"Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare" took those sunflowers, peashooters, and rot-defying deceased, and redeployed them in the form of a third-person, team-based shooter.
And if the military-themed "Call of Duty" and "Battlefield" series are too abrasive for many of the "Plants vs. Zombies" fanbase, there's plenty of room for "Garden Warfare" to give the bigger budget franchises a dig in the ribs.
The four infantry classes of EA stablemate "Battlefield" and the flashy presentation of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" were satirized by "Garden Warfare" and its Soldier, college football All-Star, drill-wielding Engineer, and goggle wearing Scientist.
And the "Battlefield 4" Commander Mode is given a zomboid twist with "Garden Warfare" and its Bossmode, an Xbox One feature, making use of the Kinect camera's gesture and voice control, and SmartGlass's tablet integration.
Franchise director Tony Leamer announced a new world for recently released mobile hit "Plants vs. Zombies 2," by the name of "Far Future," and reiterated his studio's desire to provide new worlds and new content "all the time" for the iOS app which was downloaded 16 million times in 5 days.
Pachinko-style "Peggle" may not have been as ever present as "PvZ" over the years but it represents PopCap's shot at a modern day "Tetris," burning itself into your mind as hours slip by, sound and vision combining to render you catatonic in your focus to attain high scoring combos.
"Peggle 2" has a new look, with a square playing area lending itself more readily to mobile, web, portable and home consoles, and though it will be visiting a variety of platforms, it's another title that will be released first on Xbox One.
"Peggle 2" Gameplay Reveal Trailer:cp/kc