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Submitted by DarkLordMalik 209d ago | news

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare Is “Always Online” On Xbox, Won’t Work Offline At All

GearNuke: "Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is an upcoming Xbox and PC game, that is being released by EA. It will also feature microtransactions and it seems to focus on multiplayer. Unfortunately, for some strange reasons, the game completely lacks any sort of offline mode, requiring you to connect and sign in to Xbox Live in order to play any of the game modes." (Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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kingdip90  +   209d ago | Funny
Why would a company do this after the backlash last year...

Oh right... EA.
bessy67  +   209d ago
They've said all along that they're emulating ME3's multiplayer model, and in ME3 you couldn't play the multiplayer component offline (even if playing solo) since all of your unlocks were stored server side.
Abash  +   209d ago | Well said
No longer buying, I don't and will never support these practices on consoles
cleft5  +   209d ago | Well said
If you don't want this stuff to happen than don't buy this game or Titanfall. Both are always online. It's easy to justify Titanfall by saying there is no single player so it's not the same, but it is the exact same. If you buy those games then we will see more and more Always Online games. Vote with your dollars, when we did that for the Xbox One things changed, we can do it again for this stuff too.
Kingthrash360  +   209d ago
i see a trend....a drm-ish trend...im further from buying a x1 now.
anyone who was against this practice and bought a x1 should speak up.
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bessy67  +   209d ago
Good, I'd like to see more online-only shooters. CoD and Battlefield would be much better if the devs didn't have to waste time and resources on single player.
Haki1112   209d ago | Bad language | show
Yuri_Fan  +   209d ago
@cleft5: Why Titanfall? it's a multiplayer game and people play Multiplayer games online anyway.
redwin  +   209d ago
So you are not buying destiny, or the two ubisoft games. Oh, and Titan fall. I guess you will not buy the next GTA. Mmmm, I guess it's just Japanese games for you then.
lolCHILLbro  +   209d ago
@cleft5 seriously Titanfall? the game is one of the best multiplayer games i have played in awhile and it deserves to be online since its multiplayer and thats what the studio who made Titanfall respawn specializes in, this site is getting pathetic, are we seriously criticizing multiplayer games for being online? wow seriously wow, without internet some of the best games would not have existed like counter strike
Army_of_Darkness  +   209d ago
And so the drm slowly sneaks it's way back into the spotlight....
Meanwhile, in a lonely bedroom an xbone gamer then questions microsoft with the cry of "why would you attempt this practice the second time MS?? why??"
MS then replies " Fooling you once is all I needed to do to get a purchase from you, so Shut up and Deal with it! No internet connection! No play!"

To be continued....
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ZodTheRipper  +   209d ago
Don't forget that the splitscreen coop is Xbox One exclusive, too ...EA is on some heavy shit right now.
Narutone66  +   209d ago
So the "always online needed" is being implemented faster than I thought.
PoSTedUP  +   209d ago
wow, so much self-entitled ignorance... ....WarHawk? socom confrontations? MAG? i get the whole MT thing but geez, its an online-only game. yeah ppl hate EA but just because Theyre doing it, dont pretend it hasnt been done b4 or that its not going to be done again... I WANT ANOTHER WARHAWK so lets see if you guys are consistent in what you preach when they announce it. same for destiny as stated above.

there is nothing wrong with online-only games. ppl are getting mixed up from what MS was trying to do: always online console even to play single player games. MT's on the other hand... yeah thats the crappy part about this.

oh and, **** EA.
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badboy776  +   209d ago
EA+Microsoft=Xbox
aconnellan  +   209d ago
@Abash Does that mean you're not buying The Division or Destiny?

OT: I think some people are calling out Microsoft without considering that this is only a timed exclusive, and it's also coming out on PlayStation...

This game is multiplayer only. Apparently the Xbox One version has some offline (as said in the article), but online multiplayer kinda requires online
xxBiG_BoSSxx  +   208d ago
@postedup

I never played socom or MAG so I can't speak to those, but Warhawk had 4 player splitscreen that you could play offline. So, if they announce another Warhawk, and its the same, I'd be very happy. I think any multi player game with a local/couch mode should allow you to play offline. Otherwise why include the local play option?
abzdine  +   208d ago
oh wow people going berserk on Plants vs Zombies...
whatever!!
Prime157  +   208d ago
@postedup

The difference between many of the games you mentioned and garden warfare is that some had absolutely zero practicality offline, like mag (Or you were missing information like about warhawk).

