Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare

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Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is ranked in the 73rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 67 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

78

Top Critic Average

61%

Critics Recommend

Based on 67 critic reviews

Score Distribution

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Kotaku
Yes
Kotaku

Top Critic

Yes
Feb 27, 2014

A bright, colorful and friendly introduction to the world of online multiplayer shooters.

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Scored Reviews

USgamer
Feb 24, 2014

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare's bright colors, cartoon graphics and humorous approach are the antithesis of most first-person shooters. But don't be fooled. It's as good as any out there - and very likely an awful lot more fun.

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Game Revolution
Aug 19, 2014

With all the playtime, all the free updates, all the unique class-changing items, and the online community that will surely stick with the game post-launch you'd have trouble finding a game with much more to offer.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2014

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a game that should not go unappreciated. There's a little something for everyone here and even if you don't particularly enjoy online shooters, you ought to give this one a shot. While the lack of a more robust split-screen and internet requirements may turn some people away, but I urge these small factors not to impact your decision to check this game out. It is an amazingly fast,  fun, and deep title, and with persistent support going forward, I can only see Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare continuing to get better for the community.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Feb 25, 2014

Appealing to both hardcore shooter fans as well as younger and more casual players, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is entertaining, accessible, and oozing with charm. And while it's only launching with a handful of maps, the lower price point and promise of free content down the line softens the blow considerably.

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GameSkinny
Mar 2, 2014

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a unique third person shooter that manages to rejuvenate a genre that's been cursed by the same boring mechanics and dull gameplay.

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gameranx
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2014

In all, I really enjoyed my experience with Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, and plan to spend even more time with it.

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Impulsegamer
4.3 / 5.0
4.3 / 5.0
Aug 25, 2014

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is an instant classic...its a no brainer.

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COGconnected
86 / 100
86 / 100
Feb 26, 2014

It is rich in depth and despite its often cheery exterior it is a top notch third person action fest that many gamers may have written off. Let me be clear that PvZ offers plenty in regards to tactics and skill and in my opinion I've enjoyed this more than any recent CoD or Battlefield game for its refreshing take on what some could argue is becoming a tired genre.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Feb 26, 2014

Garden Warfare is a surpisingly good third-person multiplayer/cooperative shooter. A refreshing light-hearted twist on class-based multiplayer games, with the depth and polish that you would expect from usual suspects in this genre.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2014

When all is said and done, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is just a delightful game, and a ton of fun to play with friends. I can't recommend it enough for even the most jaded gamer. I have spent countless hours with the title, and still play it months after release, which is more than I can say for almost every shooter ever released on a console

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Softpedia
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2014

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is an awesome third-person shooter based on PopCap's great franchise. The multiplayer modes are fun, hectic, and require a lot of dedication to master. The Garden Ops mode may be a bit too hard on the latter difficulties, but it certainly promotes teamwork.

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Polygon
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2014

Plants vs. Zombies is an elevating factor in a tired genre

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New Game Network
81 / 100
81 / 100
Aug 23, 2014

A fun and colorful shooter with unique visuals that's easy to get into. The gameplay mechanics are basic so players looking for something more may be underwhelmed; everyone else will be having too much fun with their customized characters to care.

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Eurogamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 26, 2014

It never hits the heights of Battlefield in its pomp, Call of Duty at its slickest or Titanfall in its explosive beta, but at its best Garden Warfare stirs the same emotions; the panic, the triumph, the tension and the elation. Whether anyone will stick with it once the Titans Are Ready is unsure, but PopCap has overachieved and delivered one of the most likeable games on next-generation hardware anywhere. Quite simply, I dig it.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2014

With a few more tweaks, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare would be a must-buy for pretty much any shooter fan out there. But even with its blemishes, I was incredibly surprised by the amount of depth the game has to offer on top of all of its charm. Hopefully EA will ease off the microtransactions in the future and even more content will pile in, because with the right moves and support, Garden Warfare will be something special for quite some time.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2014

Garden Warfare is different enough to compliment those long sessions of other online shooters, and acts as a great palette cleanser in a genre dominated by greys and browns that often takes itself far too seriously. The inclusion of local multiplayer is also a huge plus and, depending on how often you play with family and friends, can add much to the value.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2014

As zany and colourful as the game that inspired it, PopCap's online third-person shooter is a fresh alternative to its grittier competition.

