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  • Summary: In Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2, the zombies have conquered, and the plants are on the attack for the first time in this shooter. In your Backyard Battleground you can edit your character’s abilities and customizations, choose quests, jump into co-op or multiplayer action modes, orIn Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2, the zombies have conquered, and the plants are on the attack for the first time in this shooter. In your Backyard Battleground you can edit your character’s abilities and customizations, choose quests, jump into co-op or multiplayer action modes, or invite up to three friends in to your backyard to start a party and take on AI – defeat a wave, and a more powerful wave will show up. You can also switch teams to challenge your friends. Backyard Battleground is your own frontline base to plan your attack before you enter the battle for Zomburbia. [EA] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Mar 13, 2016
    86
    It's fun, beginner-friendly and thanks to the addictive level-up mechanics it offers lots of replay value, too.
  2. Feb 24, 2016
    82
    Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 is a great online shooter with an unexpected wealth of single-player stuff, too.
  3. Mar 7, 2016
    80
    Even if it's not as fresh as its predecessor, Garden Warfare 2 still guarantees dozens of hours of stress-free, pure multiplayer fun.
  4. Apr 6, 2016
    80
    The colourful visuals, fun and varied characters, the range of play modes and the collection aspect with the game packs will continue to keep gamers of all ages entertained for hours.
  5. Mar 7, 2016
    80
    From a small game has grown a full-featured multiplayer action, that scores on almost all fronts. Only the single-player part could be more sophisticated. But the crazy game world and addictive gameplay will make it up for you.
  6. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Mar 14, 2016
    76
    Characters and decorations are so colorful and lively that they fall just a few inches short of Pixar standards. It’s impossible to play GW2 with a hardcore competitive mindset, but it’s a great specimen of “shooters for all family”. [Issue#207, p.64]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 6 out of 16
  1. Mar 7, 2016
    10
    Very high quality made by the project. A variety of tasks, missions, new locations and characters is impressive. The game does not let go forVery high quality made by the project. A variety of tasks, missions, new locations and characters is impressive. The game does not let go for a long time. Replay value is huge !!! Expand
  2. Apr 14, 2019
    9
    This game is fun and enjoyable. The only thing it lacks is a community that will do more than just the same game mode over and over and over and over.
  3. Mar 8, 2016
    9
    It seems they have balanced the game a little better with the latest patch. That is great, as the game has potential to be tons of fun; thereIt seems they have balanced the game a little better with the latest patch. That is great, as the game has potential to be tons of fun; there is definitely a lot of content. I think the game may very well be a success. Expand
  4. Feb 25, 2016
    9
    Plants vs. Zombies:: GW2 is a nice improvement over the last game. Being published by EA is no handicap.

    PROS: The game has huge
    Plants vs. Zombies:: GW2 is a nice improvement over the last game. Being published by EA is no handicap.

    PROS:

    The game has huge improvements on the mechanics and content from the 1st game: More characters, more maps, more weapons, and more game modes. If you have the hardware, the graphics are pretty darn good too. They are not necessarily realistic, but the cartoonish animations and special effects are done beautifully. The writing is also pretty nice. It's pretty funny and appropriate for the single player storyline. It gives an identity to the plants and the zombies that you interact with, making the experience rewarding for the fans of the franchise.

    The singleplayer also gives you an opportunity to learn and get acquainted with the mechanics of the game, different characters, the game modes, etc. Essentially it functions as a tutorial for the whole multiplayer experience this game is known for. Thankfully it doesn't hold your hand, and it gives you an opportunity to gain some coins, level up your characters, and unlock more characters. Which should get you up to date when you head over to the big leagues.

    Once you get to multiplayer you are going to find an unlimited amount of hours having fun. The amount of content is tremendous and it seems almost unlimited. The game is easy to get into. You can make progress even if you are an absolute n00b. You'll be earning plenty of coins, XP, and making unlocks even if you are not as good. Once you get a good handle of how to play the game, you'll have even more fun and the rewards will also grow.

