Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Review

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Developer: High Moon Studios Publisher: Activision
Release Date: August 21, 2012 Available On: PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

The Transformers series has become an annual franchise for Activision. While not nearly as important as the likes of Call of Duty, Activision’s Transformers games have consistently received fairly positive reviews both from Game Freaks 365 and mainstream video game sites at large. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron carries on the mantle honorably.

The first thing that you will notice about Fall of Cybertron is that it is not based off of one of Michael Bay’s horrible movies. This is a definite plus since games independent of the movies generally fare better and the last tie-in game was a bomb. Fall of Cybertron presents a unique story over the course of thirteen distinct, visually-pleasing levels.

Fall of Cybertron features a lot more variety than last year’s offering in terms of set pieces, such as large cities, ruins and battlefields. While you cannot choose which Autobot or Decepticon to play as at the start of each level, the developers made sure that the abilities are appropriate for the mission. This forces gamers to try out new characters, weapons and abilities that they might have otherwise overlooked.

One feature missing that would add to the game immensely is a co-op mode. Instead High Moon Studios threw in an “Escalation” mode, which basically is a fight-to-the-death situation. You and up to three friends can take on hordes of enemies in increasingly difficult rounds. There are also competitive multi-player modes worth playing, including capture the flag, team deathmatch and conquest.

Overall, fans of Transformers video games should be pleased. Despite the lack of co-op, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is fast-paced fun with a good amount of variety to keep you engaged. Interesting multi-player elements such as “Escalation” mode and the competitive multi-player options add to the game’s replay value. Rent it for the single player and if you enjoy the multi-player, consider a buy.

Graphics: 8
Sound: 8
Gameplay: 8
Creativity: 7
Replay Value/Game Length: 8.5
Final: 8 out of 10
Written by Kyle Bell Write a User Review

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