Garden warfare is a game that has no reason to be online only... gearnuke even said, "it still has an offline splitscreen mode. The bad news is that this mode is exclusive to the Xbox One, and even if we want to play this mode, we won’t be able to do it offline as this video demonstrates."

It's an inconsistency in your thinking. If this game had been designed like mag, or an mmo, or even titanfall to an extent, then your point would have merit. However, the design of this game seems completely feasible for offline play, but not just feasible add it ACTUALLY HAS offline play that you required be online to play... wtf?

Please, wake up before it's too late.
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alexkoepp  +   208d ago
Since I got the internet in 1998, 16 years ago, I've never been without it. So I could care less if games are online only.
UnHoly_One  +   208d ago
Man I totally understand getting all upset about this...

I don't know about you guys, but when my internet goes out, the first thing I think about playing is an online multiplayer game.

/s

Seriously guys??? Are we really complaining about this??

Also, this guys is obviously just out to stir up crap. He spends half the article talking about Microtransactions that don't exist, then in the "update" to the article where he corrects himself, he still says "There are no microtransactions available “at launch” but this doesn’t rule them out completely either."

Are we just making stuff up now and calling it news, I guess??
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whitefang1988  +   208d ago
@kingthrash
I bought a x1 on launch but I've been contemplating returning it since the new year. I made a few comments about how I feel if Microsoft can't get DRM on their console they will just put it on all their games. I've check and in the uk I can receive £300 cash so I think ive Made my mind up. I can't support there business practice. I'm happier with the ps4
PoSTedUP  +   208d ago
yeah ok. but tell me how an online only game is bad and such a big deal? the concept its no different from destiny or socom confrontations, its the devs choice. you have to be online to play them... i think people are overreacting a little bit. plus its just a small tower defense game that has other iterations you can play off line.
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FamilyGuy  +   208d ago
Having a game that has an offline mode that requires you to be online in order to play it is the problem.

Online only games like MMOs are not a problem, being forced online for local play modes is.

How is this hard to understand?

I recall Black Ops 1 doing something similar where you set up a game to play against all bots, just to familiarize yourself with the map or practice, and it forced you to sign in just to do it. It annoyed people.

No one wants to be forced online for offline interactions. There's no point to it, no user benefit, it's just there to keep you subscribing to Live Gold.
Godz Kastro  +   208d ago
Are you guys offline so often that this is make or break? I dont get it, I would never want a console offline. PS or X1....
No FanS Land  +   208d ago
Not only this but I'm pretty sure it still requires XBL gold to play, so you do need to pay for a service to have access for this game. wow

FYI any MMO or F2P that is only multiplayer does NOT require PS+
miDnIghtEr20C_SfF  +   208d ago
This is what EA wants... this is what they all want. This is why EA teamed up with MS to do always online console.

It's just the start. And I'm ready for it.
PoSTedUP  +   208d ago
@familyguy- yeah well i dont think this one game, equivalent to a phone app, is going to be the reason ppl continue to pay for Gold.

but i guess it IS a message for the devs. they would be stupid to pull this off with a real game, looking at how everyone is responding with this small F2p game... you guys are prob. right in doing so.
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UnholyLight  +   208d ago
As horrible as this sounds, I think the reason that Publishers and Developers are sometimes pushing for Always Online or to be more connected is because it will eventually be the way of the future. Eventually we will always be persistently online we just lack the persuasiveness (and amount of those people) of people to push the infrastructure and get it into place to get us to that point.

My thoughts anyways. However I don't agree with the lack of DRM policy and how easily we can get screwed over by Publishers with this Always Online model **COUGH COUGH EA COUGH COUGH***. Microtransactions would be okay if they weren't absolutely outrageous such as the ones on World Of Tanks (on the Xbox 360) where you have to buy tons of credits to get "special tanks that you can't otherwise get"
admiralvic  +   209d ago
Oh come on, the title is practically flame bait.

"Unfortunately, for some strange reasons, the game completely lacks any sort of offline mode, requiring you to connect and sign in to Xbox Live in order to play any of the game modes."

It simply lacks an offline mode, similar to MAG (100% online), thus you have to be "always online" because there is only online. Not saying I agree with the practice, but the title makes it sound infinitely worse than it really is.
DarkLordMalik  +   209d ago
Why can't we play offline with bots. To be honest, i was was expecting offline play with at least bots, even if the 360 version had no splitscreen co-op.

