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Garden Warfare 2

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is out in February


Pre-orders come with a Mass Effect mech
Nov 05
// Jordan Devore
The eternal plants versus zombies conflict returns on February 23, 2016 -- that's when Garden Warfare 2 is hitting PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Thinking back on how many hours I poured into the first game, my fate is sea...
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Plants vs. Zombies

Meet the six new Garden Warfare 2 characters


Three plants, three zombies
Sep 17
// Jordan Devore
A part of me doesn't want to hear any more about Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 knowing full well that it's not releasing until spring 2016. I was way into the original. I'll be way into this. The cast includes six new ...
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Garden Warfare 2

Garden Warfare 2 gets interstellar as Grass Effect


What even is this?
Aug 05
// Laura Kate Dale
Sooooooo, we all know that Garden Warfare 2 is Plants Vs Zombies' attempt to parody big budget Call of Duty shooters, but apparently the game is also going to feature content inspired by the Mass Effect series. If you pre-ord...

I'm all about Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

Jun 15 // Jordan Devore
One of my teammates was a melee-centric superhero zombie named Super Brainz. There's also going to be a dedicated zombie sniper character, finally, and a sorceress. All told, there will be six new classes from the past, present, and future. Speaking of: one level is a time-travel theme park, as in, a theme park whose "attractions" are accessible via time travel portals. Clever. What else? Every mode supports split-screen play, which not even Halo is offering any more, and solo players can compete against AI if they're unwilling or unable to dip into player versus player (which was the best part of Garden Warfare). There will be private servers this time, as well as 40 characters at launch and regularly scheduled free content updates. PopCap wouldn't give any concrete details about character transfers other than "Yes, that's happening." Still great news. I wish I could give more detailed hands-on coverage but, shortly into our round of Graveyard Ops, the power went out at EA's preview event. Swearing ensued. I think an Xbox One even broke. Bummer. I'm curious to see PopCap uncover more layers of the Plants vs. Zombies universe -- it sure has gotten strange since the original lawn defense game debuted six years ago.
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First hands-on at E3 2015
Garden Warfare was astounding. It was a good shooter. It was also a good Plants vs. Zombies title, despite being a shooter. It had loads of free DLC. The game wasn't perfect, but I was hooked -- first on Xbox 3...

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Super Brains

First look at Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2's new classes


Live gameplay
Jun 15
// Steven Hansen
Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 was confirmed earlier today at the Microsoft conference, but EA had a bit more at its press conference for the surprisingly good shooter. EA showed off live gameplay of its four-player zo...
E3 2015 PvZ GW2 photo
E3 2015 PvZ GW2

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is coming!


YES!
Jun 15
// Jed Whitaker
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 arrives next spring, EA announced at Microsoft's E3 press conference. It will feature new characters and weapons. From watching the trailer it looks like there was a mech, and super hero ad...
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PvZ

Xbox presser set to kick grass and take grains


Something PvZ is happening
Jun 08
// Brett Makedonski
The war between the photosynthesizing and the decomposing looks to rage on later this year. PopCap has something up its sleeve, and it's going to get revealed during Microsoft's E3 Xbox press conference. While this could be ...
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E3 Hypetrain

Plants vs. Zombies fans: Get ready to soil your plants Monday


Says their marketing dudes on Twitter
Jun 06
// Niero Desu
Zombething weed-wackery this way cometh.  There's not a leaf of evidence on the PopCap site or official PvZ twitter account yet, but there appears to be some grassroots marketing afoot. Peep these not-so-subtle twee...
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Garden Warfare

The fantastic Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare gets a permanent price drop


Down to $20
May 20
// Chris Carter
If you haven't picked up Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare yet and even remotely enjoy shooters like Team Fortress, the newly minted $20 price drop is a perfect excuse to take the plunge. That price will be in effect fo...
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Need speed

New Need for Speed coming 2015, Titanfall and Plants vs Zombies 2016


Who needs to be surprised this E3?
May 05
// Steven Hansen
Electronic Arts is adding to its holiday lineup (sports, Battlefront) with a new Need for Speed, according to EA financials. The company decided to chill on yearly Need for Speeds after going from developers Black Box to Crit...
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EA Xbox One sale

