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Plants vs. Zombies Review: Xbox 360 Version Provides Lawn Defense For Two

In just over a year, Plants vs. Zombies has sprouted across multiple platforms, further establishing PopCap as a household name post-Bejeweled. Whether on PC, handheld, or mobile platforms, each installment oozes with PopCap's signature charm and polish, and the most recent 360 version is no different. To further enhance an already solid and addictive offering, PopCap has included engaging cooperative and multiplayer modes to keep things fresh.

In case you've been living under a Wall-Nut, Plants vs. Zombies requires you to defend your home (and your brain) from a zombie invasion using a variety of plant life to keep the hordes at bay. This time around, however, a second player can join in for the main adventure's 50 levels. Each player selects and places plants independently, but having an extra set of eyes becomes helpful during later levels when zombie hordes are seemingly endless. You'll also find separate co-op levels outside of adventure mode that gives each player four slots to choose plants. Sunlight needed to set up your defense isn't shared, however, so what begins as a harmonious team effort can quickly turn into a shouting match for hogging all the energy or misplacing a plant -- and that's all part of the fun.

Versus mode puts one player in control of the plants, with the other commanding the advancing zombie horde. The plants are no different than in adventure mode, but as zombies you're tasked with protecting your army from opposing plant projectiles with properly placed tombstones while driving zombies toward the plants' home. The inclusion of multiplayer and cooperative modes to the franchise is a welcome addition, and the seamless execution of familiar gameplay mechanics when exploring new soil with a second player makes these modes feel like they have been part of the beloved game from the start.

If the new control layout on the 360 is of concern, don't sweat it. PopCap has continually done a fantastic job translating the control scheme across platforms (from computers to touch screens) and the 360 controller is no exception. While navigating the grid with the left stick is probably the least tight among platforms, it takes no time at all to adjust to the new scheme making it just as easy for veterans and newbies alike to get the gameplay down.

If you have yet to pick up Plants vs. Zombies or want to once again engage in zombie stomping (or brain munching) action with a friend, the XBLA version (or the physical 360 copy bundled with Peggle and Zuma) is a worthy addition to your library.

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  • 9.50
    Awesome Game, play on just about anything
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  • 9.25
    With childish graphics and the cute music, you get to fight zombies a whole new way. Most of the time, you will see those zombie killing games rated M because of all the blood, gore, and swears. Though, this is a whole new way to kill zombies. Plants taking up there war helmets and defending the house...
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  • 9.25
    Not many platformers out there really last long. This is not one of those games. Plants vs. zombies is the classic tower defense genre, and they nail it just right. Almost every level results in new zombies, plants, powers, enemy types, enviroment, and the list just goes on. If you have any console and...
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  • 9.25
    This game is awesome I originally dismissed it as another one of those stupid waste of time games but when I tired it out I relized that there was more to it than just plants and zombies but that it was actually a statagey game. Now that it's on the X-box and it has multiplayer that just adds to...
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  • 8.25
    Great game but got tired of it soon pretty corny music got stuck in my head
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  • 9.50
    When Plants vs. Zombies was originally released on PC, I tossed it to the side as another PopCap game that would be a good way to kill some time, but ultimately fall short in terms of replay value. Then I played it. Not only did I get it for PC, but also my iPod and now my 360. For those who have never...
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