Excerpt: If you’re like me, then you’ll start singing the theme tune every time you see or hear the name of the product. If the more likely scenario comes to the fore and you aren’t at all like me, you’ll probably say something along the lines of “ Transformers , huh’ I remember that.” However, we may not all be blessed with a memory that remembers such trivial things as a big, dumb cartoon show from the late eighties.
Excerpt: "Weh-ooh-weh-eeh" is about as close as I can come to describing the sound a Transformer makes when changing shape. "Urrrgh" is the sound a game critic makes when playing a Transformers game that has the potential to be great, yet totally misses the mark. Based on the most recent incarnation ( Armada ) of the incredibly successful and long-lived 80's toy line, Transformers from Melbourne House manages to be quite disappointing, yet still the best game ever to bear the...
Excerpt: The dearth of Transformers games of the years has been pretty surprising. Giant robots bristling with weapons that can instantly change into other vehicles? Come on, that just screams “video game”. Well for whatever reason the wait is over thanks to Atari’s Transformers, and you can finally take control of the Autobots as they battle the evil Decepticons.
Conclusion: But why worry about plot holes and story? Transformers has always had a long, deep lore, most of it based on children’s TV shows, and all of it is convoluted as hell. Sure, some fans are going to clamor for a deep story, but come on people. This is a franchise based on selling toys. Its always been about cool robots doing cool things, and in this respect they’ve done a solid job with the license.
Excerpt: Transformers is based off of the Transformers: Armada series rather than Generation One , which is the version most people remember from the 80's. As I stated in my preview of the game, Armada has never been one of my favorite versions of the series. Set in an alternate dimension, in which the Beast Wars and the Cybertron Wars didn't happen, Armada presents a completely different spin on the conflict between Autobots and Decepticons.
Excerpt: Having been over two decades since the original Transformers animated movie, the long-awaited live action version is set to be the smash hit of the summer (as long as Executive Producer Steven Spielberg keeps a tight leash on the ever-disappointing Michael Bay). Naturally, with such a movie coming out, you're going to have a game to go with it. Transformers: The Game appears to have incredible potential, but can it live up to the millions of fans of the franchise?
Excerpt: Transformers seems to be something that all children of the 80s have in common. Talk to any 20-something guy about favourite childhood cartoons and the action packed adventures of Optimus Prime and his gang of transforming robots will more often than not come up. News of a live action movie brought many fans to their knees, as tears of joy swelled all around them, and a proper next-gen video game caused similar excitement.
Summary: The single player experience is decent
for a short time, but quickly becomes predictable and tedious. You'd think
that the developers would have added online play, but this isn't included.
This represents a huge missed opportunity and makes the title feel less
like a game and more like an interactive commercial for the movie. You get
a few tastes of the film here and there, but these teases aren't really