Worms 3D is an action game developed by Sega and Team17 for the Playstation 2.
Worms 3D doesn't have any story but it does have a single player campaign mode for you to play through, in this mode you are required to complete a set number of challenges which allows you progress to the next mission. The tasks are usually quite basic ranging from eliminating enemy worms, picking up certain crates that drop from the sky and so on. It is a shame that there is no story but Worms has always been a more arcade like experience and never has contained a story mode.
The main revolution in the gameplay is the jump from the 2D landscapes to 3D, this allows for far more indepth gameplay as you now can roam around a far larger land allowing your worms the ability to hide under more things and more tactical play. Some of the fun has been sapped away as there is something quite simplistic and brilliant about the 2D landscapes in the older titles.
Weaponry is just as great as it always has been and you have a wide variety of the classic Worms arsenal at your disposal, pick from the standard Bazooka, grenades, banana bombs, homing missiles, shotguns to exploding old ladies and air strikes! The terrain is as with the 2D games is also destructible and sending in the games explosive weapons will no doubt blow everything to bits, especially if you play the game in multiplayer and use the 3x more explosive perk!
Graphics are more impressive than the previous games as it is now 3D and the worms have lots of funny animations and voices.
While it loses some of its simplistic appeal with the jump to 3D it is still a really fun explosive action game.
Worms 3D is the 2003 developed by Team 17
I first got into Worms at a young age. I can remember the 2D game play, the cheesiness of the little worms and the conservativeness of the weapons, loving every minute of it. So when I heard that worms would be making the big step to 3D I had to check it out, and wasn't disappointed.
There is a not a 'Storyline' of sorts, so if you want a plot, completing missions to achieve certain goals this perhaps isn't the game for you. The closest you get is the 'Campaign' missions. You battle enemies, normally consisting of roughly 6 to a team. On each level there are slight objectives to complete, like rescuing a fallen comrade, but the main gist of each level is to eradicate your enemy, before you enemy eradicates you.
The landscapes in this game a truly magnificent. Each landscape is randomly generated, except for the campaign missions. There are also some novelty landscapes, such as the one based on the Normandy beach landings (D-Day landings).
There are a vast amount of different weapons, utilities and gadgets which can be used as well. If you are aware of the previous worm games you will be familiar with the stock weapons such as the bazooka, grenade and pistol, but in this game there are a lot more weapons, some of them quite original and cool. New weapons include a sticky gas canister, nuclear test and my personal favourite the super sheep. When using the super sheep you fire it as if you would fire a normal weapon, but then control it yourself as it flies through the air, manually homing in on your chosen target. The normal utilities are there also, such as the teleport, but new ones include low gravity, and an improved jetpack system.
As you progress through the campaign missions, you unlock certain challenge missions. There are a large amount of these to complete, offering depth to the game. Some of these include target practice and piloting parachutes. The best aspect of this game has to be the multiplayer options. This allows you to create a custom landscape, choose team size, choose the starting health of your worms, how long the game it will last and how many rounds the game will last. Along with the added ability to play up to four human players, this gives full customization on how your game will look. This part of the game is great for having your mates over, as it is a fun game, not too serious, and strangely competitive.
The graphics are quite good, especially if you have seen previous worm's games, and the audio is the normal worm's cheesiness, which is great. Along with the varying landscapes and large amount of weapons this is the perfect party game.
Worms 3D For Playstation 2.
~ How I began to play Worms! ~
Some years ago, in the midst of time (okay only 1995 but hey.....) I had a Amiga computer system that was all the rage.
I have a much younger brother and when he would come to stay with me, we would often drag this out and one of our favourite games was Worms.
I later bought a Mega-Drive and we would play on that as well, but eventually we moved on to Playstation games, and finally we went from the original Playstation version to the 3D version brought out when we bought our Playstation 2 (PS2).
~ A little history of the game ~
As already mentioned, this was a game, which we played on the Amiga system I owned, and at the time the game was only available on this system. Later it was made so other systems could use it, including the Sony Mega Drive, Saturn, the earliest Playstation and Nintendo Game Boy.
The game originated as an entry to a competition, and while it didn't initially win anything, and was ignored by a number of people when it was shown to them, a company called Team17 was at a trade show with their stand and when they saw the original game being displayed by its maker, they offered to buy it on the spot.
The Commodore Amiga was the forefront of gaming for a lot of people at the time this became commercially available and the first game and some of the subsequent releases were simple cartoon characters with basic level designs but in fact the overall premise of the game has changed little.
~ The 3D version ~
So along came the 3D version and was first released around 2003 available for the Playstation 2.
The idea about the game itself has changed very little from the first release in 1995. The biggest changes are obviously the 3D graphics, but also some changes in the weapons, by virtue of some new items and also how you would operate them. As I've said, the premise of the game has changed surprisingly little over the years.
