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Worms 4: Mayhem is another masterpiece from the Yorkshire Tea drinking developers, another multiplayer hit from those flat-cap wearing geniuses. With dandy graphics, hilarious sound, bags of variety, lots to unlock, loads of weapons and a great multiplayer mode, this title is well worth the brass. Put wood in oil, sit on buffit'and have some reet lark! As good as they mak 'em!
The step into the next dimension was a very big decision for Team 17 at the time, and Worms 3D made the transition smoothly, but, it seemed to lack the quality of the original titles. Worms 4 is a big improvement from its 3D predecessors and the game has taken a step in the right direction. Having not being able to test out the online play, the game might be even better than this review indicates for some people, but it is definitely worth a purchase for anyone looking for a decent multiplayer title. For the main story, the game may only be worth getting when the price drops a bit.
In Sachen Optik und Atmosphäre ist Worms nach wie vor eines der charmantesten Spiele, die man für Geld bekommen kann. Allein die grenzgenialen Gesichtsanimationen der fast frei personalisierbaren Würmer sind die Kohle wert. Die zerstörbaren Landschaften lassen zwar Details vermissen, glänzen dafür mit umso mehr verrückten Ideen – wie das ganze Spiel generell. Von daher schmerzt es wirklich, dass sich das Ganze in 3D nach wie vor nicht ansatzweise so gut spielt wie in 2D, dafür lassen sich Entfernungen zu schlecht abschätzen, ist die Kamera viel zu unzuverlässig. Im Mehrspielermodus (speziell an einem Bildschirm) sorgt auch Worms 4 nach einer kurzen Gewöhnungsphase für mächtig gute Laune. Allein verliert das Spiel, trotz »Kampagne« und viel freispielbarem Kram, aufgrund der mauen KI und der ständigen Wiederholungen schnell an Reiz.
Everyone knows that you don’t have to be a serious gamer to play Worms and this one is just the same. Pure childish fun that will have you completely hooked for hours and hours is the name of this game. People of all ages will love this game, imagine a two-player war between your granny and your little brother on Christmas morning and you get a good idea of this games appeal. However, Worms 4 Mayhem does not offer enough improvements to really warrant a sequel game to Worms 3D. It goes without saying that the new game is better than any of the older ones but not a lot has necessarily changed. If you already own Worms 3D it probably isn’t worth shelling out 30 quid just for the few alterations that have been made, even though they may seem cool at first.
Like older versions of the game, it is still hard to jump from one platform to another in Mayhem. One of the worst downfalls we found in the PS2 version was the lack of an online multiplayer mode, which is intact in the Xbox and PC versions. If you do not have a previous version of 3D worms, you will probably enjoy Mayhem very much. If you do own one, you're better off staying away from this can of Worms.
Loin d'égaler les versions 2D, Worms 4 parvient tout de même à surpasser ses prédécesseurs en 3D, et s'impose comme l'un des meilleurs représentants du genre sur consoles nouvelles générations. Néanmoins, de nombreux défauts alourdissent ce constat et l'empêche de se hisser sur les plus hautes marches du délire multijoueur du samedi soir. Il plaira sans doute à un public assez large, mais les fans trouveront difficilement leur compte. Un bon jeu, sans plus.
Water deaths come all too easily too, though I do welcome some of the mad landmine chain-reaction nonsense that made the original 2D game such a giggle. Worms 4 works great in multiplayer if you've a group of friends who have some skill with the game to make the basic weapons work well; otherwise there is an entertaining single player mode. Worms 4 Mayhem is not a great game, but it is a good, and one perhaps you should try before buying.
Don’t get this review wrong: this is not another desperate call for the series to end here or revert back to 2D. The gameplay itself is still in relatively good health, and with a good deal of thought and tweaking could be as enjoyable as it ever was, but if Worms is to once again be a post-pub game of choice, it needs to regain its sense of humour. Without the funny side in check, games like Worms 4: Mayhem are nothing but inoffensive turn-based shooters suitable for kids and adults who love failed comedy. For the love of God, Team 17, either stop making Worms games for a while or stop making them so bloody harmless and mainstream. It’s just not funny any more.