Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Thief, Castlevania, and Pac-Man arrive on Xbox consoles
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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Thief, Castlevania, and Pac-Man arrive on Xbox consoles

Last week, game-hungry Xbox One fans received two fine releases to tide them over: Rayman Legends and Strider. This week we get two more releases to drool over: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare from Electronic Arts/PopCap and Thief from Square-Enix/Eidos. Both games are now available on both Xbox One and Xbox 360, with Thief also appearing on non-Xbox platforms.

The Xbox 360 gets another couple of games to keep previous generation gamers busy: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 from Konami (now available) and the downloadable Pac-Man Museum from Namco Bandai games (which comes out tomorrow).  Head past the break for a quick rundown on all of this week’s Xbox console releases!

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

Spinning a game off into a new franchise is difficult, but sometimes it works out in the end – see Mario Kart or Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Transformed. Now PopCap has transferred the beloved characters from tower defense game Plants vs. Zombies into a third-person shooter, and with surprising success.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

Garden Warfare is a multiplayer-only shooter in which two teams (the plants and the zombies) battle it out in either Team Vanquish (death match) or objective-based Gardens and Graveyards modes. Or 1-4 players can take on the cooperative Garden Ops mode and battles waves of zombie enemies. Garden Ops supports 2-player split-screen on Xbox One, whereas the 360 version doesn’t offer split-screen. The SmartGlass “Boss mode” is exclusive to Xbox One as well.

I played Garden Warfare last November and loved it. If you enjoy multiplayer shooters but want something more lighthearted or easier to get into, consider this one a safe bet.

Thief

This reboot of the classic Thief series (technically the fourth Thief game so far) transplants master thief Garrett into a new steampunk setting. There he will wander an unusually mazelike city, taking on story missions and avoiding the town guards.

Thief

Early word is that the new Thief suffers from an uninvolving story and excessive loading screens. The design structure is a bit rigid compared to past games as well. But it’s still good to see Thief return after an absence of several years.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

This sequel to Mercury Steam’s excellent Castlevania reboot sees players take on the role of vampire lord Dracula after he awakens in modern times. Drac will navigate between a realistic (but empty) city and his sprawling castle as he attempts to thwart the plans of both Satan and the Other Guy.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

The word on the street is that Lords of Shadow 2 doesn’t live up to its predecessor. A muddled plot, the uninteresting city environment, and awful stealth segments all drag down what should be a stellar action game. If you’re interested in Castlevania or gothic action, I recommend grabbing the very sweet Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection and seeing whether you're still craving the sequel after that. I’m holding out for an Xbox One version, myself.

Pac-Man Museum

If you love Pac-Man, don’t miss this multi-game collection on XBLA (which we first previewed from E3 last year). It contains:

  • Pac-Man
  • Super Pac-Man: My childhood favorite, this one allows Pac-Man to turn into the giant Super Pac-Man.
  • Pac-Land: Speaking of spin-offs… A side-scrolling platformer based on the original Pac-Man cartoon series.
  • Pac & Pal: A semi-sequel to Super Pac-Man, this one also introduces a helper ghost named Miru.
  • Pac-Mania: An isometric spin on the original Pac-Man that includes multiple mazes and the ability to jump.
  • Pac-Attack: A falling block puzzle game from the 16-bit era. Subsequent releases have differed significantly, and it’s unclear which version will find its way into Pac-Man Museum.
  • Pac-Man Remix: Sort of like Pac-Mania, but with actual 3D graphics and plays more like the original Pac-Man.
  • Pac-Man Battle Royale: An awesome multiplayer arcade game that has never been released on home consoles until now.

Pac-Man Museum Battle Royale

Plus, if you buy before the end of March you’ll get Ms. Pac-Man (which will later be sold as DLC for $5) for free. The only thing I could wish for in this collection is Jr. Pac-Man, an American game that Namco Bandai does not consider an official part of the series.

  • Pac-Man Museum – Xbox 360 – 230 MB - $19.99 – Xbox.com Link (Available February 26)

Note: All four games are also coming to PC, and some are coming to other platforms as well.

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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Thief, Castlevania, and Pac-Man arrive on Xbox consoles

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Definitely gonna grab Garden Warfare. A shame Lords of Shadow 2 is last Gen. Gonna be waiting for it to bargain bin unless it comes to this Gen.

why? that's a fair price for 10 games. remember you get ms pac man free also, which is also a $5 value.

getting it tomorrow. excited.

That área id owned by steam. While we want MSFT back to PC gaming, PC Gaming magazine hates Games for Window Live. Unless MSFT buy steam you will have to conform with minor steps like Age of Empires II HD and III on Steam. ( Also available on EA origin)

Namco needs to release Pac-Man Versus for One, PS4, and Wii-U. Have Pac-Man on Smartglass, Vita, and screen controller respectively and ghosts on the main screen. Also make it have online multiplayer. That would be awesome.

That game was so much fun - at least they re-released it on DS a while back. Hopefully Pac-Man Battle Royal captures some of the same joy as Vs.

I did not know this... might have to hunt it down and a few DS's.

I still have the GameCube version which works with the Wii, but controllers, Gameboy Advance and such are starting to wear out.

Pac-Man CE DX for both Windows Phone, Windows 8 /RT, and Xbox 360 are awesome too, if you're into Pac-Man. I prefer the Windows 8 version, if you must choose.

Im interested in PvZ on Xbox One and Castlevania for my 360. Im turned off by the mixed reviews of Thief. I'll eventually buy it for my Xbox One as a digital and if its cheaper. Anyone believe Castlevania Lord of Shadows 2 will make it to Xbox One. Im also hoping for Dark Souls II to make it to X1.

It's quite possible - just look at Tomb Raider. And the 3DS Castlevania got up-ported to 360, so Mercury Steam is no stranger to porting to more powerful systems.

Ahhhh my PayPal is unusable now due to hidden ebay charges, never been able to get it working again... I'm gonna ask my friends now haha, Thanks for the info, been really excited for PVZ :D

That is because PC players will dominate Xbox Players.

Sorry, Keyboard and Mouse is just way more responsive and accurate.

Sure you can adjust a JoyPad and get really good with it, but the largest majority of players would simply be dominated by PC Players.

The only way to resolve that is by Aim Assist for Xbox Players, which is cheating.

And in a lot of the Shooters for console, that is exactly what is happening. A lot of Aim Assist.

Let me itterate that this is for the casual gamer.

Not someone who plays 20 hours a day, without Aim Assist.

Still, a casual experienced PC gamer would be able to better hold their own quite well against said console Jordan.

Still waiting for PvZ over here, not released till Friday, why do games het released on a Tuesday in the US? Never made any sense to me, at least on a Friday release you can relax and not worry about enjoying the game and loosing track of time, just sayin :/

Heads up. You can get the Ms. Pac-Man DLC for Pac-man Museum free, even if you don't own the game, it won't do you any good without the game itself, but that way you lock in the free price and can play it whenever you finally buy Museum.