Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 52 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. Sep 20, 2012
    98
    This is a great shooter, perhaps the best we have had this year, so far, and it is definitely a game that is looking to be on my top 5 list of games for 2012. We have been lucky to have some great titles come out this year and we still have some exciting titles on the release schedule too, but don't make an error and miss this gem. I really hope we get a third game in this series.
  2. Aug 21, 2012
    94
    I'm stunned by just how much fun Fall of Cybertron is. This isn't a game that will redefine the genre or anything else hyperbolic in nature. What it is, however, is a tremendous amount of fun.
  3. Sep 7, 2012
    92
    I found very little not to like about Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, which is superior to its predecessor in every way. It still felt a bit short, but it looks better, it plays better and it even feels better.
  4. Aug 28, 2012
    91
    Fall of Cybertron feels like an actual love letter to the series, and puts the right amount of emphasis on individual characters and their traits and mixes that with levels that make use of those particular skills and abilities. It's just a real joy to play, and I'm glad to have in my hands an actual, fun Transformers experience in video game form.
  5. Aug 29, 2012
    90
    Transformers Fall of Cybertron presents gamers with one of the best single-player campaigns to date with more Transformer lore and love than you can poke a stick at.
  6. Aug 28, 2012
    90
    Whether you know all five Combaticons that form Bruticus by name, or have never seen a robot change into a car outside of a Shia LaBeouf movie, it's hard not to love this fun action shooter from High Moon Studios.
  7. Aug 23, 2012
    90
    Transformers: Fall of Cybertron won't likely garner many Game of the Year awards since it just slightly misses the mark on a few key points, but what it does bring is some serious passion for a great property. What's important this time around is that Activision allowed High Moon to see that through with a big budget and the time needed to polish things up.
  8. Aug 21, 2012
    90
    The real strength of Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is how expertly High Moon leverages the characters and mythology to create a cinematic shooter that stands on the strength of its design and gameplay, rather than leaning on its license as a crutch.
  9. Aug 21, 2012
    90
    The disappointment of flying - or driving - solo notwithstanding, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron's relentless iteration on its own design and its constantly expanding scope set it apart from other third-person shooters.
  10. Aug 21, 2012
    90
    Even if it's not the deepest interactive experience, Fall of Cybertron is certainly one of the most enthusiastic and boisterous digital adventures you'll have this year.
  11. Aug 30, 2012
    89
    If Fall of Cybertron has one lesson that it's trying to convey, it's the same thing that players will quickly learn upon trying out the multiplayer mode: Keep moving, adapt, and be willing to change. Otherwise, you'll probably blow up.
  12. Sep 3, 2012
    87
    The core gameplay remains solid with flashes of excellence and the game not only creates interest in the whole escape from Cybertron story, but creates excitement and a foundation for the inevitable sequel.
  13. Aug 24, 2012
    87
    Supreme fan service, an epic sense of scale and plenty of gameplay variety ensure that Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is not only an unreservedly brilliant sequel, but is inarguably the best Transformers game we've played.
  14. 87
    High Moon Studios has successfully rebounded with a Transformers game that delivers on so many levels. The varied and entertaining single player campaign coupled with the deep multiplayer experience makes Fall of Cybertron a must own for any Transformer fan or even someone who just wants to have some mindless Transformer fun.
  15. Sep 7, 2012
    85
    Transformers: Fall of Cybertron may just be the game you need to end your summer with a big, loud bang. Fans of big thrills will be impressed by the cinematic, action-packed campaign, Transformers fans will be happy to follow the engaging storyline, and multiplayer gamers can find a lot to enjoy in this latest installment. If you're looking for a great roller coaster ride of a game, FOC will provide just that.
  16. Aug 27, 2012
    85
    I'm appreciating it not out of some overly indulgent childhood nostalgia but rather for what it's doing right now. It's been way too long since the Transformers property has been this good but High Moon's take on the universe is shaping up to be the modernized reboot the franchise desperately needs.
  17. Aug 24, 2012
    85
    A very entertaining shooter with a strong campaign, lots of gameplay-variety and two very solid online-modes. Graphically not amazing and gameplay-wise always a little too simple, it still wins us over with a great mix of robo-drama and well delivered gags. This is the best Transformers-Game so far.
  18. Aug 21, 2012
    85
    Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is a lot of fun, even if its looks aren't on par with its gameplay. It does, however perfectly capture the essence of Transformers and is worth checking out whether you're a life-long Transformers fan or just watched it when you were little and never gave another thought.
