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Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Review

by Diogo Miguel September 8, 2012

Transformers is one of those brands that is well known all over the world. Even more since the modern films were released.

So it’s not a surprise that Activision decided to publish video-games based on the adventures of the Transformers. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is a sequel to the well-received Transformers: War for Cybertron from High Moon Studios. Will this sequel manage to receive the same kind of positive feedback

It’s difficult to think that a video-game with massive robots could have such a moving story. It’s not just another typical conflict between overgrown robots trying to blow each other up. It still happens but these robots have personality traits that make each one unique. It’s rather disturbing to see fellow comrades drop like flies as the casualties continue to pile up.

The story telling is on the same level as a blockbuster film. Surprisingly enough Transformers Fall of Cybertron isn’t a film adaptation. Instead it’s more like an original prequel leading up to the events from the blockbuster films. This is probably enough of a reason for Transformers fans to salivate at the thought of playing this video-game.

In fact story is one of the main reasons for playing Fall of Cybertron. There are a lot of characters to interact with throughout. It’s also interesting to play on both sides of the battle. So the player gets to experience events from the perspective of both Autobots and Decepticons. There are various twists that will keep players eager to find out what happens next.

There are various ways to go about playing through story mode. One of these is the use of many types of weapons. The standard weapons are those attached to the mechs. These are found in defeated enemies and by buying them from shop terminals. Each arm is used to equip a different weapon and ensures that the player can prepare for different situations.

Perhaps the only downside is that the targeting system feels rather basic. It’s often difficult to accurately aim at enemies. This is sort of fixed by introducing different types of weapons that have unique uses. For example one type of weapon is better when used from the distance. However, the weapons would have benefited from a targeting system to lock on to enemies. Funnily enough it is possible to use a targeting system for a destructive weapon that is used on a few occasions.

It’s also often difficult to avoid enemy fire due to the rudimentary cover system. There are various places that the character can hide behind, but it’s not the same as a proper cover system.
On a few occasions players can take the role of bigger mechs. It’s here that it Fall of Cybertron truly feels like a true Transformer experience. These formidable mechs literally destroy anything in their path in the same manner that someone crushes a pesky mosquito. They are very slow to make up for the fact that they are very powerful.

Each of the robots has an unique power that will make it worth playing as each one throughout story mode. Some are able to use a grapple hook to engage the player in some fairly simple platform sections. Others can make use of cloaking technology in some of the less usual sections, where the player must try being stealthy. It’s not only fascinating that these unique powers are being used to ensure players get a break from trigger happy time, but they also successfully manage to bring all the different game styles together.

It doesn’t stop there either because this is a Transformers video-game, so they obviously have to transform into different mechanical wonders. As expected, each character has its trademark transformation. Some for example transform into vehicles and others will take to the skies as air planes. This is the sort of attention to detail that will make fans eager to blast through the story mode.
There isn’t much to explore since most of the levels are designed so the player can easily find objectives. Fortunately there is a great deal of different objectives to get through. It’s for this reason that it becomes enjoyable to keep playing through the story mode.
The shopping terminal makes it possible to buy new weapons, upgrades and other items. It’s not exactly easy to see the purpose for each item. This is due to the slightly confusing menu layout for the shopping terminal. The upgrades don’t seem to haw a meaningful improvement on how the player performs, when it comes to the fights either.

Unfortunately not all the objectives are enjoyable. Objectives which involve taking out waves of enemies, while protecting other characters or machines, are the least enjoyable. The reason for this is that the player will often die due to the large numbers of enemies.
Explosions is something that Fall of Cybertron does exceedingly well. It’s truly a sight to behold whenever something is being blown up on screen. This is a cinematic experience that will feel like the player has taken a trip to the cinema. Obviously it’s a video-game with mechs so don’t expect much colour. However, there are lots of different areas to see throughout story mode.

Those eager to play online can expect a vast array of mech customisation options. This custom mech is then used to take on the world. Anyone that isn’t feeling so competitive can always attempt to survive waves of enemies with friends.

Don’t expect to finish Fall of Cybertron without dying a few times. This is a very challenging video-game that will even test skilled players. Playing through on the easier difficulty will ensure that the player doesn’t get too frustrated though. Those eager for a challenge can take on the tougher difficulties. The latest checkpoint is never too far off from where the player died, so lost progress isn’t an issue.
It’s a crime to do a review for this video-game without mentioning the superb soundtrack. It’s truly fit for a blockbuster film. The voice acting is also fantastic with dialogue from the likes of the villainous Megatron becoming memorable.

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is a treat for the fans who grew up with the original and those who were introduced to it with the modern films. However, it is also a video-game that anyone who never shown much interest in Transformers can play and enjoy. The combat could have been improved but it’s a visual treat to the eyes. It certainly helps that the story has so many twists to keep players interested. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is a video-game that anyone, who has an interest in mechs and explosions, should not miss out on.

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