Generally favorable reviews - based on 64 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 64
  2. Negative: 0 out of 64
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  1. Feb 18, 2016
    PopCap Games didn’t just recapture their old thunder, they magnified it to Zeus-like proportions. The quirky series from three years ago has managed to become a masterclass example in value.
  2. Mar 8, 2016
    For fans of the first Garden Warfare game, this sequel is a must play. For those who haven't had the chance to experience the plants and zombies war yet, it's hard to find a reason not to recommend this game.
  3. Mar 8, 2016
    Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 builds on the original brilliantly.
  4. Mar 6, 2016
    Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 on Xbox One has evolved into a truly enjoyable third person shooter set in this silly universe.
  5. Feb 26, 2016
    Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is an outstanding shooter well worth the time of anyone who enjoyed the first game. Newcomers to this sub-series can start off with this game without losing anything, and will be rewarded with a finely-tuned and highly-polished effort.
  6. Feb 23, 2016
    The conflict between zombies and plants has lasted for years, but still has its original charm. New classes, costumes and locations are appropriately varied and fun, making Garden Warfare 2 a bloodless and colorful shooter for people of all ages. Accessible to beginners, but sufficiently deep to last for hours.
  7. Feb 21, 2016
    A textbook multiplayer sequel, Garden Warfare 2 builds upon the solid class-based shooting of its predecessor, while both refining the core mechanics and adding a shedload of new content.
  8. Feb 18, 2016
    It is a surprisingly competent shooter that breaks the mold, both stylistically and thematically from other titles in the genre. The added single player components and all around improvements make this a worthy sequel that no one should miss.
  9. Feb 18, 2016
    The fun of the original title is still here but has been amplified with the addition of new maps and classes.
  10. 90
    Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is a great breath of fresh air in an otherwise starch genre. Not only is it a humorous treat for the eyes and ears, but it's also a very rich, balanced, and enjoyable game, which packs a hell of a lot of content into its less than 20gb install file.
  11. Feb 18, 2016
    The hub world is a far more realized slice of the wider Plants vs. Zombies universe, and it's so delightfully odd.
  12. Feb 18, 2016
    Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is addicting, charming, and packed with more content than you can shake a husk of corn at. If you didn’t play the first Garden Warfare, now is the time to give it a go.
  13. Feb 18, 2016
    With 110 character variants, 12 lively maps, 7 game modes, and more to come in the form of free DLC, this is a multiplayer shooter that is more jam-packed with content than any other out there.
  14. Power Unlimited
    Mar 24, 2016
    The flowery, happy, intensely funny action of the first Garden Warfare is improved and expanded with a huge single-player mode, making this a way better game than the first one. [april. 2016 / page 058]
  15. Feb 23, 2016
    A not-so-serious shooter for gamers that don't take themselves too seriously.
  16. Feb 17, 2016
    Behind a lovely cartoony art-style, Popcap is once again hiding a great gameplay formula, enriched with new classes and gameplay modes. Even single player is now supported, and that makes GW2 much more than just a "more of the same".
  17. CD-Action
    Apr 29, 2016
    I feel sorry for Garden Warfare 2. It’s a great game (right now the best utilizing Frostbite 3 engine) that probably will be dismissed contemptuously by those too “adult” to shoot corn kernels at zombies. [04/2016, p.38]
  18. Mar 6, 2016
    PvZ Garden Warfare 2 is a game any multiplayer TPS lover should get without hesitation. Varied, simple and longer, it can deliver lots of fun to gamers of all ages.
  19. Mar 1, 2016
    This is a shooter that will make any bad mood fade away instantly. It does not matter if you'd rather play on the zombie side or the side of the flowers; both will offer fun new characters that will grant you many hours of multiplayer fun. The campaign is a bit short, so in a next game we would like to see more of that.
  20. Feb 29, 2016
    Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 is a wonderful sequel. It's bigger, better and more beautiful. Unfortunately the hubworld isn't that entertaining.
