(www.transformersgame.com)  Rated T for Teen by ESRB.  The Transformers series has been a kid’s series since 1984 when it was invented. But when James Cameron released his vision of Transformers on the big screen 3 years ago, he changed all that. Taking a leaf out of James Cameron’s book, New Moon studios has released Transformers: War for Cybertron and made something that takes Transformers video games in a entirely new direction.

The Transformers series has been a kid’s series since 1984 when it was invented. But when James Cameron released his vision of Transformers on the big screen 3 years ago, he changed all that. Taking a leaf out of James Cameron’s book, New Moon studios has released Transformers: War for Cybertron and made something that takes Transformers video games in a entirely new direction.

 

 

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Presentation:
Transformers: WFC is set on the Transformers’ homeworld of Cybertron, before they left it. There are two separate campaigns, each following one of the two warring factions of Transformers, the Autobots and the Decepticons, as they battle for control of their planet. Fans of the series will be happy to recognize their favorite characters returning on both sides of the battle. Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, Starscream and many more are all here and just as lively and likeable as ever.

Graphics:
War for Cybertron is drawn in the new 3d style that Transformers is starting to gravitate towards. The transforming is fast, fluid, and has the complex look of moving machinery that makes the transforming fun to watch, while still being useful in combat. While New Moon Studios’ Transformers may not be as shiny and perfect as their cinematic counterparts, they still look amazingly beautiful as you blast your way across Cybertron.

       

Sounds:
Futuristic sounds have always been a staple of the Transformers series so there isn’t anything impressive there, and while the score isn’t impressive but is still great. Transformers voice acting has always been notoriously overdramatic, so the question for Transformers: WFC is whether the voice acting is any good. I’m happy to say that this game really delivers in that department. I applaud the voice actors’ ability to talk about things like “dark energon” and still sound legitimately serious. The gaming experience is made ten times better by good voice acting.

Gameplay:
War for Cybertron is a 3rd person shooter, but the gameplay tends to feel more like Call of Duty with a Transformers twist. While playing in robot form, you run and gun with an assortment of weapons, abilities, and upgrades (which are similar to COD’s perk system). You have a choice to play as a Scout, Soldier, Scientist, or Leader class, which transform into a car, tank, jet, and truck respectively. Each class has access to different abilities and upgrades, as well as starting weaponry. It’s a unique gaming experience, and surprisingly fun.

       

Innovation:
The ability of the Transformers to change form is frequently used as a gimmick in their games of the past. But in this game, transforming is an essential part of the game. Transforming is extremely fast and fluid, which makes it useful for both timely escapes and surprise attacks. It adds an entirely new dimension to combat which is both fresh and exciting.

Longevity:
While the campaign is sadly short, the online multiplayer will provide hours of entertainment. You can play 3 player co-op, escalation mode (similar to Gears of War’s Horde mode), and standard online Vs games such as deathmatch and king of the hill. Also, you can level up each class by playing online, and unlock all of each class’ upgrades.

       

Conclusion:
Transformers: War for Cybertron is a great game. I’ve personally been a fan of Transformers since I was a little kid, and playing a Transformers game that is actually fun was a wonderful thrill for me. But War for Cybertron is a great game for fans and non-fans alike. It has the appeal of the Transformers franchise, while at the same time being a solid game to play.

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