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Telegraph
Mar 3, 2014

Slick, deliriously colourful and breezily inventive, Garden Warfare is a curiously engaging shooter.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 28, 2014

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare stays true to its roots, while at the same time branching out to new audiences by switching up the franchise's familiar format a little. The gameplay is rock solid, the music and visuals are adorable, and, while the release's multiplayer focus won't appeal to everyone, it's a finely pruned package overall. PopCap deserves credit for taking an existing concept, and making it blossom all over again.

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Gaming Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2014

A unique twist on tower defense games is what makes Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare so fun.  The monotony of standard tower defense is broken and is now a split between that and a first person shooter, though the standard defense rules are still in place.  Several game modes and beautiful worlds add to the flair of the title, making this a fun choice for any Xbox One owner.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2014

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is surprisingly adept at multiplayer mayhem and character balanced, making for a seriously enjoyable diversion from military shooter ad nauseum.

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2014

Standing next to titles like Titanfall or Call of Duty in a genre that's even more crowded, it may not be the next "big" shooter to take online multiplayer by storm -– and it probably never will. But, with more than enough fun unique twists than several other shooters by comparison, it's assured that this game easily stands apart from the crowd — whether it's the brain-munching kind or not.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Mar 7, 2014

Still, don't think that for its flaws, Garden Warfare is a game you should hesitate to purchase. For the price ($40 for the Xbox One version, $30 for others), it's a parcel of fun and wacky shooting that cannot be beat.

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Critical Hit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2014

For what it offers, the price is right for Garden Warfare. The price reflects the rather meager content, but Garden Warfare is fun. I love the new direction Popcap is taking with PVZ, and if I wasn't a fan before, I certainly am now.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
Ray Carsillo

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2014

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a polished, tremendously fun time even without all the options or content of its multiplayer contemporaries.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Mar 4, 2014

Still, the game is a fun romp for kids as well as adults looking for a different kind of shooter. It's especially enjoyable when you have a full map of zombies and plants jockeying for field supremacy. If you enjoy multiplayer shooting and don't care for a solid campaign mode, then you might find yourself pleasantly surprised with how entertaining Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare can be.

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Examiner
Aug 20, 2014

Overall, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a thoroughly enjoyable experience on the PS4, much like it was on the Xbox One. It still remains one of the best shooters of the year, and that's with no story or campaign mode being attached to the game. PopCap Games and EA have a gem on their hands and if we could be so lucky, we'll see a return to the garden sometime in the near future.

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PCMag
Feb 25, 2014

Garden Warfare is a remarkably refreshing shooter that retains the Plants vs. Zombies charm while upping the action.

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Slant Magazine
Feb 28, 2014

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is the perfect antidote to Call of Duty and Battlefield fatigue, replacing the grim, decrepit, gray-and-brown battle zone with vibrantly colorful gardens and crypts, where unlikely nemeses face off in hilarious, and strategic, skirmishes.

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Digital Chumps
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2014

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a skeleton made of borrowed ideas, but its bones are wrapped in a body of earnest tomfoolery and relentless positivity. It functions best as a sanctuary for disenfranchised shooter players, the equivalent of a safe place where it's OK to be weird and goofy amidst the tension of a competitive game. The most interesting thing about Garden Warfare is there may be enough of an affected crowd to actually make it all work.

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Cheat Code Central
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Feb 26, 2014

Perhaps the best part about Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is its price point. At only $39.99 US for Xbox One and $29.99 US for the Xbox 360 version, it's a relatively cheap and extremely fun take on shooters, which is all too rare these days. To date, this is the lowest-priced disc-based game to be released on the Xbox One, which is sorely needed to bolster the consoles anemic lineup. If you love the original PvZ games and want to try a different type of shooter, you really can't go wrong here. Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to call in this Corn Strike with my Garlic Drone. I'm sure you understand.

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GameZone
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2014

Don't let the thought of a Plants vs. Zombies shooter scare you off; it actually is a really fun game. Yes it needs more game modes and split-screen play options, but everything else about the game shines.

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NZGamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2014

A great, simple shooter for all ages.

