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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

9:30 AM on 02.14.2014

Garden Warfare live-action trailer has a porpoise

Every time I think that Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare can't possibly do anything else to leave me speechless, it goes and does just that. Maybe I should've dropped the expectation of any semblance of rationale the v...

Brett Makedonski



Preview: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare photo
Preview: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
by Alessandro Fillari

How weird was it seeing that reveal trailer for Plant vs Zombies: Garden Warfare at last year's E3? Plants vs Zombies was known for its focus on strategy and quirky humor, so it was a pretty surprising move for the developers at PopCap Games to bring such an interesting twist to their hugely popular franchise. As a fan of the series, I was mostly curious to see how it would translate from a tower defense style game to an online focused shooter.

But strangely enough, the transition worked out surprisingly well. And then some. Using the Frostbite 3 engine, PopCap Games took a chance and made its first foray into 3D, bringing along many of its characters from the series. EA invited some the press out to try a new build of the class-based shooter Garden Warfare and it turns out it's still just as strategic as ever.

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8:30 PM on 01.21.2014

Here's 30 more seconds of PvZ: Garden Warfare

PopCap's released a new video for its upcoming third-person shooter take on the much loved tower-defense franchise, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. It's short, and really only exists to let everyone know that they can no...

Harry Monogenis

5:15 PM on 01.16.2014

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare pushed back one week

Electronic Arts has moved back the scheduled release of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, the third-person base shooter take on the beloved franchise. Previously scheduled for February 18, the game will now release one wee...

Conrad Zimmerman

9:00 PM on 01.03.2014

PopCap CEO retiring, studio co-founder taking over

As of January 8, PopCap CEO Dave Roberts, who joined the studio nine years ago, will be stepping down. Replacing him in the head role is John Vechey, one of the studio's original co-founders. The only remaining one, in fact, ...

Steven Hansen

1:30 PM on 12.23.2013

Plants vs. Zombies 2 celebrates Feastivus this week

Ever since getting partway through its final world, I've been ignoring Plants vs. Zombies 2 -- but Plants vs. Zombies 2 has not been ignoring me. Those push notifications haven't compelled me to return yet, though PopCap's p...

Jordan Devore

1:45 PM on 12.10.2013

Peggle 2 is getting head-to-head Duel mode for free

While it was disappointing to hear that Peggle 2's multiplayer is online only, the real tragedy here is that the game is currently an Xbox One exclusive. A future update will mark the return of Peggle's Duel mode and, thankfu...

Jordan Devore



Review: Peggle 2 photo
Review: Peggle 2
by Chris Carter

The original Peggle came out of nowhere. It took a simple concept of peg-based brick-breaking that had been a staple of gaming basically since the beginning, and added a unique cartoon sheen that gave it a ton of character. While many gamers were quick to claim that it was mostly luck based, hundreds of precision skill-shot videos proved them dead wrong, as Peggle is most definitely a deep game.

Therein lies its core charm. Anyone can pick it up and have fun, but if you take the time, you can guide balls through pegs better than Neo in The Matrix. Peggle 2 doesn't change a whole lot from that same basic winning formula, and that's fine with me.

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