Mixed or average reviews - based on 65 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 65
  2. Negative: 9 out of 65
  1. 60
    Comes up short in a number of categories, due in large part to its repetition, odd control layout, poor AI and almost total lack of presentation. Running around and just shooting stuff has its merits, though it does get old after a bit.
  2. Despite a slow start and some lingering issues, Revenge of the Fallen really makes it fun to be a Transformer.
  3. This is a weekend rental game only.
  4. If you are looking to play a game to get the experience of multiplayer while not actually being online, this may be the game you’ve been looking for.
  5. The game is more enjoyable than the movie, but only if you intend to put your skills to the test in the competitive arena.
  6. 70
    Forget its troubled lineage -- Revenge of the Fallen is a huge improvement over the first movie tie-in. While the average gamer will be modestly entertained, Transformers fans will probably love it.
  7. The quintessential movie tie-in, a self-fulfilling prophecy of functional banality. On the surface it's brash, busy and superficially attractive, but underneath it's hollow, blatantly padded and more than a little monotonous. It's never much fun, but nor is it wonky enough to be terrible. It's simply there, a forgettable distraction.
  8. 80
    If you like Transformers, buy this game. Even if you don't (or you just hate Michael Bay), you should still give Optimus Prime a try.
  9. Down to brass tacks, if you're expecting a gameplay masterpiece that expands on the Michael Bay Transformers mythology or merely sticks quite close to the new movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen won't fill the bill.
  10. All together, this is a much better Transformers game than the previous movie tie-in, and probably the best Transformers title I've played on a console to date.
  11. 58
    If nothing else, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is an apt representation of what you'd expect from a Transformers movie: a disposable, explosion-laden piece of mindless entertainment featuring robots beating the crap out of each other.
  12. Not totally without merit, but the repetition will wear even the most ardent fan down. [Sept 2009, p.76]
  13. Definitely a major step in the right direction. But at the end of the day I can only recommend this game to Transformer fans. The solo play is interesting for a bit, but quickly gets repetitive.
  14. Revenge of the Fallen lacks the polished sheen and balance of some of its competitors – its looks are average, and the level design and mission parameters are painfully typical. But when the Transformers themselves are freed from silly plotlines and allowed to stand or fall on their own merits, as they are in the multiplayer modes, their distinct set of abilities make them truly engaging.
  15. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a good tie-in, with lots of missions and a nice online multiplayer. The gameplay is repetitive, however, and the stages could have been larger. A nice title for all the Transformers fans out there, definitely.
  16. In spite of the controls, the game offers what the developers promised: frantic gameplay in which you can't stop shooting and transforming while you move quickly through levels full of action.
  17. As a whole Revenge of the Fallen is a solid package. Though the melee combat is practically counterproductive and the odd accidental transforms will nag at you here and there ultimately the game delivers an entertaining go of things.
  18. The components here function and rarely frustrate, but the machine they comprise only manufactures mediocrity. [Sept 2009, p.95]
  19. Six original Transformers episodes and other unlockables are a sweet treat; if only the rest of the game felt like such treasure. [Oct 2009, p.75]
  20. 75
    A huge upgrade over the previous movie-based game in the series. So much so that it is almost a shame to keep comparing the two.
  21. How ironic that Revenge Of The Fallen should be weighed down with options to keep you coming back, yet offer pitifully few reasons to play it in the first place. [Sept 2009, p.120]
  22. The controls and lacklustre level design are the biggest problems you'll have to overcome in order to enjoy Revenge of the Fallen.
  23. This is a great game for the target audience, young teens, but will leave older fans of the Transformers disappointed.
  24. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a title that almost works.
  25. If there’s a space in your heart for the Transformers then there’s definite appeal here, but as a regular Joe looking for an action game, there’s plenty better on the market.
  26. As tepid as gaming gets, put forth with the bare minimum of effort in a quick and cynical attempt to grab some free cash. It's not good in the slightest, and it's not even remarkable enough to be considered bad. It's just there, doing the one thing it's supposed to do -- make a load of money for two weeks, then disappear into obscurity where it firmly belongs.
