Transformers: War for Cybertron PC

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
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  1. War for Cybertron is a huge leap forward compared to previous Transformers games.
  2. Extensive single-player and co-op options as well as a deep online multiplayer experience means there's a lot of bang for the buck. However, the simple third-person shooter gameplay can get repetitive.
  3. The sound, except the voices (Peter Cullen is Optimus Prime, who else?), isn't remarkable either, so in the end the question boils down to: is War for Cybertron worth it? The answer is yes, but with some minuses, because there are plenty of problems ruining a nicely done story and the thrilling multiplayer is killed by technical hick-ups that shouldn't have been there in the first place.
  4. A little bit more polish could have made this game a blockbuster title.
  5. Transformers : War for Cybertron is not an unforgettable action game, but it manages to stay above average, even more when compared to the previous Transformers games.
  6. After years of uninspired movie-licensed games, we finally get to run, fly and drive around with the Transformers and be happy about it. The lacking AI and unvaried fighting sections kill some of the fun, but the game does have a lot of redeeming factors and with a second player you'll feel right at home.
  7. The well-realized license in this third-person shooter can hide the myriad problems for only so long.
  8. Transformers: War for Cybertron was set to be a great game. However, with the massive amounts of dropped matches and game crashes I experienced in multiplayer, it makes it a difficult game to really rely on and return to regularly.
  9. Transformers: War for Cybertron is an exciting game which allows you to experience the time before the films as one of three Decepticons or Autobots. You take part as an important member of Decepticons or Autobots and have to destroy a lot of Transformers shooting at them or hitting them with your melee weapon.
  10. Its campaign is only worth seeing through if you're extremely curious to see how it ties into some of the other Transformers lore out there, and the multiplayer is solid, if perhaps a bit uninspired. It's a good diversion that'll keep you engaged for a few days, but don't go in expecting long-term excitement.
  11. 90
    Thankfully, War for Cybertron impresses with an excellent single-player campaign with full co-op support, the included Horde-alike Escalation mode, and surprisingly deep and inventive online multiplayer component.
  12. Transformers: War for Cybertron focuses on intense shooting action and sets the example for the Transformers-license. The story isn't really interesting, but gives you more fun and variation than you would expect. Add an excellent multiplayer mode tot the whole and you got a game that will drag you through these summer days.
  13. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    70
    Swift and fluent action illuminates the origins of this saga of popular shape-shifting mechanoids. Long campaign and balanced multiplayer make Transformers worth trying. [Aug 2010]
  14. A Third Person Shooter with some gameplay innovations, a great atmosphere and full of action. Slightly simple in design of levels and repetitive mechanics, but fun.
  15. PC Format
    74
    A competent shooter that makes the best of its license. Those early 80s cartoons have been suitably honoured. [Sept 2010, p.100]
  16. PC Gamer UK
    78
    War for Cybertron is a respectable action game with a generous coating of awesome robots who turn into cars. [Sept 2010, p.92]
  17. This game may tell a pretty banal story, it may tackle you with some moronic puzzles and the decepticon bots may sound as evil as Winnie The Pooh on amphetamines, but the bombastic, continuous action of this third person shooter lets you beg for a break.
  18. PC PowerPlay
    70
    The best experience is probably on console. [Oct 2010, p.60]
  19. PC Zone UK
    76
    A decent Transformers game, at last. [Oct 2010, p.78]
  20. It's the first game I've played that nails the personality of the bots and it genuinely delivers a solid gaming experience alongside the nostalgia.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 157 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 5 out of 27
  1. Oct 22, 2010
    8
    If you in any way like Transformers or action shooters then this game is sensational. Yes it is locked at 30 fps but it is both fast pacedIf you in any way like Transformers or action shooters then this game is sensational. Yes it is locked at 30 fps but it is both fast paced and smooth. It also feels very much like a console game but that just means you can get into straight away rather than gradually realising how good it is. In feel it is similar to Gears of War although not quite as polished. There is no snap to cover like there is in Gears of War, instead you simply hide behind rubble or bits of debris. On the other hand Marcus Fenix cannot cannot transform into a car nor fly about and I always thought the vehicle levels in Gears were a bit of an afterthought and didn't really add much to the game. Conversely transorming is an integral tactical option when playing War for Cybertron and great fun too. The game itself i reasonably long with 10 levels each taking about an hour. The game is full of nice touches like the affore mentioned tranformations, the voice of Optimus Prime and various references to the 80s cartoons and movie and thankfully it is free of any reference to the live action movies. A special mention for the boss battles which are a lot of fun. They can be agonisingly long but there are much appreciated checkpoints along the way. Overall the game is really good. It does leaving you wanting a bit more, the jet levels in particular are massive fun but there are only two of them. Hopefully it will be a success and they can make another one which addresses this and adds a little more polish. It is by miles the best Transformers game ever made and, credit where it is due, a very good action shooter in its own right. Full Review »
  2. Jun 18, 2012
    10
    Fantastic game - there is more to it than meets the eye, everything is fantastic.
    The thought process behind every detail is incredible,
    Fantastic game - there is more to it than meets the eye, everything is fantastic.
    The thought process behind every detail is incredible, can't wait for FOC!!!
    Full Review »
  3. Oct 5, 2011
    10
    Best Transformers Game EVER! Fun Bosses, Fun game play, Fun Multi-player. Its not the greatest game of all time but for being a transformersBest Transformers Game EVER! Fun Bosses, Fun game play, Fun Multi-player. Its not the greatest game of all time but for being a transformers game its great. just basic fun and that is why we play games right? to have fun! unless you play games to become all sad and whatnot in which case you might need help. Full Review »