The Zombies are coming! When news broke at E3 last year that developer PopCap were adapting their popular tower defence game into a third person online only shooter many were sceptical and rightfully so. There are many reasons on paper to be sceptical of an online only shooter based on the popular franchise as it could have been very easy for PopCap to create a mindless cash in. They could have easily forced micro-transactions at every turn. Lucky for all of us none of these things have eventuated.
Garden Warfare is the online shooter to play for those who are FPS veterans or younger people who maybe haven’t ventured into that territory. Just don’t expect the classic Plants Vs Zombies experience, it is different and that is a good thing. There is as much story as what you would expect from an online shooter without any campaign. This might bother some gamers, but given that this game is being sold at a budget price of $49.99 AUD, it is hard for anyone to complain.
Plants Vs Zombies – Garden Warfare manages to bring the original 2D plants and zombies to life with high resolution, detailed 3D models. Each characters design is packed with the most impressive detail and it seems like nothing has been spared. Whether it be the dancing happiness of the sunflower or the butt crack on constant display from the zombie engineer, all of the eight plants and zombies have been given personality in spades which helps you connect with the experience. In addition to the standard gear that your chosen character is wearing there are hundreds of unlockables for you to dress your plant or zombie with. The extra layer of customisation really makes you associate yourself with your plant or zombie. They really become your pride and joy which really makes them your own, even if your zombie ends up dressed like Lady Gaga.