  21. Feb 29, 2016
    Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 takes everything was good in the first chapter and doubles it. A very nice, fun and colorful game that hides strong fps and arena shooter mechanics.
  22. Feb 22, 2016
    It’s exactly what fans of the first game were expecting, a fun and accessible shooter that captures the player with its colorful world and characters, and the varied and crazy playable classes. Clearly a big step up from its predecessor.
  23. Feb 18, 2016
    This is one of the best examples for a sequel. And it's better than that, because GW2 allows you to choose how to play: solo, online or cooperatively with split-screen.
  24. It’s bigger, better, and more robust than many would have expected while maintaining the series’ wonderfully silly spirit. Not quite essential, but definitely worth investigation.
  25. Feb 18, 2016
    Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is gloriously silly in the best way possible and excels at a grass-roots level thanks to some of the tightest gameplay around.
  26. Feb 18, 2016
    An excellent and amusing more of the same that will cheer you with hours of vegetable bullets, a bit of strategy, a superb gunplay and a lot of smiles.
  27. Feb 18, 2016
    Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is not exactly the biggest step forward developer PopCap Games could have taken, but it builds on a solid foundation and for now reclaims its original and unique feeling in the realm of multiplayer shooters.
  28. Feb 23, 2016
    Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is a generous game. The additions feel solid and the improvements to the game modes give new possibilities to the player; however, it is hard to decide if all this justifies the extra money you will have to pay when compared to its predecessor.
  29. Feb 18, 2016
    An excellent game that improves every aspect on the previous game, despite being too iterative and making some mistakes while trying to offer its experience.
  30. Feb 24, 2016
    Under its attractively bright and cartoony art style, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 has a great amount of modes and customization options to enjoy, whether alone against the AI or with online allies and enemies.
  31. May 25, 2016
    Garden Warfare 2 makes up for most of its predecessor's shortcomings. With Solo Quests, solo and split-screen support for more modes, new characters, and the expansive Backyard Battlegrounds hub world, this sequel feels like the full-sized game that fans always wanted.
  32. Games Master UK
    Apr 25, 2016
    Improves upon the original Garden Warfare in every way - truly marvelous multiplayer mayhem. [Apr 2016, p.67]
  33. Apr 10, 2016
    Less of a sequel and more of a big expansion, but that’s not a bad thing.
  34. Apr 7, 2016
    There may have been a shortage of actual new modes added to Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 but it doesn’t really matter; the gameplay is so balanced and engaging that you won’t really care.
  35. Mar 21, 2016
    A silly alternative to the modern shooter, Garden Warfare 2 doesn't take itself too seriously and is all the better for it.
  36. 80
    Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 manages to bottle up something magical and succeed a second time in a row.
  37. Feb 28, 2016
    This oddball shooter sequel piles on more of everything from the first game, which is exactly what that game needed.
  38. Feb 26, 2016
    A bright, colourful and tasty blend of all your favourite multiplayer shooters, it will leave you with a big smile on your face and feeling good inside.
  39. 80
    This is a game that's overflowing with modes and options and characters, offering something for every kind of gamer. It remains at its best as a multiplayer experience, but the single-player components have been beefed up as well, creating a more balanced and inviting solo gaming experience.
  40. Feb 24, 2016
    Aware of the shortcomings of the original Garden Warfare, PopCap Games now offers quite some content with Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 including a real campaign mode albeit a repetitive one.
  41. Feb 24, 2016
    Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 offers tons of content that don't necessarily drive people intro micro-transactions. Lighthearted and colourful, it never punishes the player and it's only held back by its limited narrative and unfair progression system.
  42. Feb 23, 2016
    Garden Warfare 2 is active and engaging throughout. Finding challenges to take on, even when you don’t want to play online, is easy, and everything feeds into your leveling and unlocks regardless of where you are playing. The new classes add worthwhile abilities (and character designs), the new modes keeping things moving (and are often weird), and the combat is interesting, without venturing into the cumbersome or complicated.
