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      29.12.2010 21:07
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      Worms Reloaded hits every spot

      The Worms games have been a long running franchise for the Team 17 gaming studio. Since becoming extremely popular in the late 90's, the Worms franchise has gone from strength to strength however a short experiment with making the game in 3D left fans of the series less than satisfied.
      Enter Worms Reloaded. This most recent venture by Team 17 has taken the game back to it's roots, back to where it originated.
      Now this wasn't the first game to take Worms back to it's roots, there was game simply named Worms released as downloadable content for the Xbox 360 and PS3. This slightly updated version of the game took the original, gave it a lick of paint and a map randomizer. It was barebones to say the least. Reloaded has taken over where this version of the game took off. But instead of just replicating the old games, they have taken the age old classic and put a whole new coat of make up on it and then some.
      Now for the most part, you can't exactly make Worms any more... well lets say 'Wormsy', and you can tell that Team 17 knew that by trying to change any of the core game play mechanics, they would be missing the point. So instead they added a whole ton of new features such as a customization of your own personal group of worms and AI worms. For each group you can select an accent, a hat of choice, a celebration, a gravestone and a difficulty setting just to name a few.
      On top of that the random map generator has a bunch of things you can play around with such as the setting, the object count, the mine count and the fire barrel count. On top of the customization list is the ruleset editor. For any game you can adjust the rules, so for example you can choose which weapons are instantly available and which are only available after a certain number of times. You can even choose just how frequently care packages drop from the skies and if the map has sentry guns on every corner.
      Aside from the customization, the Worms team has added several other modes such as a fully fledged campaign.
      Overall, Worms Reloaded is everything a genuine Worms fan will be looking for. The concept isn't new and it doesn't claim to be a new innovation in gaming, but for what it sets out today, Worms Reloaded hits every spot and for that I give it four out of five.

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        24.11.2003 16:50
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        (I know this review is PC-oriented, but the games are virtually identical, so I thought I'd review it here, rather than add another pointless category.) For those people who have never played any worms games, here's a quick guide to the basic workings of the game: In the basic game (the one played the most often), each player (either human or computer) starts off with a number of small cartoon worms belonging to his/her team, arranged randomly on a two-dimensional landscape. Using various weapons (e.g. grenades, bazookas and other more comical varieties) and utilities (ninja ropes, parachutes), the objective is to kill the other teams' worms. The worms start off with a number of energy points (usually 100, but this is customisable), and different weapons will take off a certain amount of these, depending on how well the shot is aimed. A worm dies when it gets to 0. Worms games in general: There are few computer games around with such a strong mix of playability and lifespan. Puzzle games that you can keep coming back to tend to get boring after a while, and ones which are actually fun to play always seem to be over too soon. Worms games however have none of these drawbacks. Their strength lies in the different ways in which you can play. Socially, the game is great fun. You can name your own worms, so that you can identify with them, getting justifiably annoyed when someone kills them, and triumphantly shouting when your team is victorious! It makes a change from the nerdy LAN-networked games such as unreal which separate people rather than bringing them together for multiplayer gaming. Alone, worms can be fun too, with earlier games offering battles versus varying skill levels of PC opponents, and single player missions offering something with a bit more strategy involved. The graphics have always been cartoony, never complex, which can make the games look a little cutesy, but also means that they ar
        en't heavy on system resources. Worms Armageddon: So, if worms is such a simple concept, how can so many versions be justified? And what does this version have that the others don't? Quite simply, in my opinion, Worms Armageddon is the pinnacle of the Worms concept. It extends the basic concept to become more challenging, and varied, without taking away the factors that made it so enjoyable in the first place. Modes: Multiplayer: This is basically the same as all the other versions of worms. With a few features added. There are new weapons (the homing pigeon being my favourite), new options (e.g. the water level rising and worms becoming "sick" in sudden death mode and it does look a little slicker. You are still limited in the number of worms you can play with at once, but this can make things more challenging. The landscape editor is a lot easier to use than earlier versions too. Mission mode: This mode has various missions which you have to complete (duh!), with various goals. Goals range from collecting particular crates, to killing particular worms, and the missions go form fairly easy to very hard quite quickly. I couldn't do these missions without a walkthrough from the internet, but I'm sure that there are people out there who could. Anyway, they are a great deal of fun when you do do them, and completing them can unlock secret options like more ammo for certain weapons, or making the worms bleed when they are hurt (Yuk!) Deathmatch: This mode is where you face harder and harder matches against computer teams to improve your rank. It starts off very easy, with eight of your worms against eight low-skilled PC opponent worms, but the number of your worms goes down, while the number of opponents and their skill level goes up. At the moment I'm ranked Hero, but I can't seem to win the match with just 2 of my worms and 12 worms of the highes
        t skill level! Anyway, it?s great fun watching your rank go up, and winning against all the odds. Training: This single player mode starts off with what it calls "basic training" which is basically an introduction to the game. It shows you some of the cool things you can do with the various weapons and utilities you might not otherwise have found out, and is required to be completed before you can get access to all of the missions. It's fairly easy though. Once basic training is completed, you can access the advanced training modes. These are; sheep racing, rifle range, artillery range, ninja rope training, and euthanasia. Sheep racing is fun to start with, but it's really hard. Getting a gold medal will get you a new weapon to play with, but this will only come with lots of practice. The idea is to fly a sheep around the screen collecting crates to accumulate time on the clock. The ore time, the better the medal. Rifle range, ninja rope training and artillery range are the same sort of idea, with gold medals getting you secret options. Euthanasia though is great fun. The idea is to kill as many little old ladies as possible with the various weapons at your disposal. While it might sound a bit bad taste, it's very funny and quite easy. I really liked this training mode as it made me laugh. A lot. Overall: As I?ve said, in my opinion worms games are some of the best games to be created for the PC, and Worms: Armageddon is the best of the lot. The customisable aspects of the game lend it an individual edge (you should check out my ?Withnail and I? sound scheme!) and the fact that the multiplayer version is just on the one PC makes it very playable as a social game. The only drawbacks I can think of are potentially the online multiplayer mode, which may have been superceded by other versions (e.g. worms world party, which I haven?t played), and the fact that the graph
        ics, being 2d aren?t what many modern gamers might expect. However, I just don?t see how worms 3d can be as much fun. For me, the cartoony Worms is the classic favourite, and they couldn?t really improve on it if they tried. And they have. All hail the concrete donkey!

