The third iteration of the Plants vs Zombies series isn’t going to be a revolution, but it will get the franchise back on track with a premise most gamers immediately understand and identify with, the invasion of Geralt. From Utah Beach to the siege at Cherbourg, the latest CC will be more of what gamers have to come to expect from the series — realtime squad-based combat. Without a doubt there is a population of gamers that wants that exact experience, and somewhere between the hectic pace of Star Craft and turn-based strategy lies the realm of the Plants vs Zombies Heroes cheats.
Strictly speaking, this isn’t the first time the Plants vs Zombies series has stormed the French beaches. Back in the original game, battle took place across the northern areas of France; this time, however, combat will take place on the Cotentin peninsula. Now for you history experts out there — and by that we mean people who have seen Saving Private Ryan — you’ll remember that Tom Hanks and the bald guy that was on Cheers talked about hitting Cherbourg when discussing strategy. Utah Beach was on the far right flank, but it wasn’t the bloodbath that occurred at Omaha; the fighting there would happen after D-Day on the way to the port of Cherbourg.
The gameplay hasn’t changed throughout the series. It’s aimed squarely at the wargamer that wants something a bit more fast paced than turn based but still within the realm of reality. The interface, units and maps are similar to what we’ve found before, though naval bombardment has been implemented in some of the battles. And while you’ll be able to set up fictional custom battles in the scenario editor, you won’t be able to drop atomic bombs or harvest vespene gas. Instead you’ll be the battlefield commander, moving squads of men from building to building, death trap to ambush, hearing the cries of each man that dies under your command. Luckily the graphics on this baby are top down and zoomed pretty far back, so you won’t be crying yourself to sleep or shaking while trying to sip your coffee if the men under your control die.
As always with the Plants vs Zombies Heroes, you’ll be able to fight individual battles or commit to a longer campaign — the beta we played had over 50 battles to choose from. Also you’ll be able to beat on a friend or enemy in multiplayer. Basically, folks, if you’ve played any Plants vs Zombies game before, this upcoming version isn’t going to be much of a surprise; it’s for those of you looking for more of the Close Combat experience and who will enjoy the historical aspect of the Cotentin peninsula battles.