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Worms Collection (Video Game Review)

Every month, gamers get a ton of great new titles to play that are packed with intense graphics, insane gameplay and that fully take advantage of today's technological advances. Does this mean there is still room for old-school favorites that may not have all the bells and whistles that we have come accustomed to? Can today's gamer take the time to enjoy a game for the mere fun and enjoyment it has to offer with its basic gameplay and characters? Well, now is the time to find out, as we review the newly released Worms Collection which is now available for PS3 and Xbox 360. 

Worms Collection combines several fun titles which includes Worms, Worms 2: Armageddon and Worms: Ultimate Mayhem. If you haven't played a Worms game before then basically it is a comedic turn-based strategy title that features an array of insane weaponry. Players take their time to move their worms across the map and lead them into wildly entertaining battles with enemy worms. The whole concept of the series is amazingly fun and this is amplified with the Worms Collection.

Basically, if you have always loved the Worms games then this is something you may enjoy, but if you never liked the series then don't even bother. Worms Collection is a repackaging of the original titles with enhanced graphics on a 1080p display alongside six pieces of DLC as bonus content.

Let's take a look at the three games inside the Worms Collection:

  • Worms: This is the original 2D classic that made its way to Xbox Live in March 2007 and delivered us our first taste of turn-based fun with these adorable worms. The main concept of the game was to take out the enemy worms and managed to have at least one worm in play by the end of the game.
  • Worms 2: Armageddon: Team17 went bigger and better with this release on Xbox Live in July 2009. Gamers got to see a wider array of weapons, larger and better teams of worms who were fully customizable, better physics and more dynamic gameplay.
  • Worms: Ultimate Mayhem: This title was a re-imagined, high-def version of Worms 3D and the amazing Worms 4: Mayhem that released on Xbox Live in 2011. Players got all the content from both games in one insanely wrap package which offered better puzzles, intense new single player modes and way more customizations for your team of worms than ever before. 

The best part of the Worms Collection is the fact that you have all this great content on one disc and can take it to a friend's house for a day of insane gameplay. The games load up just as if they were an Xbox Live Arcade title, but the optional DLC content requires installation to your HDD from the game disc. The extra content that you have the option of installing includes Worms 2: Battle Pack, Mayhem Pack, Time Attack Pack, Forts Pack, Puzzle Pack, and the fun Retro Pack. This extra content brings tons of new environments and missions to the battlefield for an overall better Worms experience.

The Worms Collection adds a great deal of replayability to these classic games with more content and improved visuals. However, the collection does suffer from a few problems which includes wonky controls, an uncooperative camera and overall weak input recognition. In the end, The Worms Collection may not be for everyone's collection, but maybe for those who want to re-visit the Worms universe for a budget price. This collection is mostly suitable for those of you that may not already own the titles on Xbox Live. The Worms Collection is now available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for $29.99 USD. Worms Collection is rated E by the ESRB for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief & Mild Language. For more information on Worms Collection, check out the official Team17 website.

Game Features:
  • Online Multiplayer 1-4
  • Online Leaderboards
  • DLC Support
  • Trophy/Achievement Support

  • Game Information:
    Developer: Team17
    Publisher: Maximum Games
    Platforms: PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (reviewed)
    Release Date: May 21, 2013

    Score: 7 out of 10
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