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There’s Trouble in Zombopolis in new PvZ2 update

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When I reviewed Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, it was my first experience of the first person side of PopCap’s classic take on the defence title. It’s great fun and EA and PopCap have released a new free update for the game.

Titled Trouble in Zombopolis Part One, this huge new content adds a giant new map, two crazy characters and over 1,200 new character customisation items. This really is a huge update, weighing in at a hefty 5.3GB. This will add Breakfast Brainz and Toxic Citron, pictured above.

Dive into Zombopolis, the biggest zombie map ever created. Here, Dr. Zomboss and the zombies are plotting to build a Mega Zombot that may put the fate of plant-kind in grave danger.

In addition to the new massive map, new characters and new items, Trouble in Zombopolis will also offer gameplay balancing.

Zombopolis will open up to players as the most massive zombie city ever. This new Herbal Assault map gives the player sewers, streets, buildings and more to battle it out in. Take control of the toaster helmeted Breakfast Brainz who can fire waffles from his fists to ward off the invading plants. Alternatively, handle Toxic Citron, sporting some new abilities over regular Citron.

Part of the balancing improvements include increasing Sunflower’s damage output and reducing Electro Brainz damage. The developer have improved the Boat Blast Mini-Game in the docks in the Backyard Battleground. Compete with friends in a new leaderboard for this part of the game.

There is also a whole ream of bug fixes for characters, quests and general in-game goodness. These can be found on the official PvZGW2 blog here.

So, fire up Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 and expect to be introduced to Trouble in Zombopolis part one and all the content and fixes that it contains.

Here’s the launch trailer, it’s available now.

 

Deals with Gold 9/12/14

Xbox Live’s Major Nelson has revealed the latest deals with gold, this week it’s all about Popcap. If you don’t have EA Access then Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a must! Discounts are valid now through 15 December 2014.

Xbox One

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare Xbox One Game 66%
Peggle 2 Xbox One Game 60%

Xbox 360

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Peggle Arcade 50%
Bejeweled  3 Arcade 50%
Peggle Nights Add-on 50%
Zuma’s Revenge Arcade 50%
Plants vs Zombies Arcade 50%
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare Games on Demand 66%
Feeding Frenzy 2 Arcade 50%
Feeding Frenzy Arcade 50%
Zuma Arcade 50%

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare DLC Out Now

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Morning Zombie Killers! Did you hear the news? There is free DLC available today for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. That’s right… I said FREE! So what you waiting for? Download the Garden Variety DLC bundle TODAY!

Here’s the ‘official – professionally written’ press release:

That’s right, there’s more. The critically-acclaimed shooter Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare brings even more bizarre fun with the new 8v8 “Gnome Bomb” gameplay mode, the option to customize your load out with 24 new ability upgrades and an all-new map, Chomp Town in the downloadable Garden Variety Pack (DLC) available for free starting March 18 on Xbox One and Xbox 360. Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare launched in February with a 90 from Gaming Trend raving, “Garden Warfare is entertaining, accessible, and oozing with charm,” and IGN saying “[Garden Warfare] sets itself apart from other multiplayer third-person shooters.

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The Garden Variety Pack features 24 new ability upgrades, three for each class including Sunflower’s Solar Flare Beam, Chomper’s Super Goop which cements zombies in place and the All-Star Zombie’s Ultra Tackle. These upgrades give players even more load out options for battle in the fun-dead field. The Garden Variety Pack also introduces the explosive Gnome Bomb mode that challenges plants and zombies to work together to destroy each other’s reinforced garden or graveyard. Players can explore a new funtastic map, and encounter a band of fresh Pirate Zombies, such as the Map Pirate Zombie who shields himself with a treasure map, in Sharkbite Shores and Port Scallywag.

Read our full review on ThisisXbox here.

Peggle 2 Xbox One Review

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EA and PopCap games have unleashed the sequel to the highly addictive Xbox LIVE Arcade peg-smashing game of 2009 – Peggle. Now available on Xbox One, Peggle 2 – the yet-even-more-addictive title offers some brand new features, new characters with special abilities and now automatic game clip recording to capture those moments when your last ball performs some great mean skill shots! If you remember the Xbox LIVE Arcade version, this is quite similar, but now you can share your awesome skills with the world on Xbox One!

If you have never, ever played Peggle before, I can describe it best as a form of the old block smashing game Breakout combined with Pinball elements. Together this makes the ultimate fun arcade style points racking game with platformer style Master characters that add super abilities to your balls. As you start a game your screen is filled with a combination of coloured pegs whilst you have limited balls, the aim is to clear all orange pegs (although they look more red) whilst all other blue pegs on screen add to your points and help with skill shots. In between the mass of orange and blue pegs are green pegs that once smashed will activate your Masters special abilities for a limited time – and purple pegs that boost your points.

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Peggle is all about how you master your skills to not only clear the orange pegs, but acquire the most points too. Each level contains around 100 pegs all in all, 25 which are orange, the rest mostly blue and you will control a cannon set at the center top of the screen. You have 10 balls to shoot individually with your cannon by lining up your shots and set at the bottom of the screen is a moving bucket, if your ball lands within the bucket you get a Free Ball, so although you only have 10 balls, it will generally take more than 10 shots to clear the pegs. You can obtain other Free Balls by acquiring points too, or if you fire and don’t hit any Pegs at all there is a coin flip to decide if you should win another shot! Only by clearing all of the orange pegs can you move on to a different level – and they do get trickier as you progress!

