The Jimquisition: The Depressing Joy Of Garden Warfare

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Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 has become one of my favorite games, and that should make me happy. I mean, it does… but it’s sort of depressing.

When AAA games come out and give you everything you expect, it’s a cause for celebration. That we DO celebrate when things do what they’re supposed to is indicative of a problem.

But seriously, I really love that game about flowers and corpses.

MKohanek
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MKohanek

Hmm, sounds like I might need to buy Garden Warfare 2 out of sheer principle

Animikean
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Animikean

What will we all do when we actually do see a t.v. that looks like an apple?

Milestone_RP
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Milestone_RP
This is one of those things where I have to ask “just who at EA actually allowed this thing to happen, after they, as the company they are, have been so dead-set upon making sure this ‘new business model for games and distribution’ becomes the new standard?” After all, they’ve been dead set on redefining how the games business is done. Why this then? Because unless there’s something else going on, this is kind of an aberration. And I’m not going to buy into the theory of “hey, they finally realized how crappy they’ve been, and decided to turn a… Read more »
Milestone_RP
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Milestone_RP

I guess with more recent events taken into consideration, what’s happened here was EA using the “ship the game in one state, wait for the reviewers to gush over it, then dick around with it ala MGS5, and hope the same reviewers are too lazy to go back to their positive reviews and change what they said”.

ChaostheDude
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ChaostheDude

Yay, can’t wait to play…

MonkeyKing1969
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MonkeyKing1969

you’re beautiful jim…even under harsh studio lights.

Fly Cooper
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Fly Cooper

Can’t help but think this is a convenient excuse for EA to do more shitty things. I can’t see Plants Vs Zombies 2 out selling Battlefront so when their next big release is on the horizon and they have a discussion on having micro-transactions or releasing a shell of a game for full price they will look at these two games and come to the conclusion that the shell of a game with micro-transactions sold millions more, so that must be what the consumers want, purposely ignorant to the brand power of Star Wars.

JDK002
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JDK002
This game wasn’t on my radar at all. I didn’t know it was coming out, hell I didn’t even know they were making a sequel. But it sure as hell has my interest now. Beyond getting a positive reception, I kind of feel I want to buy it to help send a message that this is how you get games to sell. Offer me a complete package and I’m more than happy to shell out $60. Offer me a husk of a game *cough*Street Fighter V*cough*, and I’ll wait to get it used for dirt cheap or get the obligatory… Read more »
aimei66
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aimei66

I love this game way more than is healthy IMO. I hope it makes them lots of money so we can get more polished released from EA in the future.

Max Whiteley
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Max Whiteley

This game deserves 100% the praise it’s getting.
I agree you shouldn’t stop complaining about other games either! This game should be used as the standard for 50 quid releases.
Long video, and not one mention of the words Pop Cap, is it possible EA wanted the micro transactions but Pop Cap refused? After all pvz is their crown jewel. And this is their first ever £50 release, as PVZ: GW 1 was only £20 when it launched.

Mike Wallace
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Mike Wallace

I’m a little worried about EA and Ubisoft. This kind of lucid business could mean they’re too sick or depressed to make the effort necessary to be galloping greedy pricks.

Dave Dogge
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Dave Dogge
I think Bethesda did a good job of this also, as the Fallout 4 core game is jam packed with lots of content and was reasonably non buggy given the size and scale of the game although the jury is out on their DLC (and nevermind the planned price hike for this which I view as a negative for others). There is this uneasy distrust between consumers and videogame manufacturers these days more than ever, back in the 1980s a game came on a cartridge say for SNES such as Super Mario or Zelda and that was it, it got… Read more »
squid spitt
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squid spitt

There’s 1 thing to take into account in those 8-bit computer days…..that there were 2 types of content for games – the single load game & the multi-loader game. Single load is as it sounds a single tape/disk load of a complete game inclusive of all its levels for 48k-64k-128k. The multi-loader was typically, each level/stage of that game was loaded separately in order to show higher detail in graphics, sound & game play. Those were the days…. !lol

RougeMephilesClone
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RougeMephilesClone

It’s amazing how a full course meal can be more satisfying than the standard microwavable dinner that a lot of triple-A games offer, and the half of a two-part popsicle that some recent games have offered. Chance encounters like this remind us that truly fantastic games don’t just stop at solid gameplay experiences, and instead continue offering as much content as they can. Dissidia Duodecim: Final Fantasy 012 is my favourite game, and one of the rwasons why is because it just never seems to dry up in terms of content.

Thanatos2k
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Thanatos2k

What happens 3 months down the road when the microtransactions get shoved in again?

SilentPony
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SilentPony

Jeez Jim, why are you being such an entitled asshole?!
Just because you bought a $400 system, and a $60 game that doesn’t entitle you to fun and enjoyment!

Now go back to playing Digital Homicide games!

Gervasius
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Gervasius

“That we DO celebrate when things do what they’re supposed to is indicative of a problem.”

Truer words have never been spoken.

I recall playing SC Blacklist a while back, and for all the flak the game gets (although surprisingly none of it is directed to the absolutely godawful story) that game’s AI was amazing. Why? Only because it did the bare minimum if what AI was supposed to do last gen. And somehow nothing this gen seems to really compete.

Will Arthur
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Will Arthur

You do multiple takes?! Quit CENSORING yourself you degenerate HACK!

RotwangRevived
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RotwangRevived

If I weren’t broke as fuck I would buy this. It looks adorable and fun.

Zippydsmlee
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Thats nice all I want is another good PVZ game…..

eBusiness
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eBusiness

Well, you could complain about PvZ never getting a proper sequel, because some marketing wizards decided that that kind of gameplay is only allowed in freemium games on mobile phones.

Goat Stealer
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Goat Stealer

I think the message to take home about Garden Warfare 2 is to be jubilant but to also be vigilant. The game doesn’t seem to be as blatantly tailored to support microtransactions as the first but I imagine that all EA would need to do to “fix” that would be change a few values regarding the collection of the ingame currency before slapping currency packs onto a storefront, after all EA can and will convert any and all good will surrounding something popular into ill-gotten wealth if things like Battlefront and Dungeon Keeper are any indication.