Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 9 Best Video Game Comics Currently in Circulation https://www.gameskinny.com/cqhis/9-best-video-game-comics-currently-in-circulation https://www.gameskinny.com/cqhis/9-best-video-game-comics-currently-in-circulation Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:27:47 -0400 Ty Arthur

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Besides these currently running comics, there's an absolute treasure trove of back issues and collected hardcovers just waiting for gaming fans.

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Gears Of War, The Last Of Us, Dead Space, Sonic The Hedgehog...you name it and it probably has a comic adaptation released over the years. There are also plenty of comics that gamers will love which aren't directly based on a specific game, like the tongue-in-cheek fantasy romp Skullkickers.

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Dive in, have fun, and let us know what you're reading at your local comic store this week! 

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Providence

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With a whole new Call Of Cthulhu game coming soon and old school horror RPG Stygian: Reign Of The Old Ones on the horizon, this is a fitting series to dive into this summer.

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Yes, the 12 issue arc for this Lovecraftian nightmare did end in April... but the full hardcover collecting all issues isn't out yet. So as far as I'm concerned, it's still ongoing!

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Providence is Alan Moore's (yep, the Watchmen guy!) follow-up to the Neonomicon, and if you read that series, you know to expect some disturbing things. This isn't one to let the kids pick up unless you want to answer some very awkward questions about what the naked woman is doing with the fish person.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy: A Telltale Series

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Things get a little recursive here as we have a comic, based on a game, based on a movie, which was based on a comic.

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Marvel is heading up a five-issue prequel series starting next month (July 2017) based around Telltale's rendition of Guardians Of The Galaxy, which is based on the movie version but clearly meant to be its own universe.

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Specific details are sketchy, but we know the prequel comics will revolve around the Guardians undertaking a rescue mission from the gladiatorial pits of Sakaar that leads to some sort of big heist.

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Persona 3

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You'd think this would be Persona 5, right? Well, yes, there is a series for that... in Japanese mostly. For those of us on the other side of the world, there's still new Persona manga arriving, but it's based around older titles.

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I'm okay with that, since P3 is among my favorite games in the franchise. These manga entries from Udon Publishing have been releasing to North American audiences throughout the year.

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The story centers around the S.E.E.S. organization of teenage heroes battling against an extremist group trying to take advantage of the Dark Hour for their own nefarious purposes.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Frost Giant's Fury

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There have been a staggering number of D&D spin-offs and comics over the years, and the latest is Frost Giant's Fury -- featuring a troupe of heroes who just left behind Ravenloft to come to the frozen north of the Forgotten Realms.

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IDW Publishing is handling this series that kicked off in January and features such fan favorites as Minsc and his miniature giant space hamster from Baldur's Gate.

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As expected from the title and locale, there's frost giants, glaciers, and angry white dragons aplenty for the heroes to defeat with sword and spell. A single volume collecting all current issues will drop in July.

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Plants Vs. Zombies Battle ExtraVagonzo

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It may not have hit Angry Birds level of public consciousness -- but for a silly time wasting tower defense game, Plants Vs. Zombies sure has carved out its own little empire.

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Comics and hardcover books for kids have been coming out steadily over the last few years, giving the bumbling zombies some silly personalities as they battle with kids (and plants of course) to take over the town.

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The latest to see release this summer is Battle ExtraVagonzo, featuring the return of Zomboss duking it out with Crazy Dave as they both try to take over the same factory at the center of Neighborville.

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Pathfinder

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Alright, so this one isn't technically "currently running" since the latest story arc ended a few months ago. But considering that there has consistently been a Pathfinder comic series in production since 2013, it's a good bet something new is coming in the not-too-distant future. 

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Paizo has teamed up with Dynamite for five base series so far, as well as two spin-offs covering the much-loved goblins and an origins story about the iconic classes.

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Personally I'm not a huge fan of the art style, as they don't really look anything like how the iconic characters are depicted from the tabletop RPG books -- but the stories are worth it for Pathfinder fans.

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With latest series Hollow Mountain having wrapped up after its sixth issue, I'm seriously hoping for something set in the upcoming Starfinder sci-fi spin coming next.

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Sons Of Anarchy: Redwood Original

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For those wondering -- yes, the beloved Kurt Sutter T.V. show did in fact have a video game adaptation. It got a ton of hype (Sutter's NSFW tweets on the subject indicated he was... ahem.. excited about it). But much like his one-season show The Bastard Executioner, it would ultimately be ill-fated.

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A single episode of a 10 part episodic game was released... and then was promptly abandoned. Seriously Telltale, get on picking this one up already and give us a proper release!

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Thankfully, most who bought the season pass ahead of time got a refund. For those who haven't played it yet, the Lost And The Damned expansion for Grand Theft Auto 4 was also essentially an episode of SOA.

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There have been several graphic novel collections in the past that all absolutely nailed the personality and lingo of the various Sons characters, even covering storyline arcs like Bobby losing his cut while performing as Elvis in Vegas.

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The Redwood Original arc from Boom Studios takes us back in time to an 18 year old Jax Teller first pledging to his dad's MC. The final issue of the 12-part run will drop next month, so there's time to binge the whole thing before it ends!

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Mass Effect Discovery

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If my math is right and I'm not missing anything, between all the online comic entries, mini-series, and major releases, I think we've had a whopping nine previous Mass Effect comic arcs now? Clearly people are enjoying this space-age RPG's transition to the page.

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Capitalizing on the hype of Mass Effect: Andromeda -- which admittedly has cooled quite a bit since release -- this new Dark Horse series follows Turian military recruit Tiran Kandro investigating the mystery of the Andromeda Initiative.

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Another ongoing collection that just started, the second issue of Discovery drops at the end of the month, so now's a good time to get started if you want to see more of the Mass Effect universe from a different angle.

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Dragon Age: Knight Errant

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Dragon Age has been host to several different comic and graphic novel adaptations over the years -- from the main IDW series to the Inquisition-focused Dragon Age: Magekiller from Dark Horse.

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This new entry about the beloved BioWare RPG franchise just started this year, with issue #2 dropping June 14th through Dark Horse Comics.

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While Dragon Age II is typically thought of as the worst in the series, Kirkwall was an interesting place -- and now you get to see it from the perspective of a city elf thief named Vaea. Get ready for heists and double crosses all around!

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When big events like E3 or Comic Con come around, its becomes clear just how interconnected all geeky fandoms really are. 

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There's comics that have inspired games, games that have inspired comics, and either of the above inspiring movies which spawns a subsequent game or comic spin off...

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Video games and comics have a long history together that won't be slowing down anytime soon.  This year's Free Comic Book Day festivities even included a Twilight Princess issue.

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If you're looking for more game-based comic series to dive into, you've come to the right place. Rather than a best-of retrospective however, we're going to look at those series that are currently going on now so you can jump in and get started reading.

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Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 is now available! https://www.gameskinny.com/n73cu/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-2-is-now-available https://www.gameskinny.com/n73cu/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-2-is-now-available Mon, 22 Feb 2016 19:30:01 -0500 BlackTideTV

February 23, 2016. It's grow time! Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 is finally available for purchase! 

In February of 2014, Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare took what the world knew about the PopCap series and turned it on its head. An all new way to play Plants Vs. Zombies saw players becoming soldiers on either side of the battle that's been raging on smartphones for so many years. A third-person online multiplayer shooter with plants sprouting legs (haha) and fighting zombies to keep them out of their home of "Suburbia" was certainly something the world wasn't used to. But something definitely went right. The game was a smash hit and players have been waiting for a sequel for two years.

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Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 has upped the ante with an all new cast of deadly zombies and colorful plants, tons of inspired maps, and exciting gamemodes.

