The Worms franchise is one of the longest running in games history. The strategic gameplay sees the titular worms using ridiculous weaponry, battling each other over increasingly more awkward terrain. With rocket launchers, grenades and flamethrowers in the hands of these Worms, its not hard to see why this simple concept has lasted for generations of consoles.
Now appearing on PSN, Worms Armageddon 2 doesn’t look much different to the previous games in the series. Though environments are more detailed and textures have had a ‘HD upgrade’, visuals are rarely the main point of a Worms game, and so the familiarity of the designs is welcome.
The soundtrack and audio follow suit, giving a strong sense of pride in the past accomplishments of the series. There is a reason that the character design and overall style of Worms has become such a memorable one for gamers, and it’s always impressive to see an art style that is both classic and welcoming to those who aren’t accustomed to the series.
There are 35 single player missions included here, along with 30 more in the Battle Pack DLC; more than enough content to warrant the price point. These deathmatch stages increase in difficulty rapidly, so newcomers to the series should be wary of a steep learning curve. The maps you play on are as complicated as ever too, with the jetpack and carefully aimed explosions key to navigating them. While the now expansive weapon set includes new choices such as the Bunker Buster and Emergency Teleporter (the second of which opens up a whole new dimension to tactics) as always, the simplest weapons are the more effective. The grenade causes havoc when aimed properly, with its physics working to thin the ranks on both sides by bouncing around the environment.
Multiplayer for up to 4 players online or locally is enjoyable too, the Worms experience really coming through during matches against your mates. Though there are far more ‘stages’ in the singe player, you will want to spend more of your time with Multiplayer, as battling human opponents continues to be the most entertaining way to enjoy Worms. Online modes are stable if you can find people to go up against, the framerate is steady throughout and delays are infrequent. There are plenty of variables to change too, so the experience stays fresh for a long time.
For those people who have been long time fans of the series, Worms 2: Armageddon and its Battle Pack DLC should be essential purchases. The game is just as fun as it always was, even if the reason for this is a distinctive lack of major upgrades to the formula. New weapons and maps aside, there really isn’t anything other than Online multiplayer to distinguish this from the original 1995 game. If you need to get your strategy fix on your PS3 though, you could do much worse than this, a game that does everything it sets out to do well. A worthy edition to a truly classic series.
REVIEW CODE: A complimentary Sony Playstation 3 code was provided to Brash Games for this review. Please send all review code enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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