Transformers War for Cybertron received some high marks back in 2010. High Moon Studios created ‘THE’ Transformers game. In War for Cybertron transforming isn’t just a niche feature, but a crucial element of the game. Priced at $19.99 on Xbox Live, I decided to give this game a go and see if it meets the standards of a ‘core/hardcore’ Transformers fan.
Normal is Easy
There are three difficulty settings–Easy, Normal, and Veteran. I selected normal to get a general feel for the game. I’m sad to say the ‘Normal’ mode is more like ‘Easy’. I didn’t feel much of a challenge on Normal and when I wanted to increase the difficulty, the option was not available. How you start this game is how you will end it.
Transforming–Cool, But Useless
The biggest part of a Transformers game is transforming. If the characters can’t transform on the fly, then you’ve missed the point. Good thing the transforming mechanic is fluid. You can switch between transformations at the click of a button. Problem is, it’s pretty useless. There are times where you need to transform, but on the whole you don’t need it. The central problem around transforming is that the vehicle modes don’t handle well. Piloting Skywarp isn’t as fun as you think. In vehicle mode characters have a slow, almost clunky feel that deters you from transforming.
‘Transformers of War’
You can tell this game is built using the Unreal Engine. It looks and plays similar to Gears of War, but that isn’t a bad thing. Controls have a tight feel and shooting doesn’t feel floaty. Where I point my gun is where I hit. There isn’t a dedicated cover button, so you will have to utilize the old method of “hiding” behind objects in the environment. War for Cybertron is a crash course of the Gears Era.
Problems aside this game was created for the Transformers fan. The story takes place on Cybertron during the Transformer civil war. There are plenty of guest appearances and of course Peter Cullen is the voice of Optimus Prime. Many of your favorite characters are playable characters–including Soundwave. One gripe I have is that Frank Welker isn’t the voice of Megatron. It isn’t the end of the world, but it would have been great to hear Peter Cullen and Frank Welker in this game.
On the face as a shooter this game is okay. The vehicle forms aren’t fun to control, and it looks like any other game during the Gears Era. However, judging it as a Transformers game–it’s so damn fun. All the elements that I would want in a Transformers game are here and I’m willing to overlook the shortcomings for this experience.