Plants vs. Zombies 2

By the time you read this, I will be in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress. That's an hour flight from Pensacola to Atlanta. Another 8 hours or so to Paris. The another couple hours to Spain. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. The journey's no longer a novelty.

That means it's time to sit back, relax, and kill some zombies. 

I don't know what it is about Plants vs. Zombies 2 that's managed to capture my ever-waning attention. There are so many pick up/put down games out there, but I keep coming back to this one. It's not all that challenging anymore — I've beaten every level there is to beat. But the "never-ending" levels keep me coming back to build up my back for the day that the elusive fourth world is rolled out. And it's not like I'm spinning my wheels in those endless levels, either. I play till I get beat — which is the idea, of course. At some point you're going to be overrun. 

And when the zombies do eat my brain (and when they do it's usually because of those damned Gargantuans), I often exit the game in disgust, wondering just where I went so wrong in my life.

And then I pick it back up again, and plant some more seeds. 


Reader comments

What I'm playing this week: Plants vs. Zombies 2


Man that last update ruined the game. EA really is a devil company

Posted from Da Lords of Da Underground

Seriously. I loved the first PvZ and was super excited for this, but this game is complete garbage. It's ruined. Unplayable. No fun at all...

The last time my brain was eaten was the last time I touched that game. I'm not paying for a freaking lawn mower.

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It's 'free' . So I stayed well away from that game. Hopefully this model will die. I'd rather pay a couple of quid for a full game

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I'm honestly severely disappointed in Phil for promoting this crap. What happened to the heavy metal Phil who would never support the bs of a corporation that EA is. Don't you know how they are raping everyone in every game? Boycott EA.

Yeah, I don't understand Phil as well.
Why don't we just promote dungeon keeper as well?

Ask him what his favorite racing game is and he'll tell you is Asphalt 8. Yet all my friends hate it. Instead, all my friends want to play Asphalt 7 instead, a 99 cent game that doesn't force you to buy anything with real cash. Riptide 2 is also a paid racing app that is in the number 2 spot for most requested racing game to be played on my living room TV. (again, nothing to buy, everything is included)

Both games are great examples of just how to make a game. Everything is included, nothing extra to buy or is needed. And above all, it doesn't force me to stop playing with my friends due to running out of some "energy" that I'll now have to buy if I want to continue playing.

Now maybe if Phil will just buy me a lawnmower.... No? Needed then.

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I prefer games where you pay up-front too, but I see where freemium has its place. Mobile gamers include a lot of people who wouldn't typically call themselves gamers. They don't have the same hang-ups on balance or design, and would rather play something free than something paid because they aren't that personally invested in the experience at first. If the numbers are any indication, those people are the majority of the market. I mean, let's face it, if anyone other than Square Enix tried to charge $15 for a mobile game, they'd go out of business. 

I wrote a bit about Dungeon Keeper and the subsequent outrage which sums up my opinions about the whole state of IAPs. For PvZ 2 in particular, the mechanics are solid. Nobody's "forcing" anybody to make IAPs, and their presence doesn't instantly make the gameplay awful, even if they are distracting and annoying.

Right, but a huge corporation like EA influence entire communities/markets. They are allowed to exist, but we should not give them ANY added exposure.