Transformers: War for Cybertron

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a game by High Moon Studios
Platforms: XBox 360, PC, Playstation 3
Editor Rating: 7.5/10, based on 1 review, 2 reviews are shown
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Transformers: War for Cybertron
Transformers: War for Cybertron
Transformers: War for Cybertron

As one of the most beloved series of all-time, Transformers is a mixture of awesome cartoons and comics, world-class toys, and mediocre live action movies. The 2010 release from High Moon Studios, Transformers War For Cybertron.

Was a high point for the video gaming side of Transformers. While many games fail to capture anything like the ingenious scale of the Transformers series, this does a decent job of making that clear. This third-person shooter was a bit of a hit for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 era, but is it something you could pick up today and still enjoy rolling through?

A solid shooter in disguise

Reviews for this game were typically quite favourable, as it was a big step up after a frankly poor decade-plus of Transformers game. It was respected as a good multiplayer game with a solid host of voice acting and character designs. The game was set on the place of Cybertron itself, and your job was to try and win the civil war that took place between the two warring factions, the Autobots and Decepticons.

The game revolves around what is known as Dark Energon, a more powerful version of the Energon that gives the Transformers their power in the first place. Megatron, typically, wants it all for himself, and you need to step up and stop him. Take on the role of the Autobots, beat back the Decepticons, and stop your homeworld from being destroyed.

Solid shooting in a challenging environment (7.5/10)

The first thing to note about this game is that it gets the scale of the Transformers feeling just right. Battles feel titanic, and you do feel like you are carrying an extremely powerful armada of tools with you at any given time. The main thing to note about this game, though, is that you can feel extremely powerful as you work through its various levels and set-pieces.

This game does a fine job of letting you play as both Autobots and Decepticons, too, which is always a nice touch. The title also does a fine job of offering a great multiplayer option, though sadly the servers were shut down in 2020. Overall, gameplay is very impressive and you can feel very strong as one might expect from being in the body of a Transformer.

7.5

One thing to note about this, though, is the games actual setting – Cybertron – can feel lifeless and dour. That can be quite troublesome and can ruin the overall fun factor, as much of the game looks pretty much identical. The lack of life and freshness in the level designs, though, does not diminish the fact that Transformers War For Cybertron is a pretty solid third person shooter. If it still had online servers, it would probably still get a decent crowd.

Pros:

  • Great fan service with character designs and skills overall
  • Excellent attention to detail in the campaign and the gameplay

Cons:

  • Cybertron lacks life and freshness, feeling generic and repetitive

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XBox 360

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

PC

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Playstation 3

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

This, The Latest game with Transformers in it is dumb fun for one great reason: unlike their metal homeworld, Transformers have no shades of grey. The Autobot and Decepticon moral outlook is so simple, there's not even a chance of having a good Nazi character. Head evil dude Megatron is a complete and unapologetic dick, from the first Decepticon mission to the last. 'Decepticon' is actually too subtle a name for these aggro-douche warriors. They should just be done with it and call themselves Team Bastards'. If people die, that's because they are weak. They're all Drago from Rocky IV: "If he dies, he dies." Boo!

Meanwhile, the Autobots are the very spirit of Sesame Street. Go, us! Hurray for teamwork! You can do it, all you have to do is be as amazing as you can be!

Even better, freed from movie plots and Hollywood's incompatible schedule, but still with authentic voice talent like Peter Cullen as Optimus, this is a Transformers game as it was meant to be. In terms of actual quality against most hopeful estimate it's another Arkham Asylum. Which isn't as great a compliment as it sounds, if you know how low my expectations were.

New Old World

War for Cybertron's story takes us into a new time and place, there's no stomping around Earth cities and looking behind office buildings for collectibles. We're on Cybertron, the long-ago planet-bot home of the Transformers. This game is set long before the time '80s cartoon kids will be familiar with, and even longer before that weird Beast Wars era from the '90s - Optimus hasn't even been promoted to Prime in this.

The first missions are the Decepticon campaign, where Megatron begins his personal mission to harness the power of Dark Energon and dominate his home world. This is a self-destructive path that'll lead to Cybertron becoming uninhabitable. Starscream is keen to point this flaw out but, as we said, Megatron's a stubborn prick. The game itself is an ambitious three-player co-op third-person shooter. And if you can get a third person to play the three-player co-op from the moderately populated lobby, it all comes together pretty well. There's not so much in the way of combining forces to solve puzzles, but combat is always more fun with a mate yelling in your ear.

The transforming aspect isn't what you might expect, the red lorries and yellow VW Beetles were an affectation Autobots used conceal themselves on Earth. On their home world, Optimus is a kind of underwhelming hovercraft, and Megatron, well, he's a kind of hovercraft too. It makes sense, given the surroundings. You're not driving around human roads, you're navigating the inside of a robotic planet. The Decepticons aren't fighter jets and leisure cars, they're strafing combat machines. That said, you still get a fundamentally snazzy feeling when you try a hip-shattering mid-air transform.

Mates Required

Going solo is the worst way to play War for Cybertron, even when using the sensible co-op AI. So if you're a loner, play Singularity instead. The mini-boss enemies, for example, with glowing weak spots on their back, are enjoyable to take out with friends; but when your AI companions are distracting him, leaving you to casually melee his spine and take the glory effortlessly, it's all a bit of a let-down.

Halfway through, the game morphs into the Autobot campaign. On the streets of Iacon, you'll take car form and drive around. It feels more open and, because it takes the bit of experience you got in the evil campaign for granted, you're in the thick of action much faster. It's supposed to feel better to be good, even if you do have to put up with a constant stream of encouragement, modesty and heroic chat. Wisely, you can start at the beginning of either campaign.

There are no pistols here. Every weapon's powerful, but each has its own drawback. Slow bullets, short range, low clip capacities, and an allround paucity of ammo forces you to rely on your friends and engage in the odd bit of sneaky melee under the cover of your co-op fire. The combat feels full-on, nowhere more so than in the strong Escalation co-op mode.

War For Cybertron is a surprisingly strong game that does everything by the book. While it won't get any awards for originality, or for going too far beyond the call of duty, there should be a tiny medal for making a decent Transformers game, at last.

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