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Worms on a Budget, and XBLA performance
Posted in Worms by Squirminator2k at 14/03/07 8:09pm CET

As you may well know, UK retailers GAME have a variety of special offers for their budget PC titles. One of these offers is "Two for £15 (or £9.99 each)", and Worms 4: Mayhem has recently been placed in this offer. This means that you can stroll into GAME and pick up Worms 2, Worms Armageddon, Worms World Party, Worms 3D and Worms 4: Mayhem for £20. Assuming Worms Forts: Under Siege is also in the "2 for £15" offer, you could pick up all six games for £25, which is not a bad price.

Meanwhile, Worms XBLA has been available for over a week now and remains one of the most played games available on Xbox Live Arcade, despite some problems with online play. The game seems to be receiving almost unanimous praise from the Live Arcade community, although there have been stirring from the minor but very vocal "OLOLOL MORE WEAPONS KTHNXBAI" crowd over on the official Team 17 Forum. Most people are more disappointed with the limited amount of music, speechbanks and terrain styles than with the "classic" weapon set. Martyn Brown has confirmed that there is downloadable content on the way for Worms XBLA, including Gamer pictures and Dashboard themes. No word on additional weapons, but then most of the people I've played the game with have said they actually prefer the limited weapon set, as it makes the game more challenging.

There's also a bit of a brouhaha on the Team 17 Forum about whether or not Team 17 should be allowed to charge for additional content for the game. I've said in the past that I wouldn't mind paying minimal fees for some of the additional content, for example 20-50 points (less than 50p) for speechbank packs, 50-80 points (less than £1) for terrain style packs, however the ball is ultimately in Microsoft's court with regards to the charges. I would prefer that additional music is free, mind - Team 17 used a piece of music from Worms Armageddon and it is unfortunately one of the more annoying tracks. It's times like these that I'm glad I have the Worms 2 Soundtrack on CD - I can rip it to the 360 and simply have that playing in the background instead.

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