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Transformers: The Game (PS3)

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Manufacturer: Activision / Genre: Action & Adventure

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      27.12.2009 20:29
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      I'll preface my review by adding that while I didn't love either Transformers film, they served their purpose as effects-driven entertainment despite being incredibly goofy. I went into this game optimistically, as the idea of a robot-fighting game never gets old and never ceases to be exciting. However, this is another game that succumbs to spending its entire budget on the license for the product without spending any on programmers that know anything!

      Visually, it is at least decent; the cut-scenes in particular are quite cinematic, but to be honest it's not hugely demanding because the robots have lots of shiny textures and the surrounding areas lack detail. Aurally, it is a touch better: a lot of the voices of the Transformers have returned, and the same robotic sounds are also there, as well as some intense and pleasant sounds of contorting metal during fight sequences.

      What's more shockingly poor about the game, though, is its inept control scheme; it is incredibly unresponsive, which, for a game that largely consists of chasing other Transformers around and fighting at breakneck speeds, this simply won't do. I dread to think how it would have been had the controls been anymore complex! In terms of actual gameplay, it isn't terrible. Going toe-to-toe with the Decepticons is quite a novel idea, but to be honest it's nothing we haven't seen better done in games like Zone of the Enders. Also the game has zero difficulty balance, for despite being a mighty Autobot, the enemy drones take ages to kill, and the physics at times don't make sense! The single-player is quite short, but to be honest I was quite fed up with it after I ploughed through it, and didn't go back to play the extra missions.

      Does it deliver on its promises? Just about, but there's no reason to go back to it and I sold it a few days after buying it, so didn't lose any money thankfully!

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