Worms Coming to Xbox Live Next Wednesday

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As you undoubtedly already know, I'm a big fan of artillery games, and Worms is one of the best (if not the best) game in the genre. So, when I heard that Worms is coming to Xbox Live Arcade next week, I thought--perfect. The only reason why I don't tend to play Worms much nowadays is that I have no one to play it with! It's not much fun just blasting a computer controlled worm all day; the fun of these games relies very heavily on gloating as your sheep bounds gracefully towards your opponent. I'm not sure if anything can really compete with playing the game with a bunch of your buddies gathered around a Dreamcast, but this will likely come close. If I weren't living hand to mouth, I'd definitely be investing in the necessary equipment...!

Link spotted on Kotaku.

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Bill Loguidice
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I've actually been playing

I've actually been playing Worms World Party on the N-Gage QD for the past few days. Whenever Worms is kept to 2D side-view, you know it's good gaming. I was aware of Worms coming to Xbox Live Arcade and think it's a perfect application for it and will absolutely 100% get it. I have the Amiga, PC (multiple), PS1 and N-Gage versions at present, and probably a few other versions. I'll be trying the PS2 version of Worms Forts: Under Siege at some point via the rental service GameFly (it's low in my queue), as it's probably the only 3D one that looks halfway workable. Some games just work best in 2D, and artillery games are one of them...

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I did enjoy Worms 3D and

I did enjoy Worms 3D and Scorched 3D, but you're right, that's a different kind of game. Historically speaking, artillery actually did much of the important fighting during the French Revolution and wars of that era. Go figure, it's easier to kill from a long distance than face-to-face combat. A great deal of modern engineering and mathematics developed specifically to help improve the accuracy of artillery. Indeed, a large chunk of computer development arose from the need for more accurate artillery!

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When I lived in england for

When I lived in england for a few years we had a PS1 and only 1 game... that was worms armageddon... it was the only game worth owning.

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yakumo9275 wrote:When I
yakumo9275 wrote:

When I lived in england for a few years we had a PS1 and only 1 game... that was worms armageddon... it was the only game worth owning.

-- Stu --

I get your point, but to dismiss the entirety of a system's library (save for one) when that library consists of thousands of titles is a bit much, no? ;-)

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well it was staying home

well it was staying home playing worms or going clubbing+pubbing 24x7 in london ;) we were not home very much.... we did play MGS once or twice i think when whisky money ran out.

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By the way, it looks like a

By the way, it looks like a free episode of South Park in hi-def will be released to all members of Xbox Live on Tuesday. It will be free for download for about two weeks, so hop to it! Apparently the new season of South Park will be available on Xbox Live as well, with an episode appearing for download not to long after it airs (and I believe in hi-def)...

Obviously South Park is one of those shows that doesn't "need" hi-def, but hey, it's nice that the option is there...

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Matt Barton
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Well, it looks like the XBLA

Well, it looks like the XBLA version of Worms is rather disappointing. Shame, really.

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Nitpicks. I bought this the

Nitpicks. I bought this the day it came out. It's Worms, plain and simple, better or worse, and in my opinion, quite a bit of fun with good control mapping. There will be downloads to expand the content. Anyone expecting a full-blown Worms implementation (meaning every weapon ever, every voice pack ever, etc.), was fooling themselves. This is a "cheap" Xbox Live Arcade release that plays complete single and multiplayer (plus online) games, as well as missions. Beyond that, again, there will be additional add-ons available for purchase at ones own discretion.

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I also got this last monday.

I also got this last monday. I haven´t been able to play it much though. The controls are nicely done and I am looking forward to playing this a little more.
Is the microsoft Live Arcade service drying up a little? Time in between releases seems to be getting longer and longer.
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It's not really drying up,

It's not really drying up, Mark, as there are a ton of games backlogged (I think tomorrow is the HD remake of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade), but it's certainly been quiet for a few weeks leading up to the release of Worms last Wednesday (the last game prior to that was Alien Hominid HD, which I like, but find too hard!). Supposedly Microsoft puts these developers and games through a rigorous certification process and that's been holding some games up. It looks like we should have a more steady stream for the near future though.

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