Those with EA Access are currently sampling Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2’s delights, via the ten hour trial version. Critics, of course, were let loose with EA’s garden gang even earlier – the embargo lifted on Thursday, exactly a week ahead of the EU launch.
It’s always a good sign when a publisher allows press to publish reviews several days ahead of release. ‘Lo and behold – Garden Warfare 2 has been gaining scores higher than the tallest of sunflowers. By which we mean a steady string of 8s and 9s.
It also recieved top marks from Twinfinite. “The studio has taken the great foundation laid out by the previous game and built something magnificent upon it” they said.
Here are some other words of praise:
9/10 – ZTGD: “The Garden Warfare franchise started off as a pleasant surprise, and the sequel improved upon almost every issue I had with the first game”
9.0 – Worth Playing: “Though there are still some heavy hitters in the multiplayer space this year, don’t be surprised if GW2 has the most staying power”
9/10 – Destructoid: “Garden Warfare 2 immediately steps on the shoulders of the strong foundation the original built. It keeps everything people loved about the first, and expands upon concepts that needed to be addressed”
8.5 – Post Arcade: “It’s bigger, better, and more robust than many would have expected while maintaining the series’ wonderfully silly spirit”
4/5 – Examiner: “Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 has a massive amount of rich, entertaining and wacky content for players to enjoy. I know I’ll be spending another 30 hours on Garden Ops alone, but EA has managed to bring some interesting, new ingredients that help make this series as fun and addicting as it was the first time around”
4/5 – GamesRadar: “Whether you’re on a detox from simulated man-murder, or simply seeking to sink into a fug of XP-fuelled dopamine hits, there’s a lot of fun to be had”
4/5 – US Gamer: “At its core, the game is still hugely fun to play, and it remains open and accessible to gamers of all skill levels. It’s just that the new content feels somewhat lean”
7.5 – EGM: “Garden Warfare 2 is a simple and approachable team-based shooter that may be lacking on game types, but isn’t lacking in content. There are plenty of reasons to stay in Zomburbia once you sink your teeth in”
7/10 – GameSpot: “With more generous pacing and worthwhile single-player content, Garden Warfare 2 would have been a truly outstanding game, but even without those things, it’s a robust shooter with an astounding level of mechanical diversity that all but guarantees you’ll encounter something new every round you play”
6.0 – Arcade Sushi: “If you were hoping Garden Warfare 2 would offer a different kind of multiplayer shooter experience, you won’t find much here outside of a couple of hours of fun and whole lot of repetitive gameplay”