Worms 4: Mayhem

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Worms Ultimate Mayhem announced

There's a 3D Worms game coming to PC, PSN and Xbox Live Arcade this year.

And breathe.

Worms Ultimate Mayhem is a "souped-up", revamped and high definition combination of Worms 3D and Worms 4: Mayhem.

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Worms 4: Mayhem

Worms 4: Mayhem

That third dimension's got a lot to answer for.

It would be easy to glance at the score below (actually, we should probably add rings of fire and puzzles involving the placement of runes and crests to stop people doing that) and assume that Worms is simply getting old. That's not true. Yet that's what most people will think. Why is that?

We reckon the answer's quite simple: everyone keeps claiming that this is just Worms in 3D. It isn't. Worms 4: Mayhem is the same kind of Worms game as Worms 3D with a few new bits and pieces, including some weapon and game-type customisation and an extended mini-game-based "Challenge mode, but, if you ask us, Worms 3D had already abandoned a lot of what people liked about Worms in the first place.

Let's compare. First things first, both are strategic games where teams of several worms face off and take it in turns to try and blow chunks out of each other using outlandish weaponry, navigating the landscape slowly on foot (well, figuratively) or quickly with the aid of various tools like ropes, parachutes and girders - the latter acting as platforms to bridge gaps. Both have cute, stylised graphics, quirky team names and designs and bundles of amusing little taunts and battle cries recorded in squeaky voices and accents. Beyond that, the similarities are more superficial.

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Worms 4: Mayhem demo

Now on Eurofiles.

A playable demo of Worms 4: Mayhem, currently in development for PC, PS2 and Xbox, is now available on Eurofiles for your downloading pleasure.

New Worms 4 trailer, details

New Worms 4 trailer, details

Guns. Lots thereof.

A new trailer for Worms 4: Mayhem, due out on PC, PS2 and Xbox this summer, is now available on Eurofiles.

Publisher Codemasters has also revealed some of the new weapons we can expect to see in the game, including our personal favourite - the Inflatable Scouser.

Simply fire him off and he'll wander across the terrain to meet his target worm, before grabbing it, inflating himself and floating up to a set height - or until he collides with something. The Scouser will then explode and the worm will fall, losing some health points if it hits the ground - and all of them if it ends up in drink.

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