XBOX ONE Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2

Last updated date: August 15, 2019

DWYM Score

8.4

XBOX ONE Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2

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We looked at the top Zombie Games and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Zombie Game you should buy.

Editor's Note October 30, 2019:
Checkout The Best Zombie Game for a detailed review of all the top zombie games.

Overall Take


In our analysis of 76 expert reviews, the XBOX ONE XBOX ONE Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The battle for suburbia grows to crazy new heights in Plants vs. Zombies™ Garden Warfare 2! In this hilarious, action-packed shooter, zombie leader Dr. Zomboss has strengthened his horde and rebuilt suburbia as a zombie utopia. But hope remains, because for the first time the plants are taking the offensive in an all-out attack to reclaim their turf. Play as the plants in the all-new 24-player Herbal Assault mode, or choose your side in 4-player co-op or Solo Play! Plants Attack — Bring the fight to the zombies for the first time in franchise history. Go on the offensive as the plants in all-new 24-player Herbal Assault mode, or defend Zomburbia in 4-player zombie co-op in Graveyard Ops. Characters From All Ages — Bring even more strategic depth to this all-out botanical battle with 14 total character classes, and over 100 playable plants and zombies from the past, present, and future. Play Your Way — With over 7 lawn-inspiring game modes, play in crazy 24-player online battles in Herbal Assault or Gardens & Graveyards, choose the plant or zombie side in 4-player co-op, or go solo playing against AI opponents or locally in split-screen co-op across any mode in the game (no Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus required). A Living PvZ World — The struggle for Suburbia has come into full bloom, with 12 maps bursting with personality and humor, Zombossified cityscapes, and crowded airspaces, all layered with hidden secrets waiting to be discovered.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.3
11 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.4
383 user reviews

What experts liked

Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is nothing short of an amazingly delightful third-person shooter. It’s goofy and serious all in one place—the ridiculousness of plants facing off against zombies, but the serious controls and competitiveness of any AAA shooter.
- CGM
February 18, 2016 | Full review
One of the most exciting additions to the game is the ability to create custom private and offline games, packed with crazy teams and even crazier modifiers, like extreme knockback upon getting hit or the ever-exciting explosive death. I can create a game with just myself, a host of AI plants and no zombies at all, and just spent the match wandering about looking at shiny things.
- Kotaku
March 2, 2016 | Full review
Incredible mechanical diversity and creativity
- GameSpot
February 18, 2016 | Full review
Great maps. Wacky, cartoonish shooting fun with plenty of nuanced mechanics.
- Tech Spot
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 improves upon its evergreen predecessor by expanding the scope of the title with single player content and new classes and modes. Popcap has responded to the criticisms pointed at the original release well, and while this isn't a revolution by any stretch, the format has been precisely pruned for shear joy.
- Push Square
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 gets a lot right, vastly improving on single-player content for those who want an experience close to the tower defense style of the very first game in the franchise. There are also plenty of small improvements that people may not even notice, such as not having to unlock the attacks for the playable characters one by one. It's a good combination of multiplayer third-person shooter gameplay and platformer collect-a-thons of days past.
- Game Crate
February 23, 2016 | Full review
New focus on bringing in PvP-averse players is smart and well-executed • Added soldier classes bring more depth to both factions • Re-tooled rewards are better at keeping you hooked.
- Mashable
February 19, 2016 | Full review
More of the same co-op and competitive action. AI and solo play available across the board. Backyard Battleground hub area. Some excellent new characters.
- The Sixth Axis
February 23, 2016 | Full review
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 comes with is pretty great and it has so much personality and charm. The core gameplay and multiplayer modes are accessible and while we really wish there were more shooter staples like the ability to melee close targets or move faster, it works well as is. And there's a lot to play with, including a few secret areas and collectibles scattered throughout the game.
- Screen Rant
March 1, 2016 | Full review
As we started playing we understood that there are lots of things in the game. You can play story mode, PvP mode or Coop mode. And if you really don’t know what to do you can simply run through the main map (where your backyard is) and kill all enemies you see on your way.
- Expert Game Reviews
May 6, 2018 | Full review

What experts didn't like

Single-player missions feel empty and repetitive
- GameSpot
February 18, 2016 | Full review
Weak old characters. Latency issues can crop up, resulting in stutter matches and missed shots.
- Tech Spot
While coins are earned at a steady rate if you take on quests and play enough, I was frustrated that my purchase of the 75,000-coin card pack that guarantees a new class kept unlocking Zombie character variants instead of new Plant variants.
- Game Crate
February 23, 2016 | Full review
A couple of new soldier classes might be overpowered
- Mashable
February 19, 2016 | Full review
Solo story quests feel disjointed. Online requirement, even when playing solo. Only four Turf Takeover maps. Card unlock system don’t cater to expanded options.
- The Sixth Axis
February 23, 2016 | Full review

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An Overview On Zombie Games

America’s obsession with the living dead kicked off in 1968 with George A. Romero’s aptly-titled horror flick, “Night of the Living Dead.” Since then, the slow-moving, brain-eating creatures have infiltrated every corner of our cultural zeitgeist. Zombie TV shows (“The Walking Dead,” Netflix’s “Santa Clarita Diet”) and books (“The Zombie Survival Guide” by Max Brooks) have spiked in popularity. Even the Center for Disease Control is in on the action: It featured a zombie preparedness blog on their website a few years ago. The agency claims it’s fictional advice — but we have it bookmarked, just in case.