    The game also rewards loyalty. You can import your characters all the characters you unlocked in GW1 into GW2. Your rank from the last game gets turned into rewards as well. Obviously, some people are not going to like the game regardless of how good of an improvement it is from the previous installment. This game is obviously not for everyone. But if you like the mechanics of it and played the game back when it came out as a $1.99 app you are likely to enjoy this game.

    CONS:

    Obviously, even diamonds have some rough edges. There are a few bugs here and there. Nothing game-breaking so far, and for a game of this scale, the launch and Origin access preview have been completely smooth. The price is also a little steep. But IT IS a AAA game and has more than enough content to justify the price. That said, at some point the price is ought to go down and the game may even go into a humble bundle like it happened last year. So price shouldn't be an issue in the long run.

    CONCLUSION & TL;DR:

    Spend $5 on Origin Access and try the game. If you like it buy it. It's obviously not a hard-core shooter but it is plenty of fun and not a reskin of the last installment, like so many games today. 9/10!!
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  5. Mar 2, 2016
    4
    This game would be the most fun I've had in a long time if not for the lack of balance. Clearly a game developer had a lot of great ideas forThis game would be the most fun I've had in a long time if not for the lack of balance. Clearly a game developer had a lot of great ideas for the new characters. Suggestions like these must have sent to a lead designer:
    - "Let's create homing ammunition does a lot of damage"
    - "A small hit box should make a character a different challenge"
    - An ability that can transform groups of enemies into goats would be great fun"
    - "Why not have an ability that makes the character immortal nearly instantly? Naturally the same sorcery should enable the character to cause explosions while it lasts"
    - "Having the capability of slowing characters and stopping all channelled skills would spice things up!"
    - "Plants also need someone to build a teleporter"

    All these brilliant capabilities were unfortunately given to the same character, Rose.

    Pros:
    So much potential
    New maps
    New classes and varieties
    Single player
    Chomper is better now
    Maps with huge variety
    Cons:
    Always online DRM
    Not balanced at all - especially Rose but also zombies from GW1
    Menus are obviously intended for console rather than PC
    Issues with AMD cards - simple fix
    Quest system is bad - ALL players have the same daily quests
    Character upgrades requires lots of farming
    A few bugs
    Much more chaotic combat
    Quickly regenerating to full health takes camping to a whole new level
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  6. Nov 20, 2018
    3
    This game show an involution about GW 1, good graphics, but this still good in previous edition, event modes not fun, i can recommend thisThis game show an involution about GW 1, good graphics, but this still good in previous edition, event modes not fun, i can recommend this game in sales if u buy this, NOW, 2018 , look other game, this is going to dead. Expand
  7. Mar 29, 2019
    1
    This game is rigged to favor players who pay the most money in microtransactions. You pay full price for the game, then if you want to stand aThis game is rigged to favor players who pay the most money in microtransactions. You pay full price for the game, then if you want to stand a fair chance in multiplayer, you gotta pay even more. This coming from a fairly skilled player. The game intentionally screws you out of kills or it artificially bolsters your ability to get them; things like altering your movement speed, preventing your abilities from triggering or cranking up the aim sensitivity when making last moment adjustments before blasting off a zpg or shuck shot, making your imp punt overshot an enemy right in front of you or itll just stall on the ground 2 inches from where you kicked it, deliberately teleporting you or other characters into or out of a projectile's trajectory. Sometimes projectiles go right through enemies causing no damage, other times you vanquish people who just spawned with (obviously) full health in 2-3 low damage shots. The scripted interference goes both ways. There are times I've tested just to see the reticle chase an enemy across the screen while unloading on them hitting every shot without even touching the joysticks. There are so many times where you dont see an enemy until your dead or it's obvious an enemy can't see you acting completely oblivious as you slaughter them. The game is rigged, BAD, right now and not fun at all because of it. If it was actually FAIR without interference from EA's "dynamic difficulty adjustment/monetization" scripts it would be a blast, 10/10. But the way it is now is infuriating, it sucks, 1/10. Plan on it being even worse in gw3. EA destroys every franchise it touches. Expand

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