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gameranx
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2014

It's a vibrant shooter with finely tuned characters that play very well off each other, providing for an almost party-like experience that should be fun for almost anyone. This new direction for the series is mostly a welcome success, but fans of traditional tower defense games or those from Dungeon Defenders and Orcs Must Die! may bemoan the lack of strong strategic placement and plotting.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Mar 23, 2014

It would be easy to dismiss Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare as a quick cash-in on a popular franchise, especially when one considers the somewhat questionable response to Plants vs Zombies 2 and its pricing structure. Fans of the shooting genre might be tempted to overlook this title because of the cute design, but they would be doing themselves a disservice in doing so. Given the quality of the content and the sheer fun of the gameplay, the asking price for Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is more than reasonable and makes for one of the best Xbox One titles released to date.

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Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 10, 2014

Despite some setbacks, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a fun game. The map count may be low, but you absolutely have the urge to play just one more match, an aspect that's always important in multiplayer titles. Getting into servers is easy, and the servers are well populated no matter which mode you choose. The aesthetics are clean and very family friendly, and the promise of more maps and modes for free could take the sting out of the random nature of unlocking new character parts and variants. For those tired of the military themes used in shooters and those not quite sold on Titanfall just yet, Garden Warfare is a great alternative for multiplayer shooter fans.

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Pure Xbox
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 3, 2014

Addictive tower defence game turned third person shooter, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare offers a bright, colourful and incredibly competitive addition to the Xbox One's gaming roster. Inevitably, the release of Titanfall will mean that this little gem doesn't get played as much as it deserves. We would have liked to see some traditional PvZ gameplay thrown into the mix to allow players to earn extra sticker packs or coins, but as this isn't a full price title, the omission of this feature is entirely forgiveable. Less acceptable is the infuriating matchmaking system which means that, like many Xbox One games, playing with members of your party or friends happens more by luck than design. Although it isn't perfect, the well thought out player progression, multiplayer modes and well balanced gameplay make this an essential game for lovers of the franchise and fans of shooters alike.

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High-Def Digest
Mar 1, 2014

'Garden Warfare' is beautiful, sounds great and it plays pretty well too. PopCap doesn't push any boundaries from a gameplay standpoint. That's understandable; this first installment is more evolutionary than revolutionary. The fact that it all works so well is impressive enough. While you won't find a whole lot of depth in the game modes themselves, sifting through the character classes and matching their individual tactics and abilities with the sprawling maps should be enough to grab the prolonged attention of an avid shooter aficionado.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
onpv3rtigo1

Top Critic

May 12, 2014

I would highly recommend this game for kids or for the kid in all of us. It is super fun, cute, and reasonably priced. It is not the most robust shooter by far but is one of the most fun shooters I have played in a while.

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 17, 2014

Overall Garden Warfare is a game that takes the core strengths of shooters and makes them accessible to all. Its presentation is fantastic and infects the game with charm at every turn. If you're looking for a fun time, PopCap gives it to you in spades. By ratcheting up the fun and lowering the seriousness, Garden Warfare gives its players what everyone wants from a video game: A good time.

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PC Gamer
79 / 100
79 / 100
Jun 26, 2014

The freshest shooter to sprout in recent memory, PvZ is shackled by asinine DRM.

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PSX Extreme
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2014

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a very solid shooter with a lot of variety and charm. It offers players of all ages a dynamic, entertaining experience that encourages practice and experimentation.

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GameTrailers
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2014

Garden Warfare was a surprise when it was announced, and you'll be surprised when you play it what PopCap managed to accomplish. But it can get repetitive when the jokes run dry, and the system designed to combat this is locked behind piles of crumpled tinfoil and stacks of unwanted stickers. If you're starving for more brains, charge in. But don't be afraid to let this plant grow a bit before enlisting.

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IGN
7.8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

7.8 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2014

Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare does right by its namesake, putting the characters and charm to good use.

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Arcade Sushi
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2014

All-in-all, Garden Warfare is a fairly unremarkable experience. The gameplay is fun, but it's definitely also derivative of elements we've seen executed better elsewhere. That's not to say there aren't some interesting aspects. There just aren't enough to make it stand strongly on its own. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare isn't a bad game, it's just not a very inventive one despite its catchy premise.

