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2:02 PM on 06.02.2014

Apple announces Metal to bring console-quality graphics to iOS

Apple announced their new technology, called Metal, today during their press conference in San Francisco. Metal reduces the overhead between game and hardware with up to ten times faster draw recall rates for A7-powered Apple...

Dale North

8:00 AM on 05.29.2014

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare comes to PS3 and PS4 this summer

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is already out on Xbox, but it's coming to PlayStation as well, set for release on both PS3 and PS4 this summer, on August 19. The game will have four modes including a 12 vs. 12 compoetitiv...

Dale North

8:30 AM on 05.07.2014

Peggle 2 is now out for Xbox 360

There goes your day. Just one round, you say. And you look up and see that it's 2:30 p.m. and that you've forgotten to eat lunch. Or go to work. Yep. Peggle 2 is out for the Xbox 360. It is probably my most-played Xbox One g...

Dale North





4:30 PM on 04.28.2014

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare microtransactions incoming

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...

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 04.28.2014

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare launches June 24 on PC

Third-person shooter Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is already on Xbox One and Xbox 360, but now it's shuffling over to PC, with a North American launch date set for June 24, and Europe to follow on June 27.  The PC ...

Dale North

2:00 PM on 04.23.2014

Peggle 2's Windy the Fairy DLC is worth the cheap entry fee

Windy the Fairy has crash landed in Peggle 2 as the newest master, and she also happens to be a $2 piece of DLC. It's not just a character pack though, as you'll net 10 new story levels (which can be used in multip...

Chris Carter

6:30 PM on 04.22.2014

Windy the Fairy flutters into Peggle 2 with Windy's Master Pack

I've got a serious Peggle addiction, and I don't think it can be cured. Not even with more cowbell. Peggle 2's about to get even more "masterly" with the addition of Windy the Fairy, the latest bit of DLC to hit the Xbox One....

Brittany Vincent



Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare adds free Zomboss Down DLC photo
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare adds free Zomboss Down DLC
by 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 free DLC pack called Zomboss Down is out today, adding eight new characters and the Cactus Canyon map for Gardens and Graveyards mode.

The character level cap has also been increased to level 30, complete with new challenges to conquer, and there are 200+ customization items for the new cast of plants and zombies. Even though the last DLC release was free, I'm still surprised to see this one follow the same plan and PopCap not overwhelm players with microtransactions. Gosh, what a terrific game.

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2:30 PM on 03.26.2014

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

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...

Jordan Devore

4:00 PM on 03.19.2014

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

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...

Chris Carter



PvZ: Garden Warfare is getting substantial new DLC and it's free photo
PvZ: Garden Warfare is getting substantial new DLC and it's free
by 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 microtransactions yet even though they absolutely could have had those ready for day one, and the game's upcoming DLC is not only free, it's worthwhile.

Detailed today ahead of its March 18, 2014 release on Xbox One and Xbox 360, the Garden Variety Pack offers a new map, Chomp Town, and the eight-on-eight Gnome Bomb mode in which both plants and zombies try to destroy the other team's base.

There are also 24 new character ability upgrades -- three for each of the eight primary classes -- providing some additional (and much-needed) variety. Examples listed include a Super Goop attack for the Chomper which cements zombies, an Ultra Tackle for the All-Star, and a Solar Flare Beam for the way-too-happy Sunflower. Also be on the lookout for Pirate Zombies in the existing Sharkbite Shores and Port Scallywag maps.

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5:00 PM on 03.08.2014

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

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...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 03.07.2014

Peggle, Bejeweled, Bookworm, and more in this PopCap bundle

It's chaos on the Humble Store right now, from the Humble Mobile Bundle 4 to Double Fine's Amnesia Fortnight 2014 to Devolver Digital's bundle for IGF chairman and all-around terrific human being Brandon Boyer. Here's one mor...

Jordan Devore

12:15 PM on 03.04.2014

Peggle 2 ricochets onto Xbox 360 on May 7

Though early adoption of new consoles is something I tend to avoid these days, there is one game that has made me jealous of Xbox One users: Peggle 2. Soon enough, the ball-bouncing lesson in geometry and rainbows will not be...

Darren Nakamura







Review: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare photo
Review: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
by Chris Carter

Plants vs. Zombies has been on one wild ride since PopCap was acquired by Electronic Arts. What started off as a grassroots (hah) series with humble beginnings on the PC has become an exclusive-heavy franchise -- with Plants vs. Zombies 2 originally launching on iOS, and Garden Warfare launching on Xbox platforms and the PC.

In many ways EA has hurt the overall image of PopCap, but there are some benefits to being owned by a major publisher. Most notably, an in-house engine ripe for the taking, and the resources to create one of the most oddball third-person shooters ever made. While it's not everything it could be, Garden Warfare is most definitely a successful experiment.

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5:00 AM on 02.21.2014

Learn botanical battle basics from Garden Warfare video

When you're engaged in war with the likes of plantlife or the animated undead, you can't just rush into the fray. Only a fool would do that. No, you have to study your enemy, and more importantly, know thyself. This gameplay...

Brett Makedonski