If you're worried this game will step too far away from its predecessor, don't fret! Almost every character and gamemode from the original will be available in the newer game; with older characters receiving new abilities to even the playing field when doing battle with some of the fresh faces. Twelve multiplayer maps and forty playable characters will be available at launch, all you'll need to do is unlock them. It's worth mentioning that players with experience in the first game will see stats and unlockables carry over. 

The zombies have won the battle for "Suburbia," appropriately renamed "Zomburbia." It's time for the plants to take it back. The only question is: will you help them? 

Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. 

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4 highly anticipated games that EA could f**k up in 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/5wjpm/4-highly-anticipated-games-that-ea-could-fk-up-in-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/5wjpm/4-highly-anticipated-games-that-ea-could-fk-up-in-2016 Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:59:11 -0500 BlackTideTV

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Battlefield 5

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Now don't go getting all excited, there hasn't been an official statement regarding Battlefield 5 yet, apart from various hints on a release date ranging from late 2016 to mid-2017. 

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That being said, rumors on Battlefield 5's development are so widespread we couldn't leave it out of this list. Following last year's train wreck that was Battlefield: Hardline, hardcore fans are hoping to get back to the original theme of the series: military engagements.

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If EA drops another Hardline on us, the Battlefield series might as well call it quits. Despite tons of sales and some surprisingly high reviews, all Hardline was, was a half-assed expansion of Battlefield 4 with no major gameplay changes, not even half as many weapons, items, maps, and game modes, and a ton of game-breaking glitches.

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Players are hoping that EA drops Visceral Games as their new "Battlefield devs" and brings DICE back on as the sole creator of the series. If this happens, we can all rest easy. If not, well... I hope you Battlefield guys like Call of Duty.

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Did we miss any?

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Let us know in the comments section which Electronic Arts games you think could end up getting f**ked in 2016! 

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Mass Effect: Andromeda

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Not exactly Mass Effect 4, this game still has a huge fanbase anxiously awaiting its arrival. The "sequel" to the original trilogy takes place quite sometime after the events of the third installment, and doesn't feature the original cast, nor the original galaxy. Slated for release this holiday season, this reboot could change the entire nature of the Mass Effect series - and that, my friends, is the problem it's going to have to face.

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There are some hardcore fanboys of the Mass Effect series out there; people who have dedicated significant portions of their lives to the games. If Andromeda wants to have a chance it will have to pay so much homage to the original series, they might as well have announced a legitimate Mass Effect 4.

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Unless EA and BioWare can make this game as close to perfect as possible, fans will completely dismiss it and chances for further sequels will be trashed. 

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Starting up a new series in the same universe as far as Mass Effect goes is a gamble. The reward could be outstanding, but is it worth the risk? I guess we'll find out this Christmas. 

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Mirror's Edge Catalyst

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Next on our list is one of my most anticipated games of 2016, so I'll be a little hurt if what I'm about to describe actually happens.

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The original Mirror's Edge was a game changer (ha-ha). Paving the way for modern "advanced movement" shooters, Mirror's Edge was a totally unique title offering an extremely plain-with-saturated-splashes color palette, mostly peaceful gameplay, and simple, straightforward storyline. 

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It was a fairly overlooked game during its time so I'll describe the basis of the game: parkour. The protagonist, Faith, would travel through a sparsely populated city, mantling objects, often running from mean guys with guns. That's about it - simple. 

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As mentioned in the last slide on Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2, prequels and sequels tend to pile on too much to the simplicity of the original. It's not always best to pile on features, but developer/publishers seem to think it is.

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Of the three options the devs could've taken on a Mirror's Edge 2 (prequel, sequel, different game - same universe), EA went with the hardest option: prequel (just look at how those Star Wars movies turned out). A general rule-of-thumb for a prequel is character expansion. The fans want to know how and why a character became the way they did, what's going on in their lives then versus now, and so on.

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How the hell is EA going to keep their new Mirror's Edge game as simple as the original if they need to pile all of that storytelling on top? They probably won't. Let's pray that the writers for Mirror's Edge Catalyst have their heads on straight...

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Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2

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Releasing later this February, the newest addition to the Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare series has had a short but sweet rise to fame. The original game was praised by critics for being a suitable alternative to hardcore online shooters like Call of Duty. It gained a large "cult" following by turning what most people know about Pop Cap's PvZ mobile series on its head. 

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How could the sequel be screwed up? Despite a widely successful beta, the Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare series is getting thick. By which I mean that the sequel is building directly onto the first game, making it more and more in-depth. There are more characters, weapons and abilities, maps, gamemodes, etc. There are cases where problems have arisen from games getting TOO full, something that might happen to this game. 

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When a game - especially one directed towards a younger audience - gets so menu-complicated, it can be a turnoff and reduce from the silly PvZ fun that fans have come to expect from the series.

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This one is a longshot, but given the proper - or improper - circumstances, it could end up screwy in the long run.

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Electronic Arts is one of the most easily recognized game developer/publishers with hundreds of titles under its belt. With subsidiaries EA Sports popping out nearly every sports game you've ever heard of, BioWare creating sprawling 100+ hour RPGs, and DICE delivering well-known shooters such as Battlefield and Star Wars: Battlefront, it's hard to be a gamer and manage to avoid titles from EA.

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Unfortunately for EA, like so many other companies, franchises have gone wrong. It's just something that happens in the world of gaming. One little mistake such as a small change to a character, the setting, DLC, microtransaction, or a game function can be the death of an entire game or series of games. Most of the time these errors occur with prequels, sequels, or other expansions on an existing fan-favorite series.  

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We here at GameSkinny are gamers just like you. We don't WANT these things to happen, they're just a possibility. Join us in knocking on wood before heading to the next slide to see the first of four games that EA could f**k up in 2016.

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Xbox Live Gold members get to try EA Access for a week, with more than 10 free games https://www.gameskinny.com/q4dvq/xbox-live-gold-members-get-to-try-ea-access-for-a-week-with-more-than-10-free-games https://www.gameskinny.com/q4dvq/xbox-live-gold-members-get-to-try-ea-access-for-a-week-with-more-than-10-free-games Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:50:42 -0500 Anson Chan

From January 19 to January 24, Xbox One owners who have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription have the opportunity to play more than 10 games for free. This is part of a promotion for EA's new Origin Access program.

The week-long promotion includes games like Titanfall, Battlefield Hardline, Battlefield 4, Madden 25, FIFA 15, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare (which will also let you transfer your unlocked characters over to Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2), and more. All you have to do is download the EA Access Hub App on your Xbox One dashboard, then wait until the 19th. 

After the trial period is over, it is strongly implied that you will no longer be able to play the games you downloaded during the promotional period -- at least until you chose to buy them.

It should be noted that since these are the full games and not demos, it is entirely possible that you will have to download what may be hundreds of GB in games if you intend to take full advantage of the trial week, so it is highly recommended that you finish any games that you intend to delete before the 19th to avoid any storage issues.

Curiously enough, it is unspecified whether or not you can download each game's associated DLC for free as well, which probably means that this offer only extends to the games themselves.

However, you may have also noticed that a fair number of the games that are offered have a heavy multiplayer emphasis. For example, while the Battlefield games have a single player component, but most people tend to play the multiplayer. This means that you will most likely be at a significant disadvantage if you are jumping into these games for the first time during that week. On top of that, all of these games are relatively old, so don't expect to find a huge multiplayer population -- much less matches that you will be comfortable with. 

What do you think of this trial? Will you be trying it out for yourself? Let me know down in the comments!

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EA to offer subscription-based all-access PC service https://www.gameskinny.com/9byg8/ea-to-offer-subscription-based-all-access-pc-service https://www.gameskinny.com/9byg8/ea-to-offer-subscription-based-all-access-pc-service Wed, 13 Jan 2016 15:26:20 -0500 Rob ChYph3r

EA has an upcoming "all you can play" PC subscription service called Origin Access. (Sorry Mac and Linux users, it's not available for you at this time.) The service is set to start on February 4th, 2016, at a cost of $4.99 USD per month.

