Posted by Raine Hutchens on Oct 5, 2010

Review – Worms Reloaded (PC)

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We received a copy of Worms Reloaded a little while back, and I decided to give it some time and I sat down for a while to play it. If you’re familiar with the Worms series, then you will know that this game is basically a reboot of the old Worms title from the 90s. This title is exactly a copy of what we saw in 1995, 1998, and basically every other Worms title ever made. It even draws from the Worms 2: Armageddon game we saw on the Xbox 360, only with more weapons this time around.

The premise of the game is simple: you have a team of worms, and you have to use your weapons to blow up the opposing team of worms before they get you. Pitted against increasingly more difficult teams and levels, the objective is pretty much the same on every level. Reloaded has taken the concepts that the other Worms titles used, and built upon them instead of recreating them. The new game adds vertical maps, new game modes, and the ability to fight on moving maps.

I personally could only stand playing the game for about fifteen minutes at a time because of sheer repetition. It’s literally the same thing every level, just arranged differently. Now with side-scrolling shooters this could be fun, but there’s just too much to annoy you with this game. Every time you make a move, the worms make comments with their high-pitched voices, sounding like Fred from Youtube. It gets very old to hear, and I had to put on music while turning the game’s sounds off to continue playing. The worms also move an an extremely slow rate. This made me very frustrated as every move you make is timed, which takes away from the 30 minute playtime you are allowed on each level.

Now I will admit that it was fun using flaming punches, bazookas, grenades, and more to blow things up, but it wasn’t enough to make me enjoy the game. For a younger audience, and possibly for avid PC gamers or fans of the series I am sure that this game would surely appeal to them.

The graphics and level design were interesting, and the weapon selection was pretty cool, but the game’s repetition and constant annoyances basically killed the experience. If you’re a fan of the series, or if you want to have a PC game to keep the kids busy, this is for you. For everyone else, I can’t say so.

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