Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville

Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville is a third-person shooter developed by PopCap Games and published by Electronic Arts for PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. It is a continuation of the Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare spin-off series of Plants vs. Zombies, being the third overall installment. The game was released as an early access title in September 2019 before its full release in October the same year. It received generally positive reviews upon release.

Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville
Developer(s)PopCap Games[a]
Publisher(s)Electronic Arts
SeriesPlants vs. Zombies
EngineFrostbite 3
Platform(s)PlayStation 4
Windows
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
Release
  • PS4, Windows, Xbox One
    October 18, 2019
  • Nintendo Switch
    March 19, 2021
Genre(s)Third-person shooter
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Gameplay edit

Similar to its predecessors, the game is a third-person shooter where players take control of the Plants (under Crazy Dave) or the Zombies (under Dr. Zomboss) in either a cooperative or competitive multiplayer environment. The game features 23 customizable gameplay classes, nine of which are new to the franchise. They are classified into four groups: attackers, defenders, supporters or swarm.[1] Each team also has a new team play class that allows players of the same class to combine forms when they fight against enemies.[2] Players can compete against each other in various competitive multiplayer modes, including the objective-based Turf Takeover mode and the team deathmatch variant Team Vanquish and many more. The game also features several player-versus-environment open zones which allow players to explore, find collectibles, and complete quests.[1] Split-screen local multiplayer is also available for all gameplay modes.[3]

Development edit

Publisher Electronic Arts confirmed the development of a new Plants vs. Zombies shooter in May 2019.[4] An alpha testing for the game, which was codenamed "Picnic", was held in early August.[5] The game was officially announced and released as an early-access game on September 4, 2019. Players who purchased the Founder's Edition would receive regular content updates until the game's full launch on October 18, 2019, and exclusive cosmetic items every week until the game's official release.[6][7]

Battle for Neighborville received its last game update on September 29, 2020.[8]

On February 17, 2021, it was announced that the game will be released on Nintendo Switch on March 19, 2021, during the Nintendo Direct.[9]

Reception edit

Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville was given positive reviews. Destructoid gave the game on PS4 a 7.5/10 said about the game as "Battle for Neighborville doesn't go out of its way to surpass expectations, but it's a silly, strange, joyful game – one I'm glad was greenlit."[23] GameRevolution gave the PC version 3/5 stars and said "Unfortunately, aside from its more robust [Plants vs. Zombies] offering and unique new characters, most of the other changes that have been made in Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville haven't been for the better."[24]

On review aggregation website, Metacritic, the Xbox One version of the game has a score of 76/100, and 77/100 from both the PS4 and PC versions, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

References edit

  1. ^ Additional work by Motive Studios. QLOC developed the Nintendo Switch version.
  1. ^ a b Devore, Jordan (September 11, 2019). "Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville is a ton of fun, even in early access". Destructoid. Archived from the original on April 11, 2021. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  2. ^ Sheridan, Connor (September 5, 2019). "Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville is a Destiny-infused Garden Warfare followup that's playable now". GamesRadar. Archived from the original on September 21, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  3. ^ Takahashi, Dean (September 4, 2019). "Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville hands-on — It's time for cute combat". VentureBeat. Archived from the original on September 6, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  4. ^ Ramee, Jordan (May 7, 2019). "EA Reveals New Need For Speed And Plants Vs. Zombies Games Coming This Fall". GameSpot. Archived from the original on July 14, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  5. ^ Phillips, Tom (July 22, 2019). "EA quietly begins what looks like a Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 3 alpha". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on October 9, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  6. ^ Fahey, Mike (April 9, 2019). "New Plants Vs. Zombies Shooter Announced, Goes Live Today". Kotaku. Archived from the original on September 15, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  7. ^ Nelson, Xavier (September 11, 2019). "How EA and Plants vs. Zombies are battling binge culture". Polygon. Archived from the original on September 14, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  8. ^ "Plants vs Zombies Battle for Neighborville Fall Festival News". EA. September 2020. Archived from the original on 2021-04-26. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  9. ^ Knezevic, Kevin (February 17, 2021). "Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville Coming To Switch March 19". GameSpot. Archived from the original on October 21, 2022. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  10. ^ "Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville (PC)". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  11. ^ "Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville (PlayStation 4)". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  12. ^ "Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville (Xbox One)". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  13. ^ "Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville - Complete Edition (Switch)". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
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  17. ^ Shea, Brian (12 September 2021). "Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville – Mindless Mayhem". Game Informer. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  18. ^ Devore, Jordan (12 September 2021). "Review: Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville". Destructoid. Archived from the original on 21 January 2022. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  19. ^ Loades, Jordan (12 September 2021). "Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville (Switch) Review". Nintendo World Report. Archived from the original on 20 October 2021. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  20. ^ Biordi, Jordan (12 September 2021). "Review: Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Complete Edition - Mini Review". Computer Games Magazine. Archived from the original on 12 September 2021. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  21. ^ Burke, Greg (12 September 2021). "Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville video review". Shacknews. Archived from the original on 12 September 2021. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  22. ^ Tamburro, Paul (12 September 2021). "Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Review | Not the Garden Warfare 3 we wanted". GameRevolution. Archived from the original on 18 October 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
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  24. ^ "Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Review | Not the Garden Warfare 3 we wanted". GameRevolution. 18 October 2019. Archived from the original on 18 October 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2019.

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