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Transformers: Dark of the Moon Review (X360)
4 March 2013
Conclusion: Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a disappointingly typical movie tie-in game that actually manages to be worse than the two previous Transformers movie games. Not that it plays dramatically worse, but more because there is hardly any content here. Seven short levels that you can't re-play as different characters means you'll only play through them once.
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: 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.
Excerpt: Last year's War for Cybertron is considered by many as the greatest Transformers game ever created. With that said, it was nearly impossible for High Moon Studios to one-up themselves with the inevitable sequel.
Pros: + Plays great, + Competitive online still rocks
Cons: Removal of all coop modes, Short campaign, Story is uninteresting
Excerpt: Another Transformers movie means another Transformers game. For many longtime fans, Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and the other robots in disguise are special characters, and hope endures that someday, a Transformers game will come along that does them justice. Unfortunately, Dark of the Moon is not that game. The action in this third-person shooter isn't bad, but it also isn't anything remarkable.
Pros: Crashing into enemies and sending them flying is fun, Each Transformer has unique abilities
Excerpt: We’ll go ahead and say it: last year’s Transformers: War for Cybertron was the best Transformers game ever. That the same team of devs at High Moon Studios started almost immediately on the third Transformers movie game is a mixed blessing. They’ve proven that they understand the franchise, but a movie tie-in feels beneath them. You can sense glimmers of a solid adventure here, but Dark of the Moon never totally shakes the mediocrity of the movie-game genre.
Pros: + Starts off strong; a lot of the solid controls and gameplay remain from the far superior War for Cybertron 2., + Stealth Force mode should be in all future Transformers games.
Cons: - Last few levels drag down into Dullsville; multiplayer feels a little too rote; stripped-down feel., ? Where’s War for Cybertron 2?
Summary: Transformers: Dark of the Moon is another movie tie-in that will be sitting in a bargain bin in a few months. It would be better if High Moon Studios made another Transformers game that has nothing at all to do with the movies, so they have time to be more creative for a better gameplay experience. If you?re a fan of the Transformers this would make a good rental, but it is recommended that you really play it first before deciding to break open your piggy bank to buy it.