Lets Talk About Worms: Revolution [Preview]
Lets get this out of the way right now: Worms is 17 years old this year. Nearly two decades of Worms fragging each other with increasingly crazy and inventive weapons, strategizing a war that no man or woman will ever see.
The core concept is simple but has survived the test of time and Worms: Revolution sticks firmly to the path that has been laid before it and adds a little spice to try and regenerate the franchise.
A new physics engine introduces a deeper element to the destruction in Worms: Revolution as objects can be separated from the environment and then utilised to bring the carnage to your foes’ doorstep. At a basic level this seems a simplistic change, but the flexibility which it provides offers an entirely new approach to the strategy you’ve pursued in the past.
Playing through the first few levels you’re introduced to the new mechanics at play, water is modelled into the level and can be manipulated (Through the use of many explosives, of course) to charge a raging flood towards your enemies. Of course, this works on the flip side and they can turn the tide against you, meaning some levels can open up and become a raging battle to release the water.
Worms: Revolution is determined to make you turn away from simply throwing a sheep or granny at your enemy and instead, aim those weapons at your environment and levy it in more superior ways.
Another big change fans of the series will notice, is the addition of classes into the game. Breaking away from the traditional one-worm army mold that has been so successful Worms: Revolution divides its forces into four specialities: Soldier, Scientist, Scout and Heavy.
The Soldier is the all-round class. He is the common Worm who fights for all. His design and the way he plays will be most familiar to players as he encapsulates what worms have been up to this point. He can do everything OK, he just won’t win any awards for those things.
The Scientist serves as the support class for your army. His enlarged cranium makes him easy to pick out in a crowd; his ability to boost your team’s health and to create larger, more powerful weapons make him essential to the team – Just don’t let him out of a bunker or put him against another worm, that’s not something any of us want to see!
The Scout is, well, the scout; he can run and jump further than all other worms and is great for those hit-and-run turns or to quickly move between cover but you’ll not want to put those nimble legs up against something packing a punch because you will soon fall short of your goal!
The Heavy, a class popularized over recent times for their brutish strength and ability to soak up damage and the Worms Heavy doesn’t break from tradition. He isn’t going to be leaping tall buildings in a single bound or running a marathon but when there is a fight to be had he is the first one to stand and deliver.
And the craziest thing about these band of misfits? Dress them up with hats and trinkets to your hearts content! With customization options that allow Wigs, Teddy bears and even alterations to speech. Even the most vain of players are sure to find something spectacular for their worms to wear into battle!
With a host of different modes on display for both single player and multiplayer Team 17 truly want you to spread your wings and test your knowledge beyond simply pummeling your friends with a grenade. Forts mode will separate the two of you in castle-like structures across a ravine meaning you’re thinking about every shot before making it while Puzzle mode will simply leave you dazed and confused as you try and figure out what goes where and how an objective could be so simple yet so out of reach.
With a whole host of changes to the core concept Worms: Revolution is perhaps the riskiest step Team 17 have ever taken with the franchise; the game offer diversity and a different level of challenge that some may struggle to come to terms with. Perhaps more importantly, will this new game appeal to a larger, younger audience that is so used to something faster paced games and find a foothold with its simplistic ideas and casual nature?
Worms: Revolution comes out on the 10th of October on PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3