Worms 3D - GameCube

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Worms 3D (GameCube)
Also for: PC, PS2, Xbox
Viewed: 3D First-person / Third-person Genre:
Strategy: Combat
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Team17 Soft. Co.: Team17
Publishers: SEGA (GB)
Released: 31 Oct 2003 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 3+
Accessories: Memory Card


It's called Worms 3D. We know this because we heard it from the horse's mouth. Or should that be the concrete donkey's mouth? Anyhow, somewhere between Activision's 'umm-ing and aah-ing' and SEGA's re-emergence in Europe, it's not just Worms 3 anymore - let the people know what's coming to them, and tell them it's got a third dimension this time around. SEGA of Europe's firm commitment to publish the next in the Worms series is good news for developer Team17 - anything with the SEGA imprint on it has to be worth a look.

Team17 worked their tails off on Worms 3D for around 18 months, and the hours they've put in are evident in the lush visuals, the unobtrusive-yet-essential music (supplied, natch, by Worms veteran Bjorn Lynne) and the high-pitched taunts of the worms themselves.

Gameplay remains faithful to the trusted Worms method, i.e., turn-based combat in a range of deformable environments. The big difference is the third dimension and getting used to it. We struggled at first, despite the presence of wind direction indication, a map in the top corner of the screen and a power meter. A switch to a first-person perspective made a lot more sense of proceedings, and with a series of careful nudges, we managed to get the enemy in our sights and do some damage.

There's also a genius 'blimp' view, offering a see-all overview to help you plan your next move. Weapons include all of the old favourites - airstrikes, bazookas, sheep and the rest - plus some new additions to the armoury, but we shan't spoil it for you by writing about them here. A new feature that we can tell you about is Wormpot mode, a three-reel bandit-type set-up which gives you game modes, goals and game configurations at random.

We all know that Worms works best when playing against human opponents, and Worms 3D will surely not disappoint in this department. If you're going at Worms 3D solo however, get ready for around 40 single-player missions - plenty to go at if you're short on friends.

The environments too are now more varied; Worms 3D is set on land, in the air, and under the sea. If you're not satisfied with the game's selection of 'scapes, you have the opportunity to create your own.


Worms 3D - GameCube Artwork