This subscription gives you access to a "Vault" containing some of EA's top titles, which will eventually include non-EA titles. The Vault is currently offering Dragon Age: Inquisition, Battlefield Hardline, Battlefield 4, FIFA 16, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, and more. So as of today it has 15 games, but EA says that number is going to grow as time goes on.

Members will also will get the ability to play upcoming EA games before they are released and get an automatic 10% discount on Origin purchases, which includes pre-orders, full games, DLCs and FIFA points. The games in Access will vary by each country's local laws.

To order the service on Feb. 4th, you will need a credit card or a PayPal account. Anything you order via this service only applies to the digital downloads that are provided via Origin -- in other words, you don't get the discount at a retailer.

Do you think this new service will fly or die? Let us know down in the comments section.

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Is Dragon Age: Inquisition's trial edition a fantastic new take on demos? https://www.gameskinny.com/d80ul/is-dragon-age-inquisitions-trial-edition-a-fantastic-new-take-on-demos https://www.gameskinny.com/d80ul/is-dragon-age-inquisitions-trial-edition-a-fantastic-new-take-on-demos Wed, 15 Jul 2015 19:36:07 -0400 Elijah Beahm

Dragon Age: Inquisition blew a lot of gamers and critics away back when it released in 2014. It took everything everyone liked about the past two, highly divisive Dragon Age games, and blended them to perfection. Not only was the game a massive open-world experience, it had real choices that mattered. It also introduced a very well received multiplayer component to the Dragon Age universe, mimicing Mass Effect 3's multiplayer success.

So you can imagine the surprise a lot of us had when EA revealed that they would not only be offering a trial version of the experience on the Xbox One's EA Access service, but also on PC via Origin. Even better, the PC Trial version, while only available a limited time, is allowing players unlimited access to the game's multiplayer and all the free multiplayer expansoins, permanently.

If you get the trial version, you can slay Dark Spawn with your friends so long as the game's servers remain active, without paying a dollar. The trial version will also let you play with those who already own Inquisition, so instead of dividing the multiplayer community, this will help it thrive even more.

You also get to play the single-player for six hours. For a game this size, that will only get you a little while into the first act, but it is enough time to figure out if you like Inquisition's new take on the Dragon Age combat and moral choice systems. It also will only count those hours as you play, so if you have to stop, the timer won't count down in your absence.

Clearly EA is learning from their previous experiments with its Game Time initiative.

For those who don't know, Game Time is an attempt by EA to offer full games for limited timeslots. So, to start, they offered Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning for 48 hours. You could play it as much as you wanted, but after 48 hours from when you first booted up the game, it would become locked again and require a purchase to play further. You got to keep all of your progress as well, so you could pick up right where you left off once you bought the game in question. They've subsequently done this for several games, including Garden Warfare, Titanfall, and Battlefield 4.

While old school demos still work for some games, they are generally viewed as antiquated, and more trouble than they are worth for developers.

Game Time was a great idea in concept, but in practice, there are a lot of gamers who could just charge through a single-player campaign or unlock a ton of gear in multiplayer. Since there was also only a time limit on acquiring the Game Time games, you could snag them and then use them whenever. This let players set themselves up to chug through the games quickly enough to not need to pay a dime.

This is unfortunate, because Game Time is a far better way to try a game than with a conventional standalone demo. While old school demos still work for some games, they are generally viewed as antiquated, and more trouble than they are worth for developers. A game's sales are actually more likely to be hurt by releasing a demo, as ironic as that may be.


There's an area highlighted by this problem that EA has been experimenting with for over half a decade. Way before Game Time, EA was already exploring options to make demos available. Gaikai, before it was bought by Sony for the PS Now service, worked with EA to offer multiple playable demos on PC that you could play just through streaming.

These demos were either the same demos said games got on consoles, or were forty or so minute playthroughs from the start of the game. It was almost entirely limited to EA games though, back when Origin was getting tons of hate, so there was limited positive interest. The idea wasn't terrible but the Sony acquisition, combined with the downfall of OnLive and similar game streaming services, made the entire concept fall apart.

Their most recent attempt at solving this problem was with EA Access, a new PS Plus-style subscription service for the Xbox One. While the free games included are availble in full so long as you are subscribed, they also tied in special trials for the rest of their games.

So, instead of just getting free access to Titanfall, Garden Warfare, and all the yearly spots titles, you also could try games like Dragon Age: Inquisition and Battlefield: Hardline for a few hours. There would also be early access to games up to five days in advance before launch. The main hook being that you could try each game before everyone else. This mutated out of the EA Sports Access, which offered the five day trial for all of their sports games.

Now, after having EA Access out in the wild, it seems EA is taking note of what has and hasn't worked in their previous attempts to redefine game demos. Speaking frankly, I have to say that this new Trial system works the best. There's no need for a subscription to try Dragon Age: Inquisition, you just need to redeem the download before it runs out.

What's particularly great about this is that it supports the multiplayer without undercutting the single-player. Fans who want to play through the story but are short on cash can get a quick test run and then play with their friends online, getting a firm handle on the combat mechanics while also unlocking tons of loot. The player base for the multiplayer gets boosted significantly and permanently, unlike how Game Time's boosts to Titanfall and Garden Warfare only gave temporary activity spikes.

It effectively looks the Steam Free Weekend in the eye, and says that it can do better. In fact, what the trial has most in common with is Starcraft II's free to play demo, which allows you to play part of its campaign, fully experience the unranked multiplayer lobbies, and even try out any of the game's numerous mods. If all you want is the free content, then you're satisfied, but most will be lefting wanting more because there's just the right ratio of tease-to-content that so many demos fail at.

I know it's popular to hate on EA, but this could be a great alternative to demos.

Considering that less than 60% of the games released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are even offering a demo at this point, we need some solution to actually try our games before we buy them. It seems EA might actually have the answer. I guess we'll see how well it works out after the trial closes on the 21st.

If you want to give it a whirl, just head right here.

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New EA Humble Bundle Offers Dragon Age Series and Raises Funds for Girls Who Code, The V Foundation, buildOn https://www.gameskinny.com/bd7xo/new-ea-humble-bundle-offers-dragon-age-series-and-raises-funds-for-girls-who-code-the-v-foundation-buildon https://www.gameskinny.com/bd7xo/new-ea-humble-bundle-offers-dragon-age-series-and-raises-funds-for-girls-who-code-the-v-foundation-buildon Wed, 15 Apr 2015 22:28:56 -0400 Elijah Beahm

It's that time again, boys and girls! EA has gathered together some great games to help raise funds for some fantastic charities. This time around, they're offering up Dragon Age: Origins, Dead Space 2, Peggle, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault: Warchest, and C&C: Generals. If you beat the average, you get Dragon Age II, Mass Effect 2, Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Bejewelled 3, and more games that will be revealed later.

All in all, you are looking at a lot of solid gaming. Three Bioware games, one of the best third person survival shooters on PC, some great puzzlers, some great WW2 shooting, and even a kid-friendly shooter you can gift to any younger gamers you know. Though there is the notable fact that unlike last time, the titles on offer are all much older than the last Origin Bundle.

Considering the last bundle offered Battlefield 3, it would make sense to at least include the base Battlefield 4 game. This would have especially been apropos seeing as Battlefield: Hardline just released to generally positive reviews and solid sales numbers.

Potentially they could have something newer down the line as the bundle wraps up, but it feels odd all the same to not open with a bigger punch, especially given EA working with three charities now. As with their last bundle, no funds go to EA, but instead entirely to the Humble Tip and the three charities. The charities this time are:

Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 2012 to encourage more young women to complete a college-level computer science education and gain skills to further enhance their employability. Mobilizing leading executives, educators, and engineers, Girls Who Code has developed a new model of computer science education designed to inspire, educate, and equip girls of all experience levels and backgrounds with the skills to succeed in the field.


