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.
This pack initially showed promise by adding a new dimension to the Worms formula. It builds on the idea of ninja rope racing, and adds in the jetpack, along with increasingly more complex environments through which to race. The downside: it gets old far too quickly. You don’t even get to beat imposed times to earn medals, which would add an element of challenge. Instead you have as long as you want to complete each challenge, and don’t get disqualified for getting blown up, you just get a small time penalty.
Missions consist of just racing round a track, reaching a set objective, or collecting all the crates in as quick a time as possible. Rather than PC times to beat, there are online times from all the other players, so you can earn yourself a place on a an online scoreboard. This was obviously designed as an idea to add some replay value to the pack. However, unless you are one of the elite few Wormers skilled enough to compete for the top 10, then the leaderboards serve little more purpose than to highlight how ineffective you actually are. This disillusionment shows when you see how few people actually bother to play through all the races.
This pack does serve as a mild diversion, but it is far from essential.
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.
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