This is not a review.
When writing a review I will endeavour to be as even-handed about a game as possible. Whilst any review will always be led by its authors opinion, I try to factor in the context from which a game has emerged – its tradition within a genre, for example – alongside who it is targeted at and how well I think it is likely to be received.
It’s a little difficult to apply these considerations to EA and Popcap’s Plants vs. Zombies 2, a game to which I’ve had a pretty extreme reaction. It is extreme ambivalence. I can’t say that I dislike the game, because over the past few weeks I’ve repeatedly attempted to return to it – and nostalgia for its predecessor would only take me so far. Instead I would describe it as a loathing – one born of love.
Instead, I wish to rant. I do this in full knowledge that some of what I am about to say it probably wrong. That’s ranting for you.