The reason for "online only" is not the multiplayer, it is the microtranscations stuffed in the game, which are stored on the server side instead of locally, as for most games.
bessy67  +   209d ago
There are no microtransactions.

http://www.examiner.com/art...
MysticStrummer  +   209d ago
"It simply lacks an offline mode, similar to MAG"

…except MAG has no solo mode…?
SilentNegotiator  +   209d ago
Garden Ops can be played solo...why restrict it to online only?
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Prime157  +   208d ago
The article said, "it still has an offline splitscreen mode. The bad news is that this mode is exclusive to the Xbox One, and even if we want to play this mode, we won’t be able to do it offline as this video demonstrates."

IT STILL HAD AN OFFLINE MODE, but it forces you to be online to play offline...

Wtf don't you get about our quarrel with that? Does that make sense to you that there is an "offline" mode that REQUIRES you to be online?
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Software_Lover  +   209d ago
It's an online game.

SWTOR is an online game.
WoW is an online game.
Planetside 2 is an online game.
Warframe is an online game.

This game is priced accordingly (34.99) for an online only game.
ABizzel1  +   209d ago
That's what I though. If it's an online only game, what's the problem, what are you doing offline in a multiplayer only game, especially if there's no mode for playing with bots.
Fyflin  +   208d ago
I wish more online-only games were priced like this. Looking at you Titanfall...
Prime157  +   208d ago
Is it fully online like the games you mention? I'm quoting the article with,

"it still has an offline splitscreen mode. The bad news is that this mode is exclusive to the Xbox One, and even if we want to play this mode, we won’t be able to do it offline as this video demonstrates."

Even http://m.gamestop.com/catal... lists this game as, "Split-screen offline co-op"

So, please, online only?
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stuna1  +   209d ago
This is how they are going to bring a lot of things back! Nothing was taken out, it was just put to cryogenic sleep! In the hopes that one day it could be revived. TitanFall is another example, could this possibly be the true reason Sony didn't pick up the ip!? An always online multiplayer that amounts to nothing without the internet. And before someone try's to make the distinction between WarHawk and TitanFall, WarHawk could in fact be played offline with up to 4 players.

I think Microsoft told the truth for once, when they said certain things couldn't be turned off with the flip of a switch! It's just that they had already been caught up in the media backlash, they had to say something.
showtimefolks  +   209d ago
EA/MS oh why is this not surprising

there is a reason EA said no more Online pass. and MS took everything back while said that they could look into future of a way to bring some of these back under different terms

EA wanted so badly to be in bed with MS because of how MS/Activision relation works and money

sooner or later xbox one will be a DRM machine with always online structure, don't trust MS after the way they treated us for past 3 years on xbox360. Focusing totally on casuals/kinect gamers while totally giving up on us the core gamers that made xbox360 successful in the 1st place
aragon  +   209d ago
Is this coming to ps4? No always online on ps4 , ps3?
Deadgara  +   209d ago
A Realm Reborn: SURPRISE MOTHER FU**ER.
You born today bro?
aragon  +   208d ago
Lol being sarcastic, like the division, destiny and warframe is it that the ps4 versions will have exclusive online? Elder scrolls? Anymore? Ea is doing this not ms, fanboys grow up it's coming to Sony consoles in time, so when it does will there be a stupid article like this? Ps4 ps3 online required offline DRM is back ms is the devil
come_bom  +   208d ago
^^^^

Stupid article. Stupid people that bashed game and company because of this.
* shakes head *

This is a MULTIPLAYER game. It's suppose to be online.

Let's bash all the multiplayer games and MMO's because they are online. /s

Stupidity of fanboys baffles me.
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Haki1112  +   208d ago
If it's multiplayer why does have a solo mode!!! Solo does not = multiplayer
CrowbaitBob  +   208d ago
I'm not hating on the game, but I am disappointed that I won't be able to play some local matches without being connected.

