Excerpt: Video games have long been my hobby, dating back all the way to the original Atari game system. Second only to video games is my enjoyment for collecting and watching Transformers – specifically Generation 1 Transformers from the mid 80’s. Unfortunately the two have never been able to successfully combine into any type of entertaining experience…until now.
Excerpt: Every child of the 80s wants to play a brilliant Transformers video game. The dream would be something based on the amazing movie, complete with rock soundtrack, cheesy dialogue and classic robot designs. Hotrod would pull apart the Matrix and I'd shed a tear as Optimus Prime turns grey and dies. That doesn't really look likely, but then neither did ever seeing a great Transformers game.
Summary: Parents need to know that while Transformers: War for Cybertron is violent, it is a sci-fi brawler between robots. In this war between machines, you can shoot at or whack enemies and watch as they explode, but there is no blood or gore. However, there is plenty of weapons -- including huge machine guns -- and frenetic battle scenes. The game allows players to be a "bad guy" (Decepticons) for half of the single-player game and in many multiplayer modes.
Excerpt: On the morning of my fifth birthday, I awoke with anticipation to the sounds of my mother preparing a special breakfast in the kitchen. When I opened the door and saw an impeccably wrapped box sitting at the table where my plate normally would have been, I knew that it could contain only one thing: a new Optimus Prime toy. The box size and the massive grin on my mom’s face gave it away.
Summary: Transformers: War for Cybertron is this year’s Batman: Arkham Asylum. Comparing 40-foot-tall robots to a man promenading in a bat suit may seem like a stretch, but the excessive levels of fan service, understanding of what the licenses have to offer, and the desire to create experiences that attract newcomers as much as they do the most devout fans show that both games are born of the same blueprint.
Conclusion: I started off feeling like the game would be much more enjoyable if I had watched something like the 80's cartoon first, but in the end I felt that even standing alone Transformers – War for Cybertron was able to provide a thorough enough experience within the Transformers Universe to easily be crowned the best Transformers game (at least of this generation).
Summary: Long before they had the touch or the power, the Autobots and Decepticons were locked in a power struggle for control over Cybertron. This brand new Activision game attempts to tell this story. While this is hardly the best game of the year, Transformers: War for Cybertron shows that Activision is headed in the right direction when it comes to their games about giant robots! This product was submitted by the publisher for review.