~ The Game ~
So, what exactly is the game about?
In essence you fight another group of 'worms' (controlled by an opponent) through different and varying landscapes.
You take it in turns to attack each other, with different weapons and moves giving your different options and strategies.
You have a number of environmental factors you have to take into account as you play; the most obvious is the wind direction and strength (which is shown on screen for you) as well as the land features which changes with every game and in fact with every move since you are able to blown it up with abandon!
The ultimate object of the game is to be the last man (or in this case Worm or Group of Worms) standing!
You can also use blow torches and other items to dig yourself a tunnel or cave area to try and hide from incoming missiles, as well as using outcrops and other natural features as a form of shielding if at all possible.
The overall premise has hardly changed at all, and the same ideas and strategy you used in the early games are just as relevant with the new game, but that is what made the game so enjoyable in the first place, so its nice to see they haven't tried to make any real changes with this aspect of the game.
~ Starting the Game ~
As with pretty well most games, when you first turn it on, you get given some options, from single player (against the computer) to multiple players (we often play as a team of 4, myself, my partner, my brother and his partner or my sister). Other options are all fairly standard - Music on or off, different choice of music, quick start and so on.
You can also make your own team of worms - giving them your own team name and subsequent names for each worm in the group. Some examples of some we've used in the past as a family are:
Team names - Pop Divas, Star Trek, Sports Stars, Actors, Actresses.
Worm names - From Kylie (with the Pop Diva Group) to Keira Knightly in the Actress group.
You can though simply go with some default options provided by the game if you want to get going quite quickly.
So you are now set up, ready to go......
~ And the game begins ~
So, you've got your team of worms and a nice array of weaponry (listed later) at your disposal. Thinking of disposal, this is the object of the game, to dispose of your competitor's worms without losing all of yours.
So, you start with the control of one of your worms, which you can either inch slowly forward, backward or even tunnel through the landscape, or if needed you can jump across and even back flip around obstacles which might crop up. You might need to use one of your weapons to help you navigate through somewhere, but watch out, because not only are their other worms who are soon to be hot on your trail, but also land mines which should you hit one will inflict a lot of damage (It's more likely to kill you)!
You're also on a strict time limit set by the game for each go, so you have to make sure you can manoeuvre yourself into position and also try to attack one of your opponents within the set time.
You also have to account for damage you might suffer if you accidentally fall down a hillside or cliff area, and you are surrounded completely by water which if you fall in, means you are dead and you lose one of your worms!
The settings are.... Absurd, not quite fantasy and just a little 'fluffy' at times, very cartoon in nature, but don't be put off by this because you do actually need to be pretty good at working out strategy games, and the mix of the silly with the serious strategy is what makes this game work so well.
~ Single player or Multi Player? ~
It's a game which lends itself well to being for a single or multiplayers. Personally, we love to play it as a family or with friends because its just such fun, but if you just want to play on your own, this really does allow you to without loss of enjoyment. You are given several different choices, which can also lead to other options. For example in the Campaign mode you are taken through a series of maps but not only are you trying to eliminate the other worms as you would in the regular game, but also pick up special packages which are placed through the maps.
If you manage to navigate successfully through the campaign, you will then be given the chance of a Challenge game, which gives you a chance to show off your skills with some of the weaponry.
The quick start option is something you can use if you want to just have a go at something on a random basis. Great if you can't quite make up your mind as to what you want to play!
As I've said, personally we play a lot on the multiplayer game and love it. Not only does it allow us to all poke fun out of each other as we play, but it does give you some additional customisation. As mentioned we often play with up to 4 players (the maximum number of teams you can have), and as well as putting together your own teams and members of a team you can also do a little more with some of the weapons, health, game length and even number of rounds you want to play per game. You can also choose the landscapes you want to play in, colours of the landscapes around you and also even if the landscape is destructible - although we always have it as being destructible on our game so I don't know just how it might differ in terms of game experience.
~ The main weapons and items you can use. ~
This is probably one of the most used of all the weapons, but is also affected a lot by wind direction and strength, so you must always consider this before launching a shell in the direction of an opponent.
This is basically like the Bazooka but it is target specific. Much like a sniper who would line up and fire, you aim carefully using a site guide before firing. Again, this is susceptible to the wind, and also objects that might obscure its route so can only be used in certain situations but is very effective when it can be used.
Again, another firing weapon much like the Bazooka but it sends out cluster bombs when it impacts, so its quite deadly. Not always as accurate though.
Useful to throw in certain situations, they have a time delay before exploding, so if you use correctly you have time to get out of the way before they do go bang!
The Homing Pigeon.
Remember the Homing Missile? Well this is the same sort of thing but it can manoeuvre around basic obstacles and impacts more damage when it strikes. Not any good for very complex areas though.
