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Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville (XB1) Review

November 15, 2019 | Posted by Adam Larck
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville
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Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville (XB1) Review  

The Plants vs. Zombies shooter series has been a great introduction for shooters for older gamers to introduce their sons or brothers to. They aren’t as serious or graphic as titles like Battlefield or Call of Duty, but they can still provide some depth and quite a bit of entertainment.

Now, we have Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. While the PVP is still there and can be a big part of it, more focus has been put on the PvE zones, letting younger gamers see that you don’t always need to be facing off against others. Sometimes, the rewards are just exploring the land and finding what you can on the world while taking on the computer.

When you hop in the game, you’ll start as a plant, but can quickly switch to a zombie if you want through a portal in your hub. You can also switch your class, access the PvP and PvE areas, chanse your look and play some minigames if you want. It can be easy to get lost in the hubs trying to fin certain areas. Thankfully, you can hit the start menu to find key areas, such as switching teams, upgrading characters and changing your look.

Overall, there are 20 characters, with three new classes on each side. Some of the new classes are also a combo style play, where they start weaker but can transformer into stronger forms or even partner up with other players to increase their power potential, at the cost of giving multiple kills at once if brought down.

Each character can now equip upgrades as well, which can give faster XP gain, health regen on kill, healing yourself when healing others and more, depending on your class. You have to level up to get more spots to assign perks, and have to balance which perks you want based on how many spots you have opened.

In the PvE areas, you have Mount Steep that can be accessed by the plants, Town Center by both sides and Weirding Woods by just the zombies. When out in the PvE fields, you can take on missions, find collectibles and secrets and even take on some bosses to help you get experience to level up.

Honestly, there’s a lot to explore and do in these areas that you may not even set foot in the PvP mode for quite some time. The PvE is not only fun to do either solo or with a group, but it’s also a great way to get to know all the classes and some of the nuances each class has.

On the PvP side, a lot of the old modes are still there, such as 12v12 Turf Takeover, 8v8 Team Vanquish, Suburbination and Gnome Bomb. However, a new mode called Battle Arena pits two teams of for with a life per round, and not being able to pick a character more than once.

Overall, the PvP is enjoyable to play, but does feel very similar to Garden Warfare 2. That’s not to say it’s bad at all, but if you got tired of the gameplay from the last entry, the newest one won’t change your mind just based on PvP alone.

The final score: review Good
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Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville is a great game for younger audiences. It's lighthearted, easy to pick up and play and can give a lot to do. While PvE is definitely what shines here, even the PvP can be enjoyable if you have a good group to team with. If you've never checked the series out, or want a shooter that's not nearly as heavy as CoD or Battlefield, give Battle for Neighborville a try.