Very rarely does it happen that a game I initially had no interest in work its way up to become my game of the year. Even further from the norm does that game get a release that becomes one of my most anticipated games of the year. This is where Garden Warfare 2 steps in, opening up the flood gates on the never ending battle between the now on the defensive Plants being led by Dave-Bot 3000, and the Zombies who are now in control of the newly named Zomburbia.
Keeping all of the charm and joking nature of the first game Garden Warfare 2 begins by adding a light story mode into the hectic multiplayer nature of the first game. The story mode is a string of quick missions introducing you to heroes representing one of the 6 new classes between the 2 factions who you will be doing missions for. Overall the story doesn't really add much besides a new hidden wave based mode to unlock a special set of appearance items.
The multiplayer is pretty much all the same modes as the last game with a whole new set of maps to learn and battle on. If you have played the first game the good news is all of your unlockable characters from the first game are able to be transferred up to the new game with an exception of the few marketed characters ie: Dr.Chester, and the Berry Shooter.
The previous character classes all make a return with their variants and an additional 2 for this game. The main draw for multiplayer and what most people have been excited about however are the 6 new character classes added in, these include the magician based Rose, the robot like Citron, the mech calling Imp and one of everyone's favorite Super Brainz. Each of the new classes adds in their own little flare in the multiplayer to help counter out each other but as of launch a few of them are severely overpowered with no real way to fight back or counter their moves. The multiplayer is still as hectic and crazy as the first game with the maps for me being more visually appealing to see, most of the maps take on a time traveling aspect borrowed from the actual Plants vs Zombies 2.
All of the modes are tied together in the new hub world map Backyard Battlegrounds. From this map their are portal to enter multiplayer, NPC's to get side quests and smaller missions from for coins, and tons of secret areas and collectables tossed in for good measure including 54 hidden Garden Gnomes, 50 Snow Globes, and a few hidden rooms that will open up a whole new view on some pesky little creatures you may of seen.
You are also able to get "daily" quests from a notice board that will have you getting kills on a certain character class, reviving teammates, or finishing rounds of Garden Ops. These quests will reward you with stars that were previously used to level up your characters. Now you are able to use to open up loot chests in the Backyard for coins, and decorative items to customize your backyard with. The quests add in a nice way to come back to the game to try out new games modes every few days you may of not touched otherwise.
Overall Garden Warfare 2 is a fantastic way to continue on this series. It doesn't really hold anything back from the previous game all while adding in new characters to play with. I personally really enjoyed the touch of rewarding players with their previous characters for spending time in the first game. Right now we can only hope that PopCap and EA continue to put out free content updates for this game to keep people coming back. If you were a fan of the first game at all of just looking for a light shooter to play in between your yearly Call of Duty's and what not I highly recommend to try this game out, not saying everyone is going to buy it right away but it will strongly appeal to some. Now if you excuse me it's time for me to jump back into Turf War to level up Mob Cob and see what other sort of hijinks I can get into.