The V Foundation

Since 1994, The V Foundation for Cancer Research has awarded more than $115 million to more than 100 facilities nationwide. We fund research for all types of cancer. [...] The V Foundation awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. [...] The Foundation seeks to make a difference generating broad-based support for cancer research by creating an urgent awareness among all Americans of the importance of the war against cancer.


buildOn

Two-thirds of the world's 785 million illiterate adults are female. Educating and empowering these women is a key first step to ending poverty in the developing world. When women are educated they lift up their entire communities by improving family health, developing sustainable businesses, and making greater contributions to society.

While EA gets a bad rep, for sometimes good reasons, their work with Humble Bundle has always been one to benefit others. So you might not be a huge fan of using Origin, but if you know someone who does, and have the money to donate to charity, then you can make it a win-win for everybody.

How do you feel about this Humble Bundle and EA's involvement? Is there a charity you think Humble Bundle should work with that they haven't already? Let us know in the comments below!

 [Video Credit: buildOn, the V Foundation, Girls Who code, Humble Bundle]

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Three Free EA Games Added to PlayStation Experience https://www.gameskinny.com/4sr5x/three-free-ea-games-added-to-playstation-experience https://www.gameskinny.com/4sr5x/three-free-ea-games-added-to-playstation-experience Sat, 06 Dec 2014 13:22:45 -0500 Brian Spaen

Sony has a PlayStation Experience event lasting all weekend long, and with it comes three free games from EA.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare for PS4, Mirror's Edge for PS3, and Need for Speed: Most Wanted for Vita are all currently free on the PlayStation Network. They can be found under the PS Experience Special Offers page, or just click here.

There's some pretty hefty savings here. Scouting for the cheapest prices, Garden Warfare is currently $30 at Walmart, Most Wanted is $30 at GameStop, and ME is around $15 on eBay. These free games will only be available to pick up until 9:00 PM Eastern / 6:00 PM Pacific on Sunday.

More PlayStation Network sales

Other sales currently going on include the Grand Theft Auto V remaster on PS4 with a free Bull Shark Cash Card for $59.99, The Last of Us Remasterd on PS4 for $34.99, and Dying Light Ultimate Edition on PS4 for $71.99.

If those aren't satisfying, there's a wealth of other sales happening on PSN. Over on the weekly holiday sales, Assassin's Creed Liberation HD is $8, South Park: The Stick of Truth is $16, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is $18, and more. Some sales do require a subscription to PlayStation Plus.

Are you going to be picking up any of these free games this weekend?

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Swatting Zombies in Garden Warfare https://www.gameskinny.com/l3w2q/swatting-zombies-in-garden-warfare https://www.gameskinny.com/l3w2q/swatting-zombies-in-garden-warfare Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:02:55 -0400 Bob Nat

Plants VS Zombie: Garden Warfare is a third person shooter from PopCap and EA. You play as the brain hungry zombies or the vine growing, pea shooting, sun ray spraying Plants. This is a play by-play of a match I played of the game on the PlayStation 3. This isn't a review of the game. It's more of a retelling of my experience. Think of it as a written Let's Play. If your interested in my review of the game you can check it out here.

“Pea shooter, yea Ice Pea class sounds good,” I thought to myself.

I clicked the button to select him. The little blue guy, with a mouth the size of a vacuüm cleaner was pivoting in place on the map as the time counter clicked down. 

A chomper spawned next to me. The big-headed plant reminded me of the Venus-fly trap from Little Shop of Horrors. As a kid that movie gave me nightmares. Thankfully, I grew out of my fear of being eaten by man-eating plants.  

The rest of the plant team spawned and the match was underway. This map has a spooky looking building with a long porch area; spanning half the map.  It’s an early habit to run out in front of the building toward the center of the map and try to pick off the enemy team.

Though as I learned time after painful time you do not want to run off and separate yourself from your fellow vegetables (team mates) in this game. So the team strategy was to go around the back of the scary tall building and try to flank the mangy group of Zombies, we were up against. 

Boys and Girls we been spotted!

About halfway through the match, an engineer bot interrupted our plans. The engineer class has a drone in the shape of a flying robot head, and he can use it to take out the enemy team. That’s us!

I was fling peas (Pea shooters shoot peas instead of bullets) at that thing as quick as I could spot it. Luckily, I took it down.

I pressed the triangle button after the drone blew our cover. That Zombie whom manned the flying mechanical head knew where we are on the map and I was sure he would bring friends with him.

I pressed the triangle button, releasing one of my character’s special moves. This move plants the pea shooter in the ground and turns it into a Gatling gun.  Each class has three special moves that takes an amount of time to replenish.

The Engineer, the one I’m sure had the mechanical drone, came barreling over a small hill toward us. He wasn’t the only one, he brought friends.

I was able to mow down the Engineer sending him back to the re-spawn screen. I saw the little skull pop up, that’s how you know you got a kill in this game. I had the biggest Cheshire cat grin on my face.

“Yes, I got him” I said to myself.

Though I wasn’t out of the woods yet, his football player class teammates both pointed their football launchers at me. Footballs took me out in an instant. The sunflower (teammate) beside me tried to revive me though was soon overwhelmed by the attackers. The poor thing soon was picking daisies on the ground next to me.

No worries a quick re-spawn and I was back in the match.

There is a small perch, over the battlefield where the other plants where holding their ground and I soon joined them.  I turned into the Gatling gun once more. I sprayed peas (bullets) over the landscape trying to disperse small pockets of zombies. Players playing as chompers went after a fleeting zombie by tunneling under them and (gulp) eat those guys up like tasty pepperoni pizza. 

The strategy was working till a soldier Zombie took me out from the hilly terrain on the other side of the map. 

Oh, well a quick re-spawn and I was back.

Deploy the Onion

This time I decided to change things up. I switched to the cactus class.

I stood behind my plant buddies and deployed the onion drone; it has a big eye like a Cyclopes in the middle of its body. It takes a bit till it gets airborne. Lucky I was up high enough when I reached enemy lines. Laughing “ha, silly zombies”.

an Onion droneI soon started to see a group of soldier zombies dodging behind the cliffs that was directly opposite of the plant team’s hold out on the porch. I was shooting one, draining his health. With the drone, unless they spot you, you can secretly pick at them. Usually they think the person they are firing at is doing the damage. My team was keeping them distracted for the time being.

I been spotted! A zombie looked up and murmured something foul in that zombie grunt they speak in. To be honest their voices remind me of a murloc from World of Warcraft

I was able to dodge the fire of the soldier class’s rifle for a bit but soon, puff, my drone was no more.

My onion drone was gone but I knew where my enemy was. With the Cactus character class I went on the little porch where my team was holding ground.

This character class is great at long-range. She shoots needles, fitting for a cactus. I zoomed in on a few of the enemy zombie players. Picking them off one by one, watching their green bodies spin around as they flopped to the ground. The death animation is so comical in this game.

Teamwork makes for an enjoyable experience

The events of this match and many matches before and after this one taught me to prize team work in the game. Many multiplayer shooters have an emphasises on kill streaks with the true goal of helping your team win on the back burner. This is backwards.

PopCap designed this game with team players viable to gameplay. The different abilities and strength of the classes complement each other. 

In the end my team was victorious. It was a tight match, though we (the plants) ended up winning. After the victory I couldn’t help but smile and sit back on my couch. The world was a bit safer from the zombies that day. 

With all that said I hope you have a better idea of what a Plants VS Zombies Garden Warfare match is like. In the comments bellow let me know if you found this type of documentation of a match informative, entertaining, or just a waste of time. This is something new I'm trying out and the more insight I get into how people responds to it, the better. 