  19. Aug 21, 2012
    85
    Fall of Cybertron doesn't pack the same "Oh my god, someone finally made a good Transformers game!" punch as its predecessor, but it's an entirely worthy successor no Optimus Prime fan should pass up.
  20. Aug 21, 2012
    85
    A must have for fans of the series. High Moon really gets the universe and you can tell there are some designers on that team that are hardcore fans. If you loved the last game this is a no-brainer.
  21. Aug 21, 2012
    85
    There's enough action here to almost fill two games, and that's really saying something.
  22. 85
    Fall of Cybertron never quite transcends its franchise the way, say, Arkham City does - loving Transformers will definitely heighten your appreciation of it - but it's every bit the game that series buffs hoped for, and an improvement on its forebear.
  23. Aug 21, 2012
    84
    With a series of meaningful improvements that culminate in a more interestingly designed campaign and sustainable multiplayer experience, Fall of Cybertron continues the franchise's upward trend in quality with a sequel that's definitely worth attention.
  24. Aug 29, 2012
    83
    Transformers: Fall of Cybertron offers a lot of fun, but has some minor issues. The campaign is varied and compelling, but has some rough edges and misses a cooperative multiplayer mode. The multiplayer is unique and fun, but misses a deeper layer to keep you entertained longer.
  25. Sep 12, 2012
    82
    A pleasant surprise, with a very good and varied gameplay and very good graphics. One of the most entertaining games of these last months.
  26. Aug 24, 2012
    82
    This genuine sequel of the 2010 hit War for Cybertron is a top third person shooter. Fans will be highly pleased with High Moon Studios.
  27. Oct 11, 2012
    80
    High Moon has put its soul into this one, and it shows. [Issue#90, p.70]
  28. Sep 18, 2012
    80
    Probably the best Transformers game that came out since the PlayStation 2 title by Melbourne House.
  29. Sep 17, 2012
    80
    Still-flawed but fab, these robots have lost their home - but they continue to win our hearts. [Nov 2012, p.72]
  30. Sep 6, 2012
    80
    Overall, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron continues the great work of its predecessor and also takes that to new heights. The campaign is visually rich, highly playable and gripping throughout, while the multiplayer offers incentive to come back for more. Most crucially, though, High Moon Studios has again done justice to these much-loved, shapeshifting robots.
  31. 80
    A fitting sequel and takes several important strides forward for the franchise. The strengthening of the multiplayer adds some much needed replayability, the sense of scope and scale is impressive and allowing you to see the climactic battle through the eyes of a smorgasbord of Autobots and Decepticons, each with wildly differing play styles was a definite step in the right direction.
  32. Aug 29, 2012
    80
    After a slow, boring start Fall of Cybertron turned out to be solid and varied. You have to give it a chance and see a couple of robots in action to fully appreciate what at first seems to be just another simple shooter. [10/2012, p.60]
  33. 80
    Transformers have a great line in banter, and the dialogue is perfect - Saturday morning black and white cartoon morality.
  34. Aug 28, 2012
    80
    Transformers: Fall of Cybertron doesn't come close to recapturing the magic of fighting Autobots and Decepticons in the bedrooms and playgrounds of our youths, but High Moon Studios has created something that allows us to fondly recall those bygone times.
  35. Aug 28, 2012
    80
    Right off the bat, the world contained in Fall Of Cybertron is far more impressive visually than that of its predecessor.
  36. Aug 25, 2012
    80
    Transformers fans can't miss this game. It has good gameplay, a lot of variety and nice graphics. Sadly it lost the co-op but still remains one of the best Transformers games yet.
  37. Aug 24, 2012
    80
    Easily the best Transformers game ever, but also a tantalising glimpse of how to transform current action games into something more inventive and imaginative.
  38. Aug 24, 2012
    75
    Fall of Cybertron didn't manage to surpass Melbourne House's eight year old action-adventure on the PlayStation 2 as my favorite Transformers game. Nonetheless High Moon Studios' interpretation of the conflict between Autobots and Decepticons is definitely worth a look.
  39. Oct 8, 2012
    70
    Tight, solid fun. [Nov 2012, p.72]
  40. Sep 12, 2012
    70
    A decent and long campaign and good multiplayer and coop modes. Fall of Cybertron might not be excellent, but it's the typical game that ensures a good time for fans.
