Excerpt: Worms has a place in my gaming heart for being one of the most addictive, 2D strategy franchises ever and as an avid player of many a retro title I can safely say that the Worms franchise belongs amongst the greats like Sensible Soccer and Cannon Fodder in their respective genres. Worms has also had many versions and iterations of itself made, each cuddling up to the 2D playing style that made the franchise famous in the first place but a strange thing happened in 2003.
Conclusion: Worms 2 had it. But I can’t find it here. Maybe it’s a case of ‘doing too much’. Maybe I’m just old school and prefer that 2d look. Either way, and especially when you factor in the price I’d definitely recommend picking up either Worms (400MSP) or Worms 2 (800MSP) before giving Ultimate Mayhem a try.
Excerpt: Despite the fact that plenty of new games in the Worms series have been released since its debut in 1995, it hasn't exactly been a hotbed for revolutionary gameplay changes. The biggest change for the non-spin-off titles came when the series jumped to the third dimension with Worms 3D . Worms: Ultimate Mayhem bundles together the content from Worms 3D and Worms 4: Mayhem and makes it a little prettier, but it doesn't attempt to fix any issues with the 3D Worms formula.
Pros: Lots of content, Fun with friends, Many options let you play how you want
Cons: Load times are too long, Camera isn't great, Menu navigation can be a pain with a gamepad
Excerpt: The worms have returned and if you thought their 3-D battles were epic before, you ain’t seen the half of it. Worms: Ultimate Mayhem features all of the content from the Worms 3-D titles, but this is no simple port, as Team 17 has revamped the content and tuned it to 11. Some of the new features include new voice work on the missions, binoculars to help you line up the perfect shot, and a tweaked camera system that should thrill fans.
Conclusion: Referring back to my opening question, that lack of new ideas is certainly having a negative impact on the series. This package feels like it's been thrown together to make a quick buck, and despite having so much content, it's ultimately lazy work. That said, it's immensely fun to come head-to-head with friends in a number of delightfully pretty environments.
Conclusion: Worms Ultimate Mayhem is not without its problems, and when it comes right down to it, I prefer the 2D versions. If you can get past the handful of platform snags and learn to master the physics, though, you’ll find an enjoyable, humorous game that matches the tone of the series. I would also like to thank the developers for going above and beyond to make this review possible.
Summary: It’s still Worms at heart and, at times, it may even be fun, but such times are rare. The single-player is somewhat dull and doesn’t justify the price tag. Only fans of the Worms series may enjoy this, most others would do better playing the 2D series.