Hands On with PvZ 2’s New Plants, Levels, and Enemies – IGN
Plants vs. Zombies 2 has taken us back to plenty of cool locations, including Ancient Egypt and the Pirate Seas, but not until the latest update, Far Future, has it sent us forward in time
Far Future is a new world that adds 25 levels, eight plants, 10 new zombies, and, most importantly, a reworked Zen Garden that offers new ways to earn resources and power-ups.
The Zen Garden returns with more improvements since you’ve seen it last in PvZ 1. PopCap said it wanted to make the garden more “integral” to gameplay, rather than more of a side activity. As you destroy zombies when you play, you’ll pick up sprouts that can be planted in the Zen garden. After watering them (based on a timing system), they’ll pop out currency and, eventually, a boost power-up, which lets you use a plant’s special ability immediately when you play it, all without plant food. It’s smart and satisfying to save these boosted plants for intense moments when a quick attack will save your game.
Far Future’s enemies offer new challenges to tackle on the tiles. The Mecha-Football Zombie is a powerful and slow unit that pushes your plants back when it reaches them. This means your back line plants can be removed from play if you aren’t quick. Another enemy, the Jetpack Zombie, can boost over plants to evade defenses. They’re powerful new baddies, but your new arsenal of plants is well equipped to stop them.
The E.M. Peach is an instant, single-use plant that disables all electronics within a three-by-three radius. This works perfectly against the mechanized undead. Another new plant, the Laser Bean, blasts a powerful beam of energy down a lane, hitting all zombies in its path.
Along with the new plants, power tiles represent the most significant change in how Plants vs. Zombies 2 plays. Certain tiles on a map are highlighted with shapes. When you use plant food on a unit placed, for example, on the “X” tile, all other plants on X tiles will use their upgraded abilities as well. Not only is it great to blast several lanes with powerful abilities, but it introduces a new layer of strategy. I started placing plants with the most useful abilities on those squares, even if they were a tad closer to the frontline than I was comfortable with.
One of the new plants, the Tile Turnip, even lets you create power tiles wherever you choose. Each turnip is more expensive than the last though, and they climb in price quickly. Think before you use them.
The minigame for Far Future is called “Sun bomb,” and it’s potentially as deadly to you as it is to your enemies. As bits of sun fall from the sky, you can tap them and unleash a powerful explosion that hurts any unit in range. These bits turn into regular sun for you to collect once they hit the ground, but they’re deadly until that point.
Want to check out Far Future for yourself? The content is available now, so let us know what you think in the comments below!
Brian is an associate editor at IGN. He really likes the name “Laser Bean.” You can follow him @albinoalbert on Twitter.
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