It should be pretty obvious that the online requirement of this game has microtransactions written all over it. This isn't a gameplay decision whatsoever.
Gamer1982  +   208d ago
So thats 2 Xbox console exclusives with no single player now coming out soon.. I'm starting to think the single player was removed from this and titanfall for quick release on Xbox One so it can get those exclusive numbers over Sony.. The real question is here though are people happy with this an are they willing to pay for an experience that lets be honest is normally associated with free games only (online only). I'm also thinking this has something to do with early DRM of the Xbox forcing online all the time however since that changed it was obviously too late in the development cycle to change the game.
jetlian  +   208d ago
Yea and infamous still doesnt have coop must of been a rush to get an exclusive
k3rn3ll  +   208d ago
The second half of ur comment contradicts the first... or do u really think its both?
Mr Pumblechook  +   208d ago
It was the strength of the whole Microsoft & EA relationship that made them feel invincible enough to bring in always-on DRM.

There was a public outcry and here they both are pulling this shit again through the backdoor. Microsoft could have refused EA the right to publish it unless they fixed this - but they didn't.
k3rn3ll  +   208d ago
Ms would not say that nor any company. Ur not going to tell the pubs of madden, battlefield, tiger woods, fightnight, and a dozen other multi million unit sellers to just go to ur competitor. Sony would and mostly will let them do what they want. Just like they have for the pas lt couple years. Along with ubisoft
andrewsqual  +   208d ago
Why would somebody report something we knew 8 months ago???
mcarsehat  +   208d ago
Nba 2k14 is always online too.
3-4-5  +   208d ago
This game actually looks kind of fun too.

This game would ALSO be good offline with bots.
k3rn3ll  +   208d ago
I think this is all EA. They were one of the main pushers for always online drm at the beginning of the gen.. along with Ubisoft. They will most likely start rolling this out on more games as the years go on. I don't think EAs policies bshould keep someone from buying a ms product. This is going to carry over all platforms wether we like it or not. I don't like it. But n for some to act like this is only going to affect xbox are to noid for their own good. Sony will follow suit. They aren't going to tell the largest sports developers to go on somewhere because then they would be left nba2k and the show. Then xbox would have everything and sony would lil. The publishers will make these decisions not the console manufacturer s
Bigpappy  +   209d ago
Lets see how well it does in sales. If there isn't a market for games like this and Titan Falls, it will show in sales numbers.
kingdip90  +   209d ago
Titanfall is designed around online play it makes sense because it uses multiple human players.

Plants vs zombies is a 1 player puzzle/tower defense game. It being always online makes no sense outside of marketing stuff.

Bit of a difference there.
bessy67  +   209d ago
You need to do some more research on this game apparently.
OmegaShen  +   209d ago
You mean humans and bots right? Seeing Titanfall isn't just all human players.

An this Plants Vs Zombies isn't a puzzle/defense game, its pretty much COD reskin with Plants Vs Zombies skin.
admiralvic  +   209d ago
"Plants vs zombies is a 1 player puzzle/tower defense game. It being always online makes no sense outside of marketing stuff. "

Yes, thats Plants vs Zombies. Garden Warfare is a third person shooter with tower defense elements (think Brutal Legend with guns) and was always stated to be an online multiplayer game. Like I mentioned in my other post, the "always online" simply referred to the fact that the game lacks offline, not some sort of limitation they vindictively added without a reason.
Software_Lover  +   209d ago
This is not the same PvZ that you are thinking of. Please research first.
Prime157  +   208d ago
http://m.gamestop.com/catal... lists this game as, "Split-screen offline co-op"

In addition to this article saying, "it still has an offline splitscreen mode. The bad news is that this mode is exclusive to the Xbox One, and even if we want to play this mode, we won’t be able to do it offline as this video demonstrates."

So you have to be online to play offline, right?

Besdy, omega, and admiral, I hope you can see the difference.
jetlian  +   208d ago
This bf with plants and zombies
WeAreLegion  +   209d ago
I don't want sales to kill or keep the genre alive. Warhawk and MAG were phenomenal multi-player only titles. Titanfall is, too. It's ok to do multi-player only.
BitbyDeath  +   209d ago
Agreed, I think some are just surprised this didn't have a single player option. EA have been known to cross that line before with games like Sim City.

Nothing wrong with Online only games... IMO
The Division being another example.
WeAreLegion  +   209d ago
Oh yeah. I was surprised, too. It's a parody. Why wouldn't they make a campaign? Hugely missed opportunity for brilliant comedy.
Godmars290  +   209d ago
Who's even going to give a damn about this game with Titanfall coming?