  27. This licensed game indeed has its flaws. The controls are complicated, the open environment doesn’t work and the camera is absolutely horrific. But still the game captures the certain Transformers feel, which is much more important than hiccups in technology. [Aug 2009]
  28. Transformers 2 is a mediocre title that cannot stand with the other productions seen during this generation.
  29. 64
    The second Transformers game contains a little more oil, but still doesn't quite cut it. The graphics and the sound are okay, but the game doesn't give the right signals. Because of the extras Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is interesting for the fans, but for everyone else there's not much to look at here.
  30. Better than the previous chapter but under the average level of the genre, without no chance to be fun and involving. There is no doubt that you can't have fun with this, even being a real fan of the brand. Sad.
  31. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is in many ways an improvement over the weak first game. The online-multiplayer works well just like the enjoyable fighting-system. The controls take some getting used to but fit the game once you’ve mastered them. The downside is that missions lack variety and the game has uninspired level-design. What remains is an enjoyable game that unfortunately doesn't impress in every way.
  32. A step in the right direction, but still nowhere close to being the ideal Transformers game.
  33. There's some stuff tucked in here that will please devout fans-particularly, some unlockable old school Transformers cartoon episodes-but most everyone one else will be ready to move on after a few hours.
  34. A massive upgrade over the previous movie-based game in the series. So much so that it’s unfair to really even compare them. Despite some feelings of repetitiveness and a lack of polish in a lot of places, I feel like it’s my duty to commend Luxoflux for what it’s done: make a pretty good game that treats the license with the respect it deserves.
  35. 70
    Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen shows promise early on, and the controls are near perfect - other than the transformation quirk, of course. It’s the first Transformers title to feature a multiplayer mode – and pulled it off well. Unfortunately, the single player falls flat with repetitive combat. Check this out for the online play.
  36. Almost exactly what meets the eye. [Sept 2009, p.89]
  37. Dull and frustrating. [Issue#49, p.88]
  38. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a game that one should only buy if they are an absolute die-hard Transformers fan and must have it for their collection along with their Optimus Prime underwear and Bumble Bee lunch box. For gamers who like the movies it is at most a rent for a weekend.
  39. It all amounts to a game that'll keep you busy for a few hours, but only because you want to unlock bonus content or score achievement points/trophies. If you're into disposable content and transforming robots, Revenge is a decent rental.
  40. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a slight improvement over its predecessor; however by and large the game has not made any significant strides in the Transformers video game franchise.
  41. This is certainly the first Transformers that will leave you satisfied with the superb control and handling of metal creatures in the fight.
  42. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen might not be the Transformers game fans have been waiting for, but it is an improvement from the last Transformers movie tie-in game... which wasn't too hard.
  43. It may not revolutionize video games in any way, and will come and go with little fuss, but that doesn’t mean that you should let this little gem pass you by.
  44. With the game based upon the movie bearing the same name we're hard pressed to actually connect the dots in the plot, the reason for this being that the plot is laid out so poorly it's virtually impossible to grasp. Instead of great narration the storytelling is based upon you being sent from area to area to destroy robots, which is actually surprisingly fun. Even though this is by no means a great game it will appeal to the younger audience looking for an action title with big robots in it.
  45. Like the movie it’s based on, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen isn’t trying to radically change the genre or introduce innovative new features. It’s giving you great-looking robots that go off and fight other great-looking robots as you watch the resulting explosions.
  46. That doesn't mean you won't have some fun if you take the time to learn how each robot operates and in time you should get a kick out of the multiplayer. We regret the developers didn't iron out some of the technical issues, which often ruin the experience throughout the single-player campaign.
  47. 55
    Revenge of the Fallen is exactly what we were expecting. No more, no less.
  48. It will probably keep young gamers interested for a while, but for anyone who has experienced the dizzying heights of gaming's pinnacle titles, this is best left avoided unless you're wanting a sour taste and an unjustifiably lighter wallet.
  49. What Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has going for it besides the coveted movie license is a fair amount of missions, the ability to play as both Autobots and Decepticons and the unexpected online multiplayer, which isn’t always a given in movie-games.
