Transformers: War for Cybertron

  • Features -
  • Two Distinct Campaigns One Epic Story – Play both the Autobots & Decepticons campaigns; battle as your favorite Transformers character in this 3rd person high action shooter
  • Wage War Online – Deep multiplayer game modes thrust you into a global battle
  • 3 Player Drop-in/Drop-out Online Co-op – Team up with your friends and fight through epic campaigns
  • Change Form from Robot to Vehicle at any time – Instantly convert from robot to car, jet, tank or truck mode and attack your enemies from any angle

Experience the legendary battle between the Autobots and Decepticons before their exodus to Earth in the untold story of the civil war for their home planet, Cybertron. Two distinct and intertwined campaigns chronicle the Autobots heroism in the face of total annihilation and the Decepticons unquenchable thirst for power. Play both campaigns in team-based online co-op, or go head-to-head in several online multiplayer game modes. Battle as your favorite Transformer characters in the war that spawned one of the most brutal conflicts of all time.

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  1. Cloud "..." says:
    32 of 42 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A great summer blockbuster that’s a game, June 23, 2010
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    Cloud “…” (Canada) –
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    Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Transformers: War for Cybertron (Video Game)

    Strangely enough, gaming seems to be on a roll when it comes down to working with licenses. Last year, Rocksteady Games surprised everyone by not only making Batman: Arkham Asylum one of the few games that were great for a comic book license but it was a great game period, license or not. It doesn’t stop there as later this year, developer Beenox is will release Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions which looks to be quite promising with its unique approach by having 4 different art styles with 4 unique gameplay styles and could look to be another solid entry in a franchise that has been very hit or miss. Now we have Transformers: WFC done by High Moon Studios (Bourne Conspiracy) and it’s again another surprising entry in a franchise that’s just as bad as the previous 2 licenses and like Batman, your attitude will shift from “please be good, please be a good game” to “wait, this is a good game? wow, imagine that”. In many ways you can tell this studio genuinely loves the Transformers universe and they took extra care in making everything fit the license from in-jokes to callbacks to designs that looks back towards G1 rather than Michael Bay (which is a really good thing) and with a campaign featuring co-op drop-in/drop-out for up to 3 players, a Horde mode variant called Escalation and a very frantic and addicting multiplayer, this is one of the biggest surprises this year and makes for a great summer game.

    Story: Taking place on the planet of Cybertron, there’s a huge war raging between the Autobots and the Decepticons as Megatron is trying to take over the planet and rule over everything with an unstable energy known as Dark Energon. Using the uneasy forces of sky commander Starscream, Megatron goes through Cybertron en route for the key to win the war. Meanwhile, after the leader of the Autobots is killed, their side is left without a leader so in comes Optimus Prime to lead the Autobots against the forces of Megatron. Like most installments that have accompanied the Transformers license, you play as both factions with your choice on which soldier to bring. Want to play as Bumblebee? Go for it or the badassness of Soundwave, even? And of course one nice thing is that the game has drop-in/drop-out co op so it’s not like Lost Planet 2 which needed a lobby so if you see a friend playing, just join them.

    Graphics: The game uses Unreal Engine 3 which occasionally means there’s some odd textures but you’d have to look really hard because the game looks really cool. From the awesome character designs and the smooth-as-silk animations during the transformations, the game has a very futuristic look from neon and steel in bizarre architectural patterns and makes the game really feel alien. This has a downside however in that the game at times can get slightly repetitive and unlike games with a snow level, jungle level and desert level, WFC tends to be all metal hallways with the occasional differing locales. I did notice occasional some framerate issues here and there but it’s actually a really good looking game otherwise.

    Sound/Music: The voice acting is really stellar and when you hear that distorted voice of Soundwave and the awesome tones that is Peter Cullen’s Optimus, you know you’re back in the 80’s again. But then again, when you don’t hear that kind of weird high-pitched almost squealing voice of Starscream it kind of sticks out a little bit but the voice acting barely has any problems. Same with the sound design from the transformation sounds, the gun sounds and the game really makes the gameplay standout. It’s the score I have a problem with in that it’s kind of fine but a lot of times it felt like the music didn’t elevate a lot of the firefights and most of the time it just blended into the background and not really take over.

    Gameplay: The game is a 3rd person shooter but this is not Gears of War in that you don’t take cover but rather this almost has a Lost Planet / Alan Wake feel where it helps to hide behind things so you don’t get shot up but you don’t take cover in the typical sense. Controls are very intuitive, especially when you’re in your vehicle forms and while normally you’d think it would feel clunky and too strange to control, these ones feel remarkably comfortable. The game comes with the choice of 4 classes: scouts (cars, have cloaking abilities to sneak up on people), leaders (trucks that help buff out the party), scientists (jets which are weak but have a healing gun and a turret that reveals cloaked enemies) and the soldiers (the tanks with lots of health and big power melee moves but are slow). The class balance feels really well-tuned and like Aliens vs Predator, there doesn’t seem to be that “god class” since tanks can still be taken down by a cloaked scout whereas that class can be found out by a scientist’s turret. While they’re all fun to use, you might find yourself excelling more in one class so I made a bad scientist yet I did…

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  2. Evan J. Snider says:
    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The first GOOD Transformers game…, July 17, 2010
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    Evan J. Snider (WV) –
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    Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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    This review is from: Transformers: War for Cybertron (Video Game)

    If there was one period of time in Transformers lore that always teased fans with mystery and lack of details it would probably be the robots time on their beloved homeworld of Cybertron. Sure, there were references to Cybertron and in many medias some stories even took place there but the ultimate history remained unseen. Fortunately for the fans and gamers, that’s not the such case anymore. Transformers: War for Cybertron, developed by High Moon Studios and published by Activision is a third-person shooter that allows the player to play a role in the epic war for Cybertron by playing as the heroic Autobots or ruthless Decepticons. Who knew a robot war in space thousands of miles away could be so good?

