As it featured in the March 2019 Games with Gold line up, you may be wondering about the best way to tackle the Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 achievements list. Whether this is your first taste of what the Garden Warfare series has to offer or if you're a returning veteran from the original title, there are some new things to discover in Garden Warfare 2.
To help you on your way, we've put together some best tips for beginners looking to get the most out of the game.
Play The Story Before You Head into MultiplayerUnlike 2014's Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare that was100% multiplayer focused, Garden Warfare 2 comes with a fully-fledged set of solo missions for both the Plants and Zombies. Playing first has two advantages. Firstly, you'll get to play as each of the characters and get a feel for how they play, their special abilities and what role they play within the game. You'll also get the advantage of earning XP, which will level up your characters and unlock new special abilities. Earned coins can be used to buy stickers packs — more on those later.
Use the Quest Board for RewardsAnother pretty big addition in Garden Warfare 2 over the first game is the new hub world called Backyard Battleground. The hub replaces the use of standard menus, allowing players to join game modes, buy consumables and change characters. It's also where you'll be completing quests for the story mode. You can switch between both Plants and Zombies at any time when you're in the Backyard Battleground, with each side having a respective base of operations on opposite sides of the map. At both bases you will find a Quest Board, where you can accept different quests that will award you with in-game currency such as stars and coins as well as XP multipliers. The different quests vary between Plants, Zombies, and Multiplayer, meaning you can normally make progress towards at least one quest regardless of which activity you are taking part in.
Always Open Your Sticker PacksGiven the cartoony appearance of the game, you'd be forgiven for thinking that sticker packs are purely for cosmetic effect. You'd be mistaken in some ways. Sticker packs will indeed include cosmetic items like hats and tattoos, but they also include a number of items that will make a big change to some gameplay elements.
Firstly, you'll receive small minion characters that you can use in game modes like Graveyard Ops, Garden Ops and even in the Backyard Battleground. These small characters help you fight off enemies or provide health to both yourself and teammates. Packs also allow you to unlock alternative versions of the game's characters with different weapons and abilities. For instance, you can unlock a variation of the Peashooter called Agent Pea that will have a smaller clip size, but deals more damage — with a 2x damage bonus for headshots.
Change Your Character to Help the TeamWhen you start playing the multiplayer game modes you'll begin to realise that Garden Warfare 2 is actually quite deep, with the different characters suited to different roles. If you want to be successful it will often be advantageous for you to switch up your preferred character to something else for the greater good. If your team is defending a location and getting wiped out, switching to a Sunflower or Scientist to provide a much-needed health boost might help your team gain the upper hand.
Use Spawnable Plants and Zombie Minions to Your AdvantageAs mentioned earlier, you will receive minions when opening Sticker Packs, that you can use to give you a hand. If you see the opportunity to spawn a Plant or Zombie, make sure you make the most of it. The Spawnable characters can be used to defend positions, heal allies or march into the battlefield with heavy armour. Sometimes, the clever use of spawnable characters can make the difference between winning and losing a round during close matches.
These are just some of the tips for getting started in Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2. Be sure to check out the Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 Achievements for some great community solutions and advice.
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