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The Zombies Are Coming... You Have Been Warned! https://www.gameskinny.com/gxkhx/the-zombies-are-coming-you-have-been-warned https://www.gameskinny.com/gxkhx/the-zombies-are-coming-you-have-been-warned Thu, 29 May 2014 12:22:10 -0400 onpv3rtigo1

Not to fear Playstation enthusiasts, PopCap Games has announced that the zombies are indeed heading your way shortly. Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare will be arriving for the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 on August 19 in North America, August 21 in Europe and August 22 in the UK. Shooters are never going to be the same.

Originally released only for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, PvZGW is a Battlefield inspired take on PopCap's incredibly popular Plants vs Zombies tower defense game. It places you on either the plants team or the zombies in a mix of standard online shooter type modes. These modes range from your typical deathmatch to Garden Warfare's co-operative mode Garden Ops.

It has been confirmed that the Playstation 4 version will be running at a native 1080p with full support for Remote Play using the Vita. Also, for those who want to command the battle from above the PS App will be utilized to function as the second screen support for the Boss Mode in multiplayer.

Is that all?

Included with the release of Garden Warfare for the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4, are the two DLC packs that have been released so far. These packs are Zomboss Down and the Garden Variety Pack both of which were released as free DLC add ons.

Zomboss Down- As well as the western theme, this DLC added a new map called Cactus Canyon where the zombies must seek and destroy a secret plant facility located on a golf course. It also gives us eight new unlockable characters including the Armored Chomper and the Wrestling Star Zombie. Three new consumable items were added to plant's arsenal: the Ice Peashooter, Fire Peashooter and the Bamboo Shot.  There is also hundreds of new customization options as well as a level cap increase from 20 to 30.

Garden Variety- Along with the release of another extra map, called Chomp Town, PopCap added a new game mode called Gnome Bomb. In this mode, the two teams are tasked with finding a random bomb somewhere on the map that has been strapped to a garden gnome. Then the teams must use the bomb to destroy three separate bases before the other team can diffuse the bomb. There were also additional player abilities that were added as well as around 100 new customizations. To round out the arsenal of consumables were the addition of the Doom Shroom for the plants and pirate themed zombies for the, well, zombies.

But wait, there's more

Pre orders for the Playstation versions of Garden Warfare have already begun and will come with two in game card packs just like the Xbox releases. However, as an added bonus to the SONY fans, you will also receive character-themed customization items that include Hat Packs based on Ratchet and Clank, Sly Cooper, and Fat Princess. PopCap has also stated that they will be showcasing the Playstation Garden Warfares at this year's E3 in just a few weeks.

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Feed Your Dolphin Gun and Prepare For Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare https://www.gameskinny.com/7coj0/feed-your-dolphin-gun-and-prepare-for-plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare https://www.gameskinny.com/7coj0/feed-your-dolphin-gun-and-prepare-for-plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare Mon, 12 May 2014 18:20:34 -0400 onpv3rtigo1

Recently celebrating its fifth birthday, PopCap Games' Plants vs Zombies has rode the wave of the zombie rage-tsunami that has been flooding all aspects of pop culture with style and humor. 

The original Plants vs Zombies is a tower defense game where you use your limited resource of sunshine to place plants in your yard to defend it from the zombie horde.  The game is highly addictive in both gameplay and strategy but also throws in very cute and cartoony graphics to give the game a very light hearted feel.  This gives the game its signature unique charm.

This past year saw PopCap update the original with the release of a sequel on mobile devices along with the addition of a title first announced at E3 2013.  This newest addition to the franchise is called Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare and sought to combine the charm and feel of PvZ with the gameplay of Electronic Arts' online shooter series Battlefield.

Peashooters, Cacti and Disco Zombies oh my!

You take control of a character from one of four classes taken from the PvZ universe in a choice of four online gameplay modes.  These modes are based off of ones found in the Battlefield series like Vanquish, which is Garden Warfare's take on deathmatch or Gardens & Graveyards which is derived from Battlefield's Rush mode.  Also included is a co-operative mode called Garden Ops, which is similar to Horde mode found in the Gears of War franchise, where you and up to three other players defend a garden against ten waves of increasingly harder zombies.

The game is played from a third person perspective and, as stated previously, the gameplay is bases off of the Battlefield series.  However unlike the Battlefield series the gunplay is very stripped down and basic.  Each character has only their primary weapon and three abilities.  An example of this is one of my favorite characters Chomper... Chomper is the Plants' heavy hitting melee class. His primary attack is, of course, his chomping.  Abilities include a ranged goop attack that slows zombies in their tracks, an underground burrow where he can swim under the earth and gulp up zombies from below, and the ability to plant Spikeweeds on the ground to ensnare any zombie that unknowingly walks over them.

 You can never have enough support!

The one thing that sets Plants vs Zombies garden Warefare apart from the Battlefield series is that you have the ability to use support plants or zombies depending on which side you are on.  These can be acquired via packs of cards that can be purchased with in-game coins earned through playing.  As the zombies, one of the support items you can summon is a zombie walking around inside an outhouse.  Yes I said inside an outhouse.  It's just hilarious the first time you see a walking outhouse with beady little eyes looking at you and hearing it say "Brains."

Graphics and sound are what we have come to expect from the PvZ series.  Very cute and stylized graphics along with appropriate sound effects right down to Chomper letting out a hearty burp with each zombie he swallows whole.

Now onto the negative.

There are some minor issues I have with the game however.  For me though, these issues do not really take away from the overall experience.  Firstly, the Xbox 360 version has some graphical pop-in issues.  This happens primarily the first few seconds after you start playing on a new map or upon respawning in a new area. 

Secondly, there is no easy way for you to partner up with your friends and play online outside of playing Garden Ops.  To play with your friends in any of the versus modes you have to send an invite to a match that you are currently participating in and hope there is room and then there is no guarantee that you will be on the same side.  The matchmaking system is inconvenient for group play and could definitely use an overhaul.

These basic issues aside, the game is an absolute blast to play.  It gets even better the more character variations and customizations you can randomly unlock with the in game card packs (to which there are many).  A perfect example of this is the Marine Biologist variation of the Zombie's Scientist class where his primary weapon is a dolphin gun that fires vomit like a shotgun.  Hilarious.

And now for my final thoughts.

I would highly recommend this game for kids or for the kid in all of us.  It is super fun, cute, and reasonably priced.  It is not the most robust shooter by far but is one of the most fun shooters I have played in a while.

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare is available on Xbox 360 for $29.99 and Xbox One for $39.99.  A PC version will be available in June 2014.

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Plants Vs. Zombies Free on Origin https://www.gameskinny.com/y0q26/plants-vs-zombies-free-on-origin https://www.gameskinny.com/y0q26/plants-vs-zombies-free-on-origin Mon, 12 May 2014 03:23:15 -0400 Mary Yeager

For a limited time, Origin is offering Plants vs. Zombies Game of the Year Edition free. Normally, the game is $4.99 on the service. This free offer is part of a new service on Origin called On the House. Their first offering was Dead Space. This is the second game being offered on for free by Origin.

About Plants vs. Zombies

Defend your home from invading zombies with a garden full of plants. While the zombie has special skills, so do the various plants you have to use. These plants include:

  • Peashooters
  • Wall-nuts
  • Cherry bombs
  • and more.

The higher a player goes, the more obstacles (such as swimming pools) and difficulties do go up. Plants vs. Zombies is a styled from tower defense style games. There are also three other games in the series if this one piques your fancy.

The deal for the free game will last until May 28, 2014. Get it while you can before a new game takes its place. Do you play?

