Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (PS4) Review

Ken McKown

Still a fantastic experience.

Gamers need more games like Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. Games that are simply a joy to not only look at, but to play with family and friends. Now, we reviewed the title back when it launched earlier this year on XBox One. If you want the full review of that, just click here; for this article I am going to recap what makes this experience so much fun, and why PS4 owners should definitely be paying attention to Popcap’s latest title.

The first thing to get out of the way about Garden Warfare is that this is a multiplayer game. It states right on the box that PS Plus is required to play this game on PS4 (which is only true for those not wanting to indulge in split screen). Every mode in Garden Warfare is best played with at least two players, but definitely recommended with four in Garden Ops, the game’s four-player co-op take on horde mode.

Right in the kisser.

Platform: XB1, PS4, PC, 360, PS3
MSRP: $39.99
Price I’d pay: $39.99
Multiplayer: Online and split screen

The best place to get started is Garden Ops. This horde-style mode pits four players against waves of zombies to protect their garden. This is the mode I spent countless hours in on Xbox One. It is a blast, and the included Boss Mode, which gives players a top-down perspective allowing them to control reviving fallen friends and dropping items, is great for those without advanced shooter skills.

The competitive version pits 24 players in a battle online in a variety of modes. There are two sides, obviously plants and zombies, broken down into classes that are just as wacky as the subject matter. Think of it like Battlefield with cartoon weapons and levels and it makes sense. Funny enough I found myself playing this more than all the other recent shooters combined. Garden Warfare outlasted Titanfall, Battlefield 4 and even Call of Duty for me as far as games I keep coming back to. It really is that much fun.

Cue epic “walking away from explosion” music.

Not much has changed with the PS4 version of the game, except that all the DLC is now available, oh and it is free. Yet another wonderful tidbit about Garden Warfare. All the new content packs and levels hit without cost. Of course there are micro-transactions for the packs of cards that unlock new weapons and characters, but those can be grinded out in the game. I do wish they would rebalance it though – it takes forever to collect the infinite amount of stickers in that game.

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. The rush of games is coming, but before you get lost in a sea of endless releases, you should definitely check out this lovable third-person shooter.

Review copy of game provided by publisher.

Good

  • Great asethetic
  • Highly addictive
  • Solid mechanics

Bad

  • Unlocking stickers could take forever
  • No single-player option
8.5

Great

Ken McKown

Ken is the Editor-in-Chief of this hole in the wall and he loves to troll for the fun of it. He also enjoys long walks through Arkham Asylum and the cool air of Shadow Moses Island. His turn-ons include Mortal Kombat, Metal Gear Solid and StarCraft.

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