Hello. My name is Samantha, and I am addicted to Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare.
By Samantha Emann, special to the Times-Herald
I decided to review this game after it was recommended to me by the enablers at my local EB Games store.
Would I have bought it on my own? No. Do I love this game? Yes. And by love, I mean I can no longer stop whenever I want.
The first thing that struck me about this game is that I couldnâ€™t help but think Tim Burton had a hand in designing both the characters and maps. While this is not the case, I actually like the fact that it makes me think the animation is a cross between Nightmare Before Christmas and Edward Scissorhands.
The game was sold to me as a Halo-esque title, which immediately had my ears perked. I liked the fact that was true without the unnecessary add-on of a solo campaign.
My favourite part of Halo was always the online multiplayer and I neglected the solo campaign because it did not allow me the instant gratification of hitting a particularly annoying opponent halfway across a map with a big hammer.
I like Plants Vs. Zombies for the same gratifying reasons, though this one involves less hammering.
The character types are varied enough to fit any play style and I like the fact you can play either plants or zombies.
My favourite mode in the game involves a race to 50 kills. In this mode, you can revive fallen teammates and doing that takes a point away from the opposing team.
Other games usually allow you to revive, but the fact that this one affects points, I think, is a bigger motivation to revive your fallen comrade while taking on a barrage of fire.
However, the characters â€” especially the zombies â€” could do with a little boost to their walking speed as it makes getting around the level a little cumbersome. Also, the cooldowns on your weapons and abilities is maddeningly slow.
I have come to the conclusion that while I own a headset, it would be inadvisable for me to use it while playing this particular game. I know they are only children, but a camper is a camper, no matter what age.
If you have a tendency to yell rather unsavoury, profane things at your opponents, like me, then I recommend putting down the headset.
Less can be said for my ability to put down the controller once I start playing this game.
With a few little mechanical faults here and there, this game is enjoyable to the point of addictive and very well-designed. It caters to all skill levels and is fun for all ages.
Or at least that, at 24 years old, is what I tell my inner child.
Itâ€™s fun, itâ€™s easy to learn, and the trick is to stop playing before you yourself turn into a zombie. I wish you luck.
This concludes my month of gaming-themed columns and I want to thank everyone who tweeted, shared and read them and thank those who sent me responses and comments.
I have decided to keep writing gaming columns at least once a month thanks to the positive response from readers.
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I hope you have enjoyed reading this series as much as I have enjoyed writing it.