You’re always online with Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

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It’s hard to find something positive to say about a game that requires a player to constantly be connected to the internet. You’ll never technically be alone? Perhaps the zombies in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare are being manually sent out by a server, one at a time? What do you expect, it’s EA? Sorry, but I can’t think of a good way to soften this blow. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is always online, and we just have to deal with that.

I guess EA could say there is some justification? Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a multiplayer game. There is a Garden Ops mode, which is supposed to offer single and multiplayer options. However, Jed05 has shared a video of the Xbox 360 version of the game, which he attempted to play when his internet was down. Let’s watch and see what happens.

As you can see, if you watched the video, Jed and his crew were only able to look at the Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare digital instruction manual and game credits without being connected to the internet. They couldn’t do anything else offline, even adjust options.

Which is quite disappointing. Especially since the Xbox One version of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare supposedly has an offline, splitscreen multiplayer mode. I guess it has something to do with the online currency and micro-transactions. To make sure people don’t try to game the system or cheat, everyone has to always be online.

Just keep this in mind in case you’re considering spending $29.99 on the Xbox 360 or PC versions of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, or $39.99 on the Xbox One version. And don’t forget to factor in that extra $59.99 for Xbox LIVE Gold!

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  • Scott

    I was going to get this game until I saw it was online only. I don’t have Xbox live Gold and I do not want to pay to play online. I just want to sit at home and play games by myself or with friends and have fun without having to rely on clouds and servers with monthly subscription fees (Xbox Live Gold). As soon as you stop paying for that, your game is useless. This and Titanfall were ones I wanted but not anymore. Great games get ruined now because of this. Imagine if all the classic games like Mario and the like were like this. Old games would be unplayable because server shutdowns are inevitable. Especially from EA.

  • Carm

    I just bought this game for my 6yr old son because he loved the first Plants vs Zombies. So we pop in the game and “mush”, can’t play without Xbox live. Try explaining that to a 6yr old. I’m furious, we have Xbox 360 and a PS3. Eventually I’m going to get a PS4 or Xbox 1 but wasn’t sure which to get. Well, thanks to Xbox for not letting us play a simple game we’re going with PS4. Now I have to deal with my kid!

  • Spraek

    This game sux I just forked over 40 bux for this game and it’s garbage !!! Regret it . It’s not worth the 40 bux!! Maybe $9.99 at the most but it’s so not worth it !! Boring and repetitive bunch of plants running around shooting zombies !

  • Spraek

    I agree that making it an online online game really got me ticked off that once the xbox live goes out the game is worthless!!!! What kind of rip off money hungry people has ea turned into !!

  • Paul Cook

    I bought garden warfare for my wife and I to play together. How dissappointing to find that after 48 hours trial internet service it will be totaly useless.

  • Zion

    I do like the game it just sux that you dont get normal 2 player offline unless u have a xbox one it tis a shames

  • Pam Cook

    Maybe if enough of us complain they will put out a version that the rest of use can play. Not everyone wants to play with people outside of their own living room. I loved Garden Warfare but returned it when the trial online was up. I should have read the fine print on the back.

  • Jack Bernstein

    I bought the PC version of Garden Warfare as soon as it came out, I paid for and downloaded it but could not use it as the Graphics card required is of too high a standard for most PC,s. In all my years of gaming this has never happened to me before and ny PC laptop is only 3 years old, Surely most PC owners should be explicitly warned of this!. Shame on EA and PopCap for not giving a warning about this – all they state is that one requires a 64 bit computer. I am sure most ordinary PC owner will also complain.


  • Shana Morrow

    My fiancé purchased this game for me for our anniversary and I was so excited. Until I put it in the machine. Yeah, we don’t have the online crap, cause we’re simple people who just want to play a game and be left alone. I returned it to Walmart and they gave me a store card cause it was opened. I’d like to complain to EA, but I can’t seem to find a phone number for them. This is ridiculous! I miss my SNES. Yeah, I’m so over xbox.

  • NothinforNothin

    Wow, just brought this home for my child and how disappointing. How mad is he. How mad am I. We haven’t rented any games in awhile but, had no idea that you could get home-put the game in and it not play because you need to have Xbox Live. EA should at least put a warning out on the title of this for people like me who would never consider having to worry about this. My kids ticked and I’m ticked after driving to three different red box locations to find this.