  13. Mar 10, 2014
    A surprising game, very well designed and almost addicting. A welcome break from the usual "serious" multiplayer shooters with a fast, entertaining and varied gameplay. If you're into multiplayer action, you'll love this.
  14. Mar 10, 2014
    Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare doesn’t know its own strengths. With a little bit more content this would’ve been an absolute hit. The PVZ-exterior is wrapping paper for a very entertaining shooter.
  15. Mar 10, 2014
    Despite some setbacks, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a fun game.
  16. Mar 9, 2014
    An original ray of sunshine in a genre crowded with mindless clones.
  17. Mar 7, 2014
    The announcement of Garden Warfare was an odd one, but in the end it turns out to be a brilliant decision. Garden Warfare is colourful, funny, challenging, cheap and within a few months new content will make up for the lack of game-modes.
  18. Mar 5, 2014
    A breath of fresh air for the shooter genre of games. While the game modes are nothing new, they are more fun to play due to the fact that leveling up characters doesn’t mean anything and everyone is able to pick up the game and have a ton of fun.
  19. Mar 5, 2014
    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.
  20. Mar 4, 2014
    For what it offers, the price is right for Garden Warfare. The price reflects the rather meager content, but Garden Warfare is fun. I love the new direction Popcap is taking with PVZ, and if I wasn’t a fan before, I certainly am now.
  21. Mar 4, 2014
    It’s a great game in a slightly flimsy initial package, then, but Popcap has stated that it plans to release free bi-monthly DLC to thicken the crop of modes.
  22. Mar 3, 2014
    In the dull routine of everyday life of military shooters, this is a colorful change – but the sometimes chaotic fights of flora and undead suffer from a limited number of maps and modes.
  23. Mar 3, 2014
    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.
  24. Feb 28, 2014
    Before the tedium set in, I had fun with Garden Warfare.
  25. Feb 28, 2014
    The first time you're taken out by a Sunflower's devastating laser, only to watch it skip away into a hail of peas and flaming footballs – and you find yourself laughing instead of pouting – you'll be hooked.
  26. Feb 28, 2014
    For a try, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is not a masterpiece, but it does work quite well. The gameplay is flawless, the game is well made and the class system is worthy, everything wrapped with strong humor : we were not expecting a first try that was so successful. On the other hand, the content is extremely light which reminds us that PopCap Games has still some ground to cover before reaching the level of the competitors. With three game modes and a handful of maps, you quickly see everything.
  27. Feb 28, 2014
    Do not underestimate Garden Warfare: beyond the zany (and irresistible) presentation lies a competent and enjoyable third person shooter, one that won't revolutionize a genre but that will surely reward you with hours of pure, immediate fun.
  28. Feb 28, 2014
    Although it doesn't dramatically subvert genre tropes, Garden Warfare features enough unique elements and clever twists to stand out, breathing joy into a stagnating genre.
  29. Feb 27, 2014
    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.
  30. Feb 27, 2014
    Garden Warfare is a fun, addictive third-person action shooter that manages to stay true to the Plants vs. Zombies series.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 400 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 87 out of 97
  2. Negative: 7 out of 97
  1. Feb 25, 2014
    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
    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
    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 »