Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is a silly game. The kind of silly that is usually interrupted by an English colonel with the stiffest of upper lips that demands that you stop your nonsense and go get a haircut. And that’s a good thing. There’s a certain style of silly that has given birth to some of the greatest pop media of our time. The kind of silly that birthed an entire trilogy of Naked Gun movies, Tenacious D albums and MAD Magazine.
Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is exactly that kind of goofy, a gleefully frivolous game that never takes itself seriously and revels in the idea of undead hordes matching their necrotic might against a Paul McCartney wet dream of plants running the show. But if you look further than that, you’ll find one of the very best and polished shooters around that can easily give bigger name franchises a massive run for its money.
It’s a simple enough setup to get started with. Dr Zomboss’ zombie horde has managed to annex a sizeable portion of Suburbia, turning it into a forsaken wasteland of eternal darkness, which is almost as bad as finding yourself stuck in Bloemfontein. There’s a demilitarized zone that the Kim Jong Un dynasty would appreciate, dividing the strongholds of the Plant and Zombie forces.
And that’s where the first big addition to Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 shines. It’s this Backyard Battleground that you’ll find yourself spending a sizable chunk of time in, a hub world crawling with treasures, enemies and quests. It’s beautifully colourful and populated by piss-taking riffs on everything from the Terminator franchise to a high noon showdown with entire armies of plant and coffin matter that continually ups the ante.
Amidst the chests and enemies, it’s here where you’ll also find a net take on King of The Hill, as the center of Suburbia is home to biggest of battles that get increasingly difficult with each and every wave hurled at you. But it’s as a multiplayer shooter where Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 makes its stand. And it’s absolutely superb.
Each army is staffed by various classes. Cacti sharpshooters can launch an Onion drone into the sky to scout the environment, Peashooters pump out heavy damage barrages while rooting themselves to the ground for rapid-fire assaults while Sunflowers function as particularly deadly mobile medics. The Zombie army also boasts its own wacky line-up of surprisingly agile Imps who can call down a mech suit which could go toe to toe with the Kaiju from Pacific Rim if they wanted to.