Xbox One sale: $10 Titanfall and Garden Warfare, $36 Dragon Age: Inquisition


I'm tempted
Jan 26
// Jordan Devore
It's much easier to stomach Electronic Arts when you're only paying a fraction of the original price, as is the case with these Xbox One deals via Live. Come on, latecomers. This one's for you: Battlefield 4 - $13.20 Battlef...
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EA Access

If you happen to have EA Access, I highly recommend playing Garden Warfare


One again, it's quite good
Oct 15
// Jordan Devore
I keep forgetting about EA Access. Perhaps you can say the same. It's a $4.99-per-month service for Xbox One that gives unlimited access to select games from you-know-who along with other perks like early demos. One of my fav...
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PvZ Garden Warfare DLC

Free update for Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare adds tweaked classes, tacos


Do you want to taco 'bout it?
Sep 29
// Darren Nakamura
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare has already done right by its users by providing good post-launch support via free downloadable content, and it is continuing on that path with tomorrow's Legends of the Lawn update. The DLC...
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PopCap boss leaves EA

PopCap's last remaining co-founder leaves EA


John Vechey to work for environmental non-profit Grist
Sep 07
// Kyle MacGregor
PopCap boss John Vechey is parting ways with the studio he helped build nearly 15 years ago. In Vechey's farewell address, he reveals plans to "give something back for awhile until [he figures] out what's next." That inv...
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#Cheetos

Wear the carcass of Chester Cheetah in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare


Cheetos is really doing this
Aug 19
// Jordan Devore
I was prepared to get mildly annoyed at this Cheetos partnership with Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, despite the fact that it's not the first time the game has dabbled in brand-sponsored character variants. (There were ...
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Plants vs. Zombies

Garden Warfare's Suburbination update adds another mode and character


Capture and defend control points
Aug 13
// Jordan Devore
This week's free new update for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare adds Suburbination mode, a capture-and-defend game type in the same vein as Battlefield's Conquest and Call of Duty's Domination. Gardens & Graveyards is...
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Garden Warfare

Play Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare in bed with Remote Play


1080p, 60 frames per second on PS4
Jul 29
// Jordan Devore
I played a ton of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare on Xbox 360, and now I'm getting into it again on PC. Still super fun and arguably one of the best shooters of the past few years. On August 19, the game comes to PlayStat...
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PvZ

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is getting another free DLC


I still can't believe this is published by EA
Jun 30
// Chris Carter
I'm really glad that Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is still chugging along with free DLC. It's a truly great shooter that was pretty risky for a developer like PopCap, but since EA keeps greenlighting new content i...
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Plants vs. Zombies

PC players will get this new Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare map first


Jewel Junction
Jun 20
// Jordan Devore
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare comes to PC on Tuesday and if you ignored everything Chris and I said about the Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions of the multiplayer shooter, hear this: it's really good. This video showcases ...
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K'nex

K'Nex drops their Plants vs. Zombies line this week


Based on PvZ 2
Jun 18
// Chris Carter
Plants vs. Zombies has come a long way from a humble indie PC game, to a series that's owned by EA with multiple games. K'Nex is getting in on the action as well, and has announced their newest playsets, complete with pl...
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News that's good to the last drop
There's a hot drizzle of news leading up to E3, and Max is here to suck it down and spit it back at you! A sequel to Homefront is actually happening, for some reason. Ed Boon officiates the new MK as Mortal Kombat X (as in E...

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Plants vs. Zombies

Pick up Plants vs. Zombies for free on Origin


Zombie ga yatte kita!
May 08
// Brittany Vincent
If you're looking for a reason to see the bright side about using Origin, you can pick up Plants vs. Zombies: Game of the Year Edition there currently for the low, low price of free. I realize that doesn't exactly make up for...
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EA looking to stream games direct to Comcast customers


Get titles like Madden and Fifa from your cable provider
May 02
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Electronic Arts could soon be offering their games directly to Comcast subscribers, according to a report from Reuters. The two companies have been in talks, and after two years of testing it seems the deal is close to an agr...
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Garden Warfare

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare microtransactions incoming


And that's okay, actually
Apr 28
// Jordan Devore
This week, PopCap will add microtransactions to Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. We knew the day would come and, you know what? It's not a big deal. For those of you not playing this wacky third-person shooter (you're miss...
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Plants vs. Zombies

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare adds free Zomboss Down DLC


Dibs on Sun Pharaoh
Apr 15
// Jordan Devore
I'm not sure which alternate dimension Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare came from or how it got here but PopCap's wacky third-person shooter has been a pleasant surprise. Against all odds, the game keeps on giving: another...
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Plants vs. Zombies

