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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Not surprised about its announcement, but highly surprised that they took the route they did with a 1st-person shooter, horde multi-player style. Nice fake-out for the reveal though.
Needs Ps4 release!!! Guess Ill just get it for 360...
This game looked creative and looked absolutely AMAZING with Frostbite 3!
Reminds me of GoW's Horde mode. I'll have to get this for the 360. It looks pretty fun.
I think this one is a timed exclusive just like the witness on PS4
This game has better graphics than some triple-A titles I've played.
This is totally fake! They showed this to make fun of military shooters and next-gen graphics, right? I think they were just making a huge joke, or at least I hope
I wasn't too sure about this when I heard it was a shooter, but after seeing it I am REALLY interested. Hoping it wont take long for a PS3 or 4 version to release.
I cant wait to play this, I didn't like PVZ on ps3 (don't know why) but when I put it on my vita I like it
This was the best thing at the XB1 conference in my opinion.
I hope the 360 Edition isn't too dumbed down.
Please let this be on ps4 I need my PvZ fix. Free tablet games don't interest me so I won't be getting its about times.
This looks so much fun!
At first I laughed this game off, but the more i hear about this thee better it might maybe possibly be?