The lights are on
PopCap is taking the stars of its tower defense series out
of the backyard and onto the battlefield in a team-oriented multiplayer
PopCap's reveal of Garden Warfare humorously aped EA's
Battlefield series, but the similarities don't end there. While the game has a
fun and cartoony art style that remains true to the series' roots, PopCap is creating a
full-fledged multiplayer experience that includes both co-op and competitive
modes. On the plant side of things, players choose between four classes:
Peashooters (soldier class), Chompers (melee-oriented fighter class), Cacti
(sniper class), and Sunflowers (medic class). PopCap confirms that players can also step
into the stinky shoes of the undead, but isn't elaborating on classes or abilities just yet.
On-the-ground action is a blend of third-person shooting and
tower defense, as players have the ability to purchase potted plants that act
like AI-controlled turrets and lay traps like potato mines. Each class also has
a rooted ability, which performs a more powerful attack, such as the Sunflower's
blazing sunbeam or the Peashooter's gatling gun. The most powerful power-up we saw was a garlic drone, which hovers above the battlefield and can call in corn strikes that erupt in a shower of popcorn.
So far PopCap has only shown off the 4-player co-op mode,
which pits Garden Warfare's cheery vegetation against waves of zombies, but despite the predictable format, the
demo was impressive nonetheless. Not only is PopCap setting up scores of bosses based on
the series' popular characters such as Disco zombie and the towering Gargantuar, but the cartoony visuals are surprisingly striking,
as is the fluidity of the animation. It sounds like PopCap has plenty more
reveals lined up for Garden Warfare, so we look forward to hearing more about
it in the future.
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