The player can take control of plants or zombies from a third person perspective in either a cooperative or competitive multiplayer environment.
To progress in the game, players must complete challenges unique to each class. These challenges, once completed, will level up the character allowing the player to access features such as upgrades, new characters, weapon skins and character clothing. The game’s challenge pop-ups closely resemble the notification system used on the Xbox One.
The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions feature split-screen multiplayer as well as Boss Mode, which is similar to Commander mode from Battlefield 4.