  43. Feb 23, 2016
    Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2‘s solo quests, hub world, and robust split-screen options make it a significant improvement over its predecessor.
  44. Feb 23, 2016
    Perfectly bridges the gap between casual games and hardcore shooters.
  45. Feb 18, 2016
    Despite sometimes descending into colourful, eye-hurting confusion at times, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is a relentlessly entertaining and stupidly fun game that you can't help but play with a big, dumb grin on your face. Great fun alone, online with strangers or in co-op with friends, Garden Warfare 2 is never anything less than a joy.
  46. Feb 18, 2016
    Garden Warfare 2 doesn't take any risks, instead it just try to make everything better. Still, the best part is that it's pretty much unique, and there isn't any other game it can be compared to.
  47. Feb 18, 2016
    Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 has better characters, more modes and new interesting maps than it's predecessor. Fun and accessible.
  48. Feb 18, 2016
    Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 isn't a very original game but it's bigger, longer and funnier than the original one. It adds new game modes, maps and characters to a classic third person shoot ´em up gameplay.
  49. Feb 18, 2016
    Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 has a massive amount of rich, entertaining and wacky content for players to enjoy. I know I’ll be spending another 30 hours on Garden Ops alone, but EA has managed to bring some interesting, new ingredients that help make this series as fun and addicting, as it was the first time around.
  50. 80
    Under the cheery looks is a surprisingly gripping shooter; one that, second time round, offers a healthier spread of modes and an addictive breadcrumb trail of hero progression.
  51. 80
    Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 improves on its already great predecessor in a bunch of ways. New characters, game modes, and other modifications make for a better, though very familiar experience. This is definitely an iterative sequel, offering nothing revolutionary, but for those that want more PvZ action, it'll easily fit the bill.
  52. Feb 18, 2016
    Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 brings back pretty much everything from the original game, and builds on it with decent single-player content, six new characters, and a handful of new multiplayer additions. At its core, the game is still hugely fun to play, and it remains open and accessible to gamers of all skill levels. It's just that the new content feels somewhat lean.
  53. Feb 17, 2016
    Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 expands all the good ideas PopCap had few years ago. It's an easy, funny but deep TPS, good for the veterans who are searching for something different.
  54. Feb 23, 2016
    Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 offers good combination of multiplayer third-person shooter gameplay and platformer collect-a-thons of days past.
  55. Feb 22, 2016
    It just lacks the depth and growth potential to have any genuine longevity. Do yourself a favor and wait for this one to hit the bargain bins. It is worth playing, but if its predecessor was any indication, you won’t have to wait long to get this experience at a far more acceptable price.
  56. Feb 18, 2016
    Garden Warfare 2 is a simple and approachable team-based shooter that may be lacking on game types, but isn’t lacking in content. There are plenty of reasons to stay in Zomburbia once you sink your teeth in.
  57. Feb 24, 2016
    It feels more like an expansion than a sequel, and misses some easy opportunities to improve on the original, but this is still the best family-friendly shooter outside of Splatoon.
  58. Feb 23, 2016
    Maybe the same solid foundation with more robust content is all Garden Warfare 2 needs to be. The package feels more whole and satisfying, and while that may dampen my thoughts on the first game a bit, it's really only by comparison to this one. If Garden Warfare was the seed, this sequel is the harvest.
  59. Feb 22, 2016
    With Garden Warfare 2, PopCap builds upon the success of the original Garden Warfare by adding much needed meat to its bare bones in the form a new solo campaign and 6 new character classes, but fails to evolve the actual gameplay in any meaningful way.
  60. Feb 19, 2016
    Bottom line: If you dug the original this is probably right up your alley.
  61. Feb 18, 2016
    With more generous pacing and worthwhile single-player content, Garden Warfare 2 would have been a truly outstanding game, but even without those things, it's a robust shooter with an astounding level of mechanical diversity that all but guarantees you'll encounter something new every round you play.
