Love them or loath them, Transformers have made a huge comeback over recent years thanks mainly to the Michael Bay films of the same name. But the Transformers Universe is a lot more in-depth than those films would have you think. Transformers: Fall Of Cybertron is a follow-up to the 2010 videogame Transformers: War For Cybertron, however you do need to play that game in order to enjoy this new outing.
The game follows the events of the previous game, in the Autobots struggle to defeat the Decepticons. Sometimes nothing changes and the good versus evil of this story may be old, but thankfully Transformers: Fall Of Cybertron is a great game with some lovely touches that make it a surprisingly enjoyable game.
The game features all your favourite Autobots and Decepticons such as Optimus Prime and Bumble Bee, Megatron and Starscream among many others. Unlike the previous game you cannot choose who to play for each level, however you can fine-tune the Transformer you control to make them look and play differently when in multi-player modes.
Transformers: Fall Of Cybertron is a third person shooting game the same as its predecessor. For most of the game you are in control of your Transformer, and each Transformer has different abilities. Some of the characters have stealth abilities, while others have hooking devices to swing through levels. Other characters have different abilities such as the focus on shooting and the game’s levels are fun to play as they have been designed to make the most of the character you are playing.
A lot of the game will have you looking for cover and moving on. Although it’s a rather traditional affair when it comes to its shooting mechanics, the game does feel a little different thanks to the fact that you are using robots. There are also levels where you will be racing around, these control rather well and are quite fun to play. The variety of playing styles within the game really transforms the game into something a bit more exciting than it could have otherwise have been.
Graphically the game is quite a mixed bag. Characters are well designed and animated, and so are the vehicles, but it is the backdrops and landscapes that really stand out. The game is colourful and there is a wealth of detail in the Transformers universe. Each different world not only looks different, but you have to play the level differently. This is where the different abilities of the characters comes into play.
The game plays very loud, even the stealth levels will be the loudest game you have ever played. Imagine the Michael Bay sound-effects and you can’t go far wrong. Its big, its brash and it fits the gameplay very well. Voices in the game are all very well done, and the banter between the different Autobots and Decepticons is very good and quite humorous at times.
The single player game may be fun, but the game also up a number of other modes in the guise of Multiplayer and Escalation modes. As always, multiplayer mode in Transformers is fun, just being able to run around shooting as your favourite Autobot or Decepticon is thrilling in itself, and the scale of the game just seems huge compared to other multiplayer games out there.
Escalation Mode is exceptionally good fun, it’s Transformers: Fall Of Cybertrons’ version of Horde mode. Players have to face wave upon wave of oncoming Transformers, and will have to choose one of four classes beforehand to ensure that they last as long as possible. Classes include the ammo-replenishing Ultra-Power Core, Flak Shield which absorbs projectiles, Heal Beam or Automated Battle Sentry. It works well, and was the one mode in which I repeatedly came back to play.
Overall Transformers: Fall Of Cybertron is an enjoyable game, although it can become a bit linier in play in single player campaign mode. Multiplayer is fun and the Escalation mode without doubt steals the limelight. It looks good, sounds brilliant, and puts you in a believable Transformers Universe. Transformers: Fall Of Cybertron is a title worth picking up if you need something a little bit different to play.