The Worms franchise is a personal favourite of mine that dates back to my childhood. With many incarnations Team 17 has rebranded the series and now presents to gamers, Worms Rumble.
An open beta occurred during the weekend for PS4 & PC players. Unfortunately nothing yet has been said about being available on other platforms.
After a good play session with Worms Rumble, here are Thom’s first impressions and whether this game is worth playing.
Just What Is Worms Rumble?
Very much like most franchises, Team 17 has decided to incorporate a battle royale concept into their games. As predictable as that is, Worms Rumble is surprisingly more fun than the bog standard cut & paste battle royale game.
During the beta, players were able to play deathmatch, which includes respawns, although this isn’t a standard battle royale mode, but the fundamentals are the same. Not only that, players could also engage in last worm standing & last squad standing, which is familiar with battle royale games.
The Most Fastest Combat System In Worms History!
Unlike the classic methodical approach like classic worms players would be familiar with, this is the complete opposite.
For starters, there is no turns at all within the game, everything is free moving and the worms themselves glide faster than usual too. The movement controls are slick and the ability to roll away from a confrontation is hilariously useful.
Although the movements are nice and slick, the aiming is a headache. There isn’t an option to lock your reticle onto an enemy, nor is there enough time to stop and aim as everything moves so fast. Worms jumping, rolling and bombarding you with bullets stops any chance for a decently aimed shot. A players only change is to aim loosely and open fire in a general direction, this is fun but annoying if you want to succeed.
Within the game, there is a nice amount of weapons to play around with, and each time a worm respawns they’re automatically supplied with a gun. This evens out the playing field, eliminating unfair advantages, very nice touch. Going back to weapons, classics do reappear, like holy hand grenades & handguns, there are more unique weapons as well. Weapons such as sentry dispensers, sheep launchers and plasma blasters. A fantastic amount to play with and it definitely makes a mess.
A personal favourite feature of worms is the ability to customise my personal worm. Accompanied with skin tones and clothing there’s enough to differentiate your worm from the others. The voices are just as hilarious as the were many years ago and I am glad that they have not changed.
Environments are vast and have many levels, all also have a bunch of places for worms to climb into such as vents and even has many obstructions that’ll save your life.
Also included are challenges such as obtaining a certain amount of kills or inflicting a certain amount of damage. A nice touch for challenge hunters.
The Final Verdict
I’m very happy with my experience over the open beta period and honestly can’t wait for the full game to be released. Nevertheless, it can be frustrating at times with the not so sharp aiming it does maintain the fun factor to the extreme.
Of course, it’s designed to be much better to play within a party rather than a solo game, which is the formula for every Worms title. Worms Rumble is fun and crazy to the highest quality and I love it, so far.
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