EA and PopCap Games' upcoming third-person shooter for home consoles and PC will have a special mode that wasn't in the original Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare. What is that mode? A solo mode. One of the most requested features for the first game will now be available in the sequel.

Attack of the Fanboy spotted the latest developer diary from PopCap Games that covers the new solo-play mode, which sees players being able to enjoy the game offline with just three other AI teammates. Check out the developer diary below.



The video explains how players who don't want to play online can avoid the hassles of multiplayer with other players – or if they just want to practice before going online – can engage in battle in the single-player modes. The solo play allows players to pick their character, choose a map and choose a mode to play.

In addition to the solo mode that they've implemented, the video covers some of the new character features and specials, including the ability to use weapons like the arc caster, similar to the one from Star Wars: Battlefront 2, which can hop from one enemy to the next if they're in close proximity. They also cover another character's ability to turn enemies into goats or to slow them down, turning the battlefield into a crowd-controlled fight.

One of the things that actually really stood out in the video is the ability to mess around with game modifiers. While a lot of people enjoyed the original Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, many thought that it lacked depth outside of DLC. Well, with the sequel there are built-in features that can be accessed to completely change up the gameplay.

For instance, there are modifiers like low gravity, super-speed, infinite ammo, an explore mode and a “Super Crazy Knock-back Mode”. Another feature that's in the crazy settings is low health...which will likely end up being a favored mode for competitive players. It might make the game feel more realistic as players will have to strategically approach the opposition and use tactical awareness of the map to avoid being killed in just a few shots.

It really does sound like PopCap Games are putting a lot of effort into expanding the game's content this time around. There were quite a few complaints about the DLC in the original Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, and the feeling as if the game wasn't quite complete without it. It appears as if this time around the game will be feature rich just right out of the package.

The ability to play all the modes and features in solo play or offline in split-screen mode – and yes, there is a split-screen mode this time around – makes it a far more viable purchase than the original game. Split-screen was actually the deal-breaker for a lot of fans of Halo when they found out it wasn't in Halo 5. So maybe the people who passed on 343's FPS will give PopCap's TPS a try?

You can look for Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 to launch on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on February 23rd, 2016.

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