 

 

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PopCap Games Supports Free Content for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare https://www.gameskinny.com/36f17/popcap-games-supports-free-content-for-plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare https://www.gameskinny.com/36f17/popcap-games-supports-free-content-for-plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:08:22 -0400 Emmanuel Torres

PopCap Games released Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare on February 25, 2014 with limited game modes and maps. Since then, they have added new elements through updates and new DLC for the indisputable price of free. Yes that’s right, FREE.

PopCap Games added a myriad of features, including new plants for Garden Ops mode, zombies for Gardens & Graveyards, brand new characters to the already robust cast, and new game modes and maps. They are also constantly tweaking and balancing the game for the added benefit of the player. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare looked as though it was going to be riddled with microtransactions, but, fortunately, they veered off that road. PopCap Games definitely shows that they support their games and care about the people who play them.

In today’s gaming world, many developers seem to release unfinished games so that they can later push out DLC to the player for an additional fee. As the years go by, the monetization involving video games is growing, but if developers continue to support their games with constant updates it will not go unnoticed. Players will see that they made a game with the intention for people to have fun and not solely to make a quick buck.

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Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare: Engineer Ability Customization Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/dv2eb/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-engineer-ability-customization-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/dv2eb/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-engineer-ability-customization-guide Sat, 29 Mar 2014 19:53:17 -0400 Synzer

The Engineer in Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare supports the zombie team in various ways. They stun plants to stop them from killing teammates, build portals to get the team to gardens quicker in Gardens and Graveyards, and send out drones to harass the enemy team and call in airstrikes. 

The new abilities give Engineers a few more options and utility when it comes to fighting the plants. The stun grenade alternate ability will make plants think twice before rushing to a portal or objective. I'll go over each ability, the differences between the new and old versions, when to use each, and battle tips for each ability.

To learn the basics of this class, check out the Engineer Class guide. If you want to know about the different variants, visit the Engineer Variants guide. For help with anything else related to Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare, go to the Master Guide List.

This guide will cover everything about the alternate abilities for Engineer including:

  • Engineer Alternate Abilities - What they are and what they do.
  • Ability Differences - How the new abilities compare to the old ones.
  • Ability Tips - When to use each version of the abilities and combat tips.

Engineer Alternate Abilities

The normal abilities for the Engineer are: Sonic Grenade, Zombot Drone, and Jackhammer. The alternate abilities are: Proximity Sonic Mine, Rocket Drone, and Turbo Jackhammer.

Proximity Sonic Mine

The Proximity Sonic Mine is a stationary explosive and not the normal Sonic Grenade you throw. You can set 3 mines at a time and when a plant gets near one, they explode and stun.

Ability Tips

  • Set up sonic mines near portals to give you more time to kill plants trying to destroy them.
  • Placing sonic mines around the garden, or other objective points, helps complete the objective.
  • Place them in common used pathways as traps to slow down plants or make them easy kills.
  • Use the normal Sonic Grenade when you need to throw a stun or stuns things quickly.

Rocket Drone

The Rocket Drone is bulkier than the Zombot Drone. It has 20 health instead of 5, shoots a purple laser as its primary weapon and sends down one cone strike instead of several.

Ability Tips

  • The Rocket Drone is good for scouting. The extra health lets you spot where the plants are and what they are doing.
  • The cone strike only sends down one, but it has a short cooldown. This is great for changing targets quickly and keeping pressure on the enemy during objective-based games.
  • The Zombot Drone is better when you want to do maximum damage and if you know the enemy won't destroy it quickly.

Turbo Jackhammer

The Turbo Jackhammer goes much faster than the normal Jackhammer, but it doesn't last as long.

Ability Tips

The Jackhammer in general has many uses. It knocks plants in the air, stunning them for a short while. This also uproots plants using rooted abilities like the Peashooter's Gatling Pea and the Sunflower's Sunbeam. Chomper's can't swallow you while on a jack hammer either, so it's great for escaping their Chomp.

  • The Turbo Jackhammer is best when you need to get somewhere fast that isn't too far away.
  • The normal Jackhammer is best when you need to go far distances since it lasts longer.
  • Turbo Jackhammer is also great for escaping quickly, chasing down enemies, and stunning plants quickly.

That's the end of the new Engineer abilities guide. If you have any questions, or suggestions, then let me know in the comments below. If you want to read anymore tips or guides for anything related to Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare, check out the Master Guide List.

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Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare: Scientist Ability Customization Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/cghum/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-scientist-ability-customization-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/cghum/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-scientist-ability-customization-guide Sat, 29 Mar 2014 06:21:26 -0400 Synzer

The master healer for the zombie team in Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare, the Scientist, just got even more heals. They have always been a great support and attack class, now their survivability is better as well.

Scientists combine healing, teleporting, and close-range shotgun blasts to make them a difficult enemy to beat. Most people know by know that when you see a scientist, you keep your distance, and hope they don't get close to you. This is very different from the plants healer, the Sunflower, and shows just how unique each character in this game is.

I'll go over each new ability for the Scientist, differences between the old and new versions, best times to use each, and combat tips for each new ability. If you would rather learn the basics of the Scientist first, then check out my Scientist guide. My Scientist Variants guide will tell you everything you need to know about each variant if you're wondering about that.

For anything else related to Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare, go to the Master Guide List.

This guide will cover everything about the alternate abilities for Scientist including:

  • Scientist Alternate Abilities - What they are and what they do.
  • Ability Differences - How the new abilities compare to the old ones.
  • Ability Tips - When to use each version of the abilities and combat tips.

Scientist Alternate Abilities

The normal abilities for the Scientist are: Sticky Explody Bomb, Warp, and Zombie Heal Station. The alternate abilities are: Mega Heal Bomb, Energy Warp, and Armored Heal Station.

Mega Heal Bomb

The Mega Heal Bomb replaces the Sticky Explody Bomb, taking away a little offense and adding more healing support. The Mega Heal Bomb is a giant bomb, that rolls around, and explodes to heal teammates. The healing from this is very high.

Ability Tips

  • The Mega Heal Bomb is great for burst healing. Roll it into a garden in Gardens and Graveyards, or into a groups of teammates, to get a big heal and keep your allies alive.
  • Combining this with the Zombie Heal Station will offer a lot of healing to your team and greatly increase the odds of winning.
  • Use this when you don't want the extra damage from the Sticky Explody Bomb, or you need more healing than the healing station can give you.
  • Be careful because plants can roll it to. You don't want the enemy moving your heal bomb out of range of the rest of your team.

 

Energy Warp

The Energy Warp turns you into pure energy and lets you travel around for a limited time. It can only be used once before cooldown, unlike twice for the normal Warp, but you won't take damage while using energy Warp. The amount of time spent in energy warp is also rather long and can go the distance of two normal Warps.

Ability Tips

  • This is the best safety mechanism for the Scientist, or any character for that matter.
  • The normal warp activates faster than the Energy Warp, so if you need to escape things quickly, use the normal Warp.
  • The Energy Warp is great for destroying Potato Mines. Go into a garden, then use the energy warp and circle it until all mines are gone.
  • This is also helpful for capturing gardens. While in Energy Warp, nobody can hurt you, so you can get the extra push needed to take the garden.

 

Armored Heal Station

The Armored Heal station is much harder to destroy than the Zombie Heal Station, but doesn't heal as fast. It also explodes after a while. I haven't seen anything happen when it explodes though. It doesn't do damage to the zombies and I don't think it hurts the plants.

Ability Tips

  • When you need a steady stream of healing, and don't want the station destroyed quickly, use the Armored Heal Station.
  • The normal version is better if you need quicker heals, or know that the station is safe.
  • The armored version is best used at an objective point because plants are more likely to destroy a station during this time.

That wraps up the Scientist ability guide. If you have any questions or suggestions, let me know in the comments! For other tips, check out the Master Guide List.

