Game Review: Plants vs Zombies

Need to burn some time? Killing zombies works.

Overall Score: 4/5

While Plants vs Zombies has great lasting value, its slow load speeds are a bit discouraging and the gameplay isn’t spectacular compared to other tower defense games.

Gameplay: 4/5

Even though there are some better tower defense games out there, Plants vs Zombies still manages to have good gameplay thanks to the insane amount of different plants (towers) and various zombies (enemies). It does lack a scoring system (unlike geoDefense), but Plants vs Zombies incorporates a neat money system where you can buy yourself upgrades, and the limited plant (tower) selection makes you really think about your gameplan and how you will defeat the zombies. So yes, the game is fun and unique, but personally I would pick geoDefense instead!

Presentation: 3/5

Loooooading. Loading. It’s a bit slow to load, but otherwise the visuals are usually good. However, the frame rate did stutter three times when I was playing it (over the course of about three hours). The music is fantastic. Unfortunately the slow load and resume speeds bring the experience down, especially when it isn’t an impressive 3D visual title.

Lasting Value: 5/5

You’ll get over 5 hours of gameplay from Plants vs Zombies from the main game mode alone! Then there’s some arcade games that you unlock as you beat the main campaign, or you can go back and replay the campaign mode. There’s also achievements of course, and some leaderboards that compare your scores on those mini games to your Xbox Live friend’s scores. The huge variety of plants alone can keep you interested for awhile. Great lasting value!

Title: Plants vs Zombies
Price: $4.99
Publisher: PopCap Games

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