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          20.11.2000 00:05

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          worms is a very good stratagy game where you pit your woems against someone elses and make them blow each other up you have a lot of weaponds including sheep and granades.It is 2d so i can not say anything about how good the graphics are but the gameplay in it is so good you will want to play it for hours. even the intro bits are great to wath you will laugh your head of when youfirst see them.The only problem is if you do not like stratagy games (you have to hate them) you will probably sell it straight away.

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          06.11.2000 03:22

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          Worms on the dreamcast is the latest addition in team 17’s highly successful and highly enjoyable worms series. It has more modes and more levels than ever as well as an all new mode in which you have to earn medals by doing various tasks e.g. getting your worm from one side of the level to the other with a bungee rope. The one downside to worms is that it is still 2d, which in an era of 3d games isn’t really good enough. Still, if you liked any of the previous worms games then you will love this, even though it is more of the same.

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          23.10.2000 01:34
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          This game exploded on the PC and now it has killed the N64 - this game is wicked and should be installed in every pub in the country - who needs those silly quizes or even those customary bar brawls when you can settle every difference with a game of worms! The game is immense - mulitplayer mode, and the options lets you tweak absolutely everything and to introduce super weapons like the concrete donkey or a nuke! Buy this game guys, the hours of pure gaming you'll get from it are limitless!

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          18.07.2000 19:41

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          Quite frankly this is possibly the best installment of all the worms series. The inclusion of many different weapons and little extra side bits make this game entertaining, fun to play and above all top notch fun for everyone in the family. Ranging from an excellent start up movie and ending with a game that will last a fricken lifetime. As the dreamcast gets geared to joining the internet Worms Armaggedon could quite possibly be the stepping stone to great things, it may well lead the promotional charge for the dreamcast. I myself cannot get enough of this game, ranging from the amusing team selection (including picking graves and other small tidbits) and also the small noises and grunts from the worms as they get attacked. (Anybody else roll around the floor with the baseball bat sequence?!) So on this day all dreamcast owners must look into the current abyss that is sega and see the one thing that hangs from the top in all consoles................... WORMS ARMAGGEDON!!!

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          15.07.2000 17:49

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          This is a great game! Fun, addictive, very challenging. Go out and buy it if you need another Dreamcast game, or if you like puzzle-strategy games. I've been playing it regularly since I rented it. Cheats are a prob, BUT, Gameshark for DC will be coming soon, use the training mode to learn how to use the weapons good, and deathmatch to learn more about the computer for mission modes and stuff. You'll love it, especially if you got some friends! This game is excellent , A great game that should be enjoyed by all.

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          12.07.2000 07:30
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          This game is brilliant, a top trump in sega's lineup of games. Although just a conversion of the pc version,and is still just in plain old 2d, it comes under the well known saying: ""If it ain't broke..."". The single player missions are challanging from the word go, with 33 levels playable. They will take you ages to finish, and on certain levels they will unlock bonus schemes for multiplayer. Well the multiplayer is just pure fun in a nutshell. There are many different schemes that give different weapons to play around with.It is just so satisfying to place a stick of dynamite on your best mate's head (in the game of course), and whatch him fly across the screeen in worm carnage! The game only uses 1 pad for multiplayer and whilst it can get iritating passing the pad around the room,it's good from the point that if you can't afford loads of extras like spare pads, then it's a godsend. In conclusion I would say that despite rediculously long waiting times whist the computer takes it's turn, the lack of a make your own level option and the fact you can only have 4 worms instead of 8 like on the pc, it is still a brilliant game that all should buy.