  50. Transformers 2 is undoubtedly a game aimed squarely at pleasing both fans of the films as well as the original series, and Luxoflux’s effort to deliver a solid game experience nearly succeeds, but an inexplicably clumsy control scheme and questionable gameplay mechanics such as the always-on timer and meaningless secondary objectives hinder a great deal of the enjoyment that the game has to offer.
  51. If you're just a regular Joe looking for a great action game, you could do better. But if you've still got a special place in your heart for the Transformers series--despite what Michael Bay may have done to it in recent years--the game is fun enough to be worth taking a look at.
  52. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is not a revolution in movie based games, but it is not a bad effort. It is entertaining to go wild with the Transformers and we love the chaos. However, the game is repetitive and the story isn’t very long.
  53. When you make Michael "Bayhem" look smart, something's gone very wrong. [Oct 2009, p.94]
  54. Not only is the duel-sided single-player campaign features plenty to do, the multiplayer online mode adds hours of fun time for fans and newbies alike. If you are one of those people that will be standing in line tonight to see the midnight premiere of the Transformers sequel this game is a no-brainer purchase, for those gamers looking for an over-the-top action game Revenge of the Fallen should not be overlooked.
  55. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen did one thing right: it improved on the previous game in the blockbuster tie-in series. Unfortunately, the last game was a glitchy, broken mess, so that’s really not saying too much. In small doses, Revenge can be somewhat entertaining, but after spending more than half an hour with this game, I was ready for a break.
  56. This game is fast and furious. There is constant action similar to the movie and there is rarely every a dull moment.
  57. A perfect example of a rushed game. There was potential here somewhere, but buried beneath so much useless dead weight.
  58. A mediocre action game that should have had more time to get polished. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen feels unfinished, with the same repetitive missions and missing cutscenes.
  59. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen revealed to be as the average low-budget movie tie-in. Hardcore gamers will hardly find a reason to buy it, so it's a viable buy only for Transformers' uber-fans, thanks to the many unlockable extras too.
  60. 60
    The game is by no means great but is also certainly not bad.
  61. The game isn't downright awful, but there is little to distinguish it from any other action game we've seen, save the Transformers brand attached to it. Yet another movie tie-in with endless possibilities, that does not take advantage of anything it's given.
  62. A fun action game that gets more right than wrong. Fans will enjoy immensely.
  63. Transformers – Revenge of the Fallen isn’t the greatest action game to ever grace the current generation of consoles and as such will only appeal to fans who will love getting to play as some of the favourite characters from the movies.
  64. Though the game looks and sounds solid (which should be expected) it's jut too repetitive and too short (thankfully, due to the repetition) in single player mode.
  65. Additionally I could also see really big Transformers fans getting a kick out of playing this title. Just be sure to rent this title before you buy it so you know what you are getting in to. As for everyone else just spend this time catching up on some of your older games before we have more games than we know what to do with this fall.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Aug 27, 2013
    when getting this game i didn't expect much but nothing prepared me for this. it is as repetitive and boring as the thor game, i may go as far to say worse. although the combat works well it is very basic and well that is a problem yes its fine but it could have been so much more with a potential combo system that was never implemented properly. its sad being a fan of the original tv series and seeing this haha well such as life i guess but on line is OK. not worth the money i paid and regret is sitting right beside me avoid unless you really can justify it, Full Review »
  2. Rem
    Apr 22, 2013
    Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is by no means a great game, but that doesn't make it a bad one either. I like the idea of playing as an autobot or decepticon, but there was not even a story to begin with. Instead you just get a loading screen with some dialogue and some banter in missions. Also, the combat isn't stellar, but the transforming can be cool, if not finicky at times with the controls. I really wanted to like this game, but it ends falling up short as a whole. Full Review »
  3. Jan 20, 2013
    I have been a transformers fan for a while but didn't expect much from the game, but once I started playing it I found it a great experience, game play was fun but nothing too new but overall enjoyable and as a nice little reward activision gave us a few G1 episodes as unlocks which I thought was a pleasant supprise, for once a good movie title! i have to admit I own 3 transformers games and I have enjoyed all 3 of them(Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and war for cybertron) Full Review »