  41. Sep 5, 2012
    70
    If you've got a fondness for Hasbro's brand, High Moon Studios does not disappoint. If you played with a Transformer as a child and haven't revisited your inner 8-year-old in a few years, Fall of Cybertron will more than suffice. The latest title in the franchise won't disappoint and will provide plenty of childish, stupid fun, but it's not about to set the robotic world on fire.
  42. Sep 4, 2012
    70
    High Moon's love for the subject matter clearly shines through, so it's a shame that Fall of Cybertron stumbles in a few areas. Transformers fans will still have a blast with the game, but underneath the chrome chassis this is just another compentent shooter. Fall of Cybertron falls short of finally doing the Transformers universe justice, but although it may be faint praise, it is definitely the best Transformers game yet.
  43. Sep 1, 2012
    70
    Fall of Cybertron's multiplayer component also benefits from High Moon's sincere approach to the source material, always enabling those giddy moments in which you and your teammates leap into the air, transform and blast off to the next objective.
  44. Aug 29, 2012
    70
    High Moon is really starting to find form and do the franchise justice. And despite the game's flaws, fans will surely find Fall Of Cybertron to be the best reflection of their beloved robots in disguise in many a year. Too bad they couldn't get Grimlock right, though.
  45. Aug 24, 2012
    70
    A good action game with some really inspired moments. The campaign now is less open-world but better-crafted. The greatest and biggest loss in this game is the co-op mode, but the multiplayer is still very addictive, especially now with all the unlockables.
  46. Aug 21, 2012
    70
    It's not as long as War for Cybertron, but it is more varied and more visually stimulating. Yet in leaving behind its predecessor's problems, it gained some of its own, sacrificing thrilling action in favor of noninteractive spectacle.
  47. Aug 21, 2012
    70
    Fall of Cybertron has a lot of what made the original game so great, but it suffers from generation loss, relinquishing a portion of its quality in the cloning process. The decision to give players more of the same is made less palatable by the fact that its story is nowhere near as engaging and the multiplayer has not expanded in any way -- and even been scaled back in the case of Escalation.
  48. Aug 21, 2012
    70
    The story campaign entertains and the multiplayer modes entice you to come back after the credits roll, but the out-of-place melee segments, polish issues, and dropped features from the first game make it fall short.
  49. Oct 8, 2012
    68
    Still, Hollywood likes things that go boom and look good doing so, much like Michael Bay's Transformers movies. The game industry operates much the same way, but the best games within it also introduce a fresh experience, something Transformers: Fall of Cybertron fails to do. Yes, Grimlock and the Combaticons are new, but for all practical purposes they're just multimedia window dressing on an otherwise evolutionary, not revolutionary, title.
  50. Aug 29, 2012
    60
    This new Transformers Game may look like your typical third person shooter, but it still is a love letter to the original animated series, just refreshed a little bit to try and attract newcomers.
  51. Aug 21, 2012
    60
    A game that improves upon the developer's past work. But it's still a pretty lackluster shooter that doesn't perk up until the end, and it's only truly suited for people who are fiending for a Transformers game.
  52. Oct 27, 2012
    50
    If you manage to look past the large amounts of fan service and really dig deep into the game you'll quickly find just another average shooter with some interesting visuals. This is a game by fans, for fans.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 146 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Aug 21, 2012
    10
    People giving negative scores already because they are charging for day 1 DLC? so what, it's not like it's important story missions like MassPeople giving negative scores already because they are charging for day 1 DLC? so what, it's not like it's important story missions like Mass Effect 3, it's $10 for 5 awesome multiplayer characters, you don't have to buy them, or you can only buy their heads or arms. Anyway, the game is epic, the final mission is nuts, one of the better endings in a game today. Must buy for everyone Full Review »
  2. Aug 21, 2012
    10
    This game was amazing!!! I got it yesterday and it was great being grimlock was **** amazing and the world looks great! Also first **** AlsoThis game was amazing!!! I got it yesterday and it was great being grimlock was **** amazing and the world looks great! Also first **** Also the fact I have to keep typing nonsense just to post this **** is quite tiresome!! Full Review »
  3. Aug 21, 2012
    10
    This game is awesome. The world is fantastic. Really fun game. Definitely my favorite game of the year. Also, Grimlock makes an appearance inThis game is awesome. The world is fantastic. Really fun game. Definitely my favorite game of the year. Also, Grimlock makes an appearance in this game, which is awesome! Full Review »