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  • Summary: Transformers: War for Cybertron challenges players to become the ultimate weapon as a TRANSFORMERS character in the final, epic war that will determine the survival of their entire race. Armed with a diverse arsenal of lethal, high-tech weaponry and the ability to instantly convert from robot to vehicle at any time, players will engage in heart-pounding battles on land and in the air in this gripping, 3rd person action shooter set in the TRANSFORMERS’ war-ravaged homeland. Complete with several multiplayer modes, Transformers: War for Cybertron allows gamers to play through story missions with their friends in drop in/drop out online co-op, and also create their own TRANSFORMERS character for competitive head-to-head multiplayer modes, choosing among four distinct character classes, personalizing its look and selecting from a huge variety of weapons, skills and abilities. [Activision] Expand
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  1. Positive: 53 out of 69
  2. Negative: 0 out of 69
  1. It isn't deep. It won't set a new standard for action games. But I had a great time playing and I believe you will too. This is the first Transformers game I've been excited about, and having played it I can say that my excitement was validated.
  2. It may just be another third person shooter but for fans of the Transformers, this is probably the best video game ever. The homage to the original cartoon series and with the links to the IDW comic series, the developers have successfully incorporated this mythology into their game.
  3. Finally Transformers have a game with great quality, and to achieve that they had to flee from the movie adaptations.
  4. War for Cybertron, while not particularly innovative, is nonetheless a solid shooter that throws the franchises' awful movie tie-ins aside and paves a new path for Transformers games to come.
  5. While its story sometimes lurches and lunges, and its gameplay mechanics can be quirky, Tranformers: War for Cybertron is, somewhat surprisingly, probably the best reboot of the classic cartoon.
  6. It's not bad, exactly, and a lot of people are going to have fun with it just by virtue of the fact that they get to play as an awesome Transformer. It's just not as good as it could be.
  7. Fans of Transformers - real fans, the people with the cartoon series and die-cast toys - will probably get a huge kick out of the story behind Transformers. They might even get enough out of it to overlook the insipid level design, borrowed gameplay elements and sloppy AI.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. May 26, 2013
    I usually don't like licensed video games. but the transformers games, I usually find ranging from decent to perfect. in WFC's case, it's perfect. The story is very well written for the game. I liked going back to Cybertron and seeing this incarnation of how the Transformers left Cybertron. In all honesty, I find this plot more enjoyable than any of the movies, as much as I like the movies. Usually, I don't play 3rd person shooters, but WFC's gameplay is one of those TPS games that I really enjoy. The gameplay is simple and fun, and that's how I think gameplay in a Transformers game should be, not all kinds of combat and special moves. All WFC adds is special abilities only certain characters can do, and while these are helpful, I don't find myself using them that often, with the exception of the dodge attack. The graphics are very nice for a transformers game. it adds a lot more color then previous titles, but sometimes I feel like the graphics are done TOO well. Sometimes there may be spots where too much is happening in the background, and this is hard to pay attention to when you're in combat. The multiplayer is quite fun. My only real complaint is that there wasn't much customization for bots: just recoloring other transformers. Escalation is my favorite part of the game. I like many co-op survival games, like call of duty zombies or left 4 dead. Escalation is no exception. Its gameplay is addicting, and I'm constantly trying to get more points to survive. Overall, Transformers: War for Cybertron is one of those rare licensed games that really works. The story is great, the graphics are beautiful, and escalation mode adds a lot to the fun afterwards. This is one game I recommend to anyone. Expand
  2. Jan 18, 2014
    Best transformers game ever ! I can play it again at anytime,but you have to play it to find out what im talking about so go play it and enjoy every second of it. Expand
  3. Sep 28, 2011
