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What new ideas the game brings to the table and how well old ideas are presented.
How good a game looks, taking into account any flaws such as bad collision or pop-up.
Does the game’s music and sound effects get you involved or do they make you resolve to always play with the volume down?
Basically, the controller to human interface. The less you think about the hunk of plastic in your hands, the better the playability.
Flat out, just how fun the game is to play. The most important factor in rating a game.
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.
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
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.