Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Multiplayer Review

About Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

Zombies have infiltrated your plant utopia, and it’s time to take them out. Fight back with a friend playing this third-person shooter that allows you to play as either plants or zombies.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 allows you to band together with another player in split-screen and play a variety of activities.

Though the game’s main campaign is single-player only, there are more than 10 fun activities that can be played in local and online multiplayer modes.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Multiplayer

The main campaign in Plants vs. Zombies is single-player only. However, there are nearly a dozen multiplayer modes, enough to make the game feel entirely multiplayer. While you can't enjoy the main campaign with friends, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the game with others.

Local Multiplayer: Up to 2 players, split-screen

Online Multiplayer: Up to 24 players

Systems: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows

Genre: Tower Defense, Third-Person Shooter

Review of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

In Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, you join up with either one or 23 of your friends to take down massive waves of enemies. You're equipped with a gun and a wide range of other special abilities, and you can expand your abilities over time by leveling up. Play as either plants battling zombies or zombies battling plants, and fight to keep your opponents from invading your utopia.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 can be either exciting or relaxing, depending on what mode you’re playing. If you want to relax after a long day of work, hang out while still leveling your character up in Backyard Battleground. If you want to get your adrenaline pumping, fight back against 10 waves of enemies in Garden Ops.

Garden Warfare 2 is a great game to play with kids. Though it’s a shooter, it’s not a graphically violent game, and many of the modes are easy enough for kids who haven’t yet perfected the art of gaming. In Backyard Battleground, there's no true mission, so kids can level their characters up without having to fulfill objectives. Plus, the characters are really cute, and the occasional dialogue is silly and will make your kids laugh.

The one major downside to playing the game as a family is that everyone must have their own Xbox Live Gold/PlayStation Plus account to save their progress. While it's possible to play the game with local profiles, none of the progress is saved to offline accounts. For this reason, Garden Warfare 2 is a better game for families with multiple Gold/Plus accounts.

And while there are plenty of multiplayer modes to play in the game, it’s a little disappointing that the main campaign is single-player only. It would have been a lot of fun to play the campaign in co-op.

Finally, unless you have a huge television, it is really difficult to see what’s happening in split-screen. While you can make out the characters and enemies well enough to play, any words or instructions on the screen are almost impossible to read.

Though Garden Warfare 2 isn't all roses, it's still a great game to add to your collection. The downsides of the game are easily overlooked when engaged in the thrill of winning a battle to maintain your territory.