    To start off I think it’s important to note in no way is this game associated with the Michael Bay Transformers film series. This game is its own, it’s no quick cash-in, as Hasbro has kept on board to ensure the series is represented faithfully and expertly. If I had to describe this game in the simplest terms I’d probably say it’s Gears of War but with Transformers. Both utilize the “over the shoulder” targeting and playing through WFC you just can’t help being reminded me of it. Whether you’re a diehard FPS guy or a casual fan that has hardly ever played a shooter, you can pick up on the shooting fairly quick. (It’s one of those easy to pick up but long to master things) I won’t lie, it’s not the easiest game in the world; it was much harder than I expected it to be honestly. Whether you’re a pro or not and you may find yourself on one of the lower difficulties because it is a challenging game, especially on your first run.

    The story is split into two campaigns, one each for the Autobots and Decepticons and you are given the option to play through either faction’s story first. Each level allows you to play as one of the iconic characters from the series and the game does support co-op (up to 3) but the co-op must be through Live, it is not local co-op. Might seem like a drag but I honestly think his game is too big and technical to support splitscreen so it’s understandable. Regarding the length of the story, honestly I thought it was just right but many people have complained it’s too short. It’s true there aren’t many levels in each chapter but the thing is these levels aren’t short, you’re not going to be in and out in 15 minutes doing them.

    The true gem of this game, however, is not its story, the characters, or the incredibly awesome sounds your robot makes when it transforms as that honor goes to its multiplayer system. It’s been forever since I’ve seen a multiplayer this rich in innovation and fun. With seven different games, everyone is bound to find something they like:

    - “Escalation” is pretty much like the “Horde” in Gears of War where you and your allies are pitted against unlimited waves of enemies until you die.

    - “Deathmatch” and “Team Deathmatch” are self-explanatory, you or a group of allies battle it out in a giant robot battle royale. For “Deathmatch” whoever has the most points wins and in “Team” whatever team hits 40 kills first wins.

    - In “Conquest” you and a team travel around a map capturing enemy points while defending yours at the same time. If you ever played any of the Star Wars: Battlefront games that’s basically what this is.

    - “Code of Power” is this game’s “capture the flag”. You have a limited amount of time to steal the enemy team’s Code and take it to your base to score.

    - “Countdown to Extinction” is a game that really tests your teamwork as you have to plant a bomb in your enemy’s base while dealing with them trying to do the same thing to you. It’s a multi-step process so working together is the big thing here if you want to win.

    There is also a ranking system in this game, which allows you to pick a class of transformers and through playing games and gaining XP you can level it up. Leveling up will allow you to pick from new abilities and customization so you can play your custom character anyway you want to in the online modes. Sadly there is not too much you can to do to customize your look; you must pick from existing skins (called chassis in this game) and just add a primary/secondary color to it. Not much at all, which really does suck.

    To conclude, I gave this game a 4 out of 5 because I honestly don’t think it’s lacking too much. The game’s replayability isn’t great if you don’t include multiplayer as there is nothing extra to do in the campaign once you finish it. In multiplayer there is an obvious lack of customization for your character which is a downer and perhaps its biggest fault is the fact there’s no host migration. Nothing can kill your fun quicker than having the game end instantly because the host quit. If they don’t patch this I sincerely hope the sequel incorporates this because it’s annoying and a big…

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  3. Poshu Oshu says:
    4 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    not bad but not much to it, July 25, 2010
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    Poshu Oshu (Dallas, TX) –

    Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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    the content for this game isn’t all that bad, as a thrid person shooter it’s enjoyable if a bit laking. the number of guns you can choose is pretty small. i like the campaign and being able to choose between three but some characters are stuck with useless guns so if you play online with three people one person is stuck being a tag along.

    in escalation mode, you fight a series of waves of increasingly more powerful enemies. the problem is you run out of ammo after killing two or three guys so you have to constantly buy more ammo at the stations provided in the game. as you kill you get points and those points can be used to buy better guns and shields but it’s all done mid fight so if you run out of ammo with both guns and havn’t gotten alotta kills you are stuck meleeing people until you can afford it. the upside is you can choose any robot for these missions each has their own unique skills and handling. however, there is only one map per faction, meaning there’s two places to play these long drawn out battles on, they get old really fast.

    i won’t comment on the online deathmatch as i did not play it, but as a game being done campaign and co-op what is there i like and there are some interesting new things here. it’s just the amount of content i’d expect from a downloadable game or an expansion set. not worth the price and frustratingly so.

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