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Worms The Revolution Collection Review

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Worms Revolution was released last year on the Xbox LIVE Arcade and completely ‘revolutionised’ gameplay with the popular turn-based game introducing a new engine, physics objects, dynamic water, all new weapons and class-based Worms into the fray. Out now at retail from developers Team 17, and publishers Mastertronic is Worms The Revolution Collection, featuring two full Worms games – Worms Revolution and Worms 2: Armageddon complete with all DLC content for both games. That’s a whole lot of Worms, for a great budget price!

ThisisXbox were given the opportunity to review Worms Revolution last year prior to its release on the Xbox LIVE Arcade platform and we fell in love with the franchise all over again – it’s a struggle not to enjoy blasting your enemies to their deaths, and with the all new dynamic water, new weapons and class based worms we felt the game justified a 9.5/10, and this score is now plastered right on the front of the retail box art as we described Worms Revolution as “A definite must-have Arcade title”.  Here’s a recap of our review.

Worms Revolution does feature a nifty amount of new improvements to the series, but the standard gameplay is still the traditional turn-based elimination objectives to take down an opposing team of worms. The game is presented as 2.5D style with 3D visuals and backgrounds running on a brand new engine. For the first time ever…yes ever…and possibly the best inclusion ever…yes ever…are Worms Classes. Not some form of online learning, but different a different class of Worms can be customised. Classes of Soldier, Scout, Scientist and Heavy Worms are at your disposal now. Soldiers are more or less the old classic Worms, Scouts can move around quicker and fall further before taking damage, Scientists can award other Worms health, but themselves have better equipment to use, and finally – Heavy Worms, as you’d expect are pretty slow moving, but can take more damage and attacks than all other worms. How you use your worms however, is entirely your decision!

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Single Player features a Campaign Mode that gets progressively difficult fast after completion of all the tutorials, but if you’ve played a game of Worms before – then you’ll already be aware that Campaign is a hard hitting battle between you and the AI enemy worms that have been carefully placed and set up to make you look like a bit of a cock. It starts off pretty easy and lures you into a false sense of hope, then before you know – bang – and the Worm is gone! You’ve lost out and somehow, how the bloody hell did an enemy worm AI controlled just knock you off the face of the earth from a far-flung distance? Using imaginative weapons and a range of equipment collected from weapon drops you have just one chance per turn to beat the shit out of an enemy worm before it gets you. The clever effect of any Worms game is the window of opportunity available to you in taking down a Worm or two. You have to think about the environment, look at what equipment is readily available and weigh up the options of possibility if you have any chance of a means of survival. It may be a comedic, cartoony game – but it means some serious business, especially if you’re a bad loser and very competitive!

Reverting back to the new physics in Worms Revolution this takes effect mostly with the use of dynamic water and how it not only appears as background element as in past Worms games, but it’s now a major weapon. You can use water pistols, drop water balloons down trenches, and just blow away parts of the environment that will cause water to leak in and flush some Worms out into the sea. Other enhancements include the after effects of explosions and toxic items that poison worms after a close encounter, landscapes can burn, Telekinesis skills can allow you to move objects and pretty much the hazardous environments in Worms Revolution are more dangerous playgrounds than ever before.

It goes without saying that despite having a lengthy campaign mode and varied puzzle modes in Single Player to keep you entertained and/or gritting your teeth in desperation for hours on end – the best game in any Worms is that of Xbox LIVE Multiplayer because there is nothing more satisfying than beating a real human player. It’s just instinctive to want to be the best when up against another individual who wants to blow your Worm to smithereens and laugh in your face…if you could see him! There are three different game modes to play with up to four players on Xbox LIVE which consist of Detahmatch, Forts and Classic. The most fun of all and likely to be the most popular is Deathmatch because this takes your Worms formation and randomly places them on the environment with the aim of fighting it out to be the last worm standing. Forts is very similar to Deathmatch, but it differs in that each player is placed on a chosen Fort (rather than random area) and the aim is to fire at each other until the last worm standing on their fort is the winner. Finally, Classic – again like Deathmatch, but it doesn’t make use of all the new features in Worms Revolution that include Dynamic Water, Physics Objects with the aim of being more like the older Worms games.

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As part of Worms The Revolution Collection, you get the option to install three DLC packs for Worms Revolution that include:

Worms Revolution: Medieval Tales

Tony Bluster-Comb is Don Keystone’s spineless assistant and with his boss in hiding he needs your help to further document the life of Wormius-Fistycuffius. Now’s your chance to do so and become a legendry hero! Storm a series of puzzle-laden castles in these 10 all-new medieval single-player quest missions. Medieval Tales includes:  10 all-new single player campaign missions set in the new medieval theme with narration scripted by award-winning writer, Dean Wilkinson; one stunning new Medieval theme for Worms™ Revolution that can be used in both local and online matches; 5 New Hats, choose from Hero, Wizard, Peasant, Guard and Executioner hats for your Worms to wear; and 3 New Speechbanks, ever wanted your worm to speak like a Hero, Hostage or Villain? Now they can!

Worms Revolution:  Mars Pack

Mars Pack includes 5 new single player campaign missions set in the stunning Mars theme that can be used in local and online matches. With six new Achievements to unlock, there are also 4 New Weapons to play wit: Buffalo, Poison Gun, Lightning Strike and the brand new Crate Strike utility. For extra customisation options it includes a new Martian Sound-bank and trinkets to spruce up your Worms.

Worms Revolution: FunFair Pack

Funfair Pack includes 5 new single player puzzle missions set in the new Funfair theme  that can be used in local and online matches. There are 4 New Weapons. Armageddon, Skunk, Napalm Strike and the brand new Knock Out weapon. Customisation extra’s include 2 new trinkets, 2 new accessories, 1 new gravestone and 1 new sound-bank.

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Visually, Worms Revolution looks a more modern, bright and impressive release of Worms over any other that clearly shows how a new game engine has ramped up the game out of its 2D past – but it’s classic gameplay still remains one of the best turn based arcade games to date, and it has only been improved in this latest entry into the series. If you’ve always loved Team 17’s Worms, then you’ll be more than impressed with Worms Revolution and if you have never played a game of Worms before…then Worms Revolution is sure to be a title that will make you a new found fan of the series – you may even want to get them all!

What we’re trying to say is that Worms Revolution is a fantastic, enjoyable and all round fun game than can be played both solo and even better online. A definite must-have arcade title that will have you in stitches, despair, and unleash your cut-throat competitive demon within!

To make Worms The Revolution Collection even sweeter comes with the inclusion of Worms 2: Armageddon. The game was originally launched on the 10th anniversary of the release of Worms Armageddon as it dropped on the Xbox LIVE Arcade July 2009. Team17 delivered amazing new weapons, a bigger and more incredible customisation of Worms teams (including around 60 voice sets, hats and more), tons of game options, more dynamic play, persistent fire and much, much more – you also get five additional DLC packs to install.

Worms The Revolution Collection is such a great deal, it contains a mass of content for a really good price and is available in retail stores now. A worthwhile purchase without a question of doubt!

“A definite must-have Worms collection”

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