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Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare: Soldier Ability Customization Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/2mta1/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-soldier-ability-customization-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/2mta1/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-soldier-ability-customization-guide Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:31:07 -0400 Synzer

The Soldier is probably the most commonly used class on the Zombie side in Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare. For good reason, they have a fast play style, cool variants, can reach high places, and are just all around fun. Get enough Soldiers shooting and jumping around, and that will cause problems for any team of plants.

The alternate abilities make the Soldier even more versatile and fun to use. After unlocking all of them, enemies will have to think twice when going up against a Soldier. I'll cover each new ability in this guide. I'll also go over the differences between the old and new abilities, times to use each, and combat tips for each.

To get a better understanding on how the Soldier class works, visit my Soldier Guide. For explanations on each variant, go to my Soldier Variants Guide. If you need help with anything else related to Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare, check out my Master Guide List.

This guide will cover everything about the alternate abilities for Soldier including:

  • Soldier Alternate Abilities - What they are and what they do.
  • Ability Differences - How the new abilities compare to the old ones.
  • Ability Tips - When to use each version of the abilities and combat tips.

Soldier Alternate Abilities

The normal abilities for the Soldier are: ZPG, Rocket Jump, and Zombie Stink Cloud. The alternate abilities are: Multi-Rocket, Rocket Leap, and Super Stink Cloud.

Multi-Rocket

The Multi-Rocket shoots 3 rockets instead of one like the ZPG. The difference is that each rocket does less damage than a normal ZPG. 

Ability Tips

  • Although each rocket does less damage, if you hit an enemy with all 3, it is devastating.
  • You can move the target for each rocket, so you can cover more area with Multi-Rocket, even though you'll do less damage.
  • This is helpful for getting rid of Potato Mines and other traps placed by the plants team.

 

 

Rocket Leap

The Rocket Leap does not make you go as high in the air as the Rocket Jump. Instead, it increased the distance you can travel in front of you.

Ability Tips

  • Use this when you need to cover more ground.
  • For getting to high and hard to reach places, the Rocket Jump is still the best.
  • This is helpful for escaping, or catching up to enemies.
  • Rocket Leap is also helpful for getting to an objective faster, such as a garden in the Gardens and Graveyards mode.

 

Super Stink Bomb

The Super Stink Bomb does more damage than the Zombie Stink Cloud. The drawback is that it doesn't last as long.

Ability Tips

This ability has many uses, whether it is the old or new version. You can hide in, use it to cover allies, damage plants, use it to escape, or force plants to leave the area. The Super Stink Bomb does some of these job even better.

  • The increased damage can help kill plants easier and is great when combined with your other attacks.
  • If you are using it to hide, make an escape, or any kind of decoy, the normal Zombie Stink Cloud is better because it lasts longer.
  • When you want to do a lot of damage to plants, force Plants out of an area quicker, or take gardens more easily, the Super Stink Bomb is better.
  • Toss this into a group of plants and watch them run, or die trying!

 

 

That's it for the new abilities guide for the Soldier class. If you have any questions about anything covered here, or suggestions, then let me know in the comments below. If you's like help with anything else Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare related, check out my Master Guide List.

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Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare: Cactus Ability Customization Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/szqad/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-cactus-ability-customization-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/szqad/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-cactus-ability-customization-guide Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:01:11 -0400 Synzer

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Iron Maiden
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The Iron Maiden is not as wide as the Tallnut Battlement, but it takes a lot longer to kill. You also can only place one at time instead of two for the Tallnut Battlement. Even though you can only place one though, you can place as many as you want each time the cooldown is over.

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Ability Tips

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  • Place an Iron Maiden in a commonly used path to greatly slow down the enemy.
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  • Watch over the area until you can place more, or have two or more Cacti place Iron Maidens to completely block off an area.
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That wraps up the Cactus ability guide. If you have any questions, or suggestions, let me know in the comments! For more help with Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare, visit the Master Guide List.

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Artichoke Drone
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The Artichoke Drone has more health than the Garlic Drone. In exchange, the Artichoke Drone does less damage and only sends down one corn during the Corn Strike. The cooldown is lower for the Corn Strike though.

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Ability Tips

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  • Although the Artichoke Drone does less damage, the extra health makes up for it. Send it out to harass zombies that try to get to your garden.
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  • The increased health makes this a better scout than the Garlic Drone. Send it out to see where the enemy team goes, and to find the portal the Engineers are building.
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  • The Corn strike is not as powerful since it only sends one, but the lower cooldown is fantastic. Use the Artichoke Drone to give support to your team.
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Cactus Alternate Abilities

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The normal abilities for the Cactus are: Potato Mine, Garlic Drone, and Tallnut Battlement. The alternate abilities are: Potato Nugget Mine, Artichoke Drone, and Iron Maiden.

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Potato Nugget Mine
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The Potato Nugget Mine allows you to place more potato mines than the normal version of this ability. They are smaller and do not do as much damage though.

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Ability Tips

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  • When you need to cover more areas with mines, go with the new Potato Nugget.Mine.
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  • Mines are great for slowing down or stopping zombies, so the more the better.
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  • Even though they don't do as much damage, they still do a decent amount. Use these when you can watch over the area.
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  • Combining the extra mines with your normal attacks, or drone, will allow you to do even more damage.
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  • These work well in garden ops to take out more summoned zombies.
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  • The Potato Nugget Mine is also a great support ability. You can cause damage to more zombies and your allies can finish them off.
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The Cactus is a long-ranged plant in Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare. It is the sniper of the team and has various tricks at its disposal to take down zombies. To play a Cactus most effectively, stay at range, stay out of sight, and know when you need to switch from sniping far away to planting traps.

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The new abilities for the Cactus provide alternate ways to use their abilities. Whether you want your drone to last longer, stronger shields to plant, or more mines, you can change your play style accordingly. I'll go over each new ability for the Cactus, the differences between the old and new ones, the best time to use each, and tips on all of them.

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For the basics on using this class, go to my Cactus Guide. If you'd like to know anything else about this game, check out my Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare Master Guide List.

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This guide will cover everything about the alternate abilities for Cactus including:

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  • Cactus Alternate Abilities - What they are and what they do.
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  • Ability Differences - How the new abilities compare to the old ones.
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  • Ability Tips - When to use each version of the abilities and combat tips.
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Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare: Chomper Ability Customization Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/fu7j3/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-chomper-ability-customization-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/fu7j3/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-chomper-ability-customization-guide Thu, 27 Mar 2014 05:39:34 -0400 Synzer

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Spiky Spikeweed
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The Spiky Spikeweed does more damage than the normal Spikeweed. The drawback is that you can only use two at a time instead of three. It also is more visible than the normal version, so it is harder to hide.

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Ability Tips

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Even though Spiky Spikeweed does more damage, it depends on what you want to do with it and what game mode you're playing on which one you want to use.

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  • Hiding it isn't necessary in Garden Ops or against summoned zombies so the Spiky Spikeweed is good if you want to do a lot of damage.
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  • The normal Spikeweed will most likely kill normal zombies anyway, so the extra one you get by choosing the normal version is worth it.
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  • If you want to do more damage to enemy zombies without actually being there, the Spiky Spikeweed is better.
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  • It's more of a support ability because you can swallow zombies stuck in the Spikeweed. This means that having more out at a time is better.
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  • Use this in Garden Ops to cause more damage and help teammates when you can't swallow every zombie that comes in the garden.
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Now that the Chomper ability guide is at an end, you know the best ways to use these new abilities. If you have any questions or suggestions, let me know in the comments. For more tips and guides on Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare, go to my Master Guide List.

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Sprint Burrow
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The Sprint Burrow moves faster underground than the normal Burrow, but it does not go as far. It's great for getting zombies closer to you.

