Reviews and Problems with Transformers: War for Cybertron
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Transformers: War for Cybertron
29 July 2010
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.
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: Transformers: War For Cybertron isn’t more than meets the eye. It’s obvious in its ambitions, both as a game where players shoot stuff, and as a mash note to Generation Y-ers whose first religious experience was the martyring of a giant red robot who could turn into a truck. It does succeed on both fronts, but not unmitigatedly.
Pros: Moving around as a vehicle, especially a jet, is fun, Escalation provides a clever twist to the standard Horde mode, Competitive play has unique classes and plenty of rewards to strive for
Cons: Lack of visual and gameplay variety in the campaign, Paucity of ammunition, Boss fights are incredibly tedious, Friendly and enemy AI is poor, Transformations are integrated poorly with the core action
Conclusion: Fans of Transformers - real fans, the people with the cartoon series and die-cast toys - will probably get a huge kick out of the story behind Transformers. They might even get enough out of it to overlook the insipid level design, borrowed gameplay elements and sloppy AI. For everyone else though, Transformers: War for Cybertron is less than meets the eye.