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Transformers is a franchise which has been around for a while, and is based on the idea of robots that can transform into cars, trucks, plane etc basically fighting it out, between decepticons and autobots. I personally have loved transformers since I was a little ankle biter, and here is my review of the game.
What is kinda cool about this game is that you can choose to be autobot, or decepticon. Sadly you pretty much cannot decide which robot you are, it sort of selects one for you based on your position (normally bumblebee, or the police car guy depending on if you are good or evil). Anyway, it is sort of a free roam game, but with missions. Sadly the freeroam is kinda of pointless unless you are deceptcon, as only then can you really get points by smashing up civilians. As autobot in freeroam, you more just have to wait for you to see something.
In this game you don't really face off against other robots from the film, mostly its just lesser robots who you get the feeling have just been invented for the sake of this game. And the proportion of cars/trucks/lorries that are actually robots seems way off. What makes it worse is that they are always against you! I would find this game way more fun if it wasn't just yourself vs about 100 weak robots yourself, but rather you and 49 other robots vs 50 similar matched robots. Also I would have loved some sort of customise feature, letting you design you own robot. sadly this is not availble.
Other problems with this game include a poor plot for the campaign, and annoying challenges in the missions. In almost every mission, it goes like this, get to an area within a time limit (so car mode), then fight some enemies, then either chase someone or escape, then repeat, until the mission is over. It adds a fun part when you first play this, you feel like the level map is massive, but after a few times it becomes a bit predictable... and dare i say it, boring! And plus, I hate not being able to stand and watch some of the cool morphing robot bits, because you have to keep one eye on the time instead!
The driving mechanics are not that great, not compared with say need for speed, or burnout, etc. And the fighting feels slow compared to other games. Ok yes, it kinda has to feel slow, they are huge robots ashing each other, but you kinda of get the feeling its, they throw a punch, then me, then them etc etc, it doesn't feel very fluid.
Overall then, this is a shamelss game cashing in on a great franchise while offering nothing new. Not a game I would get, and I love transformers, 1/5.
I remember the transformers phenomenon well when I was younger. They were all the rage for a while and every kid wanted to own a transformer toy. I also remembger the cartoon that used to be shown too. The legacy still lives on in games like this.
The story is based around a neutral race of Transformers' called the Minicons. They fled the Transformer's home planet only to find themselves crash landed on Earth. The key to victory in this war lies in who contols the Minicons. Therefore, the search for the refugee Minicons on Earth is extremely important. The importance of this form of transformer is their ability to grant another Transformer an additional ability such as increased firepower, armour etc.
The gameplay itself is a basic 128-bit shoot em up with some treasure hunting mixed in for good measure. You can use one of three different Autobots to explore the terrains you encounter. Once you find Minicons they can be added to your collection immediately. In the process you will come across many enemies that must be destroyed in battle.
One of my things that I love about this game is that you can be equally successful sneaking around like a Navy Seal or coming out all guns firing. So there are no real rules which is great. There are of course tactics to be used to prevent yourself being killed.
The most original thing about this game is the Minicons themselves. You are allowed to equip four different Minicons to your Autobot you take into battle. Each one can only be placed into an active or passive trigger slot.
There are also a load of Datacons scattered about each area which are used to unlock areas or levels.
The controls are well laid out but not all that responsive. Transformers implements the classic two stick configuration for moving and aiming, making it easy to strafe your targets. The R1 and R2 buttons are your primary and secondary fire buttons respectively, depending on your Minicon configuration. The two left trigger buttons are used for jumping and other passive Minicon actions, like cloaking or toggling your deflector shield.
Pressing the Transform button allows your character to change into vehicle mode, wherein he can travel long distances quickly. The control scheme changes when in vehicle mode to a layout similar to that of a racing game like Gran Turismo.
You are able to switch to first person mode in this game as opposed to 3rd person shooter if you wish and also zoom in and out.
I found this game to be extremely challening and hard to master. Even on the lowest of the difficulty settings you can find yourself overwhelmed by enemies attacking you. While the bigger enemies hit you with massive firepower, the smaller ones are just as trickey as there's more of them and they can overpower you with just sheer weight of numbers.
All in all this is a great game and very hard, but once you do get to a certain point the replay value is not overly high. But worth getting if you like this cartoon and everything about the Transformers.