The best way to practice for an end-of-days zombie scenario is with a zombie video game. They give you the chance to test-drive your own survival tactics or learn how to prepare for scenarios you never even considered. If you’re not buying into the zombie apocalypse mindset, you can still lose yourself in some of the best zombie games money can buy.

Today’s zombie games go well beyond basic first-person shooters — you have to do more than just kill as many sluggish, brain-crazy zombies as possible. The hallmarks of a great modern zombie game are a compelling storyline, realistic graphics, a variety of weapons to choose from and characters that you connect with. Game creators like Capcom and Sony have dozens of titles to pick from on multiple systems. 

How do you find the glistening needle in this zombie game haystack? You check out our tips and advice, then use your newfound knowledge to go forth in the night and defeat the zombies once and for all.

The Zombie Game Buying Guide

  • First off, make sure that the game you have your eye on is built to work with whatever system you own. If you’re buying the game as a gift, double check which system your recipient uses before you buy. There are great titles for every video game system, so don’t despair if the one you had your eye on wasn’t released for your hardware. “Left 4 Dead 2” looks great on the Xbox 360, “The Last of Us” is a favorite on Playstation 4, and “Dying Light: The Following” knocks it out of the park on the Xbox One. 
  • Thanks to major advances in graphics and realism, today’s zombie games are not for the faint of heart. Make sure that you’re ready for some blood and guts, and check out the game’s ESRB rating before you buy it (especially if you’re buying it as a gift for a younger family member). ESRB ratings are doled out by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, a regulatory organization that assigns age and content ratings to consumer video games. All four of our top picks have an M17+ rating (Mature, ages 17+) for things like blood and gore, language and intense violence. 
  • A fascinating storyline is what makes today’s zombie games worth buying, and you’ll get the most value out of your game if you find one that really speaks to you. The blockbuster “Resident Evil” series gets a facelift in PS4’s “Resident Evil 2.” It’s a remake of the 1998 smash hit, but it’s well worth the money, even if you already played the ‘98 version. Almost all of the residents of Racoon City have turned into zombies after the release of the evil Umbrella Corporation’s T-Virus. You can play as either rookie cop Leon S. Kennedy or college student Claire Redfield, who each take their own path to fight through Racoon City and meet up at an evacuation train.
  • If you like stories that have a longer, grander arc, PS4’s “The Last of Us” is right up your alley. It jumps from an initial viral outbreak in the suburbs of Austin, TX to 20 years later, when the infection has almost decimated civilization as a whole. Survivor Joel is a member of the Fireflies, a rebel militia. He encounters Ellie, a teen girl who is demonstrating resistance to the deadly Cordyceps fungus, and they take off on a journey to find the remaining Fireflies and potentially defeat the virus. 
  • Each zombie game has its own gameplay style. Some, like “Dying Light: The Following,” use a first-person point of view. It looks like you’re right in the game, looking through the eyes of your character as you fight off zombie attacks. DLTF also uses parkour-style movements, meaning that your character moves using only their body and any part of the environment. This opens up the game’s world, creating larger, more detailed maps and more nooks and crannies to explore. “Resident Evil 2” plays from a third-person over-the-shoulder perspective, so the camera follows behind you as you sneak up on the walking dead and take control of the situation. Think about past games that you’ve enjoyed and what perspective and gameplay style they’ve used. That will help you figure out which zombie game you’ll enjoy the most. 
  • Exploring new weapons is a huge part of zombie game fun. The most entertaining games have many weapons to choose from, ranging from your basic knives and handguns to high-powered rifles or flamethrowers. “Left 4 Dead 2” builds off the weapons from the first game in the series and introduces new ones, like a katana and a chainsaw. “The Last of Us: Remastered Hits” helps you mow down zombies with everything from a bow and arrow to Molotov cocktails.
  • The main storyline in most zombie games use a single-player approach to solving Earth’s zombie crisis. However, most of the games offer additional playing modes to switch things up. “Left 4 Dead 2” has its core single-player mode, plus a four-player cooperating campaign mode, an eight-player online versus mode and a four-player survival mode. “Dying Light: The Following” includes an asymmetrical multiplayer mode, and “The Last of Us” also has a multiplayer option.
  • Games with different difficulty levels or more than one ending will keep you coming back for more (and make the game worth your money). You can play as either Leon or Claire in the “Resident Evil 2” remake. Both paths take you down wildly different paths. Players can gain experience points through the bounty mode in “Dying Light: The Following.” The game’s new Nightmare Mode adds hours to the story’s deadly nighttime, and it increases the zombie’s stamina and strength for crazy-hard runs.