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Ability Tips

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  • When a Zombie is close but a little out of reach, use the Sprint Burrow to get to them quickly.
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  • Test the distance. The Sprint Burrow is better than the normal Burrow, but only if they are not out of your reach.
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  • This is great for escaping and snatching up a zombie while you're at it.
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  • When you need to travel farther distances, use the normal Burrow instead of the Sprint Burrow.
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Chomper Alternate Abilities

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The normal abilities for the Chomper are: Goop, Burrow, and Spikeweed. The alternate abilities are: Super Sticky Goop, Sprint Burrow, and Spiky Spikeweed.

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Super Sticky Goop
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The Super Sticky Goop completely stops Zombies from moving, and not just slow them down like the normal Goop. They can still turn, but not move. This makes it easier to catch up to them.

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Ability Tips

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  • This is great when you need to catch up to a zombie, or stop them from going any further.
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  • Use this with Burrow to swallow zombies easier.
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  • This is helpful for stopping zombies about to reach a garden in the Gardens and Graveyards mode.
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The Chomper is an amazing plant in Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare when used correctly. Their chomp attacks cause a decent amount of damage, and they instantly kill zombies by swallowing them. They are fairly vulnerable when swallowing though so you have to use hit-and-run tactics and play the Chomper like a stealth class.

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Chomper's customized abilities are superior in almost every way, but there may still be times when you want to use the older versions. I'll go over each new ability, the differences between the old and new versions, when to use them, and tips for each.

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If you'd rather learn the basics of the class first, check out my Chomper Guide. If you'd like to know anything else about this game, check out my Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare Master Guide List.

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This guide will cover everything about the alternate abilities for Chomper including:

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  • Chomper Alternate Abilities - What they are and what they do.
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  • Ability Differences - How the new abilities compare to the old ones.
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  • Ability Tips - When to use each version of the abilities and combat tips.
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Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare: Sunflower Ability Customization Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/3j9as/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-sunflower-ability-customization-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/3j9as/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-sunflower-ability-customization-guide Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:35:27 -0400 Synzer

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Dark Flower
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This is the biggest change to Sunflower and makes it more of an offensive role. The Dark Flower replaces the Heal Flower. Instead of healing, it shoots lasers at zombies. Now you have your very own turret!

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Ability Tips

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  • When you need a bit more offense on your team go with this one.
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  • This is best used when playing with other Sunflowers and you get healed often. This is important because without the Heal Flower, you have no way to heal yourself.
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  • Plant them in places hard to see or get to, not out in the open. You want them to do damage to the zombies, not get blown up as soon as you plant it.
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  • Make sure it can actually reach the Zombies. Although secrecy is best, it does no good if it isn't even hitting anything.
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  • Put them in range of other potted plants, but not too close. Combining it with other potted plants increases effectiveness, but you don't want multiple plants getting destroyed with one or two attacks.
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That's it for the new Sunflower abilities. If you have any questions or suggestions, let me know in the comments. If you want help with other things in Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare, visit my Master Guide List.

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Solar Flare Beam
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The Solar Flare Beam does more damage than the Sunbeam, but it does not last as long. Great for getting en extra bit of damage, or plowing down a group of Zombies.

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Ability Tips

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  • As a Sunflower, you move constantly, heal teammates, and revive them. This ability lets you get a lot of damage out, then go back to being a support champ.
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Sunflower Alternate Abilities

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The normal abilities for the Sunflower are: Heal Beam, Sunbeam, and Heal Flower. The alternate versions for these abilities are: Rainbow Heal Beam, Solar Flare Beam, Dark Flower.

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Rainbow Heal Beam
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The Rainbow Heal Beam changes the normal look of the Heal Beam to a rainbow. So fancy! That's about it. There is no other difference other than the way it looks.

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If you feel like showing rainbow colors and get tired of looking at the plain yellow Heal Beam, then go for with this one.

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Ability Tips

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Nothing new, but here are a couple of healing tips people seem to miss. First of all, do it. You'd be surprised at how many Sunflowers just attack or stay in the back using Sunbeam.

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  • You can use the Heal Beam while attacking, so there really is no excuse. You just can't use it while using Sunbeam.
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  • Stay around corners or out of sight if you can to make sure you don't die.
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The Sunflower is a great healer in Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare, this is known, but it didn't have much on the offense side compared to other characters. That's where the new abilities come in. Although one ability is purely cosmetic, the other two greatly increase the damage that Sunflowers do.

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I'll go over each new ability, differences between the old and new ones, and tips on using each. At the end of this guide you will not only be a support character, but a real damage dealer as well.

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If you'd rather learn more about the basics of the Sunflower, check out my Sunflower Guide. For anything else Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare related go to my Master Guide List.

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This guide will cover everything about the alternate abilities for Sunflower including:

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  • Sunflower Alternate Abilities - What they are and what they do.
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  • Ability Differences - How the new abilities compare to the old ones.
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  • Ability Tips - When to use each version of the abilities and combat tips.
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Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare: All-Star Ability Customization Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/3srxc/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-all-star-ability-customization-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/3srxc/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-all-star-ability-customization-guide Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:57:43 -0400 Synzer

All-Stars in Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare usually don't get as much love as the other classes, but they are a fantastic class. They have the most health in the game at 200, launch imps, use a devastating gatling gun, place shields, and sprint across a map.

All of the alternate abilities for All-Stars are more situational than most classes. There are times that you want to use the older versions and times when you want to use the newer versions. I'll go over each new ability, the differences between the new and old versions of each ability, tips on using each, and when to use each version.

If you would like to learn the basics of the All-Star class, check out my All-Star Guide, or for each variant, the All-Star Variant Guide.

For help with anything else, go to my Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare Master Guide List.

This guide will cover everything about the alternate abilities for All-Star including:

  • All-Star Alternate Abilities - What they are and what they do.
  • Ability Differences - How the new abilities compare to the old ones.
  • Ability Tips - When to use each version of the abilities and combat tips.

All-Star Alternate Abilities

The normal abilities for the All-Star are: Imp Punt, Sprint Tackle, and Dummy Shield. The alternate abilities are: Long Bomb, Ultra Tackle, Shield Decoy.

Long Bomb

The Long Bomb ability has a greater distance than the normal Imp Punt. It also launches in the air at an arc.

Ability Tips

This is great when you need to avoid obstacles or go longer distances. Not good for close fights.

  • Use when you need to avoid obstacles and traps between you and the enemy.
  • Look at how far it goes. Don't try to use too close or you'll miss the enemy.
  • For close quarters fights, use the normal Imp Punt. It is best at close-range combat.
  • This is great for destroying Potato Mines and other traps placed by the plants team.

Ultra Tackle

The Ultra Tackle does more damage than the Sprint Tackle. The drawback is you can't use it as often.

Ability Tips

  • Use the Ultra Tackle when you need to get that extra boost of damage.
  • Great when used in a group of enemies while playing Gardens and Graveyards.
  • When staying alive for longer periods of time, or when you need to tackle more often, use the normal Sprint Tackle.
  • Watch where you tackle! Be careful not to tackle right into a Potato Mine or Spikeweed.
  • Also, be aware of which potted plants are up. Ending up near a Doom Shroom or Ice Shroom can get you easily killed.

Shield Decoy

The Shield Decoy replaces the Dummy Shield with Cardboard cutouts. They don't take as much damage, but you can place 5 at the start instead of 2.

Ability Tips

Do not place them randomly. Many times people will just place a shield and it gets in the way of your teammates. I lost a game of Gardens and Graveyards before because there were All-Star shields blocking our way and we couldn't get to the Garden in time. Don't be that guy.

  • Use the Shield Decoy when you need more than the two shields, such as covering more area.
  • The Dummy Shield is best when you just want better defense.
  • Try stacking Shield Decoys behind each other. This forces the enemy to shoot through all of them before getting to you.

That's it for the All-Star ability guide. If you have any questions or suggestions, let me know in the comments below. For other tips and guides related to Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare, visit my Master Guide List.

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