Videogame Review: Worms 2 – Armageddon (XBLA)
Worms 2 – Armageddon (Xbox Live Arcade) Turn-Based Strategy I want to begin my review by saying I have never played a Worms game before the first Worms on Xbox Live Arcade. I really liked that game (if only for the local multiplayer), but Worms 2 took what was already a really fun game and […]
I want to begin my review by saying I have never played a Worms game before the first Worms on Xbox Live Arcade. I really liked that game (if only for the local multiplayer), but Worms 2 took what was already a really fun game and improved it in just about every area.
That being said…if you don’t like multi-player, I really wouldn’t recommend buying this game. It has an alright single-player campaign, but the only reason I went through it was to get coins so I can buy crap from the shop. The real draw here is the multi-player.
I haven’t played online multi-player too much, but from what I’ve played it seems perfectly fine and similar to local multiplayer. However, I’ve played a lot of local multiplayer on Worms 2…and it’s awesome.
There’s a standard mode where your objective is basically just to kill the other worms (up to 4 teams can play)…you can either be in teams for this or just do a free-for-all. There’s also forts, where one team is on a huge fort on one island and the other team is on a fort on the other island…this mode is really fun unless you have a worm holed up in the middle of the fort and he basically just sits there prodding the walls.
The most surprising multiplayer mode to me was Rope Racing. I say that because I hate using the rope in standard play, but here it’s pretty fun. In rope racing, every player gets one worm. They take turns using the rope until you climb the walls/cliffs/etc and reach the exit.
And if the standard modes don’t please you, you can basically create your own by choosing what weapons can be used…for example, nothing but girders/bridge kits and Armageddon (which can only be used after 10 turns). The winner is total luck, but it’s fun thinking you’re preparing yourself pretty well only to have a meteor come down and kill your dudes in one hit.
The original Worms had what I thought was a lot of weapons…I would guess about 20. Worms 2 doubles that, at least…and they don’t just use “filler” weapons either. Many of the new weapons* (concrete donkey, holy hand grenade, and poison strike to name a few) are really interesting and fun to use.
And as you can tell by the weapon names, another thing that I like about Worms is the fact that it doesn’t take itself seriously. There are too many games that are super serious and use nothing but dull colors and Worms is the total opposite. I wish more games could have a sense of humor like Worms does.
If you’re looking for a good 4-player local multiplayer game, you really can’t go wrong with Worms 2…it’s one of the top 5 local multiplayer games on the Xbox 360. And since it is only $10, it might be the best value on the system.
Score = 9.0/10
* = I realize these weapons were available in older worms games on other platforms…I’m talking strictly about the XBLA versions.