Reviews and Problems with Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
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Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
2 September 2013
Summary: Transformers: War for Cybertron was one of my top multiplayer games of 2010. Something about it just worked surprisingly well, and High Moon Studios deserved oodles of kudos for providing the Transformers license with an original, structurally sound, vastly entertaining game that respected the franchise in a way other games (and certain movies) had not.
Excerpt: Mobility No button mashing Spoiler alert! Transformers: Fall of Cybertron uses the cliché, crutch of button mashing to see the player through the big fight scene at the end of the game. In my experience, I was able to clear the button mashing sequences with the same success as those found in Batman: Arkham City.
Excerpt: The story picks up shortly after War for Cybertron with the Autobots resigned to leave their home world to the Decepticons and they’ve taken to space in the Ark. The action starts as the Decepticons attack our fleeing heroes in a ship of their own. In a bit of Tarantino-esque storytelling, this opening actually takes place late in the game, and at the conclusion of this Bumblebee-centric level you’re sent back to the actual beginning of the story and handed the...
Pros: Fast and enjoyable combat. A story that does more than check off boxes.
Conclusion: A tale of two games, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron plods through its opening acts only to redeem itself with a strong showing at the end. Plenty of fan service will make series vets smile.
Excerpt: For years now many games that were tied in with movies have struggled to make any impression on me and other gamers whatsoever. Transformers: Fall Of Cybertron has changed my outlook on games that have movie tie-ins. The graphics in Fall Of Cybertron are excellent, especially considering what I expected to find. It's probably the first thing you will notice. When I first started playing Transformers I immediately noticed the detail and makeup of the autobots.
Excerpt: To be fair, all video games are products, but as I played Fall of Cybertron , I couldn't help but feel like this was completely by-the-numbers. For the most part, the game plays out as a third person shooter, although it does attempt to mix things up. You can transform into your character's vehicle at any point, but for the most part you'll be running around on foot. The game is at its weakest when you play as Optimus Prime, who hulks around with some heavy artillery.
Conclusion: Fall of Cybertron is undoubtedly an improvement over an already impressive debut, yet it doesn’t feel nearly as invigorating or daring as War for Cybertron did. Small gameplay changes and visual improvements are welcome additions to War’s clever formula, but a clunky story that treads too much water and trades on too much nostalgia squanders the considerable potential that this fledgling series had accrued.
Summary: High Moon Studios’ sequel to War for Cybertron features some really amazing Transformers narrative, but saddles it with gameplay that can only be described as Gobot inspired.
Pros: An amazing Transformers story with some genuinely gripping moments., You can make your own Transformer in multiplayer with a large selection of customizable parts., Contains a good variety of different Autobots and Decepticons during the campaign., Levels are designed to emphasize the specific abilities of a given character adding some variety to the gameplay., The design of the last chapter is fantastic.
Cons: There are framerate issues and disc streaming loadtimes in the single player campaign. Also there's some audio glitching during some cutscenes., Multiplayer can be laggy at times which leads to framerate drops and a lowering of the texture detail., You can't take cover, but the enemies can., Frailty of the characters is apparent during very intense gunfights.
Summary: Overall, Fall of Cybertron is still one of the better Transformer games the franchise has ever seen. If you are a Transformer fan or if you just like awesome battling robots than this is definitely one to check out. High Moon Studios does a great job of being both fans of the classic franchise and characters while also delivering a great game where you can play as robots that transform into vehicles.