Plants vs. Zombies 2's 'Far Future' update hits today


New characters on both sides
Mar 26
// Jordan Devore
PopCap is releasing an update for Plants vs. Zombies 2 on iOS and Android today which adds a bunch of futuristic-looking plants and zombies as well as a new world map. Yes, there are lasers. EA has run through a few of the ad...
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Plants vs. Zombies

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare's DLC is off to a great start


EA is giving out free DLC without microtransactions?
Mar 19
// Chris Carter
I really enjoyed Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, which was a pleasant surprise amidst a sea of "me too" shooters. I enjoyed it so much in fact that I still play it, and I find myself spending more time with it l...
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Plants vs. Zombies

PvZ: Garden Warfare is getting substantial new DLC and it's free


A new mode, map, and ability upgrades
Mar 17
// Jordan Devore
I've been pleasantly surprised by the way Electronic Arts and PopCap have handled Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. First, the game itself is loads of fun -- the foundation is solid. But more than that, they don't have paid...
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PvZ: Garden Warfare

Impressions: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (Xbox 360)


A downgrade, but still absolutely worth playing
Mar 08
// Jordan Devore
It's as if we slipped into some alternate dimension. The long-awaited Plants vs. Zombies 2 went straight to mobile, passing over PC fans, and while it wasn't bad -- not at all -- I sure lost interest. Instead, it's PopCap's t...

Very Quick Tips: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

Feb 25 // Chris Carter
General tips: Always follow the challenges for each class, or at the very least, keep them in the back of your mind. They're key to unlocking new abilities at the start, or helpful modififcations as time goes on. Even after you earn your core three powers, they're still worth doing. In terms of choosing what card packs to open, the 10,000 coin packs are a safe bet. Not only do they deliver a number of backups from the 1,000 pack, but they generally help you work towards new characters, and with the right skills, you can buy a 10,000 pack every three games or so. If you want a "safe" choice to start, I recommend the Pea Shooter or the Soldier Zombie. They're very easy to learn because all of their abilities are basically "shoot stuff." Both of them also have the ability to leap high into the air, allowing you to escape tough battles or get a vantage point. If you're hunkering down with the Pea Shooter's gatling gun ability, keep in mind that you can cancel it with a quick tap of the "B" button. You'll want to cancel it more often than not, because players will instantly recognize the sound and unleash heavy hitting artillery in your direction. You have the ability to switch classes mid-match, and depending on your team's composition, you may want to do this. For example, online players will often think the Chomper plant is overpowered because of it's one-hit stealth kill, and mass them. The problem with this strategy is that zombies can easily counter it by going to high ground, and picking off Chompers one by one. Take the initiative by changing to a ranged class, like a Cactus, and taking out the snipers -- shifting the meta-game entirely. Likewise, don't forget that you can change your character to the "Boss Mode" feature, which allows you to heal teammates or drop bombs from the sky. Use it once per match but don't stay in it too long -- ground support is much more tide-turning. The Chomper is probably one of the most unique classes in any modern shooter, and as such, it's hard to use. Always try to stick to moving in-between cover as you're a sitting duck at a range, and don't be afraid to use your digging power even if you aren't being shot. Stealth is key for any Chomper's success, but you will need backup -- so don't go into an area swarming with enemies at every turn. Scientists are very similar to the Chomper in that they need to get close to deal major damage. Stay mostly out of sight and teleport past open spaces to confuse your opponents, or use it to close a gap. Since your healing power is an AOE, stick to groups of at least two or three teammates. Don't be afraid of choosing the Flower -- even though it's technically a healing class, it can still deal a respectable amount of damage. Also, feel free to use your RB plant power to heal yourself from time to time -- you don't always need to use it for your team. Use your mines and tall-nuts often as a Cactus. I've noticed that a lot of players online will only use them sparingly when enemies are close, but they will respawn in time even if you just lay them down anywhere. You can't really "waste" them.
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Plant the seeds of victory
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a pretty unconventional shooter -- and that's partially why I liked it. Instead of your typical cookie-cutter classes there are choices like killer potted plants and teleporting scientist zombies, so things can get a little complicated once you're learning the ropes. Here are some quick tips to help you get acclimated to the world of Garden Warfare.


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