Transformers: War for Cybertron

Transformers: War for Cybertron Review for Xbox 360

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The game transports players to a living, metallic planet where they will battle as giant converting robots.

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8Out of 10
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Transformers: War for Cybertron screenshot
Transformers: War for Cybertron screenshot

Every child of the 80s wants to play a brilliant Transformers video game. The dream would be something based on the amazing movie, complete with rock soundtrack, cheesy dialogue and classic robot designs. Hotrod would pull apart the Matrix and I'd shed a tear as Optimus Prime turns grey and dies. That doesn't really look likely, but then neither did ever seeing a great Transformers game. While it's got a few issues, some of which could have been easily avoided, War for Cybertron is without doubt the most impressive Transformers game I've ever played - and yes, that includes that PS2 release that no one bought despite being excellent. It makes smart use of the license and rekindles childhood memories long lost under a scruffy beard.

Transformers fans know they should love the Autobots the most, but those goody two shoes can get a little righteous from time to time. Thankfully developer High Moon Studios has wisely created two separate, but chronological, campaigns in War for Cybertron. The first follows Decepticon leader and all-round megalomaniac Megatron as he tries to take control of the Transformers home planet, Cybertron, with the help of ultra powerful, corrupting Dark Energon. Energon, as all Transformers geeks know, is essentially robot petrol, and the dark variety gives the user enhanced abilities.

On the flip side you have the Autobot campaign, with the friendly bots being ordered about by everyone's favourite truck, Optimus Prime. While this second campaign is a bit more generic in terms of plot, which more or less amounts to 'being the good guys', the Autobots have been given a more entertaining series of missions and encounters. Either campaign can be chosen from the outset, but I found playing them in order (each spans five chapters) made more sense.

War for Cybertron is played from a close-in third-person viewpoint and does away with any cover system mechanics in favour of a more traditional run and gun approach to gameplay - and plenty of large crates to hide behind. Your standard fire can be aimed more precisely at the press of a button, and there are grenades and melee attacks on offer too. A huge variety of weapons can be picked up and used, although you can only carry two at a time, while special abilities allow you to use stored energon to dash, drain enemy health to replenish yours, perform a whirlwind attack and more.

Transformers: War for Cybertron screenshot

Before each chapter you get to choose which Transformer you wish to play as, and with the game built around three-player co-op, each has a different class and skillset. You've got scientists, who can heal comrades; scouts, who are quick and can temporarily disable enemies using EMP; soldiers are the heavy hitters; and leaders turn into the coolest vehicles. In competitive multiplayer matches leaders also serve as ability buffs, improving your side's capabilities while hampering the opposition's. Co-op play is brilliant, with the different classes making for a real team experience - one that's much more fun than playing alone.

Transformers wouldn't be transformers if you couldn't turn from a walking robot into a vehicle. One button press makes your bot's bulky body twist and turn until it becomes a drivable vehicle. It's accompanied by that incredibly cool transformation sound and doing so while in mid-air simply never ceases to be great fun. There's a whole load of stuff that makes a good video game, but for Transformers fans, these stylish moves will almost be worth the asking price alone.

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pblive

I'll have my Xbox on on friday, but I'm only turning the current machine on to get the game saves, I don't want to risk it going wrong before I trade it in!
Posted 15:26 on 12 July 2010
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Karlius

I look forward I want a mass game.
Posted 14:48 on 12 July 2010
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draytone

I asked for it for MoTM so I'll be online...some time :p
Posted 14:21 on 12 July 2010
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Karlius

I'm hoping to get it on Friday with the new Slim Chris. Pestering Game for a bundle.
Posted 14:05 on 12 July 2010
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IndoorHeroes

I've got nobody to play with on Xbox either. Think Martin's giving it a bash though so will try and get a few rounds in. Apparently he plays Leader class which is a fools errand IMO ;)
Posted 14:03 on 12 July 2010
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guyderman

I'd play more MP but all my mates bought it on 360 and I'm billy no mates on the PS3 :(
Posted 14:00 on 12 July 2010
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IndoorHeroes

I am a Gen1 fanboy, I just find the campaign very rote and tedious. Just corridor followed by room of drones to kill then more corridor. Looks nice though. Multiplayer is the ***** as I say ^___^
Posted 13:54 on 12 July 2010
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guyderman@ IndoorHeroes

SP was better than a 6/10!!!! I loved the game and have barely touched MP! - (although I do think there's more there if you're a Gen 1 fanboy :))
Posted 13:51 on 12 July 2010
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IndoorHeroes

Yeah the single player is pretty paint by numbers to be honest, i'd give that 6/10 but the competitive multiplayer is a riot once you get into it. Its holding my attention longer than MW2's online did.
Posted 13:44 on 12 July 2010
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draytone

I can't find it online - but yeah that's what I understood after quickly scanning through it.
Posted 13:42 on 12 July 2010
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Woffls

Is the MP quite a lot better than the SP then? To be fair, Activision should have sent review copies out far in advance to give people the time to play the MP if they knew it was that good. Unless they did and people just assumed it would be mediocre and chose to not invest time in it.
Posted 13:39 on 12 July 2010
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IndoorHeroes

I doubt thats the case tbh, I suspect they just didn't give the multiplayer a fair shake.
Posted 13:32 on 12 July 2010
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Woffls

Edge can't be seen giving a popular mainstream franchise more than a 6. Except Batman because everyone likes Batman, supposedly.
Posted 13:30 on 12 July 2010
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IndoorHeroes

They gave it WHAT?! That is an outrage worthy of a crusade.

Is there anywhere online you can read it? Can't see it on their site.
Posted 13:28 on 12 July 2010
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draytone

Edge only gave it a 5! I was pretty surprised.
Posted 13:23 on 12 July 2010

Game Stats

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Transformers: War for Cybertron
8
Out of 10
Transformers: War for Cybertron
  • Smart presentation
  • Brilliant co-op play
  • Great use of the license
  • Lack of ammo can cause problems
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Release Date: 25/06/2010
Platforms: Xbox 360 , PS3 , PC , Wii , DS
Developer: High Moon Studios Inc.
Publisher: Activision
Genre: Action
Rating: TBC
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