STAFF REVIEW of Worms: Ultimate Mayhem (Xbox 360 Arcade)


Friday, January 13, 2012.
by Brent Roberts

Worms: Ultimate Mayhem Box art If there is one arcade series that has combined over the top style destruction with cartoonish style humor and characters, it is Worms. The once 2D side scrolling turn based combat arcade series is back in Worms Ultimate Mayhem, and this time it packs a serious wallop, but it has a lot to live up to in the series history. Let's march onward and see both the good and bad that Worms Ultimate Mayhem has to offer.

If you are new to the Worms series of games let us give you a very brief overview, you command and control a group of worms and armed with a bounty of weapons and destructive toys your goal is to blow up, shoot, or otherwise destroy your opponents before your team is eliminated. This is done by managing your over the top arsenal which include weapons such as concrete donkeys that you drop on your opposition, sniper rifles, bazookas, and more. To do this you must maneuver your worm during its timed turn to get into position to deal out the death and destruction, and this is where the first fault of the game comes into play.

The camera system of Worms Ultimate Mayhem is beyond horrible. In an environment where you may have to jump or even walk around, the camera system feels not only clunky but sometimes unresponsive and when you have a short amount of time until your turn ends you'll find yourself spending a great majority of it just trying to maneuver the camera so you can see what you're doing. Now granted when you move from 2D to 3D environment, you will undoubtedly have some camera issues to contend with, however, when it bleeds into the control scheme of the game, that is when it becomes a serious issue.


Thats not to say however, that all of Worms Ultimate Mayhem is a total write off. The game itself does deliver a ton of content in the form of a lengthy single player story, multiplayer battles, challenge mode and more. Worms Ultimate Mayhem also brings a ton of customization options for your violent worms such as changing out sunglasses, hands (yes in this game worms have hands), hats, and more. While all these features are interesting and slightly entertaining, there is one fact that can't be denied and that is that Worms Ultimate Mayhem is almost a direct combination of Worms 3D and Worms 4.

There are other issues as well in terms of the AI of the game. To call the AI intelligent is laughable; however, to call them a poor shot is insulting. It's amazing how this dumbed down AI manages to maneuver throughout the level and then hit these impossible shots on you. While we are on the topic of impossible shots we have to touch base on another annoying aspect of the AI. Wind and terrain affect your weapons and their ability to hit their target, however, for the AI it seems like it has no effect at all. You could have a 20mph wind blowing left to right and the AI will be launching weapons your way and almost always manage a direct hit. You unfortunately don't have that luxury, you don't even have a reticle that will show you where your weapon will hit, and its just hope for the best and pull the trigger.

While Worms Ultimate Mayhem tries to deliver a fun and entertaining way of destroying invertebrates, there is just too much going against this title that could justify a purchase of any amount other than free. There is a bunch of content, however the camera system is just too broken to allow you to enjoy the game, and when combined with the AI and other aspects, Worms Ultimate Mayhem should be one that gets passed over.





Overall: 5.3 / 10
Gameplay: 4.0 / 10
Visuals: 6.0 / 10
Sound: 6.0 / 10

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