Much like the way no one has raised complaint that while both titles are online only, one is $20 cheaper than the other.
aragon  +   208d ago
Imma buy it because it looks like fun and I been playing from App Store days
christocolus  +   208d ago
@bigpappy

Titanfall will definitly be a big seller its pvz we need to be worried about. I dont know why ea would go this route with such a beautiful game. The android and ios versions of previous games in the series can be played offline,so why make the console version online dependent?
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Bigpappy  +   208d ago
@christocolus. Different type of game. This game is actually an online shooter using assets from the PVZ series. Look up Garden warfare and have a look at the trailer and preview footage. It is not what you are thinking it is. Some others here are making the same mistake.
Ashby_JC  +   208d ago
It's also built with the frostbite engine.

It's a different take on pvz.
fenome  +   208d ago
@Bigpappy

Yes, some people are confusing it with the other PvsZ games, but that's not the only reason it's getting flack. It has a local split-screen mode that doesn't need online, yet they're still forcing you to be online.

There's nothing wrong with online only games, that's the only way you can play...online. Lol

It's when games feature modes of gameplay that don't need an internet connection but still require one anways that makes people wonder why. It just seems shady, just look at what happened with Simcity.
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MrKingofVideoGames  +   208d ago
@ Prime. The XBOX One Version still requires an XBOX Live Gold subscription to play the game, including the offline mode. Most retailers (including Best Buy and Amazon) have the box cover of the XBOX One version showing "XBOX Live Gold Subscription required. Sold separately" printed on the cover. I contacted Pop Cap and was told the game cannot be player w/o Gold.
XiSasukeUchiha  +   209d ago
Oh EA Oh EA why did EA make this decision ?

I forget it's EA
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MrKingofVideoGames  +   209d ago
I contacted PopCap about this. They said the XBOXOne has offline play but it still requires a Live Gold subscription...
onyoursistersback  +   209d ago
if your bull5hit is even true......

that's more of a fail if you need a Gold subscription, for OFF LINE MODE!!!
AusRogo  +   209d ago
Well to play Spartan Ops on Halo 4 you need gold, even if its just playing split screen.
aerisbueller  +   208d ago
@AusRogo, having more exclusives with crappy policies that screw the customer isn't a good thing. The fact that this has been done before makes it even worse.
MrKingofVideoGames  +   208d ago
@ all disagrees, the box cover for the XBOX One Version clearly states, "Requires XBOX Live Gold. Sold separately." Which, incidentally, was the reason I contacted Popcap in the first place. No Gold = No PVZGW.
Bonkerz  +   209d ago
OMG! no not always online! Since you know everyone and their mother is online im sure this will affect billllions of people.. /S
aerisbueller  +   208d ago
The reason why people get pissed about this stuff is here, and notice this is also EA:

Just read the section about the release of SimCity, famous for screwing over paying customers, all of whom had working internet connections, and had agreed to accept their DRM BS:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

One of many such examples like this from EA. They proven time and time again they're willing screw over their customers with the greedy BS. That's why people get pissed about this kinda thing.
Paulie_gualtieri  +   209d ago
And the slow, inevitable return of DRM begins.
Roccetarius  +   209d ago
Why do we want this game to be a success again? I'm prety sure i saw an article somewhere about that, but i can't see why.
chito1016d  +   209d ago
I'm one the pro online boat. I am always online anyways and Microsoft would of included a family sharing benefit along with it. Probably a marketplace too for selling used digital downloads. I know it's not for everyone because some people have no access to Internet but since I live in San Francisco there is an abundance of network connections
KonsoruMasuta  +   209d ago
The sharing plan was glorified demos. Microsoft wanted your console to be always online so they could enforce their anti-consumer policies.
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chito1016d  +   209d ago
They never really went into detail on it. Some sites say it was full games and some sites say there was a time limit on them. They gave up on explaining it once the drm was rescinded
PsylentKiller  +   209d ago
If it's anything like steam, it would have been the full game just one person at a time can play it.
If Microsoft could model Steam just a little bit, it would do wonders for their image and the sales of the Xbox One.
corvusmd  +   209d ago
I think the entire gaming world would say "so what" about this story. I know that a Sony fanboy posted this, because he liked the way it was worded and it tries to make the XB1 look bad (that's weird I didn't know you'd have to be signed into XBL if you're on a PC???) ...but it's an online multiplayer game....uh of course you have to be online...like ESO. This story is seriously weak...

Never fear, I'm sure DarkLordMalik won't be a fanboy and he'll follow this up with a story about how ESO needs an online connection and how Deep Down has microtransactions... Maybe next he'll be mad about needing a cell phone signal to make a call from his cell phone.
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djplonker  +   209d ago
I wish you had more than one bubble so I could read more of this!

