Over the years, Worms’ brand of humorous, cartoon warfare has seen it become a videogaming institution. Here, we take a look at the four most recent add-on packs that have been released as downloadable content for Worms: Reloaded.
I was expecting forts. Big, awesome, complex forts, with multitudes of worms huddling in each base, attempting to flatten the enemy with expert aiming and selective weapon choices. Instead I got a pile of spaghetti meatballs facing up against a wonky weather vane. What an absolute pile of posterior waste. A few haunted houses, a dinosaur, a tree… They don’t even match the already poor Fort designs in the main game. I would like to rename this add-on “Big Random Objects Floating On Water Pack”.
Worm placement is automatic, and unfortunately quite useless. Half your worms will get lodged down awkward crevices, or on a distant overhung cliff with absolutely no way to launch an offensive. Compounding this is the wind, which is no longer random. The wind now blows ONLY against you, not towards the enemy. Whilst this is useful for looping shots to pick off enemies behind cover, it also means that worms at the back of your base usually cannot make a single wind-based shot; they are reduced to operators of air-strikes or flying sheep.
This pack is lazy beyond belief. Not only for the basic forts, but the fact it reuses all the those same forts over and over again rather than creating unique environments for each mission. Plus the ‘missions’ are as imaginative as a concrete wall, and about as complex. You would usually get a much better game by using the random terrain generator tool. There is absolutely no excuse for such lack of effort. Avoid at all costs!
The overall quality of these add-on packs is not good. They are, in general, substandard both in content and concept. Each one has their own additional features such as voices, graves, hats and environments, but these are inessential little superfluities which attempt to bolster the weak main campaigns.
If you are hankering after more Worms content, then you can get some excellent free downloadable missions from the community, some of them being made to a very high standard. In fact, one or two of the community offerings had more imagination and effort in a single mission than can be found in an entire campaign of the official DLC. So ultimately, steer clear, unless your desire for our squishy pink garden superheroes is on a par with your tolerance for the bland.
REVIEW CODE: A complimentary PC code was provided to Bonus Stage for this review. Please send all review code enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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