Transformers War for Cybertron Review
Well I must say that Transformers has had crazy success over the last couple of years now starting with the movies although I never liked the second, but commercially it has raked in quite a bit. Though the movies and shows have been doing well there has never been a great game to follow up with this…until now!
Transformers War for Cybertron was a complete surprise that through me off guard. All other TF games were terrible, but this takes the cake! This game is a standalone title and has no connections to the films whatsoever (thank God!), so you can think Batman Arkham Asylum (those Bat films were awesome…recent ones!). With that being said this game doesn’t even take place on Earth, this is eons before they even make it to Earth, so you can think of it as a prequel to everything we’ve seen.
Autobots and Decepticons have been duking it out for ages all across cybertron. The Decepticon leader Megatron is looking to take control of Dark Energon, an energy source far more powerful and dangerous than regular energon! The Autobots are led by none other than Zeta Prime…wait what? That’s right Optimus is not the one in control and he isn’t even a Prime when you start the game, now how cool is that for story! In any case Optimus as you all know will take up leadership but I don’t want to ruin the story.
The campaign of the game is set up into two different factions: Autobot and Decepticon. I would suggest that you start with the Decepticon campaign only because that is where the story starts but you can start the Autobot if you wish to. For every level no matter if you are playing Autobot or Decepticon there are three different characters to choose from in each and yes you can play as either Megatron or Optimus! The Decepticon campaign felt very repetitive because you pretty much did the same thing over and over again. Enter a room and kill some baddies, although it was fun doing it. The Autobot campaign overall was much better and more diversity within its story. The boss battles for each were well done as well, probably one of the hardest boss battles I have played in a very long time, but it was enjoyable. Now if you don’t want to play the game alone then you can bring in a friend to help you out, the game offers campaign co-op that I’m sure would be a lot of fun.
Speaking of bringing in friends, there is a game mode called escalation where you and a group of friends can take on hordes of enemies, each wave being progressively harder than the last (ala Gears of War). If Escalation isn’t your thing than you can jump right into some competitive multiplayer action. When you start off there are 4 classes in which to choose from, you can play as either a Leader, Scientist, Scout or Soldier each with their own special abilities that make them unique and fun to play with. The multiplayer action is like a mix between Gears of War and Call of Duty. At the end of matches your score gets tallied up and you gain experience points. The more you level up the more abilities you gain (ala COD). The online action is something that must be experienced, but it can be difficult for those who do not keep up with playing these action games online. I only have one issue with multiplayer and its the fact that there isn’t a lot of variety in maps. There are about 7 and although each one is different they still feel the same.
The controls for the game are very easy and intuitive (if you’ve played Gears or COD you are right at home) and the best part about it is…TRANSFORMING! With a click of a button your character can transform into a vehicle and vice versa. But you can transform any way possible, whether you are driving or mid-air whatever the case you can transform whenever you want. And the thing about it is that it looks freaking awesome and it is also very smooth! For me personally I have one gripe with the controls, for whatever reason when I’m in a major fight i just some how always manage to transform mid battle; for whatever reason my finger just presses that button and then I’m killed.
Graphically the game is gorgeous, utilizing the Unreal Engine, there are a few hiccups here and there but they aren’t that noticeable. The audio is also very impressive, when you transform you hear everything. What other TF game has done this?
If you are a fan of Transformers then you owe it to yourself to check this game out. If you like action games then check it out. Just check it out because its damn good! The game is beautiful, it sounds awesome, though the campaign could have been better with the Decepticons portion.
There is more to this game than meets the eye!