You must be an alchemist because you can turn sh*t to gold XD

actually one bubble is about right!
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Eonjay  +   209d ago
Pretty sure this is eventually coming to PS4 as well. Makes EA look bad not Microsoft. Remember the SimCity disaster. You couldn't play your game offline and the game was essentially broken. EA has a bad reputation of broken games and totalitarian DRM practices that compound their terrible QA track records.
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TFJWM  +   209d ago
Ya it will be on the ps3/4 I remember going to the popstar site right after the E3 announcement and they were listed. An hour later it was a Microsoft "exclusive".
Tedakin  +   209d ago
Online only games are the wave of the future. Everyone will have to get used to it eventually...

Ahem....

The Division
Destiny
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KonsoruMasuta  +   209d ago
They are both multiplayer focused games that have no single player features. Of course you need online to play it! How else would you play a multiplayer only game? The examples you give don't prove anything. Multiplayer only games have been around for years.

The wave of the future has been here for over 10 years.
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djplonker  +   209d ago
Many parts of my country (Scotland) cannot get access to the internet and those people tend to be the biggest gamers I know Its not going to be the standard practice for many years!

Why do people care its f2p and not even a good game basically a mobile game for the big screen... wait for warframe or a half decent f2p game!
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JeffGUNZ  +   208d ago
I hear your argument but I really don't give a cr*p about a small margin of the world who will miss out. Gaming is a hobby, not a necessity like water or air. If your friends are that torn up they can move to places of the world that have stepped out of the renaissance.
rainslacker  +   209d ago
Or we could just not buy them if we don't care to play games online. Online play is big right now, but doesn't mean that everyone wants it. If a SP only game, or the SP portion of a game, requires me to connect, I won't buy it. Nothing to get used to for me, as I'll just give my money to the companies that aren't trying to screw over the consumer.

For an online only game that centers around that, that's a completely different thing.
TheOmniGamer  +   209d ago
Isn't this game only Multiplayer online anyway?
admiralvic  +   209d ago
This is correct.

Like I mentioned above, this article is pretty much flame bait. First off, the title makes it into being a bigger deal than it really is. Though, I am surprised they didn't go for broke saying "PvZ:GW is 'Always Online' and requires Gold to Play". However, the real problem is how they're jumping to conclusions...

"A new video was uploaded recently, which showed the Xbox 360 version... What we can see in this video is that there is almost no option to play this game offline... though it was always touted as a multiplayer shooter, it still has an offline splitscreen mode... exclusive to the Xbox One... we won’t be able to do it offline as this video demonstrates."

So, the video shows off the 360 version, which we know is lacks offline play. This, for whatever reason, seems to also reveal that the offline mp in the Xbox One version will also be online only, even though that assumption is completely baseless.
True_Samurai  +   209d ago
Always online? And how much are they charging?

@MrKingOfVideogames that made absolutely 0 sense.
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RadioActiveTwinky  +   209d ago
So the local split screen requires online also? Or did they scratch the local split screen?
admiralvic  +   209d ago
It's exclusive to the Xbox One version and we don't know. The article talks about the 360 version and seems to believe that because the completely online version requires online (funny how that works, right?), that also means the Xbox One version will require online for offline.

Thats not to say they aren't right, but they don't have anything that seems to imply otherwise.
RadioActiveTwinky  +   209d ago
It's pretty damn obvious that online mp requires online. I was speaking of the actual local split screen mp. Like COD use to have with up to 4 people outside of online play.
I was watching a jackfrag video where he mentioned it would have it.
The game so far has been announced as timed exclusive also. If you listen to some commercials at the end they say first on xbox.
They don't name consoles just the brand.
Haki1112  +   208d ago
360 version has solo play but you need to be connected to play it
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Necro_559  +   209d ago
NO SHIT. Its a multiplayer game. I assume no one is bitching that you ALSO cant play TitanFall offline. BECAUSE YOU PLAY WITH OTHER PEOPLE OVER THE INTERNET. Derp..... Yes its pretty shitty that there's no offline couch multiplater but oh well. I was expecting it with this game.
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Dinkis  +   209d ago
They're no microtransactions. Get your facts straight peeps
My_precious  +   209d ago
how do you know? online only game is easy target for microtransaction these day, it's a fact
admiralvic  +   209d ago
"PopCap producer Brian Lindley stated that Garden Warfare won't have microtransactions "at launch," but noted that PopCap will watch in-game metrics and fan reaction to determine where to take the game next."

http://www.joystiq.com/2014...