Just that, one of the more silly items in your infantry but nonetheless, powerful bombs when they explode on impact and once the main banana explodes its power isn't the first explosion, but the secondary ones it inflicts as smaller bananas are thrown out!
If someone is hiding in a particularly nasty spot you are having trouble getting to, sometimes sending a sheep bouncing their way is useful. But beware, sometimes they can decide to turn around and head back in your direction in certain conditions in the landscape!
Another farm variety, the Mad Cow!
And a little like the sheep, release the frothing mouthed cows and see what happens next! And after the cows you could.....
Always try the Concrete donkey!
Its hard and just drives its way through anything in its way!
The Holy Hand Grenade.
Oh what fun! This makes the ordinary grenade seem small in comparison
You can also send out an air strike if you need to. Usually quite limited in number, so use wisely but can be a very effective weapon if used correctly.
Other useful items.
A jet pack.
You can use this to fly from different points on the map if needed. Again a useful strategy tool when needed.
Another item to help you out of tricky spots.
So you can drop down to earth in relative safety without becoming Worm Pulp!
~ How does the game measure up? ~
Well it's a firm favourite in our household. I tend not to play many games because of arthritis but I do find this is one I can enjoy without too much difficulty since the controller use isn't frenzied like some other games (Driving and fighting ones for example). While you are having to complete in a time limit, you can often work out a move before your turn by watching the game going on, so its not hard to position yourself or the weapon your going to use.
As mentioned its all done in quite a fun and quirky cartoon setting. Yet it doesn't become cartoon like in its appeal and so should appeal to children and adults alike. As I've said, I've got a brother who is much younger than I am (I had moved away from home before he was even born) and he used to love playing this even as a 8/10 year old, and still loves it today.
The landscapes can vary from the Moon, to The Empire State building and King Kong! The graphics are simple (think Nintendo Wii if you've played on that) and even with the 3D, doesn't burst out at you for being anything other than pretty basic technology to achieve this.
I'm still not sure Worms 3D really does work in a 3D environment though! I know that sounds strange and I'm generally a lover of 3D work, but sometimes I feel a game doesn't really benefit overall from it and doesn't gain much depth from the original 2D version and this is one of those times. We often put our original Playstation 2D version on to play - and while the 3D does get played, I would say perhaps not quite as much!
3D works wonderfully in most areas (Driving games for example) but I do just wonder if its been done for the sake of it rather than the overall good of the game - This is one of those occasions where I have to wonder if that isn't the case.
The worms have quite cute voices, again done very much in a squeaky cartoon style but again you have plenty of choice if you want to have a slightly different sound to your worms! The background music doesn't seem unchanged though and overall it shows little difference to the Playstation 1 version. We tend to maintain the background noise from weaponry and the worms but remove the music anyway since we find it distracting and annoying, but that isn't something unique to this game and our own personal preference.
~ Final Thoughts ~
In many respects if you already have the original Playstation version of the game, I'm not sure buying this version is going to give you an awful lot more. Either one is what makes this game work - it's cute, some fun strategy and good multiplayer options. But since it could have lost that aspect altogether I'm not complaining, and if you're looking to play this for the first time, the 3D version will do - just fine.
Well, we've been playing it in different versions now since 1995 and still enjoy it, so there is something to be said for its longevity! I wonder, how many games will I be looking back on in another 12/13 years time and still talking about or even playing as much?
5 out of 5 stars for me.
Worms 3d is an amazing game, the makers seem to have but that little bit more into every element, resulting in a very rewarding game. It has much better and easier game control, and a new assortment of weapons like air strike and super sheep. you have a team of 6 worm and you have to defeat another team of 6 worms using various weapons, as you move up the levels the environments changes and it becomes harder to defeat te other tem. The controls are really easy the graphics look really good. There is the occasional sound problem but apart from that the game is superb. The game structure is very good and there is a multiplayer level and the single player missions will keep you entertained for hours. You can also manually customise a levels theme, time of day, and number of land objects, height and size of playable islands. The Worms are superbly animated, offering a variety of expressions and mannerisms. Levels are equally detailed, with each one bursting with a distinctive character. This game is truly amazing and well worth a buy I have recommended it to many people and they too have loved it!!
Worms 3D is the first 3D outing for those pesky Worms, created by Team 17 and Sega.
This is a strategy game, where you basically have a team of worms with a variety of (often bizarre) weapons, which you use to destroy an opposing team of worms.
As I said, this is a strategy game where the aim is to destroy the opposing team. You each have a number of worms, who take it in turns to take pot shots at each other until 1 team is destroyed.
Worms has been out in various forms for years now, I remember playing a basic pc version about 10 years ago and now this is available on different platforms and in various forms.
Having loved the original version (and finding this one V cheap at amazon), I decided to buy a copy. This is also one of the few games I am actually half decent at.
