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  • Summary: Retaining the same award-winning gameplay, unique sense of humor and clever mix of action and strategy that has epitomized the brand for almost a decade, Worms makes its debut on the Sony PSP and the Nintendo DS. Classic Gameplay – Return of the classic and much acclaimed 2D turn-basedRetaining the same award-winning gameplay, unique sense of humor and clever mix of action and strategy that has epitomized the brand for almost a decade, Worms makes its debut on the Sony PSP and the Nintendo DS. Classic Gameplay – Return of the classic and much acclaimed 2D turn-based gameplay. Over The Weapons – Including bazooka-toting worms, exploding sheep, homing missiles, grenades and banana bouncing bombs of death. Unparalleled Multiplayer Experience – Multiplayer mode allowing up to four players using one unit (hot seat). Multiplayer mode via WIFI technology allowing connection of 4 units. Conflict and Destruction – Take on all-comers over a nearly infinite number of randomly-generated landscapes, or face the fiendishly intelligent artificial intelligence in Deathmatch Challenge mode. [THQ] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. If you’re looking for a great multiplayer experience for your DS in the here and now, you need look no further than Worms: Open Warfare.
  2. 70
    Though its simplified setup and reduced options may not please some of the more battle-hardened soldiers of days past, the game's more streamlined approach is an excellent way to bring the Worms experience to a new generation of gamers.
  3. Though Open Warfare marks a welcome return to 2-D for the turn-based action-strategy franchise, these annelids, are starting to show their age. [Apr 2006, p.83]
  4. The graphics at times look under-developed, which considering the 2D look the developers were aiming for gives you an idea of how far short they fell.
  5. 60
    The PSP group - internal Team 17 developers - clearly had a lot more interest and fun working on its rendition of Worms, because this DS game, while holding some of the original's charm, looks like it was handled by a weekend port crew.
  6. Clumsy controls, rocky presentation, and a dearth of gameplay options hinder Worms' return to 2D on the DS.
  7. 40
    Ultimately, Worms: Open Warfare feels really undercooked. Everybody knows that there’s potential for a good Worms game on the DS – you’ve got the Wi-Fi online play, stylus allowing for mouse-like precision and all of that jazz, but Open Warfare doesn’t exactly make good use of any of these features. Regardless of that, the biggest insult is that the title can’t even hold up against its ageing predecessors – it really feels like the product was slapped together and shipped out as cheaply as possible.

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Score distribution:
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  2. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. SimonY.
    Jan 15, 2007
    6
    I don't care about the visuals, it is too easy, the AI are either impossibly accurate or impossibly stupid. They fire bazookas into fuel I don't care about the visuals, it is too easy, the AI are either impossibly accurate or impossibly stupid. They fire bazookas into fuel CANS IN FRONT OF THEM or at you perfectly from the other side of the map. Expand
  2. StuartW.
    Mar 25, 2006
    1
    This is without doubt the worst game I have ever purchased. This isn't the Worms we know and love, it's an abomination. For a start This is without doubt the worst game I have ever purchased. This isn't the Worms we know and love, it's an abomination. For a start it's incredibly glitchy, it stutters, graphics flicker, animation is basic, sprites scaled beyond recognition, it fails to keep up with itself and the camera rarely settles on the action. All of the super weapons (Holy Hand Grenade etc.) have been removed and there is very little scope for customisation. There is no wifi online feature, menus are plain... and even the touch screen is ropey. Avoid at all costs. This is truly an horrendous conversion of the classic Worms. It plays like a fan-made imitation. Expand
  3. PhilW.
    Apr 19, 2006
    0
    Bought it yesterday. Took it back today. Need I say more? The graphix are unbelievably poor. Half of the tiny, so called, worm consists of a Bought it yesterday. Took it back today. Need I say more? The graphix are unbelievably poor. Half of the tiny, so called, worm consists of a single eyeball. The other half, a tiny tail. Very dissappointing. Expand