Worms Revolution - A Worms Devolution

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  • BornInNorway81 12 Oct 2012 02:28:33 28 posts
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    Worms Revolution released yesterday, October 10th. The game has been advertised as a new but familiar Worms game, with completely new strategic elements and features. Because of this, I have been eagerly waiting for several months. Tuesday evening, the day before release, I pre-ordered the PS3 version. I started playing that night.

    I never buy games on release day or shortly after, because they rarely are properly fixed and finished until a few months past their release date, unless it is a Nintendo game, because they seldom have severe errors in their games. This time, the bonus of getting Worms Crazy Golf for free when pre-ordering, along with reading positive reviews, convinced me that it was worth NOK 99 (10.8, 13.4).

    How I should have followed my well established policies! I have played the single player campaign for a handful of hours, and my experiences are listed below.

    Problems with the game, listed in order of severity, from severe and joy-removing to distracting and irritating:
    >> The game lags when the 'camera' moves, every time; it looks like the frame rate at times decreases as low as 10 fps.
    >> The AI worms can 'think' for 10 to 30 seconds, just to skip the turn.
    >> Horizontal rendering resolution looks like around 500 lines (except HUD), just too low to be on PS3.
    >> The textures are very poor when in medium to close view.
    >> Edges in environment are very jagged.

    I am not exaggerating! Please believe me!

    To compare, I will use Donkey Kong Country Returns as an example. While I adore that game, it could of course have looked sharper in HD. So how does Worms Revolution compare?
    >> Donkey Kong Country Returns' pixel resolution looks higher than that of Worms Revolution!
    >> Donkey Kong Country Returns' textures looks better than those in Worms Revolution!
    >> Donkey Kong Country Returns' environments are smoother and less jagged than those in Worms Revolution!
    >> Donkey Kong Country Returns' frame rate looks like it runs twice that of Worms Revolution, and I cannot remember seeing DKCR's frame rate ever slowing down!

    Imagine that! A game on Wii beating a 'HD' game on a HD console on every account with regards to visual presentation and performance.

    Worms Revolution is fun, but there just are too many problems! I should have waited, as usual, and evaluated the game after reading more reviews and gamers' arguments a few months from now.

    How is it possible to fail so badly? Maybe it can be fixed by Team 17. But will they? Maybe it is to severe to be fixed via a patch. Time will show, but I am baffled they released this wreck of a game!

    Reviews I read, heard and watched before I purchased the game; all positive:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAy8FJS3YEE
    http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/10/03/worms-revolution-review
    http://www.nowgamer.com/xbox-360/xbox-live-reviews/1624445/worms_revolution_review.html

    The review I should have read:
    http://www.gamerevolution.com/review/worms-revolution

    A question related to the positive reviews above, and also a problem with many other reviewers: Why are many game journalists so extremely afraid to be critical? Have they no pride in their work at all?

    Edited by BornInNorway81 at 02:31:08 12-10-2012

    Edited by BornInNorway81 at 02:38:34 12-10-2012
  • 8bitMofo 12 Oct 2012 03:05:37 422 posts
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    Could have posted this over here.

    Firstly, I've never dabbled with a Worms game out of its original make-up. However, I did like the look of this. After trying the demo (and also seeing some of the things mentioned above), to me, everything feels slightly behind the pace to me, and strangely floaty-like.

    Will be waiting on a sale if anything.

    Edited by 8bitMofo at 03:11:46 12-10-2012
  • BornInNorway81 12 Oct 2012 03:34:11 28 posts
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    8bitMofo wrote:
    Could have posted this over here.
    I could have, but chose not to. My goal is to start an exchange of thoughts on this subject.
  • Mola_Ram 12 Oct 2012 04:57:12 6,981 posts
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    BornInNorway81 wrote:
    A question related to the positive reviews above, and also a problem with many other reviewers: Why are many game journalists so extremely afraid to be critical? Have they no pride in their work at all?
    Because they are afraid of negative backlash to negative comments. Publishers get angry, readers get angry, etc. On occasion, reviews sites (including this one) have gotten heat from developers and publishers who thoought their game was not given a fair hearing.

    But, in this case, it's also quite possible that the positive reviews you mentioned were just that: positive reviews. Maybe they actually liked the game? Seems a bit much to accuse them of dishonesty, lack of pride in their profession etc. when all they've done is disagree with you on the merits of a particular game.

    But then, I haven't played Worms Revolution, so I couldn't really say if it's as bad as you described.
  • Moath 12 Oct 2012 07:39:38 1 posts
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    I too have bought this game being an EXTREMLEY loyal Worms fan. The frame rate was unbearable, there is no way that Team17 weren't aware of the issues.

    If you have had trouble please post about it online because Team17 is playing dumb and saying " What part of the game do you feel is slow " when the entire plays like a slugfest.
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