Based in a variety of cartoony landscapes with jaunty music playing in the background, Worms is a feel good game (apart from the massacre of course), suitable for ages 3 and up (apparently). It now also has added factors such as varying weather conditions. One minute it will be sunny in wormland, next your worms are getting drenched. The landscape is also destructible, so if you chuck a grenade at a worm it will destroy a good chunk of the scenery as well! In multi-player mode you can select whether or not the landscape can be destroyed.
Whereas in previous versions of Worms, you were limited in the number of ways you could play the game, Worms 3D has numerous options to satisfy your blood-lust.
You can either play multi-player against your friends (up to 4 players) or single-player against the computer.
Mulit-player offers the greatest customising options, as you can select everything for your game, from which landscape you fight on, to which weapons are available for each battle and how much health your worms have! I find this takes a little away from the game play though and tend to choose a random selection for things such as worm positioning.
There are 3 ways to play as a single-player.
1)Campaign mode - You are assigned tasks which you need to complete in order to progress to the next level (ie kill all enemy worms then proceed to the sea-plane etc). The further you progress with this game, the more challenges (see below) and new landscapes become available to you.
2) Challenges - These are one off games which usually involve destroying the enemy within a set time, or with specific weapons only.
3) Quick Game - This is basically a one off game on a randomly generated landscape against the computer.
YOUR TEAM OF WORMS:
Now for the fun part! You can modify your team to suit your own tastes. You can either go with the computer's random selection of worm names and voices, or make up your own names and choose from the 30 something voice options provided.
Worms are pretty chatty and tend to pipe up when it is their turn, or when they are targeted by an enemy worm.
They come out with such gems as 'I'l get you for that' 'You traitor!' (when accidentally hitting one of your own worms) and many more.
Different weapons cause differing amounts of damage and this is also affected by the distance away, accuracy of the shot etc.
There are waaaay too many to mention, but I will mention a few.
BAZOOKA - Pretty standard Worms weapon, the bazooka can be pretty hard to target and is affected by factors such as the wind. This is a weapon with unlimited ammo.
HOMING MISSILE - another classic worms weapon, the homing missile can be targeted exactly, though you have to be careful how you aim and the power you use or you may miss your target! Normally only 1 or 2 are available per battle.
GRANADES/CLUSTER BOMBS - these are throwing weapons so need great accuracy. Cluster bombs explode into several bits which then explode on impact.
SHEEP - Ah, a little woolly jumper - Literally! Take your sheep, chuck him, watch him bound away and press the detonator when he reaches the target, then BOOM! no more sheep and one mangled worm!
SUPER SHEEP - da da daaaaa up up and away! Woolly develops super powers and soars above the clouds. You direct him and then explode him when he reaches a suitable target.
SHOTGUN/UZI - best for close quarters. You get 2 goes on the shotgun, so great when there are a couple of enemy worms nearby. Kill 2 ahem worms with one stone so to speak.
These include things such as jet packs and girders and can be used to assist you in reaching certain areas, by jetting somewhere else on the landscape where you can get a better shot or rebuilding part of a landscape with the girders. These are usually very limited so use wisely.
CRATES - crates are dropped from planes at intervals and can contain either weapons or utilities. Also dropped are medical crates which increase the health of the worm that retrieves it.
Manouevering around a 3D landscape can be fairly tricky, as can locating both yor own and enemy worms (although the worms are displayed with their names in different colours for different teams). To help you, you can either view an overhead shop of the entire landscape or use the first-person view to look immediately around you.
The movements are controlled by the analogue stick with the weapons controlled by the buttons.
To help you get the hang of things there is a tutorial where you are taught how to move, how to select and target weapons etc.
Definitely a good idea for 1st time players and even seasoned worms veterans! The controls are very easy to get to grips with though.
This is a great fun game and very addictive, in either single or multi player mode. Prepare for arguments in multi player though when your worms are getting a kicking or your worms are doing the kicking!
The only gripes I really have with it are that occassionally the graphics are a little iffy and it has crashed on me a couple of times.
When a worm is in an awkward position like in a little crevice, the computer can't seem to get to grips with it and you will find the landscape a little jumpy or your view obscured. I think this has been an issue with most of the Worms games though and it isn't a massive problem.
I would advise you to carefully read the mission objectives at the beginning of each mission as I didn't do this, assumed what I had to do and got it completely wrong!
At a cost of approx £11 from Amazon this is extremely good value for money with the amount of gameplay you get out of it. Even when you complete the Campaign levels you have almost unlimited options with multi-player games.
If you don't fancy Worms 3D, I would definitely say you need at least one Worms title in your games collection!
All-new missions and play modes. Immersive single player experience. Choice of camera modes. Environmental conditions such as rain, snow, night and day. Randomly generated, fully deformable landscapes, in true 3D. Inclusion of Wormopedia and the gallery. All new AI, sound effects, music, and interface. For 1-4 players.