Worms Revolution is just around the corner and Team 17 have seen fit to re-release their three HD titles, previously only available to download, in one neat, little package, including all of the downloadable content. I always like to see games that are only available to download get a full disc release.
This release will appeal to people in two camps: Either all these titles somehow passed you by in which this is the perfect opportunity to get caught up, or you are from the percentage of console owners who use their systems purely offline. These people miss out on so many great downloadable titles and these disc releases means that nobody has to miss out.
The most important question is: is it worth it? The answer being, yes, for the most part. Before playing this collection I hadn’t played a Worms game for at least 10 years. I don’t know why I left this franchise behind for so long but I know that I am very pleased to have reacquainted myself with the series.
Included on the disc are the games, Worms, Worms 2: Armageddon and Worms: Ultimate Mayhem. The first two I love, the third has me screaming “What have you done, Team 17!?”
Worms is Worms: if you have played it before then you will know exactly what to expect. Four on four turn based battles to the death, with everything from hand grenades to flying, exploding sheep. It’s a beautiful sight to behold. There is no campaign to speak of in the first game, you just jump into a randomly generated level, set the difficulty and off you go. It’s very simple but it works so well. What I love about it even more is the multiplayer component. Yes it has online and that all works just fine but it’s the local co-op that really impressed me. Ever had a friend over but not been able to play together because you only have one controller? No problem in the Worms Collection as you can play local multiplayer with one controller, just play your turn and pass it over to who is playing with you. Such a simple feature yet I love it, as I myself only have one PS3 controller.
Worms 2: Armageddon is essentially just more Worms. Trust me, this is a good thing. But everything has been improved. The worms themselves animate a lot better, everything seems a lot more colourful and there is a larger selection of toys to throw at the opposing team. Also the dialogue has been improved. The first Worms is still very funny but it’s Worms 2 that has me smiling from start to end of a match. If you thought two player local multiplayer sounded good, how about four player local multiplayer? Suddenly the subtitle Armageddon begins to make a lot of sense. It’s similar to the mayhem of, well, Worms: Ultimate Mayhem, but in a truly good way – we’ll talk about bad mayhem in a minute.
Worms 2 also features a campaign. This has 35 stages but if I’m perfectly honest it is just more Worms gameplay with the odd different challenge thrown in here and there. For example one challenge sees you navigating your way through a course using a jetpack before the time runs out. All in all a very fun game which really shines when played online or in local multiplayer.
Now I am sure you have all heard the term “If it isn’t broke then don’t fix it”. Well sadly Worms: Ultimate Mayhem just broke it. Now don’t get me wrong, the game is functional, it just doesn’t feel like the Worms we know and love.
Its in 3D… why is Worms in 3D? I do appreciate that the developers are trying something new here but it just doesn’t feel right at all. It feels clunky, it’s not as colourful, the camera can be a pain and it’s just not as fun.
There are two campaigns in Ultimate Mayhem, one of which was downloadable content. It started off so promising with proper cut scenes and the trade mark humour not missing a beat, and then I was hit with a 3D landscape and my smile went away. The worms don’t animate as smoothly, it’s even harder to line up a grenade despite having the option to go into first person to do it, it’s just not Worms. It was a chore to finish the campaign because I got so bored with its much slower pace.
Overall despite Ultimate Mayhem, I think that the Worms Collection should be in anyone’s collection. It’s still as fun to play today as it was when it was first released. It’s a game that will make you smile and is great to stick on when you have a friend over. You could even get your other half to have a go with you; Worms is great for that. Anyone can just pick it up and start having fun, even if your missing all your shots it’s still funny to see the results of that bazooka shot that just sunk half of your own team. Two out of three isn’t bad, I just hope Team 17 learnt some valuable lessons from Ultimate Mayhem and just go back to what works. Roll on Revolution.
MLG Rating: 7/10 Platform: Xbox 360/ PS3 Release Date: 28/09/2012
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided a physical copy of The Worms Collection by the promoter for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of one week on a PS3. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.