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The Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 beta has arrived on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. We liked the original, so we took the open beta for a spin to see what has changed and try out the new plant and zombie classes.

The first thing I noticed was that the number of particle splashes and distortion effects had grown to a level that almost seemed to interfere with my ability to comprehend what was going on in a scrum. At one point while playing as Super Brainz, a new zombie super hero (of all things), I died a few times just because the amount of stuff on the screen at one time made it really hard to see where enemy fire was coming from, something that wasn’t near the issue in the original.

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 beta

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My second observation related to the new hub world. While it is fun to explore and battle the other faction between the bases, I can see having to walk to what you want to do getting tedious after a while. I would prefer an optional menu system for those times I just want to hop in and shoot some zombies. I did like that I could level up and complete quests just by doing battle with the opposing faction in the battleground between the bases.

If you have tried the beta, let us know what your experience is? Which new plant or zombie did you like the most? Let us know in the comments below.