Excerpt: The Transformers titles have traditionally been beat-em-up affairs with a fancy robot skin, nothing really setting them apart from any other run-of-the-mill action game aside from the voice of Optimus Prime. With Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the developers conceived a game whose first priority was to feel like a Transformers experience. Not like a tie-in, not like a skinned melee-combat game, but a Transformers game.
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.
Movie spin-off with admirable heroes, realistic violence.
Common Sense Media
19 July 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Transformers: Dark of the Moon is based on the movie of the same name, although in this game there is a stronger focus on the robotic battle sequences. Players use a variety of weapons, including machine guns and rocket launchers, to inflict damage on their enemies. Players never attack humans, but the realistic graphics and environment lend intensity to the violent content.
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: High Moon Studios are the development team responsible for Transformers: War for Cybertron, a game that seemed to show that they had great respect for the licence. Obviously, as this third film tie-in was also put together by High Moon, Activision knew that the property would once again be in safe hands. But, whoever you may be, working against a deadline to create a game tie-in to be released alongside a blockbuster film can never be an easy task.