Parents need to know that Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Complete Edition is a third-person shooter for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs with constant cartoon combat. This is the latest chapter in the popular Plants vs. Zombies franchise, which has covered games, apps, toys, and more. The range of attacks is broad -- the plants shoot seeds from gun-like mouths and chomp with giant jawed bulbs, while the zombies shoot lasers and detonate bundles of dynamite -- but the fighting, though fast-paced and frenetic, never involves blood or gore. Defeated enemies simply fall to the ground and disappear. Players' plant and zombie avatars have intense visual style and animations, but betray no thoughts or emotions beyond an eagerness to fight and destroy each other. Players who work together and cooperate as part of a team are bound to experience more success, and local split-screen multiplayer offers an opportunity for kids in the same room to have a positive social gaming experience. Parents should also be aware that a virtual store (in the PC, PlayStation, and Xbox editions, but not the Switch version) allows players to spend real-world money within the game. The Switch version includes all previoulsy included downloadable content.
If you're looking to take a break from Fortnite and Splatoon 2, but still want to satisfy your appetite for cartoonish third-person shooting, this game might be the answer. Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Complete Edition doesn't offer a battle royale mode or any paint sloshing antics, but it's bursting with personality. From its colorful characters -- like the new disco roller skating Electric Slide zombies and the flame-spewing Snapdragon plants -- to its carefully constructed multiplayer maps and free-to-roam environments, which are full of text quips and goofy details sure to cause a giggle or two, there's little doubt that the pun-loving people at Popcap had fun putting this one together -- or that most players will enjoy searching out all of its little secrets and Easter eggs. Players that have the Switch version will also love the ability to take the game with them on the go, making progress offline as well, with gameplay that's just as solid as the other systems.
Learning the skills of the various plants and zombies is daunting at first, but simple controls and abilities make it a breeze to jump into any mode with little to no practice. While you have a plethora of options available from the start, the robust competitive multiplayer suite is the main attraction. My favorite modes return from Garden Warfare 2, like Vanquish Confirmed, offense-versus-defense Turf Takeover, and control-point-based Suburbination. I also love the tense new Battle Arena, where two teams of four duke it out in an elimination mode. In addition to no respawns, when you choose a character at the start of each round, you are unable to choose that specific character again for the rest of the match. These restrictions lead to strategic team compositions and white-knuckled firefights you rarely encounter in other modes.
Battle For Neighborville is all about the large-scale war between the happy-go-lucky living plants and the goofy undead zombies. Much to my surprise, there is a single-player campaign to play through that has some semblance of a plot and quite a bit of comedic dialogue. Well, comedic in the sense that it's supposed to be funny, but aside from a few smirk-inducing lines, it's mostly insufferable. It's all jokes about old 80s fashion and cringe-worthy internet humor like yetis who hoard bling. If I wanted that brand of comedy, I'd peruse a few dozen meme posts over on Reddit.
For the most part, this campaign feels more like an elongated tutorial for the multiplayer mode. It mostly involves walking up to various silly NPCs, accepting a quest, and then fighting waves of zombies ending with a boss battle. It's a good way to get to know all of the various character classes so you're ready for the multiplayer, but it's not much more than that.
Depending on the mode, players can choose to become plants or zombies. There are multiple kinds of plants and zombies available to choose from (including some that can be unlocked over time), and each has different abilities for players to try out. Players can also equip each character with a selection of upgrades to match their play style.
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In the endless war between the plants and the zombies, the greatest battle begins. Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville updates the formula from the Garden Warfare series and adds a compelling PvE element and a boatload of the series' signature brand of humor. It has its shortcomings, including some technical hiccups and a convoluted economy, but Battle for Neighborville's wealth of gameplay options add up to a delightful and family-friendly alternative to the likes of Call of Duty and EA's own Battlefield.
Battle for Neighborville's adventure mode sees players tackle a series of missions as either the plants or the zombies in three large maps. The first map has campaigns for both factions, while the other two maps are each exclusive to one faction or the other. Even with the new sprint function, some classes like the Chomper and the Electric Slide are nearly unplayable in this mode since their movement speed is so painfully slow, but it's still a great option for playing around with classes and experimenting with different play styles in a relatively low-stakes combat scenario.
Customize Every Character for BattleJoin the newest bloom in the age-old battle between plants and zombies with 20 fully customizable classes at launch, including a Team Play class for each faction. Bring the unique abilities of each character class to six PvP modes, including the new Battle Arena. 781b155fdc