Team17 are back with a bang as they serve up even more Worms action with their latest offering of Worms Ultimate Mayhem. Read on for the full review.
Game: Worms Ultimate Mayhem
Price: 1200 Microsoft Points/£10.99/$14.99
Worms Ultimate Mayhem is everything I’d expect from an Xbox LIVE Arcade title. It’s bright, colourful and most important of all it’s a little whacky! That’s not to say that Worms Ultimate Mayhem is the best looking game available Xbox LIVE Arcade, far from it, but all the colours and all the crazy graphics feel right at home.
The worms themselves are present in full 3D, with some zany customisation options to boot. Environments are well modeled, and just as bright and colourful as everything else the game has to offer.
If I had to pick a weak point for this game it would have to be sound. The worms are well-voiced with plenty of quirky little sayings, and there are plenty of different styles of voices to enjoy over the course of playing the game, but whilst the worms sound funny initially, they quickly become quite boring.
It’s not all doom and gloom when it comes to sound though, as the rest of the game sounds great. Explosions sound impactful, gunshots have oomph, and the in-game music doesn’t feel out of place either.
Strictly speaking, Worms Ultimate Mayhem is a compilation of Worms 3D and Worms 4: Mayhem, so players familiar with the series will feel right at home. Newcomers to the series will have lots of fun and enjoyable content to get through. That being said, there’s plenty of fun to be had with Worms Ultimate Mayhem because it is exactly what it says on the tin. Ultimate mayhem – worms style! As you battle to eliminate the opposing group of worms, you will find that there is a wide array of destructive weaponry available at your disposal and while the trusty old bazooka is my personal favourite, you will find everything from grenades to poison arrows to a full on air strike.
There really is a lot of choice as to how you choose to weaken and subsequently defeat your enemies. The different weapons have different ammunition capacities, so for example, you get quite a few grenades, only a couple of poison arrows and only one air strike per game, so you have to manage your weapons and their ammo and use them wisely.
It should also be noted that while the game is predominantly about the destruction of enemy worms, the game is also about strategy. Putting your worms in positions where they become difficult to hit directly is extremely important, especially when you have to go on solo missions or are down to your last few team members.
The game also offers variety in terms of missions as well, 60 in total in fact. You won’t always have a full complement of team members and you won’t always have to start unleashing the mayhem on enemy worms right from the get-go as each mission and each environment provides its own set of challenges.
I felt that the controls let themselves down from time to time as moving your selected worm can sometimes feel clunky and jumping can feel a little difficult to control at times but this is probably down to me needing more time to adjust, but I feel like jumping and controlling your jump can be improved.
Although what I classify as the main modes (story and Worms 3D campaign) are both relatively short, Worms Ultimate Mayhem is far from short on longevity. The versus mode more than takes care of this with its multitude of match types and inviting customisation options.
You also have the challenges and Worms 3D survival challenges, which should be more than enough to keep even the most avid fan busy. But if you want to take Worms Ultimate Mayhem to the next level you can as the Xbox LIVE pptions offers quick match, ranked match, custom match and Xbox LIVE party modes as well in your quest to unleash even more mayhem on enemy worms (or should that be humans) around the world. There’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t have hours and hours of fun with this game.
Worms Ultimate Mayhem is seriously addictive, leaving you wanting more every time you play it. There are so many fun and exciting ways to eradicate enemy worms, that it’s a game that you’ll just want to keep playing over and over again.