Worms 4 Mayhem
Worms always struck me as docile creatures. After all, the slinky invertebrates spend their entire lives wallowing in the dirt ' not exactly threatening, right?
Oh, but how wrong I was. These little buggers have a murderous cold-edge to them, ready and willing to call an air-strike on you if you even so much as look at them the wrong way. Thanks to Worms 4 Mayhem, I'll never look at one the same way.
The Worms franchise has been a mainstay of the gaming world for over a decade, offering up strategic and humorous mayhem on a small scale. And, to be honest, not a whole lot has changed since the first installment. Worms 4 Mayhem revolves around the same concept of huge weapons dolling out big death in a strategic, methodical fashion. It's hard to deny the delight that results from chucking a holy hand grenade at an opposing worm and watching his death ensue in a hilarious fashion, but as with all things, the charm of a worm's death can wear off with repeated viewings.
Even so, the core of Worms 4 Mayhem is solid enough to help counter-act this issue since you will have to utilize methodical strategy throughout the game. The game still comes off as a bit easy however in spite of all that. Once you get the hang of the game's mechanics, it becomes easy to steam roll your way through the game, especially so since the AI isn't all that bright. Matches quickly become bullying events because the AI isn't too consistent in its death-dealing competence.
The thing that'll keep you playing through Worms 4 Mayhem, however, is the multiplayer. It can be a riot with a group of friends, thanks largely in part because of the game's humorous edge, and you can take it online too via Live!, but finding a match might be harder than you think, given the low population of the community.
Technically, Worms 4 is on shaky legs (which is strange because worms have no legs at all). The visuals are unimpressive, with low resolution textures and blocky environments. The filler effects from explosions and the like aren't all that thrilling nor satisfying; a bit disappointing since half the fun comes from watching the worms bite the dust. Unfortunately, the sound fares a lot worse. Minimalism seems to be key in describing the sound in Worms 4 and even what's there can be grating after a time.
But, hey, at the bargain price of $20 bucks, you get what you pay for. Worms 4 Mayhem won't rock your world with its refinement and it won't keep you on the edge of your seat with excitement, but it's certainly an entertaining and interesting diversion, if nothing else.