Worms 2: Armageddon – The PS3 Attitude Review
Team 17’s long running turn-based strategy game is back and it’s packed with new modes, features, and even more weapons. The first Worms title to hit the PSN wasn’t exactly Team 17’s best effort, but it was still a fun game. Thankfully, Worms 2: Armageddon is the improvement everyone was looking for.
Who knew killing worms could be this much fun?
If you are unfamiliar with Worms, the premise is quite simple. It’s a 2D turn-based strategy game where you control a team of four overly cute worms equipped ridiculous weapons. Your goal is to eliminate the opposing team in methodically brutal ways. You can blast enemies with rockets, plant mines, set off environmental explosives, and even Hadouken them into oblivion. If you’re a fan of the series, you know exactly what to expect.
It takes some time getting adjusted to the gameplay since it’s mostly a process of trial and error. When using the rocket, for instance, you need to consider the trajectory of the shot and the amount of power put into it. The trajectory isn’t as clear as it could be though and this makes room for many mistakes. You also have to take into consideration the enemy placement, wind, and the design of the level itself. It’s quite a challenge. Regardless, learning how to use each weapon is part of what makes this game so much fun.
The amount of crazy weapons in your arsenal is just as ridiculous as it is awesome. There’s your standard rocket launcher, grenade, baseball bat, and a variety of missiles. But there’s also weird weapons like the returning Super Sheep (which can fly and explode on impact) and a new weapon where a buffalo runs towards enemies destroying anything and everything in its path. Have you ever wanted throw a holy grenade at a group of worms and listen to a choir sing as it explodes? In this game, you can do just that.
Aside from equipping your worms with a variety of weapons, you can also customize the look of your team. The options are pretty basic, but you can have your worm wear different types of hats, change their skin color, and even select a new voice. The PS3 version of Worms 2: Armageddon features exclusive head pieces from LittleBigPlanet, Killzone, Buzz, Lemmings, and Motorstorm. It’s impossible not to love the little Sackboy helmet.
The single player campaign consists of 30 levels set in various themed locations (cheese, outerspace, etc), with five additional levels available as unlockables. Most missions feature your standard gameplay but there are some levels that really test your logic. A few missions require you to use a rope to reach an exit, but others are more puzzle based with tons of restrictions. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself stumped a few times. As you progress through the campaign mode, you will receive in-game currency that can be used to unlock more character hats, landscapes, missions, and weapons.
Since this is a turn-based game, be prepared for a lot of waiting. It can be a test of patience and very frustrating when you’re on the losing end of a game. It’s a shame that the speed can’t be increased in the campaign mode. Watching the AI can be painful at times since they often make blatantly bad mistakes. Then there are times when the AI has amazingly accurate aim no matter where they’re at on the map. It doesn’t exactly feel balanced in terms of difficulty.
Even though the single player campaign will last you a few hours, the main focus of this game is obviously the multiplayer. This is by far where you’ll spend the majority of your time playing, whether it’s online or locally with friends. The online mode features one-on-one ranked matches and unranked matches with support for up to four players simultaneously. There’s a good variety of multiplayer modes available to the player with tons of room for customization (landscapes, weapons, game modes, etc).
Most gametypes feature your standard Worms gameplay but there are some interesting twists. In Fort mode, instead of being placed randomly on a map, the worms spawn at their own dedicated base. In Crate mode, players are able to find new weapons in crates scattered throughout the map. The most hilarious (and fun to play) is definitely the rope races. In this mode, each player takes turns trying to reach the end of the level using only a rope.
The only problem with the online mode is that the community is pretty minimal. That’s not to say that people aren’t playing, just don’t expect too many on at one time. It’s really a shame that more people aren’t playing online, but when they are, expect them to be pretty good at the game. There are online trophies to attain as well, with most of them requiring you to play in ranked matches. Oddly enough, Worms 2: Armageddon features a Platinum Trophy as well.
Worms 2: Armageddon is loaded with video game references and other jokes that are bound to make you smile at least once. This might be the only game around where you’ll hear the words “Fatality” shouted out in a cute voice after killing a worm with a Shoryuken. It’s absolutely brilliant.
There are a few technical issues. For instance, the background music abruptly ends very frequently. This ends up leaving you with the sounds of the worms themselves and the weapons. There were even moments when the sound effects disappeared but the music still played. That didn’t happen as often but it’s still annoying. The only way to fix that issue is to quit the entire game from the XMB and load it up again. It’s unfortunate that there is no support for custom soundtracks either. This would have easily remedied the disappearing ambient music.
Worms 2: Armageddon is a blast to play and a clear improvement over its predecessor. It’s packed with a bunch of modes to play, tons of crazy weapons, and a multiplayer mode that will last you quite some time. For long time fans of the series, you’ll absolutely love this game. If you’re new to Worms, there’s a helpful tutorial mode that brings you up to speed and teaches you the basics. It may have taken the PSN a year to get this game, but it was certainly worth the wait.
Worms 2: Armageddon is now available on the PlayStation Network for $14.99/£11.99/€14.99 and it’s well worth the price.