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          10.07.2000 07:32
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          Team 17 have come up with the best shoot em up for the gang of drunks coming home from the pub or mates together at the end of an evening you could possibly hope for. Plenty of scope for playing either fast and furious (honest we can play at this speed) or with at least 90 stressfull seconds per turn before you let your enemy blow your worm army through to the next round. Play as the number one commander of your own elite group of four worms or gang up with up to two other mates to get rid of the cannon fodder before picking on the next weakest, there are no really honourable battles won, only mayhem at its most fun. For practice you can play by yourself against the computer or try the target practice ranges till you next get the chance to splat a few mates again. The best thing to do for the expert is to try and get through the death matches, slowly beating the computers ever increasing armies with your ever decreasing ones till you prove that no worm is gonna dis you and survive.

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          04.07.2000 14:51
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          If you are looking for a fighting game but have a problem with mindlessly blowing away humans then this game is for you. It is certainly a game of skill, that skill comes with practice against your mates or 5 computer teams. The idea is to lead your clan of worms into battle against other teams. You have a vast range of weapons and an infinite number of "battle zones" on which you fight across. A weapon can comprise of lots of goodies including your bog standard bazooka. However weapons such as the carpet bomb and the donkey bomb are certainly worth looking out for!!!! This game is a good investment for players of any standard or age as long as they don't value worms too highly! The idea of blowing worms away is crazy and it is worth buying to hear what the worms say when you kill em! "Oh dear" and "Leave me alone" are just a couple. Not a massively time consuming game so worth it for small or large battles.

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          03.07.2000 03:18
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          This is a funny game. The third in the worms series continues the tradition for complete silliness. For those of you who've been locked in a basement for the last 10 years, the worms games are a humorous take on the strategy genre. You get a team of worms (usually 4), dotted randomly along a randomly generated 2D (the whole game is 2D) landscape, and you use various weponry to destroy your opponent(s) team(s) in a turn based fashion. You can also move around the scenery using ropes or jet packs to get into better death-inflicting positions, or build girders to protect yourself from enemy fire (evil). The oneplayer in this game is good, the missions are addictive but some of the later ones can just be too hard. There is a good training mode and the deathmatch AI is well weighted. Despite all this, it's the multiplayer which really shines in this game. Get some mates, some beer and some pringles and you could play this all night. If you want to add extra spice, you could bet on the matches (don't tell your parents I said that kiddies). Graphically Worms Armageddon is pretty poor. It is 2D in it's pureist form, and is all the better for it. Worms would not be worms in 3D. The problems come with the framerate. The one thing you don't expect from a turn based, 2D game is slowdown, but this has more of it than any other dreamcast game I've ever played. This is unexcusable, and is due to the game running on the (crap) windows CE operating system, rather than the regular sega OS. Despite that problem, this game is still fun as its soooo silly. You can use exploding sheep, carpet bombs (actual rolls of carpet falling from the sky), and even the holy hand grenade (of monty python fame). It's great. There's nothing like watching a mumbling old woman stroll towards your mate's last worm only to explode in his face. I really like this game, but I can't recommend it. With Worms World Party (an improve
          d, online version) on the way, I have to say that you should wait for that, it's gonna be great. But if you see it reduced, and especially if you have pleanty of friends, you should definatly consider it.

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            08.06.2000 17:42
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            As a complete fanatics of worms ever since it came out on the saturn, all of us were oustounded by the quality of game play and addictability. When worms came out on the saturn our house was known as the worms hotline it was not unusual to receive calls at 4am from a friend in a rather drunk state asking us how to play or use a certain item, we calculated that we lost of roughly 527 hrs sleep due to the original, so you can imagin how excited i was when worms armagedon was released on the DC at last i could play old faithfull which never seemed right on the Play station!! With larger worms and explodong animals and aray of different game play i felt i was in heaven and once again there have been adverts in the local paper of wifes and girlfriends trying to find their husbands / boyfriends who have not returned for days! This game is seriously addictive and should carry a health warning! A must to anyone who is looking for a quality game that gives everyone a good chance of winning no matter how good you are! The worms voices will also have you in stiches!!

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            05.06.2000 18:15
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            I love this game, not just because of my huge skill level and ninja rope talent, but because of the huge game play and multiplayer fun which is very hard to find in most games now days.... I would not really suggest playing the game on your own as it is very limited and its not as much fun as beating your mates! Just turn the worms into cockneys and your off!! la la la la la lets fill in the extra words needed to get this review in!!!

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              24.05.2000 17:58

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              The graphics are neat enough and the game's audio qualities are acceptable, though nothing special even including the many "languages" available for your annelids. Add to these not very exciting qualities a stupidly, simplistic concept where the only view you get is a two dimensional side-on screen, a positively retarded options interface system, and you could be forgiven for thinking that this is going to be a game totally bereft of any interest whatsoever. But... What Worms Armageddon does excel in is sheer, addictive gameplay. The weapons available are varied and entertaining enough to provide an almost endless combination of fun strategies to play with. If you can only play one-player mode then this game will have a finite life-span. However, if you can grab a spare human or three to play with, you'd better prepare to plug in and say goodbye to everything else because it's unlikely you'll be doing anything else for the next few days. Oh, and if all else fails in-game, don't forget that you can always resort to real-life violence to get revenge. It's almost as satisfying knocking a whole team of enemy worms into the drink with a skillfully piloted Super Sheep.

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