Every plant has its own unique role on the field, each with their own challenges to complete. It was fun to rack up coins as I got through extra objectives like swallowing five zombies on the Chomper or destroying several zombies at once using my chili bean attack while defending my garden.
Thankfully, it's not just up to you and your friends to protect the garden in Garden Ops. Your team can also plant some trusty reinforcements in specific locations to help in the fight. Pea Cannons, just like in regular Plants vs. Zombies, are the most basic reinforcement and do a little area of effect (AOE) damage. Heal flowers seemed like the most essential, as they puff out sunlight every so often that heal the party. There are others that make good combinations, and I liked finding which ones were the strongest together. I found it especially effective to put the Iceshroom that freezes nearby enemies close to my Snap Dragons with their powerful AOE flamethrower attack. The two of them took down just about as many zombies as my real-life partner and I did. Almost.
Opening a pack is just like getting a booster set in any trading card game, and as such there are occasions where you'll get extra reinforcements in a pack or an ultra-rare weapon upgrade, outlined with foil, naturally. The whole pack system is a nice incentive to try to rack up as many coins as possible.
Boss Mode, Garden Warfare's Xbox Smartglass integration, was surprisingly responsive and a neat mini-game for an extra friend who wants to help out. Using a Windows Surface, I collected suns as they floated down the screen like in a normal PvZ game, and then used it to drop coconut spotting drones, healing sunflowers, and airstrikes. I was even able to resurrect my teammates when things hit the fan. As soon as I clicked something on the Surface, it immediately happened in game and I felt as though I had an actual impact on gameplay.
Garden Ops Mode is just one of the multiplayer modes available in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare.