Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

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No Recommendation / Blank
Feb 24, 2016

A characterful and generous shooter, though its lack of balance is a thorn in its side.

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IGN

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8.2 / 10.0
Feb 23, 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. The interesting abilities options of the six new character classes gave me something to sink my teeth into, and the customization options are a great reward for playing outside my comfort zone. The sheer amount of enjoyment in this full garden will keep me in the war for some time to come.

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7 / 10
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.

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Feb 18, 2016

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.

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8 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2016

Garden Warfare 2 is an undeniably fun shooter that, unlike the first entry, offers a lot more to do alone or with a couch player

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7 / 10
Feb 18, 2016

A more complete, more refined version of the already stellar original, though arduous progression and empty solo missions spoil some of the fun.

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8 / 10.0
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.

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Kotaku

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Unscored
Mar 2, 2016

Remember when online shooters were fresh and fun? Garden Warfare 2 certainly does.

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Feb 26, 2016

This oddball shooter sequel piles on more of everything from the first game, which is exactly what that game needed.

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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.

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Feb 19, 2016

Bottom line: If you dug the original this is probably right up your alley. As I said earlier, for parents I can see this being a preferable shooter for younger teens over Halo or CoD. There's a value in that for consumers. I just wish publisher EA and developer PopCap Games put their considerable resources and talent into a game that made me want to play a game with a fuller experience.

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9 / 10.0
Feb 18, 2016

I suspect I'll be hooked for the rest of the year.

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8 / 10
Feb 23, 2016

PopCap have gone out of their way to cater to the solo player, and while the story questing is a disjointed affair, having AI to play with in every part of the game is excellent. However, even with other additions like the Backyard Battleground and new characters, this largely feels like more of the same. It's not as exciting and refreshing as two years ago, but that's not too big a complaint when it's more co-op defence and liberally borrowed and adapted multiplayer, all slathered in the quirky Plants vs. Zombies universe.

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7 / 10
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.

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8.5 / 10.0
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.

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Unscored
Feb 23, 2016

Popcap has improved upon the template they laid out with Garden Warfare, fleshing out the sequel with an array of things with which you can wile away your time. It's excellent family friendly fun but genuinely great to play for all ages. Get it, play it with your little ones, and play it on your own. You'll love it.

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Feb 18, 2016

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.

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9.5 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2016

Fast becoming my favorite online shooter of choice, Garden Warfare 2 is lovable, preposterous, and completely rampageous. Never though I'd say this about an EA game, but it's everything a modern premium experience should be.

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8.5 / 10.0
Feb 18, 2016

More maps, modes, and characters plus solo play makes Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 the game we wished we had in the original

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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.

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