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- Game: Transformers: War for Cybertron
- Platform: Playstation 3
- Genre: 3rd Person Shooter
- ESRB Rating: T
- Players: 1, 2-3 co-op
- Online: Yes, 2-10 Players
- Developer: High Moon Studios
- Publisher: Activision
- Suggested Retail: $59.99
- Graphics: B+
- Sound: A
- Gameplay: B+
- Replay: A
- Fun Factor: A
Transformers: War for Cybertron PS3
Living it up, Decepticon Style
By Robert T. Trate
July 02, 2010
Let me begin by stating that I am neither a hard core gamer nor a die hard Transformers fan. I play the occasional video game from time to time and love the Transformers cartoon from the eighties. That being said I approached this Transformers game with some trepidation. Having played Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen for the PS3 I could never get the knack of the controls. The online play was vast but I either found myself transforming when I wanted to be shooting or just driving into a wall. Those control issues have been addressed in this game. What is also refreshing is that Activision has escaped the Michael Bay film and went all the way back to the beginning. The game goes so far back that everything that transpires in the War for Cybertron takes place before the cartoon.
With a short amount of time to play the game I decided to indulge my adolescent fantasy and live the life of a Decepticon. The bad guys are always more fun and the Autobots, for me, were frankly a little boring. Thankfully there is the option to select which story line you wish to tackle first. In a game that has war in the title it seemed natural to play as the warrior tribe from this savage planet.
The Decepticons’ Story:
Megatron is trying to steal the Omega Key which he believes can bring energy from an orbiting space station to Cybertron. While on the station he discovers an Energon factory that was corrupted by Dark Energon. No one has been able to control or harness Dark Energon. That is until now. Megatron has the ability to control it, wield it and disperse it to his fellow Decepticons. There are five chapters to this story each testing your abilities as a warrior and a problem solver. There are three characters to choose from and immediately one would pick Megatron as your character. Megatron is a leader and full of fire power however his tank mode is incredibly slow. He has the power of flight but it is nothing more hovering for a brief period of time. Barricade (scout class) and Brawl (soldier class) provide several options and actually make the game play experience more fun. Megatron is always barking orders anyway and here is the chance to be on the end of one his tirades.
The game quickly evolves as more characters come into the story. Soundwave (scientist class) along with Starscream (soldier class) and his fellow jets add to the game play. Flying through and around Cybertron as Starscream, Thundercraker or Skywarp is incredible. Unfortunately the levels dictate what types of characters you can choose from. Obviously some levels would be easier as a jet since the ground troops such as Breakdown and Barricade (cars) barely go fast enough making you miss the power of flight.
Like any game of this nature there are bosses to contest with at the end of each level. Zeta Prime (pictured above) proved to be a huge challenge. His defenses kept changing and it became a struggle to survive until an opportunity presented itself to do some damage to him. Omega Supreme on the other had had several levels to battle through just to get to his final arena. By far the most challenging was navigating Cybertron’s train system and power conduits. What was completely disappointing was that once he was vanquished there was nothing left to do but play the game as the Autobots.
Clearly online play for any game is where the fun is. Unpredictability and new challenges present themselves as you square off against players from around the world. There are several options available to you for different game modes. The standard Call of Duty type games are here: Capture the Flag, Headquarters and so fourth all with the Transformers motif. Escalation is their version of Nazi Zombies as Autobots or Decepticons battle their way through hordes of opposing troops. Weapons are upgradeable as well as rescuing fallen comrades and healing yourself, of course you pay for all this with points you accumulate during the game.
There aren’t too many to this game. At first I was a little bored with the run and shoot aspect of the game. Once I got away from the Leader Characters I started to really enjoy myself. The atmosphere created here really is a throwback to the original cartoon. It was great discovering these characters all over again and new ones as well. If anything my biggest complaints are: not having the option to pick who I wanted to be in the game and the speed at which my vehicle moved. Otherwise I’m ready to head back into the trenches all over again.
This is a fun and addicting game. As it is with any game new content will only add to the overall experience. Whether this is to be new levels or additional online maps remains to be seen. The game itself is only a week old. Having grown up with the cartoon and the toys I often daydreamed what it would be like to fight as an Autobot or as a Decepticon. Yet with each exhilarating transformation between robot and vehicle mode I also found out the perils too. Having all of your systems go off line one by one only added to the fantasy. Activision and High Moon Studios really brought that daydream to life.
Double XP Points this Weekend:
Transformers: War for Cybertron,are hosting a double XP multiplayer weekend starting this Friday, July 2nd at 6:00pm PST through Sunday, July 4th. Anyone playing in multiplayer matches on the Xbox 360, PS3 or PC versions of the game will earn double XP rewards and level up faster than ever.