There might be some down the road, but as of now, there are none.
Dinkis  +   209d ago
Its been said there isn't many times just on this site and a Google search will show. This guy is the only one saying this nonsense
Sharius  +   209d ago
@admiralvic

"There might be some down the road, but as of now, there are none."

so it'll have a chance to microtransaction to happen, right?
H0RSE  +   208d ago
"so it'll have a chance to microtransaction to happen, right?"

- yeah, just like it'll have a chance to remain micro-transaction free....stop jumping to conclusions and worrying so much - I know everything that involves MS and/or EA must be broken and anti-consumer, but can you at least wait for the game to launch first?
aerisbueller  +   207d ago
@H0RSE

Trust has to be earned, or at least not abused. Look up EA DRM on google, and see how many countless times EA has screwed over their customers with this type of BS.

Anyone who thinks EA should get the benefit of the doubt, either isn't aware of their history, or is an absolute moron.
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AnEwGuY  +   209d ago
To all of the idiotic MS/XBOX haters and Sony fanboys.... Destiny is always online, as is Deep Down...and dozens of other multiplayer-focused games.
Godmars290  +   209d ago
Except according to the video this game has a single player mode.

As for Deep Down its F2P. Destiny is an MMO. Supposedly.
Godmars290  +   209d ago
The only thing you can do is if you have an issue with this, is not buy the game.

Or buy it then immediately return it with the complaint of why.
CrowGoblin  +   209d ago
Another xbox bashing flamebait article... Always online ? OFCOURSE it is, its a frickin ONLINE multiplayer only game.

As someone else posted, both Mag and Warhawk on playstation was online only and nobody was bitching about DRM then.
Majin Uchiha  +   209d ago
My brains cells, they hurt from the massive amount fanboy bullshit in this comment section, the game is multiplayer only, no shit you need to be always online to play it. Destiny will be always online, warframe, titanfall, deep down, people just seem to want to make everything some big controversy.
gamertk421  +   209d ago
It's 2014, why the resistance to being online? Many have no problems being online in here with their trolling.
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JeffGUNZ  +   208d ago
Exactly. Funny, the ones who are against the always online are the ones who have internet.
Legacy212  +   209d ago
Omg this is getting ridiculous! 1) why is titanfall even being mentioned this is an article about PvZ. 2) NO SHIT titanfall requires gold its a multi player only shooter dont like it dont buy it. 3) Why do people act like this is microsofts doing when its not. 4) WHY ARE PEOPLE LOSing thier shit over this game being online only. I forgot we live in 1990 where the Internet is just starting up....oh wait nm were in 2014 where Everyone has the internet including you crazy people who are bitching about it. *face palm*
JeffGUNZ  +   208d ago
But But But their is a guy in a village of Kabul who isn't able to have internet access!

Thanks Legacy, at least some are still here that have common sense!

It's like buying scuba gear and complaining that it's not fair that everytime you want to go diving you always have to be in the water.
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cyhm3112  +   209d ago
this game is trying to lure people into xbox live. It is their online strategy again, after all these drm shit, they haven't given up yet. They just do it in a more subtle way.
aerisbueller  +   209d ago
It's because the xbox one uses the power of the cloud to keep this graphically intensive game running at 900p.
sgtGanGreen  +   209d ago
It's a multiplayer only game hahahahahah
OFC you need to be online DOUH
hahahahahahah
matt139  +   208d ago
Everyone already knew this. how is this even news?
Mikefizzled  +   208d ago
The amount of people who are commenting about this game and have no idea that its a 12vs12 online 3rd person shooter...
Azzanation  +   208d ago
This is great news. Always online means the games will be utilising the Cloud processing. Which is the way the XB1 is meant to be.
Max-Zorin  +   208d ago
It's a multiplayer only game you Bio terrorists. Y'all just want something to be angry about.
beebap  +   208d ago
Yea title sucked me in..It suggested to me that xbox were forcing it to be played online but then when when u get ur head in gear it obviously trying to get clicks as this is a multiplayer game the shooter type not the puzzle type. Lets all get angry with this person making some of us including me look stupid. Sick of these articles.
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