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A Third Person Shooter with a Plants VZ Zombies Theme
on June 26, 2014
This game is a brightly colored class based (online only) third person shooter. While there is cartoon violence, it's done as tastefully as one can create cartoon zombies with guns, plants with guns, zombie eating plants, and the rest of the cast of this game.
The game is an addictive and fun game! The game gives "bonuses" in a point structure to encourage players to use their points to unlock "cards" which have special abilities, player outfits, and more. During the game, the player is given leveling goals to which they must do certain objectives in order to level up. These goals are things like "Score 25 hits with your main weapon", "Destroy three Peashooters from a higher position", and many more. These goals encourage a simple reward system to unlock special abilities and skills to further game play and keep the player involved.
While the majority of the game is "third person" or the perspective of a camera following the player, there is also a "Boss Mode" which allows one player on each team to be the strategic support lead for the team. If you choose this, you will see the map in an overhead 2D view and be able to provide supply and airstrikes on your chosen locations at key times in the game. A good boss can turn the tide of the game, but this option is not for everyone and the gameplay feels very different than the "shoot 'em up" this game is at heart.
If you're an adult/teen and have played Team Fortress 2, Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, and other games like these you will love this.
Lots of young kids are playing this game too...
FOR PARENTS: It's important to realize that the microphone current defaults to "ON" when you play online, and ALL games are online. With this, not all players are children! Depending on their interactions I've already heard both adults and kids use expletives and vulgar language...that being said, you CAN mute online players each time you start a game, and I recommend doing so! HOWEVER, if a new player joins in they will NOT be muted.
PROBLEM: Sadly, the developers did NOT put in a "no voice communication" type of switch in the options or have the "MUTE ALL" option remain active when a new player joins. For this major flaw, they lose one big star in my review! Some players may not want to hear a new player join a game in which they had previously muted everyone it, just to suddenly hear a new player join and start using profanity. It's just not "safe" for kids.
I think any casual gamer will enjoy this game. It can provide some in depth tactics and team play if desired. This game will receive a lot of negative reviews from parents who preordered the game based only on the PvZ name, and did not pay attention to any screenshots or in game footage. It does rightfully deserve a lower score for not being kid friendly though!
I highly recommend that you look at some clips on Youtube or something to see how the game appears and looks while you are playing it since it's very different from the other Plants VS Zombies games.