More Reviews
REVIEWS Wayward Manor Review
Not even the power of Neil Gaiman and The Odd Gentlemen could save this game from a fate worse than death: a terrible score.

ONE PIECE Unlimited World Red Review
"Unlimited World Red"? More like "Sorta Limited Town and Extended Areas... Red. And Blue. And Some Yellow."
More Previews
PREVIEWS Pillars of Eternity Preview
For Obsidian's crowdfunded love letter to Infinity Engine games like Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate, I was impressed by its willingness to pull back the curtain and let me see the machinery behind it.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Sacred 3
Release date: 08/05/14

CounterSpy
Release date: 08/19/14

Tales of Xillia 2
Release date: 08/19/14

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Release date: 08/19/14


LATEST FEATURES How Bioware Creates Romances
Bioware's games have romances where you might save the world, on the side of course.

We Absolutely Should Be Upset With Club Nintendo's Latest Elite Rewards
Surveys out the wazoo and I get a code for Dr. Luigi?
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Picking Your Gender: 5 Industry Professionals Discuss Queer Identity in Gaming
Women from Naughty Dog, ArenaNet, Harmonix, and Gamespot unite to talk about what they want from games in terms of diversity.
 
Coming Soon

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP Kakulukia
Why Sunset Overdrive Can Go Suck A Lemon
By Kakulukia
Posted on 07/14/14
Yesterday, while cleaning up my media center, I found my copy of Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus, which I bought sometime before Christmas last year. I had been pretty excited about this game pre-release, what with it being the first "traditional", albeit shorter than usual,...

Worms 2: Armageddon Review

Eduardo_Reboucas By:
Eduardo_Reboucas
07/30/09
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Strategy 
PLAYERS 1- 4 
PUBLISHER Team17 
DEVELOPER Team17 
RELEASE DATE  
E10+ Contains Mild Cartoon Violence

What do these ratings mean?

Early worm gets the bird.


Worms is pretty much a household name now, with countless versions, sequels, ports, whatsits and gizmos on just about every console. So what makes the two ports Worms and Worms 2: Armageddon better than before? It is the same thing that sets the current generation apart from the previous one: improved graphical quality and the inclusion of online play and downloadable content.

click to enlargeIn case you're not familiar with Worms, here's a quick starter. It's a turn based tactical game that takes place in 2D randomly generated environments that are totally deformable. Here, you control troops of cute little worms that carry big weapons. Worms has incredible charm to it, and Armageddon continues that trend.

As you progress through Worms 2's single-player campaign, the 38 or so challenges continually became harder, in part to prepare you for multiplayer. The only real draw to playing alone is accumulating gold coins, which unlock gear for your worms to wear, more map editor tools and pieces, weapons to use in the campaign, and even more missions.

Worms 2 plays very similarly to the first game and includes all of the weapons from that version, but the big difference this time is how the weapons have to be unlocked instead of being available right off the bat. The additions to the arsenal are fun on their own, like the aptly named Armageddon missile strike that decimates a map and the hilarious Holy Hand Grenade, which needs no introduction and with which you can bloweth thine enemies into tiny bits. Sadly, though, it takes a while before you can use them, since they're among the more expensive unlockables.

Of course, the real reason you'll start playing Worms 2 is the online multiplayer, and happily, it's the area where this game shines all around. There are three types of game modes that move beyond the simple rules of deathmatch, although most of the time, you'll be killing or defending yourself anyway. The online play is relatively lag free and stable, though there shouldn't be much lag in a turn-based tactical game like this anyway.

click to enlargeWorms 2 looks even better now than you might remember from the Dreamcast days - the action on the 2D plane occurs in various layers, as explosions take out huge chunks of the battlefield and worms leave little grave stones where they die. Character voices are even more varied this time around, including most of the downloadable voices from the past game and a few new ones. It even lets you customize your own worm team from top to bottom, voice and equipment-wise.

While overall, I was pleased with Worms 2: Armageddon, I was also a bit disappointed in some ways. After having a lot of fun with the original port, Armageddon ends up feeling just like more of the same. On the other hand, if you're new to Worms, Worms 2: Armageddon is surely the version to get, since it includes all of the Worms content plus the new weapons, tools, and levels already mentioned.

For those Worms veterans out there, it's a matter of how much you need ever version of Worms, and if you are looking for more challenges, because you already own the heart and soul of this game. While the unlocking system is a pain to get used to, the unlocks make it worth suffering through, for the most part. And like the first Worms, Armageddon supports DLC, so there's a good chance extra content will be showing up by the time you are through with everything it has to offer. Worms, assemble!
B Revolution report card
  • Worms, now even more weaponized
  • Online play is impressive
  • Tokens buys a lot bonus content...
  • ...but many weapons need to be unlocked.
    Reviews by other members
    No member reviews for the game.

More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Worms 2: Armageddon


More On GameRevolution