Electronic Theatre In-depth Review: Worms Revolution Extreme

Another day, another release for Team17’s Worms franchise. That may be how it seems but in reality the last year has seen genuine progression for the series following the debut of Worms Revolution. Literally one year later the developer has seen fit to deliver the […]
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Another day, another release for Team17’s Worms franchise. That may be how it seems but in reality the last year has seen genuine progression for the series following the debut of Worms Revolution. Literally one year later the developer has seen fit to deliver the first handheld iteration of the critically acclaimed rebirth of the worm-on-worm warfare, and it appears on PlayStation Vita in typically good form.

For the uninitiated Worms Revolution took the familiar Worms formula and added a few new additions while stripping away the dead wood. Most important are the physics objects, including water. No longer are the battlefields a binary equation of player skill and knowledge of weaponry; now the environment can be more than a place to damage, reacting to the player’s attacks with often unpredictable results. You may think you know how the water is going to flow, but you can never truly be sure. This, coupled with the addition of a class system, genuinely earned Worms Revolution that suffix.

On top of this the videogame delivered a number of interesting gameplay modes and the comedic flavour that Worms fans have become used to. Here on PlayStation Vita Worms Revolution Extreme takes away none of this, complete with more than seventy single-player missions and both local and online multiplayer, and adds a number of new features. The most important of which is arguably the inclusion of all three Worms Revolution downloadable content (DLC) packs as part of the main package, but more interesting is the connectivity with the PlayStation 3 edition of the videogame.

As if to run through a bulletpoint list of all the cross-platform functionality available for modern PlayStation videogames, Worms Revolution and Worms Revolution Extreme share a cross-save feature (now available for Worms Revolution on PlayStation 3 via a free patch) allowing gamers to continue working through the single-player campaign, puzzles or DLC modes on either device. Furthermore, a brand new mode has been added for fans who own both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita titles, or have a friend who shares the common interest on the sister format.

A new mode known simply as ‘Treasure’, here players can connect between formats with the PlayStation 3 version hosting ten chests and the PlayStation Vita playing home to ten keys. The chests and keys are unlocked by completing various activities in single-player and multiplayer gameplay modes, such as killing two worms in a single turn or winning a match with the Prod move, and each numbered key connects to a relative treasure chest, unlocking bonus items for both players. It’s a simple addition that may seem pointless to many, especially considering how small the prizes offered are, but the fact that Team17 has gone to the trouble of adding this extra bonus at all is commendable.

There are other PlayStation Vita exclusive additions of course, such as the ability to progress through menus and aim using the touchscreen, but there’s also a detrimental effect of moving to handheld. Despite the power of the PlayStation Vita console the visual quality of Worms Revolution Extreme is noticeably weaker than that of Worms Revolution, with muddy, low resolution textures on the environment and less clarity on the animation of the worms. It’s not a big issue, but is noticeable given the connectivity between home console and handheld editions of the videogame.

Worms Revolution Extreme is essentially a ‘game of the year edition’ version of Worms Revolution made for PlayStation Vita, and that in itself should be enough to pique the interest if any discerning gamer. The best edition of one of the industry’s most prolific franchises fleshed-out with built-in DLC and scaled to fit in your hands, Worms Revolution Extreme delivers on all the promises that its virtual packaging suggests. The visual blemishes are not enough to detract from the otherwise splendid rendition of the best Worms videogame in years, subsequently presenting one of the finest multiplayer strategy videogames available on PlayStation Vita.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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