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Garden Warfare 2

These are the loyalty rewards for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2


Based on your Garden Warfare 1 rank
Jan 21
// Jordan Devore
When you first play the final version of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (how'd you like the beta?), you're going to want to look out for the mailbox in the hub world -- that's where you can import your characters and pr...
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Garden Warfare 2

The Garden Warfare 2 open beta starts today


January 14 - 18 on Xbox One and PS4
Jan 14
// Jordan Devore
The Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 beta begins today. If you have an Xbox One or PlayStation 4, just head to your respective storefront and download away. It should be live in most if not all regions by this afternoon. ...
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Plants vs. Zombies

Garden Warfare 2 has a full-on hub world


This is going to be such a time sink
Dec 18
// Jordan Devore
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 looks far more fleshed out than I had originally expected it to be. If all you care about is competitive multiplayer (which was super good in the original!), you'll still be able to melt h...
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Plants vs. Zombies

EA is handing out free Garden Warfare coins


Just log in for 80,000 coins
Nov 23
// Jordan Devore
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare was one of my most-played games last year. What a fun shooter! I won't get back into it, but I don't see the harm in opening a few card packs. As a celebration for passing the eight-million-...

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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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Origin freebie

Log into Origin again for free Zuma's Revenge


Zen gaming
Jul 09
// Jordan Devore
Origin's last few On the House offers haven't done much for me, but this? I like this! Zuma is one of life's simple pleasures. That, and -- don't judge! -- Feeding Frenzy. For a limited time, Origin users can download the seq...
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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 ...

Review: Peggle Blast

Dec 06 // Chris Carter
Peggle Blast (Android, iOS [reviewed])Developer: PopCapPublisher: Electronic ArtsReleased: December 2, 2014MSRP: Free (with in-app purchases) As expected, this is Peggle in mobile form. Swipe to aim and tap to shoot. It's all very accurate and intuitive. Just like the past games in the series it's a modified version of Pachinko, guiding balls to clear out orange pegs and gaining tons of points in the process. Bank shots, combo shots, and precision aiming are still key mechanics, and I still haven't gotten bored of the formula nearly eight years after the launch of the first title. It's fun at first in the tutorial zone, where the game tricks you into thinking it's fair. Then the bullshit starts to come into play. For starters, the developers have added "fire" to the mix. If a ball hits fire in select levels, it is lost. Of course, balls are limited just like the other games, but now you'll have to pay if you lose them all and want to keep playing. Yep, strike one is an energy mechanic. This is not only sleazy due to the erratic and unpredictable nature of Peggle, where a ball could fly into any corner at any given time no matter how good the player's aim is, but it also defeats the feel-good, positive nature of the series. When a ball fell into a pit after hitting no pegs in the past, it felt like the player's fault, and with the "free ball" bucket mechanic, there was always hope that a bad shot would become a good play. With balls just fizzling up in flames before they can hit the bucket, that's all gone -- better have that wallet ready. Lives take half an hour to regenerate, or of course, cold hard cash will do the trick. Lots of other things can take away lives too, like "phoenix eggs," which need to be hit multiple times to hatch, lest they randomly fall and cost a precious life. Why do these mechanics even exist? [embed]284665:56561:0[/embed] You better still have that wallet out when you access a new set of levels, because you need to wait six hours before playing them, unless you recruit sleaze your Facebook friends for instant access. Oh, and did I mention the power-ups, which are constantly thrown at you and are custom-tailored to certain difficult levels? Or the fact that the game attempts to sell them to you when you're about to lose? It's a shame, because I really want to move on and see some of those new adorable Peggle Masters that were added, but this is too much to handle. Just look at the potential in-app purchase list on this iTunes page. EA literally has Peggle on mobile devices right now with a model where you purchase the entire game. Why in the five hells of Cthulhu are they monetizing a franchise that has already seen a massive amount of success on the platform? Look EA, if you want to make the next Candy Crush, I get it, but don't use the Peggle franchise to chase that dragon. I've reviewed over a hundred mobile games since the iOS market caught on, and I've seen it all. I've seen games with microtransactions, energy systems and more, and a lot of those titles were actually pretty reasonable and fun to play in spurts. Peggle Blast however is a complete 180 from what the franchise once was, and the entire philosophy that PopCap created does not fit this model in any way, shape, or form. It would be a lot easier to swallow if there was what I call a "buy-out" option, which lets you essentially purchase the entire game for a fee, eliminating all of this nonsense. But you cant, because the experience is custom-tailored around the worst kind of microtransactions. I don't think this can be saved. EA needs to stop this bullshit with their mobile line, because they've had a pretty decent thing going on recently with games like Dragon Age: Inquisition and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. Ruining all of the goodwill that Popcap has built up over the years is a damn shame. EA is doing some things right in the current climate, but the publisher has consistently shown us that it cannot move forward without taking multiple steps back. [This review is based on a retail build of the game purchased by the reviewer.]
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Bjorn, what have they done to you
My criteria for enjoying a game with microtransactions is simple -- am I having fun, and can I consistently have fun without feeling like I need to pay out? Unlike some people who hate microtransactions on sheer principl...

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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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Freebies

Kill time with Bejeweled 3 now that it's free on Origin


Or kill time by commenting about your feelings on Origin
Sep 17
// Jordan Devore
It may not carry the same weight as past "On the House" offerings like Dead Space or Battlefield 3, but the latest freebie from Origin, Bejeweled 3, is a great game in its own right. The popular match-three puzzler is free to...
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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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Peggle 2

Finally! Peggle 2 is coming to PlayStation 4


Peggle me this, Batman
Aug 30
// Brittany Vincent
PopCap Games has announced that Peggle 2 is coming to the PlayStation 4 on October 14. The game will include Peggle Masters from the original game as well as the Xbox One version that launched May 7. Just as in the original, ...
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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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Peggle

A new Peggle is in development, according to an EA earnings call


Captain Obvious.jpg
Jul 23
// Chris Carter
Like it was ever any question that PopCap was planning the development of a new Peggle game, but just in case you doubted the future of the series, it's happening. According to a first quarter earnings call for EA, PopCa...
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Peggle 2 DLC

Peggle 2's Jimmy Lightning is less exciting than the first DLC


Not a fan of his redesign either
Jun 25
// Chris Carter
Peggle 2 is one of those games that's good to just pick up and play every so often, and whenever a new character drops, I get the itch to play again. This time the newcomer isn't an original character like Windy the Fai...
Peggle 2 DLC photo
Peggle 2 DLC

Peggle 2 adds Jimmy the gopher, dubstep


'The audio team went dubstep crazy'
Jun 24
// Brett Makedonski
Classic Peggle Master Jimmy Lightning makes a return to zany peg-clearing action in Peggle 2 today, but he's doing so with a new style about him. Since we last saw Jimmy, he got really into dubstep. I'm not kidding...
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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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Apple announces Metal to bring console-quality graphics to iOS


Dramatically reduced overhead
Jun 02
// Dale North
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...
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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare comes to PS3 and PS4 this summer


Also, Remote Play support for Vita
May 29
// Dale North
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...
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Peggle 2 is now out for Xbox 360


Extreme Fever!
May 07
// Dale North
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...
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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: Garden Warfare launches June 24 on PC


Europe: June 27
Apr 28
// Dale North
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 ...
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Peggle 2 DLC

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


It's $2
Apr 23
// Chris Carter
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...
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Peggle 2

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


Are birds fairies now?
Apr 22
// Brittany Vincent
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....
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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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