Amongst the various fun activities that players can enjoy in Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, multiplayer is likely the most popular feature. For this guide, we've prepared a list of multiplayer tips to help you prepare for the launch of this fun, crazy sequel come February. Keep these general tips in mind when queuing up for a multiplayer match, and you'll be at the top of the leaderboards in no time.
Know Your Role
In Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, there are over 100 different characters to choose from, including the variants and carry-over characters from the previous installment. This may sound overwhelming at first, but keep in mind that you will likely only have the default version of each character early on until you earn enough coins to unlock new variants. If you are new to the Garden Warfare series, take some time in your personal Backyard Battleground to familiarize yourself with each character and their abilities.
In Garden Warfare 2, there are fourteen character classes to choose from. Each class plays a particular role or serves a specific function during combat. For example, both plant and zombie teams have medic classes: the Sunflower for the plants, and the Scientist for the zombie. When it comes to the game modes like Herbal Assault or Gardens and Graveyards, the Rose and Engineer classes are the only ones capable of constructing teleporters and turrets that allow their teammates to push forward while playing as the attacking team. Other characters play broader roles, and are generally classified into sniper, melee, or assault class types. Understanding the role of each character class will allow you to support your team more effectively, and can help you earn increased coins and XP in the process.
Choose a Character Wisely
In addition to understanding the role of each character type, it's important to note the characters that your teammates have chosen to play as well. When loading into a multiplayer match, there is a bar in the upper right corner that illustrates the character classes each of your teammates have chosen to deploy for the match. If you notice that your teammates have mostly selected one character type, try to select a different class to balance out the team.
For example, a team full of low-health Imps may need healers or tankier characters to offset the generally low team HP. Likewise, a team with too many melee characters could use the help from several ranged characters, while a team with too many snipers could result in a lack of offensive pressure. Take the overall team balance into consideration when choosing a character at the character select screen, in order to avoid the issues that result from poor team composition.
Play the Objective
When it comes to multiplayer, the objective-based game modes tend to offer the highest rewards. When playing a game mode such as Suburbination, Gnome Bomb, or Gardens and Graveyards, try to play the objective as much as possible. It may be tempting to treat these modes as alternate versions of Team Vanquish, but this mentality can lead to an unwanted loss for your team. While vanquishing opponents is still generally important in multiplayer, the primary focus of your team during objective modes should ultimately be on capturing a base or securing a bomb to plant at an objective. Even if winning is not your top priority, keep in mind that playing the objective also boosts your final score, helping you gain additional coins and XP at the end of a match.
Communicate with Teammates
As with most multiplayer shooters, good team communication often plays a key role in a team's overall success. Most of the players on Garden Warfare 2 are capable of voice chatting, whether it be through a headset or a Kinect mic. Rather than impulsively seeking the "Mute All" button, consider reaching out to your teammates during a multiplayer match and try to communicate with them. Even being able to communicate with one or two of your teammates can greatly swing a match into your favor. Ideally, you should try to party up with several of your friends whom you are comfortable chatting with, as this is when communication is at its best.
Speaking of Kinect mics, if you happen to be one of those players who has a noisy mic during a multiplayer session, keep in mind that the mic interference may be doing more harm than good for your team. Noisy mics can distract teammates and prompt them to mute you, causing any future communication to break down. Notice whether your mic icon is firing constantly in the corner of the screen when you aren't talking. This can mean your mic is noisy or causing interference, so try to mute or disable a noisy mic out of respect for your teammates.