Transformers PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: May 11, 2004
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 51 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
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  1. A decent title that proves to be fun for a while. Unfortunately, it does get repetitive and there probably won’t be much replayability.
  2. While it was fun to relive my youth, the game did get repetitive rather quickly.
  3. Follows a very traditional gameplay formula, and even though it features it as a gimmick, transforming doesn’t give you much in the way of strategy, but it does deliver on action blastey goodness.
  4. This title has plenty of flaws, but the main issue is that it's simply too typical and too clunky. [June 2004, p.128]
  5. To actually control your Transformer, you’ll be feeling a very sluggish and irritating way of moving your character around. Some seem to think this is intentional in order to portray the image that your in control of a huge machine. I on the other hand see it more as a purely poorly implemented part of the game.
  6. For anyone out there who are in dire need of a pure action Mech title for your PS2 you really can't go wrong with Transformers.
  7. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    70
    While encounters with the underling Decepticlones are somewhat dull, Decepticon boss fights are actually quite intense and difficult - at least until a weakness is revealed. [June 2004, p.92]
  8. Playing multiplayer against other players that could transform into vehicles would have been something that could be expanded on quite considerably but unfortunately there is nothing at all.
  9. 70
    It just doesn't feel like the Transformers. There's no character to the characters, no real reason to transform except to find a better battleground during a boss fight. [June 2004, p.69]
  10. netjak
    70
    While Transformers is a great game, the replay value is surprisingly low. This is mostly because it consists of just a single player campaign mode. While increasing the difficulty level will bring different and more challenging combinations of enemies, the strategies remain the same.
  11. Honestly, if this weren’t attached to such a fanatically nostalgic license and fan base, it would be just another vanilla robot action game.
  12. A bit of affection for the characters certainly helps, and being at least a little entertained by the idea of robots turning into cars is almost a requirement. It's too bad the option isn't there to go online and duke it out with other players and their Minibot-enhanced Autobots or Decepticons.
  13. 66
    If you're not fussed either way or Transformers don't especially tickle your fancy, then you'll still find a competent action adventure that whilst incredibly linear and lacking variation, is still essentially sound.
  14. Very impressive power-ups...There's a lot of joy to be had by simply transforming and riding about.
  15. games(TM)
    60
    Fun, but too annoying and limited to be anything more. It's technically impressive, but that's not all you pay for and, sadly, the gameplay can't cash the cheques that the visuals write. [May 2004, p.100]
  16. GMR Magazine
    50
    The controls are where the game falls apart: Movement is imprecise, with every jump a disaster waiting to happen; targeting an enemy with any degree of accuracy is simply impossible. [June 2004, p.81]
  17. Unfortunately, it’s near impossible to look past getting stuck in canyons with seemingly no way out, missing a jump and having to backtrack for five minutes, and endless load times to simply refill your health.
  18. For fans of the Transformers license, this game has lots of cool extras to help disguise the fact that it’s really just an average action game.
  19. Transformers might be a good purchase for crazy, obsessive fans of the license (like me), but for anyone who demands rich play experiences and balanced design, this is one of the few times that Optimus Prime has failed to complete his mission.

Awards & Rankings

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#79 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
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#34 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jul 27, 2014
    9
    This game is HARD. I mean, SERIOUSLY! Level 2: Antarctica, NO THANKS! But thank god this game has some awesome cheats! *yay.* You play as 1 ofThis game is HARD. I mean, SERIOUSLY! Level 2: Antarctica, NO THANKS! But thank god this game has some awesome cheats! *yay.* You play as 1 of 3 Autobots going around the world collecting minicons which give you abilities in battle, & shooting up Decepticons with some really good AI that dodges, senses if your near, calls in more people to shoot you, all of that great stuff! Full Review »
  2. BlueFalcon
    Nov 8, 2007
    5
    The graphics and production are top notch. But I got bored and currently have no desire to play it again. The gameplay is shallow, andThe graphics and production are top notch. But I got bored and currently have no desire to play it again. The gameplay is shallow, and uninteresting. The whole 'minicon' idea didn't feel right to me. You have to collect tiny transformers (minicons), to give yourself special abilities. The game would be more enjoyable if it was based on the old tv show. The quality is definately here, but I regret picking it up. Full Review »
  3. TFFan
    May 6, 2007
    8
    A great action game, it is a bit too short but it's amazing fun while it lasts. One thing that really impressed me was the AI- multiple A great action game, it is a bit too short but it's amazing fun while it lasts. One thing that really impressed me was the AI- multiple enemies try to outflank you, bigger enemies shoot where you're going instead of where you are (that is, if you're running full tilt), smaller enemies dive out of the way of rockets and explosives, and just watch a Commander Unit organise a bunch of grunts into a Tortoise formation- it's almost awe-inspiring. Combined with huge, destructive weapons, great environments, beautiful graphics, intense action and a great Minicon system, this game is hugely enjoyable. Faults- a bit too short, no story, and the vehicle modes are essentially useless (beast modes would have been far more useful and easier to integrate into the environments). Full Review »