Publisert: 21. april
being a long time worms fan, I was hoping for a refined and well executed entry. After all, it is basically the same game as previous installments, so you would think they would have got it right by now... unfortuntaly, not quite.
But first, I quite liked the idea of different worm varieties. there are worms that heal themselves and worms around them on their turn, worms that jump and move faster and worms that explode harder when they... die? and they have reduced movement speed, jumping ability and has less jetpack fuel? sure, okay.
It allows for some neat gameplay strategies and adds a well needed extra layer of tactics to worm matches. the physics water is also a neat feature, if not vastly overpowered, especially when using water based weaponry that can make worms slip and drown in the actual 'water' water.
While it's not a bad game, it has many little issues that really hold the game back. The weapons are a little unbalanced and inconsistant. I have never been able to accurately tell how much damage a weapon is going to do: a bazooka hit directly may do 30 damage, or 50. I have never been able to find out why it does this, but it is very infuriating because it puts an extra layer of doubt when planning attacks because you don't know what the move will accomplish: it may destroy a worm or simply critically wound it.
The UI is also an issue. for starters, the aiming reticule is much too big and inaccurate: I would have much preferred a simple dotted line and a small crosshair rather than the over-produced whacky one it has. playing multiplayer has some strange quirks with matchmaking too: you can't start a new game with a player in the same session, you have to back out of a session entirely and start a new one. It is uncesscesarily finicky and awkward.
The singleplayer is also dissapointing. I find it funny that they expect you to go through tutorial stages. I mean it's only been 18 freaking games, I think I got the gist of it by now! I would have liked the option to skip those levels. The narrator (definatly NOT a laura croft spoof) is also a tad annoying, but that is subjective, you may enjoy it. needless to say I do not. otherwise, the singleplayer campaign is just a string of battles with objectives thrown in, usual fair. nothing special at all.
Overall it's a very mediocure entry to the series that feels very unpolished and undercooked. For what it's worth though, despite it's problems, I had fun playing it with mates. If you are willing to overlook it's flaws, it's still at it's core a worms game. But even saying that, there have better worms games before this. Just get Worms: Armageddon Instead.