Last year’s Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare was a pleasant surprise. Popcap changed up the PvZ gameplay significantly, but took a concept that should’ve failed in theory, but wound up being fantastic and delivered a top-notch shooter experience. Garden Warfare managed to bring FPS gameplay to the masses without violence — making it very accessible to families. A lot of new character types have been added, and you can now fly arounds stages or even dual-wield depending on what character type you’re using. Zombies have taken over and turned the world from the first game into Zomburbia.
There’s a new 24 player multiplayer mode with the plants trying to take the world back. Graveyard Ops brings back the PvZ war, but changes the scale with weeds coming through the world, so the weeds can destroy things. Mid-stage slot machines can either reward you, or result in gigantic boss battles. Unlockables from the first game are coming back here. Any character unlocked in Garden Warfare can be unlocked in the sequel right away, or you can choose to just regain them again. Variants will be around for existing types, but you’ll have 100 total character types to play as now.
Captain Deadbeard is the long-range specialist of the plants, while the zombies can get into mechs and stomp on the plants. Deadbeard has a long-range sniper rifle, and he can send a parrot out to attack or even hide in a barrel for a bit if needed. A superhero character has been added, and a bounty hunter orange from the future is here now too. Colonel Corn is here to help, and should give run and gunners something to enjoy. Rose is a time traveler out to help the plants, because she can’t imagine a world of just zombies. Garden Warfare 2 doesn’t have a set release date, but is set for a 2016 release and should be an excellent pickup for anyone who enjoyed the original game.