Review by Grenade Guzzler
"Pretty good game, even though there is a serious lack of features from the PC version."
Unlike the PC version of Worms Armageddon (which I have also reviewed), the N64 version isn't actually that bad. It still has the basic Worms concept (blast your enemies to hell and back). Anyway, on to the categories.
Hmm. Despite the transformation from computer to console, the graphics still live up to par, but just barely. The worms themselves are too small though, and the visible part of your camera is too small also, which can lead to mass confusion. The worm movement is quite blocky compared to the smooth PC version. The weapons, however, are still as good as they were in the PC version (excellent). The only one that looks significantly different is the Super Sheep. You never see that sheep's face, only his backside. Overall, the weapons' look saves the graphics category from a failing mark.
Control and Gameplay 5/10
This is where the game falls apart. For the control, the worms are still relatively easy to control. The weapons however, have a different feel from the PC version. Also, the C buttons are used to move the camera, which moves VERY slowly. Also, you can't move the camera when it's the CPU's turn to move. The Super Sheep is totally impossible to control (which explains why in the N64 version there is an Indian Nuclear Test in the Water Surprise mission, while in the PC there is an Aqua Sheep, a Super Sheep that can fly underwater).
As for the gameplay, this game seriously lacks the features in the PC version that made it fun. There is no customizable weapon or terrain options, and you only have 6 worms on your team rather than 8. Also, the first letter of a team or worm name MUST be capitalized, and the others are all miniscule (the CPU worms can break this rule for some reason). This limits the interesting possibility of nice worm names. While the Deathmatch mode still seems interesting, you have to win double the amount of rounds to advance a rank, which can make some players rip their hair out. Also, your rank cannot decrease. Once you go from Absolute Beginner to Beginner, you can never go back. There are also a lot of other features that the N64 version lacks, but I might as well end it here.
The sound is actually pretty good here. The weapons still sound nice, as with the worm voices. One little bug is that the ''whoosh'' sound made when a Super Sheep flies, or a ''Nutter Nutter Nutter'' made by the Old Woman suddenly dies out after a while. I don't know why this is.
The multiplayer mode combines the strategy and control of the game, but with more players. Not bad if your friends don't mind choppy animation and poor gameplay.
Overall, this game is not a failure, but it is way off from even comparing to its PC counterpart. Wormers, if you must absolutely get another Worms game to your collection, get this game. Otherwise, it might be better to leave this on the shelf.
Reviewer's Score: 7/10 | Originally Posted: 12/17/01, Updated 12/17/01
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