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Xbox Achievements
75%
75%
Feb 24, 2014

What at first seems like a bizarre experiment actually turns out to be an accomplished and brilliantly entertaining multiplayer shooter. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare might not manage to hold your attention for more than a few hours, but while it does, you can't fail to have a blast. Suitable for carnivores and vegetarians alike.

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GamingBolt
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2014

Despite its lack of modes, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a well-designed shooter that puts a fresh spin on the zombie game and will be fun for all ages.

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AusGamers
7.4 / 10.0
AusGamers
Jickle

Top Critic

7.4 / 10.0
Mar 3, 2014

Garden Warfare may not be the most ambitious game ever made, but its one with a clear sense of personality and identity, which is more than you can say for a lot of other online shooters.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Aug 21, 2014

The least brown shooter ever made, with the colourful graphics and accessible controls supported by an imaginative and surprisingly well-crafted online experience.

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GamesRadar+
Feb 27, 2014

Garden Warfare is a fun, polished shooter, and what it lacks in gameplay depth it more than makes up for with fun cosmetic gear you'll actually want to unlock.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 24, 2014

The gameplay of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is standard stuff, but the game's lighthearted tone makes it an appealing multiplayer shooter that stands out from the crowd.

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Shacknews
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 25, 2014

Remarkably, PopCap has managed to create an experience that delivers all the strategic twitch combat of a shooter, presented with PvZ's unique charm.

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VideoGamer
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 24, 2014

There's fun to be had here, but it feels like a nice change of pace rather than a long-term alternative.

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TechnoBuffalo
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 3, 2014

Garden Warfare is fun, and the time I've spent with it so far has been among the best on the Xbox One.

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We Got This Covered
Feb 27, 2014

Though far from a perfect shooter, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare's addicting gameplay, undeniable charm and visually appealing aesthetic ultimately make up for its shortcomings.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2014

Put all of this together and you have a game that is overflowing with grin-inducing charm. But once you peel back the bright and gaudy layers of decaying skin and leafy greens, it's a semi-stable shooter that has plenty of room to grow.

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Digital Trends
Feb 27, 2014

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare injects some fresh ideas into its multiplayer shooting, but PopCap Games' lack of genre experience is apparent.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Aug 24, 2014

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare improves upon the Xbox One debut thanks to the addition of a few more maps, characters and modes.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2014

PopCap has done a pretty decent job of lining up the armies overall.

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 20, 2014

Plants Vs Zombies is bright, colourful, lovely to look at and fun to play - it's the third person shooter no-one knew they wanted and may go a little way to filling the small gap before the big triple A games start to drop.

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Dealspwn
Mar 3, 2014

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is a fun, fresh and friendly new take on the tired old multiplayer shooter. Newbies will enjoy a safe and relaxing environment to learn the ropes, while the superbly imbalanced classes provide surprising depth for more experienced players. PopCap's genre inexperience shows in the half-baked progression system and unsatisfying hit feedback, but their bumbling and charming personality ultimately wins out.

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Game Informer
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2014

Already-limited offerings are diminished by a quasi-free-to-play monetization scheme

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GamesBeat
65 / 100
65 / 100
Feb 24, 2014

I wanted to love Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare with the same zeal I have for the original series, but this shooter variation lacks a lot of imagination. The action gameplay generally feels forced, and the bits of strategy that do exist are minute in comparison.

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Game Rant
Feb 25, 2014

Players looking for a co-op experience will find something worth playing with friends casually in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, and it offers polished, harmless and simple gameplay that works for all ages but at a stiff price. The game as its currently designed however, seems to lend itself well to the free-to-play model, supported by microtransactions and we wouldn't be surprised to see it go that path in the future. Right now, there's only one barrier to entry and it's the price.

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The Escapist
Feb 25, 2014

A charming concept can only get a game so far, and Garden Warfare fails to capitalize. While there's fun to be had, there's not much meat on the bones, and the repetitive combat ensures this will be nothing but a stopgap title until better shooters enter the market.

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Digital Spy
Feb 24, 2014

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is not an exceptional shooter by any means – and in the case of its progression, can be quite frustrating – but seeing its classes brought to life in a shooter so effectively, with its trademark humor intact, will win you over for at least a short while.

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