Released: Feb 22, 2016
Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 is at first glance a game that resembles the type of gameplay and graphics that you would expect the classic SNES game Zombies Ate My Neighbors to look like if it was made into a modern 3D game. The graphics are mostly a cartoony cell-shaded but, it still captures that look so perfectly and almost looks as if the cartoon world came to life. This game has so much to offer for all ages. Everything you do in the game gives you experience points to level your character and coins to buy in-game booster packs to unlock new characters or something to customize them with, like a pink birthday cake that sits on your Chompers head! While you could just buy the booster packs with real money, most people like myself would like to earn the in-game coins to buy them for free. The characters themselves all have different roles to play like the healer Sunflower or the zombie version Scientist, healer with a shotgun. Some other roles are more defensive like the Citron on the plant's side, an orange from the future with a beam cannon and a shield and a lot of health or the All-Star, a zombie football player that can lay defensive barriers and suppressive fire with a machine gun that shoots footballs! The main offensive force is the Peashooter and Kernal Corn on the plant side and Foot Soldier and Engineer on the zombie side which all have increased firepower compared to others.
There are many different game modes, some new and some from PVZ GW 1. Backyard Battleground is a new mode that serves as a central hub between other game modes, that loads when you turn on the game. It has a Plant Base on one side and a Zombie Base on the other side. It serves as your private room where you can customize your characters and bases, go to the multiplayer game modes or garden and graveyard ops, do the single player story of the game, or just kill random NPC zombies or plants that spawn for fun. You can invite up to 4 players to join your private Backyard and they will be able to see your progress you have done in the single-player story, can join multiplayer games with you, and be brought back to your backyard when you leave those modes. Flag of Power is a mini mode in your Backyard Battleground that lets you fight waves of different zombies or plants depending on what you are. Garden Ops is a game mode where up to four plant players can defend their garden from 10 waves of Zombies and then escape in Crazy Daves flying camper. This mode is the closest mode that resembles the original games' objective from Plants vs Zombies 1 and 2. Graveyard Ops is a new mode that has been added in PVZ GW2 and is the zombie version of Garden Ops. Team Vanquish is a classic deathmatch and probably my favorite out of all the 24 player modes. Vanquish Confirmed is a mode where u need to collect orbs from the dead players to either get the kill point or keep the enemies from getting your teams. Gardens and Graveyards is a game mode where players either capture 5-6 gardens as zombies or defend as plants. When one garden is captured, the defending plant's team falls back to the next garden and defends it. Once you get to the last one, if the zombies capture it you lose as plants and win if you're a zombie. Herbal Assault is the newly added plant attacking version of Gardens and Graveyards . Gnome Bomb is a mode where you have to plant a bomb at 3 of your enemies' bases to win and lets u play as plants or zombies. Suburbination is a game mode with 3 neutral graveyards that need to be captured by either side to get points and whoever has the most by the end of the match wins.
One thing about PVZ GW2 is that it has a lot of different customizable characters on both sides. For the plant's team, there is the Peashooter, Sunflower, Chomper, Cactus, Citron, Rose, Kernel Corn. The Citron, Rose, and Kernel Corn are the new characters added and didn't exist in PVZ GW 1. The Zombie team consists of the Foot Soldier, Engineer, Scientist, All-Star, Imp, Captain Deadbeard, and Super Brainz. The newly added characters on this side are the Imp, Captain Deadbeard, and Super Brainz. Besides the base characters, there are many different variations of them that can be unlocked with the in-game booster backs you can purchase or by doing certain achievements for them, like the very rare Giga Torchwood! Most of the variations include different costumes and different elements such as fire, ice, or toxic as their primary weapon. Eventually, you can unlock new moves or abilities for your heroes. You can even unlock new gestures or taunts that you can use in the game to either piss off or make someone laugh after you kill them.
Overall I think this game is fun for all ages and should be given a look into. With all the different game modes, characters, and customizations you can earn for them, you will never run out of things to do. New content is always being added and you can do daily missions on the little job board in the plant or zombie bases, for coins and XP to level your toons. Even if your internet isn't the greatest and you can't play online, you can still go into private or solo modes and play yourself or split-screen with bots and still earn coins and XP. I give this game a high ranking and definitely should be held on to as the replay value is very high!