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Mixed or average reviews - based on 65 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 65
  2. Negative: 9 out of 65
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  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. The game is more enjoyable than the movie, but only if you intend to put your skills to the test in the competitive arena.
  4. This is a weekend rental game only.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 76
    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.
  13. Games Master UK
    64
    Not totally without merit, but the repetition will wear even the most ardent fan down. [Sept 2009, p.76]
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Transformers 2 is a mediocre title that cannot stand with the other productions seen during this generation.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. games(TM)
    30
    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]
  21. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a title that almost works.
  22. Edge Magazine
    40
    The components here function and rarely frustrate, but the machine they comprise only manufactures mediocrity. [Sept 2009, p.95]
  23. This is a great game for the target audience, young teens, but will leave older fans of the Transformers disappointed.
  24. 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.
  25. The controls and lacklustre level design are the biggest problems you'll have to overcome in order to enjoy Revenge of the Fallen.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. Official Xbox Magazine
    60
    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]
  29. A step in the right direction, but still nowhere close to being the ideal Transformers game.
  30. 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.
  31. Pelit (Finland)
    80
    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]
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    60
    Almost exactly what meets the eye. [Sept 2009, p.89]
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. X-ONE Magazine UK
    40
    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. 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.
  40. 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.
  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 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. This game is fast and furious. There is constant action similar to the movie and there is rarely every a dull moment.
  50. 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.
  51. 55
    Revenge of the Fallen is exactly what we were expecting. No more, no less.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    45
    When you make Michael "Bayhem" look smart, something's gone very wrong. [Oct 2009, p.94]
  56. 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.
  57. 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.
  58. 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.
  59. A perfect example of a rushed game. There was potential here somewhere, but buried beneath so much useless dead weight.
  60. 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.
  61. 60
    The game is by no means great but is also certainly not bad.
  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
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. McBain17
    Jul 8, 2009
    6
    Here's the problem with this game...no one is playing MP! The last reviewer talked about SP, and I can't do a whole lot to defend Here's the problem with this game...no one is playing MP! The last reviewer talked about SP, and I can't do a whole lot to defend it. Its ok. But he failed to mention anything about what makes this game a sleeper. We've wanted the ability to play with transforming robots online. And this iteration is a pretty damn good attempt. There are plenty of varied robots to choose from, each having a unique special ability. Graphically the robots and transformations are nice, the maps and other textures not so much. Maps are a little tight, but work out fine. The 8 player cap would be a complaint, but its rare that you have to deal with that issue. Game modes, TDM, pretty straight forward. DM, One Shall Stand, basically VIP from Halo, Capture the shards, and Capture the point. Of all of these I enjoy the Capture the point the most. Its a mode we all are familiar with, but the see saw battles are super fun. Hopefully more people will pick it up as DLC is supposed to be steady. Full Review »
  2. ColinH
    Jun 24, 2009
    5
    It's mediocre. About 6 hours worst case should have both campaigns complete for you, so there's not a whole lot packed into this It's mediocre. About 6 hours worst case should have both campaigns complete for you, so there's not a whole lot packed into this for single player. The campaign missions get pretty repetitive as well - there's a reason for the name of the "Grind On" achievement. Hardcore fans of Transformers should give the game a rent, there's probably enough in there to justify the cost of a rental. But to outright buy the game for anything more than $19.99 would be criminal. It's not the worst movie tie-in game ever, but there's not a whole lot in here, it's not challenging, and will probably bore a lot of people. Full Review »
  3. Jun 18, 2016
    6
    It's not a bad game, but it is still not perfect either. The story is just playing missions that get really repetitive. The gameplay isIt's not a bad game, but it is still not perfect either. The story is just playing missions that get really repetitive. The gameplay is actually decent. The multiplayer is the best thing about this game, but now in 2016 you might not find anyone though. Full Review »