you like blowing up your enemies with sheep then Worms
4 Mayhem is the game for you.
4 Mayhem is the 2nd 3D game in the infamous worms
series. If you havent played a worms game before,
what happens is that you are given a team of worms
to command and with the help of these cute yet deadly
worms you have to eliminate the opposing teams
worms. To accomplish this task you are given a massive
arsenal of weapons both conventional and unconventional
to help you out.
4 improves upon almost everything that Worms 3D its
prequel had to offer plus it also fixes those issues,
which prevented Worms 3D from being an enjoyable game.
4 has 2 main modes of play to offer. Story and Multiplayer.
The story mode is the single player campaign where
you will get to play through a total of 25 missions
spread through 5 different eras- Jurassic, Camelot,
Arabian, Construction and Wild West. Besides destroying
worms in the single player mode youre also charged
with objectives such as recovering items or smashing
scenery. Story mode is quite fun to play because the
missions are filled with variety. For example one
mission has you defending a castle for a specific
amount of time while another one puts you in a duel
in the Wild West where you have to destroy your set
of targets before the enemy destroys his.
multiplayer mode is the mode where this game truly
shines. This mode contains 5 different game types
namely Deathmatch, Homelands, Destruction, Statue
Defend and Survivor
in this game is the same as the deathmatch found
in any FPS game. The player with the most kills
wins. Simple and easy.
Homelands each team begins with control over a fort
for tactical play kind of like a team deatchmatch.
is a race to destroy the enemys base in Destruction.
in Statue Defend you have to destroy the enemys
statue while defending your own.
in Survivor each team uses 1 worm at a time. Death
of 1 worm spawns another one until 1 team runs out
team based game types in multiplayer mode a maximum
of 4 teams can go head to head with each other on
1 map at the same time. Online multiplayer support
is available on the PC and the Xbox but not on the
PS2. I wonder why. (Worms 4 Mayhem will NOT be available
in North America on the PS2 due to a lack of approval
the above mode quick game is also available that puts
you straight into the game without you requiring to
make any selections. Tutorial teaches you the basic
gameplay mechanics of the game and Challenge mode
lets you complete specific challenges in a given amount
amount of customization available in this game is
unmatched. You can customize almost everything in
the game. Names, speech (the type of voice your worms
will have) Heads, eyes, face and hands are all customizable.
Heads can be customized with afros, caps, hats etc.
Eyes with 3D glasses, eye patches, sunglasses etc,
face with different types of mustaches and hands with
different styles like cowboy, pirate etc. Besides
body parts you can also select your team flag, your
team grave and your team weapon. Yes now you can make
a weapon of your choice. The create a weapon
mode lets you do just that. With a wide variety of
options that can be modified you are sure to design
a weapon that will satisfy your destruction needs.
the already available huge amount of customization
items available you can purchase even more from the
Item Shop. In the item shop you can purchase
items by spending points that you earn while playing
the story mode. Finish a particular level in the target
time and you will get extra points. Items available
for purchase include maps, sounds, hats, hands, weapons
and much more.
of weapons Worms 4 Mayhem has one of the largest arsenal
of weapons I have ever seen in a game. This arsenal
includes both conventional weapons like grenades,
sniper rifles, shotguns, cluster bombs etc to the
more unconventional weapons such as sheep, banana
bombs, holy grenade, old woman (that is the name of
the weapon), fatkin strike (similar to an air strike
but with a trademark Worms twist) etc.
Worms series is well known for its weird and
funny weapons thus keeping in line with this tradition
this game doesnt disappoint. The above-mentioned
unconventional weapons are both fun to look while
using them is quite enjoyable.
the weapons arsenal you also have what I like to call
support items. These include jet packs which can be
used for reaching enemy worms in higher places than
you, ninja ropes which can be used for scaling walls,
parachutes which allow you to float down from a wall,
a tower etc, anvils that allow you to build your own
bridge to access areas and bubble trouble (again thats
the name of the item) that acts as shield against
gameplay of Worms 4 is quite addictive. With so many
different ways to destroy your enemies its hard
not to get hooked on. Besides the weapons the environments
are also fully destructible thus making it even more
enjoyable. One problem that plagued the last game
was the camera. It was stiff and most of the times
got stuck in places from where it was hard to aim
at your enemies or even get a good look at the terrain.
That camera is gone for good measure. Now you can
fully rotate the camera plus zoom in and out so you
can better plan your attack. The camera plays an important
role in a game like this because for air strikes and
bazooka fires you have to aim properly to ensure a
clean hit plus if you move carelessly without knowing
the map you can easily fall in the water and instantly
die because these worms though able to fire bazookas
cant swim. With these changes it doesnt
mean the gameplay is flawless because it is not. Since
you have to sit and watch every move the CPU makes
it slows down the pace of the game. With some maps
being bigger than others you will wish that there
was some way that you didnt have to watch CPU
moves or maybe fast forward them. What makes this
fact more irritating is that after wandering around
the map for some time and wasting time the CPU will
decide to skip his turn. I also found the AI to be
a bit inconsistent. In the duel mission where targets
have to be destroyed I found that the aim of the CPU
was spot on and he beat me more than once whereas
in another level the aim was not so great and he missed
me several times plus he even injured himself with
his attacks. Besides aiming, CPU worms in some missions
are unwilling to attack you and happily skip their
turn while you annihilate them.
wise the game is nothing extraordinary. The environments
though not extremely detailed are colorful and easy
to look at. All the worms look the same and the only
thing that sets them apart is the gear. The whole
game bears a cartoon like look which works perfectly
for the game since the game isnt going for any
realism here. The weapons and explosions all look
nice. Though the worms have hands they dont
have arms, which looks kind of strange.
is very little voice acting in the game and whatever
voice acting there is, it is only there to add humor
to the game. Different worm teams like Gunslingers,
the Scots, Funky Dudes etc will utter catch phrases
in their own style. Gunslingers have a western accent,
Funky Dudes an eighties style accent and so on. Each
accent is spot on and distinguishes between different
worm teams effectively. Besides the catch phrases
all worms speak the same language that sounds a lot
like the word me and nothing else. But
still different emotions like anger, surprise etc
are shown nicely by using different tones of the same
word and hand gestures. The music takes a backseat
to the sound effects and is soft mellow and forgettable.
There will hardly be any tunes which you will want
special mention has to be made about the humor of
this game. This is no doubt the funniest strategy
game I have ever played. Whether its the weapons,
the worms language, their actions and emotions
when they are about to be hit or their catch phrases,
everything is UNIQUE and SPOT ON. I dont think
this review does justice to the humor of this game.
You have to play it to experience it.
with so many changes and customization options this
is a must have for fans of the series ensuring a long
replayabilty. Whereas casual gamers and those looking
for a simple and fun game to pass their time should
definitely check it out.