Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Weird cartoonish multiplayer shooter grows fun for all ages.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 19 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Sometimes you have to fight for what's rightfully yours -- or what you think is rightfully yours.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though they use violence to solve problems, the planets, zombies are still fighting for their homes.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn.

Violence

While everything is cartoony, you're still shooting people. Well, dead people. And flowers. Also, while the zombies are silly-looking, they're still undead people.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Players earn in-game funds that allow them to buy new characters, customize options.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is a cartoony third-person shooter that pits flowers and other flora against formerly living humans. But as shooters go, this isn't nearly as intense or bloody as most. Most of the guns are cartoony, which makes the combat feel more like a mix of Nerfs and paintballs than anything you'd see in a real war. But while the game itself is fairly benign, it's meant to be played against other people and online. As a result, your kids may hear some inappropriate language or comments. Players can also earn money, which they can then use to buy playable characters and other items. Also, while zombies don't bleed, being dead and all, they do lose their heads when shot. Literally.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byworried father March 23, 2016

what!

how can people rate this 10 + its completely appropriate for every one
Parent of a 8 year old Written byronansuperman December 30, 2016
Kid, 10 years old March 8, 2016

most amazing game ever!

This game is a cartoony shooter where you do shoot other enemies. There is no blood and has super simple controls.You can either play online with other people o... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byBam9099887 March 11, 2016

Fun, original shooter for kids

This is much better than the first game in this franchise there is no blood or graphic violence the game is fun and exciting however you do have to manually mut... Continue reading

What's it about?

In PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE 2, the flowers and their friends have lost control of Suburbia to their undead enemies, who've renamed it Zomburbia. But as the living-impaired are about to learn, a plant is never more dangerous than when it has lost its home. Through a series of missions -- which, admittedly, are only the game's multiplayer modes reconfigured to be played solo -- you, as a plant, have to take back Suburbia … by any means necessary.

Is it any good?

With a cartoony look and an equally goofy tone, this silly shooter is entertaining for almost all ages, especially if you hate nature or the living-impaired. As with its predecessor, Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is mostly an online shooter, one that has not only such expected modes as the "Team Deathmatch"-ish "Team Vanquish" but also cribs some from other, more serious Warfare-type game with "Vanquish Confirmed," in which you not only have to destroy the enemy team but also have to grab orbs to prove you've destroyed someone. And then there's "Mixed Mode," which mashes together all six multiplayer game types into a hodgepodge of hot zombie-on-plant action. But though this game works well online, its single-player mode has some issues. For starters, you can't pause the game when you're playing by yourself. It's also not hard to see how the solo mode would've been so much better if it were more of a story-driven campaign, as opposed to just a succession of the multiplayer modes reconfigured for solo play. Still, if you're someone who does play well with others and doesn't mind getting a little silly, Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is a battle for the ages.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about being a sore loser and a good winner. Why is it important not to be the former and always to be the latter?

  • Talk about financial responsibility. Does it make sense to buy a funny hat for your zombie when it doesn't protect his head? How can you spend your money better?

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