Reviews and Problems with Transformers: Dark of the Moon
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon
2 September 2013
Summary: Before the review begins, I feel it's my duty to warn anybody who considers purchasing this -- there's barely any mention of the Moon at all. In fact, the Moon appears in the campaign's end credits more than it appears in the game itself. Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a big lie.
Excerpt: Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the third game in the Transformers movie-based series. Unlike the first two games, Dark of the Moon is developed by High Moon Studios, the development team behind the popular War for Cybertron games. With a new gameplay style, good graphics, and great sound, Transformers: Dark of the Moon takes a completely different approach that makes it perhaps the best of the movie-based games.
Pros: Very fun gameplay, special moves add variety, colorful and detailed gameplay graphics, epic sounding soundtrack and voice-overs
Cons: Not as fun as the War for Cybertron games, story could have been better and longer, graphics look ugly on specific parts
Summary: Transformers: Dark of the Moon
serves as a textbook demonstration how video games based on movies or franchised licensed properties are seldom if ever a good thing. Even if the developers were responsible for a decent game in the past, and in this case,
even if said game involved the same licensee
, movie tie-in games will stay true to their cynically low rent marketing origins.
Pros: Voices are still done by some of the original cast.
Cons: To be perfectly blunt, Optimus is getting a bit long in the tooth – you can really hear the dentures clicking away whenever he gets a line., Transformers look incredibly stupid, not to mention generic and nearly indistinguishable. Just like the last few decades of offerings from the auto industry., Short game., Another unspeakably bad movie tie-in., What happened to Escalation mode?
Excerpt: The life of a developer in charge of a movie tie-in is fraught with peril, and up on the chopping block today is High Moon Studios. It's had less than a year to make an entire game based on that Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie they've got coming out - you know, that franchise from the cartoon with the toys doing all that robot stuff - which obviously is quite stressful in itself.
Review: Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Sony PlayStation 3)
20 December 2011
Summary: Transformers: Dark of the Moon gives fans a chance to play a lead in game to the film. Basically a stripped and repainted version of War For Cybertron , this game offers a less compelling and shorter story mode, a completely gutted multiplayer selection and nothing really all that new to compel someone to pick this up.
Excerpt: Transformers: Dark of the Moon is very pretty; the environments are lush and the models are detailed, although, since I haven't seen the movie yet, I can't speak to how accurate the models actually are. Still, they all have an appearance similar to the first Michael Bay Transformers movie, so I expect that the models are pretty close. The one thing I found a bit odd is that almost every transformer in the game transformed into a land vehicle (i.e., car or truck)...
Conclusion: conflict, but is content to jump between the two. Borrowing heavily from the Transformers: Battle for Cybertron system that came out last year, this title showcases a few tweaks but limits the action to Earth. (So much for the fun locales of an ever-changing robot planet) The game plays from the behind the back 3rd person perspective – so you keep your Charge directly in front of the camera as you battle through your terrains.
Excerpt: Since I started writing for gamerstemple.com about six years ago, I’ve taken on the role of the Transformers go-to guy. If a movie, DVD or game starring the robots in disguise came out during that time period, you can bet I was the one to review it. This didn’t always fare to well, as Transformers games that are actually good are few and far between.
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17 July 2011
Conclusion: The game was rushed, plain and simple. No one expected High Moon Studios to pull off a miracle in a year but I did expect a bit more polish. If you want a great Transformers game, check out War for Cybertron , it's also a fraction of the price.