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Plants vs Zombies

 

 

SCORE: 69

 

Plants vs Zombies 

 

We have known about the Plants vs Zombies franchise for some time now. We did not investigate it. Mainly because zombies are not exactly seen as family friendly. Plants vs Zombies does come with an 'E10+' rating, and its appearance on the PS Vita is a good time to check it out. So I got my shovel out, and agreed to review this downloadable game.

I didn't know what Plants vs Zombies is about, or how it plays. I am guessing that many of our readers are not educated into this game either. It is a tower defense game with a few wrinkles. The zombies come from the trees on the right side of the screen. They are trying to walk across the lawn to the house on the left. We put defenses directly in their path to stop them.

The images is the main area where Plants vs Zombies earns its E10+ rating from the ESRB. Body parts fall off the zombies, there are cemetery like menu screens, and a lot of violence. We are destroying the zombies before they make it to the house, or get told we failed in blood. Many of the tones in Plants vs Zombies are darker. The main game play screens where the plants are places are very bright. In fact we collect sunshine as a resource to build more defenses.

I found myself getting into the music contained in Plants vs Zombies. At times it felt a little eerie, which went along with the graphics. Some of the special effect sounds can get repetitive like shooting the zombies over and over again. I preferred that though over exploding them with things like potatoes.

The fifty levels in Plants vs Zombies will keep most gamers engaged for a week or two. There are achievements to earn so you can show your friends how good you are at using plants to decimate zombies. The strategy is where Plants vs Zombies really shines. There are all kinds of different plants that do different things. Sunflowers are my personal favorite because they give us more light.

Plants vs Zombies teaches us to think about what is coming next, and prepare for it. It also teaches us to use our resources to fight off those coming to kill us. Plants vs Zombies is one of the more interesting tower defense games I have played. The core game play concept is very fascinating. The whole zombie part of it can get unnerving.

I am very thankful Family Friendly Gaming was provided a code to review Plants vs Zombies. This game is different from many we have reviewed in the past. And one of our early PS Vita reviews. I will warn you that Plants vs Zombies can be addictive. I kept wanting to see what the game would throw at me next.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 59%
Sound: 70%
Replay/Extras: 74%
Gameplay: 79%
Family Friendly Factor: 62%
System: PS Vita
Publisher: Popcap Games
Rating:
‘E10+’ - Everyone 10+

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