Excerpt: Having seen Transformers: Dark of the Moon release on Blu-ray Disc, it occurred to me that I never reviewed its video game tie-in. Call me skeptical of a movie-based game. Call me callous for taking this long to get to it. Or, just call me forgetful. Regardless, one thing you can definitely call me is impressed, because although Transformers: Dark of the Moon does get tedious after a bit, it still pulls off being one of the more enjoyable Transformers game I’ve played,...
Summary: It’s a shame that " Transformers: Dark of the Moon " has clearly been a title that has had development rushed. With just 7 levels, 2 of which are very short, you can finish the game on easy within 3-4 hours. The multiplayer is ok, but doesn’t really live up to the promise of War for Cybertron. It’s not a terrible game, just pretty average; which is perhaps mercifully good for a movie tie-in.
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.
Excerpt: The title for the game, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, is a bit misleading. Although it would logically seem that this is a tie-in to the movie of the same name, it is actually a prequel to the events that take place in the movie. In fact, if for some reason you’re expecting to spend a little quality time with the great big ball of cheese orbiting around our planet then consider this your friendly neighbourhood astronomical forewarning: In this game you aren’t going to...
Conclusion: A disappointing offering and one that is especially perplexing after War for Cybertron offered so much potential. Every aspect of this game is lacking in some way and the only boon is the fact it is mercifully short. Childhood memories – consider yourself crushed.
Summary: Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a bog-standard third-person shooter that is inferior in every way to its predecessor. On the one hand, it’s not bad for a movie tie-in; on the other, that’s not saying a lot. While War for Cybertron was more geared towards fans, Dark of the Moon is only really suitable for the diehard—those who just want to ride the movie rush a bit longer.
Excerpt: Yep, we have another movie tie in game on our hands. The difference, this time the game was put in the hands of High Moon Studios. You may remember High Moon Studios brought us the badass War for Cybertron last year. Can they duplicate that success here with Dark of the Moon? Yes, and no. Dark of the Moon ends up feeling like a rushed version of what could have been.
Excerpt: The story is paper-thin, but if you’re picking up any part of the Transformers film franchise (or anything even loosely associated with Michael Bay) for things like intricacies of plot, characters with more than two dimensions or anything else that isn’t “giant robots beating the tar out of other giant robots” then Dark of the Moon won’t do anything for you.
Pros: Stealth force mode is a great addition to the gameplay, combat is fast-paced and fun
Cons: Campaign is a bit short, narrative is shallow