Garden Warfare: Shooter Just Got Crazier
As you guys know, Jed, Mike, and James are the ones doing the Coop Commentary. But as a guest blogger, I’d like to share my experience on one of the best coop games for the PS4. I’ll still keep up with the tradition of simply giving you a glimpse of the gameplay instead of a definitive review. -Irene of GirlyGeek.PH
What we’re playing: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Irene (haniku17): Sunflower
Carl (Ramza27): Pea Shooter
Carl and I have a long history with Plants vs. Zombies. When the first PvZ came out on the PC, we spent dozens and dozens of hours playing and tending the Zen Garden. We often asked for a VTO (Voluntary Time Out) at work just so we could go home and protect our lawn. So, playing PvZ: Garden Warfare is nostalgic for us. It’s like seeing the plants grow from simple rooted plants to mobile, dangerous killing machines. As PvZ fans, we love how Garden Warfare turned out. The skills and the gameplay may be different, but the fun and whimsy are still the same. Just like its predecessor, it is highly addictive. Prepare to spend your weekend off and every free time you have playing this game.
Despite its cartoony characters and animation, PVZ Garden Warfare feels a lot like a hardcore shooter game. The similarities don’t end on the pun from Modern Warfare. Your character might be a Sunflower with healing beams, but its main attack is similar to firing a sub-machine gun. The Cactus’s main attack feels a lot like an assault rifle. As you play, you’ll be reminded of the shooter games you played in the past, but at the same time the graphics and some aspects of the gameplay feel totally different.
I chose Sunflower as my main character not just because she is now a classic icon for PvZ but also because of her abilities. With her Heal Beam, I can make sure that my teammates stay alive. With her Sun Beam, I can easily knock powerful foes out. The Sunflower also is the most agile plant. She walks fast and can revive a teammate a lot quicker.
While Sunflower balances both defensive and offensive skills, it has the lowest health. Most plants have 125 life while the Sunflower only has 100. It’s kind of ironic that I keep Carl’s plant alive while I die several times. Luckily, Sunflower can also produce a Heal Flower that can heal any plant near it. Cool down time, however, is quite slow. I have to make sure that I use it at the right time and at the right place.
Often times, regardless of what the game is, I always choose a long-range character with healing skills. I think I have the instinct to protect teammates when playing a multiplayer game. That’s why the Sunflower is a character that speaks to me. I like hopping around with my leafy feet and checking if there are potted plants that need healing.
Another thing that I love the most about PVZ: Garden Warfare is the ability to customize the characters. There are so many whimsical accessories and skins! I actually spend a lot of time finding the right head and eye gear. Do I want my Sunflower to look like a crazy scientist, or a hippie? I tell ya it’s hard being a sunflower.
There are many characters to choose from depending on your gaming style. In order to last long and defeat waves of zombies, you need to work efficiently with teammates. Carl and I often use the Sunflower and Pea Shooter combo. He does the offensive while I’m on the defensive. The Pea Shooter can plant itself on the ground and become a Gatling gun. Immobile but immensely powerful. I, on the other hand, can make potted plants last longer by using Sunflower’s magic healing powers. With this combo, we were able to survive up to 19 waves. We’re still working on beating our own limit. There are still plenty of variants for each class to unlock. Fire Flower, for example, is a variant of the Sunflower. It is rumored that the Sunflower dated Fire Pea. ;)
If you like to play online or splitscreen coop with your friends, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is without a doubt one of the best games that you should add to your growing PS4 library. It has all the crazy and the fun in the right places.