Every year there is a surprising game that gamers everywhere fall in love with. This goes for all the platforms, whether it is one of the beloved consoles, the pc or mobile game. Plants vs Zombies was one such game that had many gamers putting an abundance of hours into it when it came out back in 2009. Now flash forward to 2013 with the continuation of the franchise in the highly anticipated sequel, Plants vs Zombies 2: It’s About Time. Was the reception the same as its predecessor? Not really.
Sure PVZ2 is an entertaining game when you start off but then you start noticing certain things. For one some of the favorite plants from the first game are available to you at $2.99 a pop. Yes, this game is a free to play game, but I like many others would be willing to pay $5 for such game that would come complete. As I progressed on I did eventually get over this (granted I miss my squash).
Each world is crafted in familiarity, striking resemblances to classic game maps like Super Mario 3. After you go through every stage in a world, most of the boards then reopen back up with 3 stars to obtain on each. These stars are needed to open a stargate and progress to the next world. This is where the game loses some more points as it in some regards turns into a grind now and becomes a bit redundant.
First off the star challenges on each level are not varied enough. Sure they vary in difficulty but by the 3rd time they ask you not to plant on Crazy Dave’s mold colonies it gets a bit annoying. The game also becomes quite the grind on the later levels when it is a necessity to use the super power-ups which require coins you collect in game. Desperate for coins and want to beat the board well you can cough up more real money on this game or play the easier levels over and over to rack up coins.
I’m sure by now you can tell I am not a fan of the free to play model and am totally willing to pay for a game granted it’s the full game. Free to play is a model that seems to be sucking the life out of mobile games for one and has no place on console gaming but with the likes of EA constantly trying this with their mobile games they surely will be trying this on the next gen more so than they are now.
By all means Plants vs Zombies 2 is not a bad game. It still has the visual charm and humor that can be found in the first and damn it, Crazy Dave needs another taco. However the level of entertainment you get from this only leads to flashbacks of how enjoyable the first was and leaving one thinking this one is nothing but a disappointment.