|Platform iOS, Win, Mac, iOS||Publisher PopCap Games||Developer PopCap Games||Release Date 05/05/2009|
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By Michael Moore on Feb 25, 2014 02.25.14
If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series where we have one-on-one talks about a single question related to video games. The goal is to give both Polygon's many team members across the globe and those involved in covering, designing and releasing games, an opportunity to speak with you. Today on Friends List, Editor-at-Large Chris Plante and Reviews Editor Arthur Gies ask: Wait... Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is good? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: Is the new Thief any good? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends List on iTunes. Download...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Jan 21, 2014 01.21.14
Like Microsoft, publisher Electronic Arts is also compensating YouTube video producers who post footage of its games, including titles Battlefield 4 and Need for Speed Rivals, according to documents posted on NeoGAF. Under EA's program, named Ronku, video producers could earn money for showing footage of the next-gen versions of Battlefield 4 and Need For Speed Rivals. Certain Ronku "assignments" encouraged highlight specific moments in EA's games, such as demonstrating "how you will cross the line" in Need for Speed Rivals, or taking down an entire skyscraper in Battlefield 4 multiplayer. Participants for both games could earn $10 per thousand video views for a maximum of three videos. According to the agreement, participants could not post copies of the assignment or document...
By Tracey Lien on Dec 20, 2013 12.20.13
Google Play compiled a list of the most popular games on its store in 2013, and among the top picks were Gree's Knights and Dragons, PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies 2, Electronic Arts' FIFA 14 and Bejeweled Blitz. In the Player's Choice category, in which more than one million people voted for their top apps and games, Kabam's The Hobbit: Kingdoms made the cut, along with Space Ape Games' Samurai Siege and Niantic Labs' Ingress. In the Play Picks Games category, Google Play's own selection of the best games of 2013 included Electronic Arts' Heroes of Dragon Age, Rovio Stars' Juice Cubes, Ubisoft's Rayman Fiesta Run and Supercell's Clash of Clans. The list of top games can be viewed here. The Player's Choice list of apps can be viewed here.
By John Funk on Nov 21, 2013 11.21.13
A new gameplay video for Garden Warfare, the third-person shooter set in PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies universe, examines the different character classes on both Plant and Zombie teams. The video first looks at the zombie side of things, from the armored All-Star "Heavy" to the Scientist, a support class who can drop healing stations and whose various loadouts include the option of a dolphin gun. (That is, the gun doesn't shoot dolphins; the gun is a dolphin). The plant team has botanical warriors that fill similar roles on their side of the war. The Sunflower is a healer and support class like the zombie Scientist, but she can root herself and shoot a powerful sunbeam at foes. The Cactus is more of a sniper with an accurate ranged attack, and the Chomper can burrow through the ground...
By Colin Campbell on Nov 12, 2013 11.12.13
Sega Amusements has unveiled its new arcade machine based on Plants vs. Zombies, due to be shown at next week's International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) annual convention. Plants vs. Zombies: The Last Stand is a shooting game featuring a swivel giant pea-shooter and a garden concourse. A promotional flyer for the game, based on PopCap's tower defense hit, was shown on Sega's Facebook page on Saturday, following a teaser image released early in October. Plants vs. Zombies:The Last Stand offers an end-of-game, video-displayed QR Code that allows players to register their score online on a global high-score table. Sega has promised to show 29 games at IAAPA 2013, including Plants vs Zombies: The Last Stand and Transformers: Human Alliance.
By Michael McWhertor on Oct 23, 2013 10.23.13
PopCap Games released the Android version of Plants vs. Zombies 2 through the Google Play store today, bringing the free-to-play, fast-paced strategy game to a much wider audience. Plants vs. Zombies 2 saw a "soft launch" on Android in a handful of countries, debuting first in China, then coming to Google Play in Australia and New Zealand. The game was released widely on iOS in August and has since racked up more than 25 million downloads, according to publisher Electronic Arts. The Android version of PvZ 2 requires a device running Android OS version 2.3 (Gingerbread) or newer, at least 1 GB of RAM and an ARMv7 1.0 GHz or better. Plants vs. Zombies 2 is the time-traveling, free-to-play follow-up to PopCap's wildly successful tower defense game. Players can opt to purchase coins...
By Jenna Pitcher on Oct 22, 2013 10.22.13
Plants vs. Zombies composer, Laura Shigihara, is developing Rakuen, a story-based adventure game about a young child who becomes bored with living in a hospital. In Rakuen, the young boy asks his mother to accompany him to the fantasy world from his favorite storybook. The child discovers more about his fellow patients as he goes about his adventures, who have their own respective secrets and struggles. He also learns about empathy, hope and "what it means to leave behind a legacy by coming to terms with his own story" as he helps those around him. According to Shigihara, Rakuen's gameplay is a mix between Maniac Mansion, To the Moon and The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, minus battles or fighting. Shigihara explains that Rakuen's story and character design is influenced by a...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Oct 13, 2013 10.13.13
Gaming merchandise retailer Gaming Heads is currently offering limited edition figures from PopCap's tower defense game Plants vs. Zombies. Figures are available in either the zombie or peashooter variety, with only 350 pieces available for each. The zombie figure stands 13-inches tall and sells for $149.99. The peashooter is priced at $79.99 and is 9-inches tall. Both figures are cast from poly-stone and hand painted. Pieces will be available in Q1 2014 but can be pre-ordered now. You can check out more images of both figures on Gaming Heads.
By Jenna Pitcher on Sep 05, 2013 09.05.13
The latest trailer for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, the upcoming third-person shooter, highlights the four core playable zombie classes featured in the game. Each zombie class has a unique weapon and three abilities. The soldier is equipped with a Z1 assault blaster, with a rocket launcher as a secondary weapon, along with the ability to create a Zombie Steam Cloud. The All-Star, a football playing zombie, has a football cannon and can punt an exploding imp into plants. The engineer zombie has a concrete launcher, sonic grenade, can build zombot turrets and can activate the zombie teleporters. The scientist is equipped with a Zomboss goo blaster and can create heal stations. Earlier this week, developer PopCap Games revealed that Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare won't...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Jul 23, 2013 07.23.13
At PAX Australia this weekend, eagle-eyed Plants vs. Zombies fans may have noticed an unusual version of PopCap's tower defense title in a corner of the show floor: one intrepid coder built the original Plants vs. Zombies from the ground up to run on the Sega Genesis. Penny Arcade's Ben Kuchera got a chance to check out the game and posted the above video of Plants vs. Zombies Sega Genesis in action. Dave Cudrev of Retrospekt, who had purchased the game from its creator, told Penny Arcade that a Russian coder — who was not named in the article — has made a hobby of rebuilding games for the console and selling them on eBay. According to Cudrev, the game cost about $30 and did not include a box or instruction manual. The coder has also reworked other games including Darkwing Duck...