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  • Summary: Transformers: Dark of the Moon thrusts players into an original storyline that takes place before the events of the film.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 41
  2. Negative: 7 out of 41
  1. Jun 15, 2011
    80
    The bottom line is that any action gamer looking for awesome multiplayer combat with classes, skills, and upgrades, or any Transformer fan looking for a cool prequel story to the upcoming movie will love Dark of the Moon. I know I did.
  2. Jun 27, 2011
    70
    If you're already played War for Cyberton and are itching for more Transformers action, Dark of the Moon is a safe bet.
  3. Jul 11, 2011
    65
    Transformers 3 feels rushed, it's pretty obvious High Moon Studios did not have time or strength to work on the game like they previously did with the excellent War for Cybertron. This is still a good game for fans of the franchise but the lack of multiplayer options and the somewhat disappointing visuals hurt it more than it deserves.
  4. Jul 21, 2011
    55
    Again, it's not a terrible game; it is, however, one of the biggest letdowns of 2011.
  5. 50
    It is more of a wasted opportunity than a complete failure. If you are in search for the best Transformers game better reach for War for Cybertron. [Issue#207]
  6. Jul 6, 2011
    50
    After the release of War for Cybertron, expectations from High Moon Studios were high. But this is not a game like War for Cybertron, but a movie tie-in with all the flaws and weaknesses this particular genre is plagued by.
  7. Jun 22, 2011
    40
    Sorry, High Moon Studios. You need time to make a good game. Transformers: Dark of the Moon is rushed out, and it shows.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Jun 21, 2011
    10
    Clearly, you need to be a major Trans Fan who loves all forms of TF media (Loved the classic cartoon, animes, comics, and even the movies) to appreciate this. And as one of 'em, I truly enjoyed the game as much as War for Cybertron even as the latter is the best of 'em. Expand
  2. Jan 2, 2013
    9
    Since it was developed by High Moon Studios(the makers of the amazing War for Cybertron), I had very high expectations for this game. I've played both of the previous movie games, but both of them doesn't compare to Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The graphics in this game are amazing, along with the very detailed Transformers. Although some of the game's environments are a bit bland, one of the things that caught my eye is the Stealth Force mode which allows the Transformers to transform into their modified vehicles with different weapons for a different Transformer. The gameplay though is a bit low since the controls in aiming in Robot mode is different from the controls in aiming in Stealth Force mode. This game isn't better than War for Cybertron but it's certainly a great game that leads up to the film. Expand
  3. Aug 9, 2011
    8
    Im currently in the process of playing this game, im on chapter 5. I am impressed, this game is alot of fun, especially for a big transformers fan like myself, im lovin the graphics and the great storyline, along with the details of each transformer. One thing i was upset about the movie is they didnt use mirage and wheeljacks real names but they did in the game, i think mirages was dino and wheeljacks was cube or something like that, but anyways, a few complaints though, their are a few glitches here and there and the other thing is, ive got like an hour playing time into this game and im already on chapter 5! Theirs only 7 chapters, the campaign is wayyyyyyy too short, but havent tried multiplayer yet, i sure will once the campaign is complete, but anyways,so far the game is alot of fun, if you are a die hard transformers fan like me and you enjoyed the movies, then you will enjoy this game, despite its very short length, not as good or long as war for cybertron but still a good transformers game 8/10 Expand
  4. Jul 18, 2011
    6
    Considering the fact that movie tie-in games tend to be gay as aids, the first Transformers Game was probably one of my favourite games on the PS2. I'm a sucker for open-world gameplay, the freedom to do whatever you want wherever you want in a thoroughly non-linear setting, admittedly, there was a lot wrong with the gameplay, but it was just undeniable fun to stomp around mission city as my favourite transformers. Then came "War for Cybertron", which I only got around to playing a few months ago, while it was quite the linear game (-____-) it was undeniable Transformers gold and a love letter to the utter classiness of G1 Transformers. So I can understand why good ol' Activision would try and emulate WfC's gameplay style with this offering, simply because War for Cybertron's gameplay style worked, but the thing is, G1 Transformers and Michael Bay Transformers are two very different things, as such the linear and non-linear gameplay styles work for each brand respectively. That should give you a hint as to where this review is heading. The Campaign is predictable, an equal number of Autobot and Decepticon levels followed by a boss fight. Over the course of these levels, you play as Bumblebee, Ironhide, Mirage (Dino in the film). Soundwave (with a guest appearance from Lazerbeak), Starscream, Megatron and finally a one-room boss fight between Optimus Prime and Shockwave). Respectable character choices, I think. The environments are pretty, but level-design is poor and the linear progression soon becomes a chore rather than a fun gameplay style like WfC. You're three different character forms are present like in WfC only now the 'halfway point' between robot and actual car is more powerful than any other form, and since you can move around much easier in this form (know as 'Stealth Force') it gives you very little reason to sample the others, short of using your special abilities and Mirage's Sniper Rifle. All of these culminates in the obvious fact, this game shouldn't try and be WfC, it should try and be a Michael Bay Transformer's game. The plot is generic and boring as watching grass grow, with no real objective to keep you interested in seeing the game through, the game relies entirely on the big explosions to keep you interested, and in the event that this game were any longer, I honestly wouldn't have bothered, probably the most poorly written prequel in existence, which brings me to the games primary fault, it isn't Dark of the Moon, it's an unnecessary prologue to Dark of the Moon. Peter Cullen voices Optimus Prime :D as he always does but the stand-in voice actors for everyone else are atrocious, not only that, but the dialogue is so pointless and dry that I had to mute the game to stop myself from taking the disk out and snapping it (also, it cost me $69, so there was very little motivation there). The soundtrack is brilliant (as it comes straight from the movie's soundtrack, which was brilliant) and distracted from the atrocious dialogue. The multiplayer is also generic and identical to every other cheaply designed multiplayer package in existence, with nothing substantial to keep you playing for more than a few minutes.
    Overall, Dark of the Moon is a poor attempt at riding the coattails of War for Cybertron's success by mimicking it's gameplay with some very minor and **** up tweaks, and when I fork out anything above $50 for a game, I expect more than this, a pure disappointment, that keeps its head above water simply because it's **** Transformers. Verdict: -5.6 (Rounded to 6)
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  5. Jul 26, 2011
    5
    Totally mediocre game. As a Transformers fan it was mildly enjoyable being able to play as some of the characters, but the robot forms felt too sluggish for it to be fun. In the movies and cartoons and anywhere else you see them they're very nimble in their robot forms. Even though they're huge they don't move like they're huge. In this game you move like you're a giant robot. You can only move at one pace, the jumping feels very clumsy and most unforgivable of all there's no dodge button. I will admit I enjoyed watching the transformations between forms and the vehicle forms were fun when you're in an open area, but even if you absolutely loved this game I'd still recommend renting it as it's extremely short. I beat it in just a few hours and I'm not exactly an expert game player. Expand
  6. Jul 5, 2011
    2
    Since this was a movie game I naturally set my standards low...

    Yet this game still fails to reach these low standards.
    A terrible third
    person shooter, the transformers move slower than a geriatric snail in robot form, each robot only having 1 worthwhile weapon, usually a shotgun or blast weapon.
    The vehicle mode is ruined by having no truly open areas to move around and fight in. The programmers have tried to compensated for this by allowing the vehicle to â
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  7. Nov 18, 2011
    0
    ok, played it last night finished it in about 3 hours.has good graphics and good looking scenery.but was a total faliure for people who are a fan of the previous transformer series.terrible gamplay.didn't expect it to be that terrible.it lacks many thing among them is the storyline. Expand

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