Peggle 2 is broken down into Single Player or Multiplayer Mode. Single Player is further broken down in to chapters that are headed by each Peggle Master Character featuring ten levels, ten fun trials and thirty objectives each! You have Bjorn (Super Guide) Unicorn who’s special ability is to offer a more fine-tuned perfected cannon shot, then there is Jeffery (Bowlder) a form of troll who can throw massive boulders to clear a HUGE amount of pegs in one shot, Berg (Deep Freeze) who can send a chill in the air to make pegs smash into each other, Gnorman (Uber Volt) a form of robot who can electrify pegs and take out linked colours in one hit – and finally, Luna (Nightshade) a ghostly being who’s special ability allows all orange pegs to be hit and visible behind all others! Within the single player you will play all levels as each Master within their own chapters, but with some of the Trials and in the games’ Multiplayer you can choose what Master to play with to suit your preferred abilities when the green peg has activated them.

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Multiplayer is a four player based game where each player can choose a character and a random level will appear on screen. You have only ten shots in which to acquire the most points and the player with the most points at the end of all the shots is deemed the winner. In multiplayer you will not acquire any free shots, but some Masters have a better chance of winning than others depending upon the layout of the level . It doesn’t seem to be a fair and balance game considering the abilities of both Gnorman and Jeffery are stronger than any other due to being able to wipe out more pegs when their abilities are activated. Multiplayer is a fun and competitive game which uses the Xbox One’s “Smart Match” feature when looking for available games. You literally click you wish to play multiplayer and you will be able to do anything you want on the console until a multiplayer match has been found. This means no sitting around in a lobby waiting, so you just as well have a go at a few Trials in Single player until notified that a game has been found for you.

The only major annoyance with Peggle 2 is that it has an auto game clip recording feature. Whilst some of the shots are difficult and it captures some of your more amazing attempts, it seems to repeatedly record game clips in trials when not necessarily needed,  not only bringing up the “Game Clip Recorded” Pop-up, but flooding your Upload and Feed with a constant amount of duplicated clips you are likely to not want!

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Peggle 2 is a moderately challenging game that you will want to beat. I guarantee that the moment you start playing you will be hooked, and if you owned the Xbox LIVE Arcade version on the Xbox 360 you will be equally as addicted to the newer, fresher Peggle on Xbox One. Visually it does not appear to be anything special that warrants an Xbox One release over Xbox LIVE Arcade on the Xbox 360 (why it’s not a multi-platform Xbox release is beyond me) but I can only put it down to the clip recording features. It’s a wonderfully fun game that is likely to be enjoyed by just about anyone and everyone.

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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Dated

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PopCap Games and EA have recently announced that Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare will be shipping for Xbox One and Xbox 360 on February 18th 2014 in North America and February 21st in the UK. It’s set to be an action-packed third-person multiplayer shooter that puts players in the shoes—or roots—of their favorite characters from the popular Plants vs. Zombies franchise.

Powered by the Frostbite 3 engine, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare features stunning, three-dimensional worlds, blooming with vibrant colors and unique landscapes. The game has more than 10 maps and three distinct modes including two 12v12 competitive multiplayer modes called Garden & Graveyards and Team Vanquish, and a four-player co-operative mode called Garden Ops. In Garden & Graveyards, plants must defend their garden bases from zombies attempting to turn them into spooky graveyards. Players can also square off in Team Vanquish as they try to send the other team to the compost pile. For gamers that just want to have a fun time with their friends, they can work together in Garden Ops battling off waves of zombies on the attack.

On Xbox One, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare includes two extra modes including local cooperative split screen and Boss Mode. With split screen, players can team up with a friend on the couch to fight against an endless horde of zombies. In Boss Mode, gamers can utilize their Kinect or a SmartGlass device in any of the other gameplay modes to support their teams. Players have a top-down view of the battlefield and can help out their teammates with intel, health drops, revive stations and explosive artillery strikes.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is available for pre-order at major retailers nationwide at around £34.99 for Xbox One and £24.99 for Xbox 360.

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Peggle 2 Not Available At XO Launch

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Popcap today have confirmed that Peggle 2 which was intended to be a launch title for Xbox One won’t be ready in time for November 22nd release date.

Peggle 2 is a ‘launch time frame’ title. but [it] will not launch day-and-date with the Xbox One. Instead, it will become available a few weeks later in December.

Said Garth Chouteau (Senior PR Director) in a comment issued to GamesBeat.

Game Industry International rightly point out that Microsoft announced Peggle 2 as an Xbox One launch title at Gamescom in August – as a post on the Xbox blog clearly indicates. However, PopCap now insists that it was never the case, with Chouteau admitting that it may have “mischaracterised” the timing of the game’s release.

How many more launch titles will be delayed over the coming days?

Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare For Xbox 360 & Xbox One First

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PopCap Games and EA today introduced Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare which will launch exclusively first on Xbox One, and the Xbox 360.The new addition to the series is a stunning new game originating from the famed PvZ franchise that faithfully pays homage to the action genre while retaining the signature quirky humor, depth and accessibility fans expect from a PvZ game.

Powered by the advanced Frostbite 3 engine, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare delivers an explosive new action experience in a massive, three-dimensional world, blooming with color and combat.  Featuring 4-player co-op, 24-player competitive modes and more, players will blast zombies, plants and new characters across a richly animated, mine-blowing PvZ landscape.

Highlighted Features in Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare Include:

  • Powerful new plants and zombies with a wide variety of abilities
  • Choose your side, plants or zombies, in 24-player battle mode
  • Join forces with friends in 4-player online cooperative mode
  • Personalize your favorite plants and zombies with hundreds of unique items and customizations
  • Features over 10 unique multiplayer and cooperative battlegrounds

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare will launch in the spring of 2014