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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare PS4 Review

on 4 September 2014

Plants vs. Zombies is the highly addictive tower defense (or should that be garden defense?) game which has captured the attention of millions. Naturally, a tower defense game about plants fending off the undead is the perfect candidate to get a multiplayer-only, third person shooter spin-off. Right?

On the face of it, what PopCap had in mind should be an absolute disaster of Battlefield 4 launch proportions. Well, it isn’t. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is a surprising game in many ways (and not-so-surprising in others).

Not having a single-player campaign may be of disappointment to some, but it’s really for the best. There’s two modes here: Garden Ops, a co-op mode that has up to four players facing waves of zombies, and a competitive multiplayer mode called Multiplayer. Quite imaginative, that one.

Garden Ops is basically the original Plants vs. Zombies converted into a co-op third-person shooter. The game starts by selecting one of several fixed places to plant a garden and then zombies attack in waves. As you survive the waves, the Zomboss, the mastermind behind the resurrection of the zombies, will pull out an on-screen slot machine to determine what you will face in the next wave. If you survive all ten waves, you’ll have the chance to escape as you make your way to the escape zone where Crazy Dave will pick you up in his flying RV. Here, you get to see straight what makes this game tick--the different, unique classes of plant you can play as.

There are four classes to choose from: the Pea Shooter, which is your run-of-the-mill frontline fighter; the Chomper, which is a Venus Fly Trap that can stun enemies with a green ooze, burrow underground before launching back up and eating any stricken undead; the Sunflower, which is the medic class; and the Cactus, which is your big, heavy-duty defender class.

When playing Garden Ops, you’ll soon see that each class has their distinct use. What you will also find is that Plants vs. Zombies looks and plays great, running at full 1080p and at a rock-solid 60 frames-per-second, which doesn’t drop no matter how chaotic things get. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is also pleasing on the eye. The wacky characters, humourous designs and sharp image quality make for a unique and refreshing aesthetic.