  62. Apr 4, 2016
    Garden Warfare 2 will be fun for those who enjoy the tower defense genre. Anyone else will want to stay away from this game that suffers from lackluster controls in third person shooting and a missed opportunity to create a much larger world to explore.
  63. Feb 18, 2016
    Garden Warfare 2 does nothing new outside of those new maps and the hub area, which really isn’t that much. This sequel feels like a “complete edition” of the first Garden Warfare only with different maps. The weak campaign and lackluster multiplayer modes outside of Gnome Bomb aren’t doing it any favors either.
  64. Apr 12, 2016
    Despite its pretty environments and swollen production value, Garden Warfare 2 feels a lot like its smartphone cousins, less a videogame, in the noble sense, and more a tar pit, swallowing down your time and providing little in return but useless virtual tat.
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  1. Feb 19, 2016
    GW2 has a lot of value as an online video game to play with kids and kids-at-heart. But it might be even more valuable in a different way: as an anthropological document of what happens to a great studio like Popcap after a $1.3 billion buyout. As a result, GW2 is probably a lot more fascinating than anybody at EA ever intended it to be.
  2. Feb 18, 2016
    If Garden Warfare was an attempt to make a multiplayer only shooter that just about anyone could enjoy, Garden Warfare 2 takes that a step farther by removing the original's budget-priced compromises. Making the original Popcap concept into a shooter isn't novel anymore, and I hope that the developers pay attention to the game's potential balance challenges over time to make sure that "asymmetric" doesn't become "lopsided." But Garden Warfare 2 stands strong on its own, and with friends.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 119 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 87 out of 119
  2. Negative: 15 out of 119
  1. Feb 23, 2016
    An absolute blast to play. Love the ability to play splitscreen on the couch with friends, and being able to play any mode with or against anyAn absolute blast to play. Love the ability to play splitscreen on the couch with friends, and being able to play any mode with or against any set up of AI was a huge plus for me. Characters are wacky, maps are gorgeous whats not to love! Full Review »
  2. Feb 24, 2016
    If you loved the first PvZ:GW you will love this one. This one has everything you loved about the first one, but adds 3 (6 total) moreIf you loved the first PvZ:GW you will love this one. This one has everything you loved about the first one, but adds 3 (6 total) more characters for both sides. It also steps up solo play. So you always have something to do.

    My son loves the first one and has loved this one so far also. I'm more of a casual shooter fan, and I really love the things EA did to drag the more casual players into the carnage. It has some single player campaigns. Though not huge they are fun for casuals. They even added a thing where you can solo with 3 AI. Which I love. They added a "backyard" with this staging area "base" for the players. The backyard is a stalemate park between both factions bases and is a fight that just keeps revving up (including all the bosses). I did this split screen with my son. We really enjoyed it. Though right now there isn't much reward for doing it. I have a feeling they will add more quest to it, which will make this an incredible split screen and solo quest area.

    They also made sure your progress in the first one moves with you. Your base has a mailbox and they mail you loyalty rewards, which includes all your unlocks you earned in the first game, a bunch of cards, and a 100k coins for your loyalty. They also added daily quest like MMO's which encourage/pay in game coins for completion. And on top of this you earn stars as you complete missions, which increases your XP earned. This will help everyone open all gear quicker and encourage casuals to get out there and enjoy the PVP.

    I really enjoy the improvements so far. The AI toons are a great addition. Though I wish they added it to Garden Ops (if no one joins). I also would like to see the AI added to split screen or the option to maybe invite your other XB1 friends to split screen GO. They have added the ability to make all matches private or invite only. So that is great if you want to only play with friends/family. If they keep adding daily/Solo quests and add more rewards to the backyard this game has a lot to offer for the price.
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  3. Oct 6, 2016
    I love it its not just for kids its so awesome and graetI love it its not just for kids its so awesome and graet and................................................................................................... Full Review »