Transform from a ballistic speeding ‘hover-car’ into a machine gun wielding robot soldier as you slide past a group of enemy soldiers, turn around and render them all into scrap. Do this a million times and still you never find yourself getting bored.
Let’s start with the story, unlike the previous two Transformer games, it doesn’t follow the movies. So by deduction it is not a movie game, yay. That means we can assume it will actually be a good game, which it is. It has the foundations in place. Does it deliver? Hell yeah it does! Huge guns, huger enemies, even huger environments, great explosions, oh and did I mention the ability to transform, what’s not to like! It begins with the Decepticon’s mission to reopen the energy bridge and allow dark energon to corrupt Cybertron so that Megatron can take over. You then play as the Autobots trying to allow Cybertron to recover and put the power back into the right hands. This allows everyone to play both sides and thus everyone can enjoy playing as their favourite characters from the comic and the movies.
Often I found myself being outnumbered and outgunned and having to use the same system of finding cover, destroying a few bad guys, then once evenly balanced coming out from cover and bolting towards the nearest enemy to melee him into oblivion. But this is not to say that there is only one way to take out the enemy. With the use of different weapons all gamer styles can be accommodated. If you enjoy taking cover and picking them off from afar then be my guest. However, if you feel that you need to get up close and personal then expect a rewarding metal on metal thud accompanied by a spray of transparent purple oil on your screen as the enemy disintegrates into shards of twisted parts.
The graphics are nothing spectacular but definitely do the job. Certain elements such as the larger outer space and “nervous system cores” outshine the duller tunnels and pathways. Explosions and certain weapons can sometimes produce eye catching images. All in all, you won’t necessarily be amazed but you definitely won’t be disappointed.
Most transformer fans would have noticed that transformers are pretty huge compared to the average human. In War for Cybertron, Megatron and Optimus Prime are dwarfed by their surroundings and other utterly monstrous transformers. Flying through a massive plasma cannon and dodging rockets and enemy fire on your way to the cannon’s delicate cooling system in an attempt to destroy it only to find out it isn’t an inanimate cannon but rather a humongous Decepticon leaves you jaw dropped and drooling at the sheer size of it all.
Online multiplayer and escalation are a series of epic events regardless of who you are playing with or against. And with the ability to customise, yes I did just say it “customise”, your own transformer the possibilities of enjoyment are astronomical. With ‘Power Struggle’ (capture the flag), ‘Deathmatch’, ‘Team Deathmatch’, ‘Conquest’ and ‘Code of Power’ game styles everyone is catered for. Specifically with ‘Code of Power’ where players vie for the possession of a giant melee weapon one will find oneself shrouded in enjoyment.
Transformers: War For Cybertron is one awesome game whether playing online or co-op campaign excitement and thrills will be had. This game is both intensely fun and just plain intense and really does make up for the previous two title’s downfalls – and they were plenty, so based on the fact that one game makes up for them – and then some – tells this is one must-have title! I kid you not go and get it.
Josh “Swift” Sack