More Reviews
REVIEWS Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunk Review
I was confident in my Dark Souls abilities. Then From Software released new Dark Souls II DLC.

The Swapper Review
One of 2013's best indie games swaps its way to Sony platforms.
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 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

Madden NFL 15
Release date: 08/26/14


LATEST FEATURES Water, Water Everywhere: 15 of the Best Water Worlds in Gaming
Lots of water worlds suck, but not these ones, and they're completely Kevin Costner-free.

An Updating List of PlayStation 4 Updates We Want
Sony and Microsoft have been updating their consoles regularly, but we wanted to share our own ideas for updating the PS4 firmware.
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 oneshotstop
Call of Duty will never be the same
By oneshotstop
Posted on 07/28/14
       We've all been there. Everyone remembers that mission. You and your partner are climbing up the mountains in the snow, striving to pull some slick clandestine operation about getting some intel on a bad guy, or something similar (because let's face...

Worms Revolution Review

Pierre_Bienaime By:
Pierre_Bienaime
10/04/12
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Arcade 
PLAYERS 1- 4 
PUBLISHER Team17 
DEVELOPER Team17 
RELEASE DATE Out Now
E10+ Contains Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief, Mild Language

What do these ratings mean?

Worms: Revolution is a misnomer. Try Worms: Underbite.

2.5D doesn’t make this game a revolution. In Team17’s decision to give the latest Worms some graphical depth, they encapsulated much of what’s wrong with Worms: Revolution. Good ideas! Lame execution.

I don’t make this claim as a Worms traditionalist or a cel-shading fiend (though I am a shameless one). 2.5D could have been done well; it just wasn’t. The four themes—aesthetic templates—look pretty cheap, and staircases abound with unsmooth, stuttered lines. As you zoom in and out, textures pop. On occasion, the game will slow down. Of course, I should add that I played Worms: Revolution through Xbox Live Arcade, so downloaded from Steam and played on a nice rig, these might not be non-issues.



That said, I love the Worms series: turn-based mayhem, single-worm reconnaissance, and the occasional but priceless moment when tables are turned by just one smartly placed grenade. Worms: Revolution will sometimes yield some of those “oh snap” moments, but it does so with much more downtime and much less customization than previous games in the series.

By downtime, I mean that AI worms will often “think” with cartoon bubble overhead for dozens of seconds before acting. Once they do, they’re prone to skipping their turn or moving away from conflict. These are seconds spent listening to music less engaging than the series has featured in the past—just as minimal, but not as dark. It would have better if there was the option to display an AI worm’s turn in smooth fast-forward.

Slowness of a different kind plagues the single-player experience. Eight missions of unskippable training start it off, each of which is littered with lame jokes narrated by some celebrity I’m not going to look up. Then, in the second half of the single-player campaign enemy worms will suddenly toughen up, throwing grenades with amounts of foresight that threatened to overload my “this is bullshit” meter.



I don’t mean to make a breathless rant out of this review. There is some welcome novelty to Worms: Revolution. Water is a big one, with plenty of it encased in a wall that can be pierced, often washing away any worms in its path. The physics here make for water that ends up in the places real water would. But the way it moves to those places is more pudding-like. In fact, the smallest individual bead of water is bigger than any worm, which breaks the illusion. Even with this flaw, water spices things up enough for me to hope it returns in future Worms games.

And then there’s the smoke. The turbulence in this game—the kind that emanates from a burning cigarette, not the kind that makes you feel religious in airplanes—is nothing short of beautiful. I didn’t expect the benchmark for pretty smoke from any Worms game, but take a shotgun to the wall or drop a concrete donkey in the game and you'll see what I’m talking about.



Classes are another addition. It turns out we’ve been playing Worms with nothing but “soldiers” up until now. There’s also the Heavy who's somewhat phallic, the Scout who jumps like a ninja, and the Scientist who has a big head and, in an illustration of that which makes sense but doesn’t really make sense, heals your entire squad by 5 points at the beginning of its turns. The classes are rather innocuous, though it doesn’t hurt to give players the unforced option of playing with a different set of worms/abilities. Deathmatch with nothing but scouts is worth trying out.

All in all, Worms: Revolution just doesn’t have the polish to make it an improvement over previous games. Among these is the virtuous Worms 2: Armageddon, which looks prettier, plays more quickly, and has a far more concise HUD. It’s also available on most of the same platforms and boasts a better single-player experience. Worms: Revolution just falls short of that comparison.

Code provided by publisher. Review based on Xbox 360 version.
Worms Revolution
fullfullfullemptyempty
  • Multiplayer customization still in place
  • Pretty smoke
  • Online play
  • 2.5D doesn't look good (on XBLA, at least)
  • Lame music, unlike that of previous soundtracks
  • Enemy AI gives you enough time to clip your nails
Reviews by other members
No member reviews for the game.


More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Worms Revolution


More On GameRevolution