Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Transformers: the War for Cybertron

Transformers: War for Cybertron. 
Xbox 360

This is the ultimate game for fans of generation 1 Transformers. In the 90's I spent many days trying to find Transformers on video, this was before DVD and before eBay became  accessible. At every garage sale or second hand store I searched for the old toys. I wont deny my love dor the original series. 

There have  been 5 or 6 Transformers games since the original on Nintendo. They were all hard to control and it was even harder and annoying to make them transform. The graphic were always terrible and the story was hard to follow and often pointless. You would waste time fighting generic overused villains. 

When you play a transformers you want to blow things up, punch Decepticons and transform. You want to fight evil, see character from the shows and most of all play as Optimus Prime. 

The game has it all. It is the story of how Megatron rose to power, corrupted Cybertron, started the war and united the Deceptions. On the Autobots side it tells of how Optimus Prime met a currier named Bumblebee, what happened to the other Primes, how he became the Autobots leader, what the matrix of leadership is and how it came to be and why they all left Cybertron in the first place (it wasn't to chase some cube through space. Sorry Michael Bay.)

The CG cinematic are great, the one button transform is wonderfull. The game play and the endless customization is amazing. The fact that you can choose multiple character for each land and that they have voiced banter makes it seem like you are a part of the action. 

The game is gritty and you get a good feel of what it's like to be in the middle of the Cybertron    war. You feel like a soldier, a robot soldier but still a soldier. 

The action is nonstop and the voice acting is most of the original cast. Yes, even Bumblebee talks. There is always something to shoot of someone to save. Lands require both humanoid form and vehicle forms, both pack weapons and handle very well. 

The designers used the unreal engine so the gameplay is easy to use. Some genius, I use that in a good way, decided to make some of the lesser known characters playable. When playing as Bumblebee or Starscream gets boring it's nice to play as characters Warpath or Silverbolt. Each character design is unique which is a relief since most games just use the same movements and actions and slap another character's shell over it.  

This is the game hardcore fans of the original series has been waiting for. Fans of the live action movies may find the story a little confusing, but fans of the 80's tv show and 1987 cartoon movie (they use the universal greeting) should love it. 

9 of 10

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