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Worms WMD Review: Boom Goes The Friendship

/ Aug 23rd, 2016 No Comments

Worms W.M.D

Worms W.M.D is the latest iteration to a long-running franchise, and it is a huge leap forward for worm-based warfare.

Related: Worms W.M.D. Preview

Using a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, Worms W.M.D advances its turn-based tactical gameplay forward with a fresh arsenal of weapons and crafting mechanics.

Lethal Worms

Tutorial modes are often boring but necessary elements of gameplay, but Worms W.M.D. avoids this with a tutorial mode that is actually fun to play.

The tutorial covers a wide amount of topics, but gameplay is fun and players are rewarded for finishing levels quickly. Players can earn in-game flair and items for passing tutorial levels in a specific amount of time. These challenges add some much-needed replay value to tutorial levels, but more importantly, they give players the tools they need to do well in the main game.
 

Worms W.M.D

Learning to drive a tank is the first step in total annihilation training.

Aside from the tutorial mode, Worms W.M.D. offers campaign and challenge modes. The campaign is a pseudo-story in which players attempt to win a war by completing increasingly difficult battles. These missions are typically straightforward, and players must use strategy and weaponry to win.

Challenges levels are more like side missions that put players in specific scenarios, requiring them to win in certain ways.

Across all modes, gameplay is multi-layered and fast paced. However, death animations that you are unable to skip through drag on and slow down an otherwise quick pace.

Friends Away

Online and local multiplayer is where Worms W.M.D. really shines.

Turn-based combat can be drastically changed using the crafting system. All players can use a turn to craft items, but it is worth it if that item is a powerhouse like the Concrete Donkey, which slams a huge donkey through the map.

Just as in the single-player mode, players begin with a specific item composition of their choice, and then can collect resources on the battlefield for crafting. Items use the same resources, making one set of materials suitable for crafting nearly every weapon in the game.
 

Worms W.M.D

What better way to piss off your friends than to dress up in a goofy hat and kill them?

Multiplayer is essentially what the various single-player experiences are preparing players for. It is essential to learn skills and strategies while battling AI in the solo modes and put them to the test against real players in multiplayer.

The single-player experience is the perfect training grounds for multiplayer, and that is why it is important to understand that these modes go hand in hand.

Overall

Worms W.M.D. is game that doesn’t take itself too seriously. A silly art style is combined with realistic terrain. This may throw off some players, but this perfectly sums up the game’s bizarre, yet fun nature. Ultimately, graphics are lackluster, but that doesn’t hurt the game as a whole.

There are enough updates and changes to make Worms W.M.D. worth a purchase for long-standing fans of the franchise. The crafting system is simple to use and creates some devastating, hilarious weapons. Single-player modes are well put together, but multiplayer can be extremely fun when playing with friends.

Worms W.M.D. was reviewed on PC using a code for the game provided by the publisher.

 

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

Associate Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Greg is a Nintendo fanboy who would cry if they ever went third party. He writes news, previews and reviews at Gaming Illustrated.

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WORMS WMD REVIEW: BOOM GOES THE FRIENDSHIP

Gaming Illustrated RATING

Overall85%

GAMEPLAY9

Worms W.M.D. involves strategy, crafting, and shooting, and this all combines for an overall enjoyable experience.

GRAPHICS7

There isn't much that makes Worms W.M.D. stand out in terms of graphics, but the game's sense of humor shines with silly graphics and updateable skins.

SOUND8

The sound describes Worms W.M.D. in a nutshell. It has some serious songs of war mixed with cartoonish sound effects, and somehow it works.

REPLAY10

From the tutorial missions to multiplayer, there are tons of ways to play the game.

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