Transformers The Game (PC)

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  1. Ian says:
    12 of 16 people found the following review helpful:
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Now all we need is a little energon, a lot of luck…and a LOT of update patches, July 26, 2007
    By 
    Ian (USA) –
    (VINE VOICE)
      

    This review is from: Transformers The Game (PC) (CD-ROM)

    Of all the video games that come out each year for the various consoles and platforms, the subgroup of movie based tie-in games are quite possibly the most feared and most dreaded, due to the constant low quality of many titles. Transformers, regrettably, is another example of a game based on a great franchise, yet for the most part doesn’t succeed in creating an enjoyable and fun game.

    As a game based off the extremely successful movie, Transformers follows the plot of the film. You play as either the Decepticons or the Autobots and wage a campaign to obtain the Allspark, the mythical object that gives life to the transformer race. Along the way you take on hundreds of Autobot/Decepticon drones and get into enormous fights with the main robots of the opposing side, such as Bumblebee, Starscream, Jazz, Blackout and of course, Megatron and Optimus Prime. You’ll fight, shoot, and drive/fly through several stages on your quest to either destroy the world or save it. And while the idea of giant shape shifting robots running around and beating each other up sounds like a surefire concept…the game, incredibly, disappoints on almost all aspects.

    It seems almost inconceivable that such a sure-fire franchise can be so simplistic and disappointing when developed for a video game, yet Transformers the game does exactly that. How to begin? Well, perhaps the worst aspect of the game…moving around as a vehicle. An essential part of the Transformers mythos is their now famous ability to become a vehicle such as a car, truck, jet, etc. And sure enough, this ability makes it into the game. With a simple touch of a button you can change from robot to vehicle and vice versa. The first time you do this it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll be giddy with excitement. The speed and agility at which it happens (usually less then three seconds) is exciting enough to watch that one never gets tired of watching it happen. Yet…the moment you start moving around and driving, you realize that something is wrong. Driving around as a car is difficult…very, very, very difficult. When your car is swerving around the road and close to crashing at any given second, you realize something…the driving controls for this game are HORRIBLE. They are, without a doubt, the worst I’ve ever played in a game. It’s not the controls themselves that are bad, but rather the responsiveness. Driving a car, thanks to the over-responsiveness and loose feeling, feels like you’re always driving on ice. A simple tap to turn left will have you veer left at such an angle that you quickly tap right to correct, only to swerve so far to the right that you immediately press the left button to try and correct, etc. As a result, you end up swerving back and forth almost endlessly as you try to get to whatever your destination is. A simple over-tap of a button and you’ll be swinging around in circles while your enemy is speeding away (and much to your disgust, navigating the roads perfectly). One of Bumblebee’s missions inside Hoover Dam is rendered almost impossible by the controls (You have to hunt down security drones before they sound an alarm), leading to many, many restarts and shouted curses as these drones that drive perfectly through the roads.

    The controls for flight aircraft (such as Blackout in helicopter mode and Starscream as an F-22 fighter jet) are, shockingly, even worse then the driving controls. When you take to the air, things get even worse as you frantically try to control your jet or helicopter, wobbling up and down so much that an observer would think that the pilot was dead drunk and close to passing out at any moment. These controls are ATROCIOUS, so much so that at times it’s virtually impossible to complete what should be a simple mission. For example, at the end of the first Decepticon mission, you have to shoot down twenty jets in six minutes while flying Blackout around as a helicopter. It sounds so simple, yet due to the over-reactive controls it borders on next to impossible to complete. While going in a straight line and turning is simple, aiming your craft up or down is a nightmare. You’ll move the mouse down to tilt down, yet nothing happens. You move the mouse harder and then you tilt…but at a much steeper angle then you wanted. Now you’re plunging towards the ground and frantically move the mouse up. You tilt up, but your nose is now pointing at the sky and you’re heading up like you mean to head up into outer space. The problem with the flight controls is that when you want to go up or down they are under-responsive, seemingly not registering a simple control movement to make a small adjustment, forcing you to over-react to compensate and as a result, you take on the appearance of a drunk pilot. Things only get worse when you’re being hounded by dozens of planes that are trying to blow you up.

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  2. Fly Guy says:
    7 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    This game Deceptisucks, July 7, 2007
    By 
    Fly Guy (Fairchild AFB, WA United States) –

    This review is from: Transformers The Game (PC) (CD-ROM)

    I bought this game at ****** for my boys and installed it right away. From the get go, you could tell the graphics and sequences are choppy (despite my rig that runs Company of Heroes without a hitch). The controls are probably some of the worst for any game out there….the flying and driving sequences are nearly impossible. Some of the missions that you have to accomplish can’t be done in the time alloted. In one of them, you control Scorponok and have to wipe out five communications rigs in 2 minutes….and they’re scattered all over the map. Unless I have a teleportation ability that I don’t know about yet, I can’t figure out how to do it….all the time fighting the controls to get him to do what I want. The targeting system is the worst I’ve seen in a 3rd person shooter game. All in all, I would hope that the console versions are better, because I’m glad I only spent twenty bucks on it. My kids are disappointed because they wanted to progress through the game and see the different missions and characters. The only reason why it gets zero stars is because I can’t choose it. Unless a patch comes out, this will sit on my shelf.

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  3. Anonymous says:
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    You’ll scream with frustration!, July 28, 2009
    By 
    majorlynch (Cork, Ireland) –

    Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Transformers The Game (PC) (CD-ROM)

    Where to start.

    You only get to play certain transformers on certain levels, you hardly get to play Optimus prime at all.

    You’re cannons are pointless as must enemies just shield themselves and most characters need to be hit with something, like a tree or a brick
    before they stop being invincible.

    Some levels are so frustrating you’ll scream, e.g.
    – Theres a level here where Megatron can be kicked around by “invincible” Autobot characters, which is just weird.
    – When you’re Blackout fighting Ironhide he’s hard to control, easy to kill and trips over everything.
    – Many levels are 20 minutes long and if you die you start again.

    No replay value, barely any play value.

    Stay miles away unless you’re a hardcore Transformers fan why isn’t bothered by anything.

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