    This game... this licensed video game... what is it? I'll tell you what it is. Transformers: War for Cybertron is a near masterpiece, and indubitably this year's Arkham Asylum. People (and I) kept hoping and praying that it would be, that this game might turn out to do for Transformers games what Arkham Asylum did for Batman games. And they were right. Absolutely. Though, to be completely honest... I actually enjoyed this game much more then Arkham Asylum. Arkham Asylum was a good game and quite fun but in hindsight, a lot of the gameplay was composed of overly simplistic mechanics that wore thin. To become completely silent, you just had to crouch. To grab a guy from above, you just had to press a button prompt. To swing to a gargoyle, you just had to aim in the general direction of one. War for Cybertron isn't exactly an incredibly experimental game with tricks up every one of its sleeves, but it does combine 3rd person shooting with vehicular transformation in a very fresh and exciting way that always feels satisfying and true to its universe. Who knew High Moon Studios could come up with this amazing experience? Hell, who had even heard of High Moon before? I sure hadn't. Apparently they'd gone and made some sort of Bourne Conspiracy game that reviewed alright, but that's hardly an impressive pedigree. To follow up that effort with WFC is a truly impressive feat. It's too bad it had to come out in the same year as ME2, because, so far... it could've been my GOTY otherwise. It's that good. This is at last the Transformers game I've been waiting for. The Transformers game every Transformers fan had been waiting for, just as The Dark Knight was the film every Batman fan had been waiting for. There's a pageantry and a majesty to the whole affair. It's a great shooter, period. Matt Tieger always seemed like a really nice guy in all the interviews on the various gaming websites and now we've found out he isn't just a decent fella with a predilection for shaving his head. The dude can actually back that up with some crazy good game directin'. In fact, I dub him Tiegerus Prime now. After the twin trainwrecks that were Transformers Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Animated, him and the rest of High Moon Studios really did light our darkest hour with this game. The combat, the shooting... it all feels solid. But of course, there isn't just 3rd person shooting. There's also thrilling flight sequences in vehicle mode, as well as environmental puzzles to solve. Anyone who liked Descent will love the seeker sequences in this campaign. Both Decepticon and Autobot have a chapter completely dedicated to flying around in Descent fashion. If you thought the gameplay videos of space combat in Halo Reach were amazing, I'm sorry... but it's really nothing compared to the stuff in this game. It'll blow your **** mind. What I'm gonna focus on now are the little things, the small details that really make this game great and better than the sum of its parts. In an interview I watched a while back, Mr. Tiegerus Prime described how picking up a weapon would actually change the little lights glowing on the weapon itself. If you were an Autobot, the weapon lights would change to red, reflecting its allegiance had changed to Autobot. It's not anything all that important or compelling, but that was just a little detail that really spoke about the dedication and love that went into this product. It's a little thing, but you know what... those little things, they add up, and they end up as the polish in a game that really allows it to rise up above its peers and shine forth as something special, something to be remembered in the halls of glory. Sorry, that last bit was me relapsing into some Star Trek episode about Klingons. But uh, you get what I mean. Another example? The fanservice sprinkled throughout the campaign. My mouth dropped open when Ironhide said the universal greeting. **** insane that they would include that in there. It was the sort of surprise that's wholly unexpected but in the best way possible. Just, just great fanservice. There's others, like when I ran into a **** energon cube vending machine. No real purpose, since you can get energon cubes any old way... but they actually thought to have one dispensed from a Cybertronian vending machine. Got a chuckle out of me. Oh yes, a good early example was in the first chapter, when Megatron went onboard the space station. I liked the touch of them letting you kill all the Autobot prisoners in restraints if you wanted to. Really made you feel like you were Megatron, sparing no one. I do believe I smashed them all to pieces with my melee attack. Expand
  4. Nov 24, 2011
    Absolutely loved this game. I am a huge Transformers fan, especially the G1 that I grew up with which this game is based on, but I'm not going to give a game a good score simply based on the source material. I've played the dozens of horrible TF game before this one and it's safe to say this is the shining example of how a TF game can work. The story is great and introduces all of the original characters in interesting ways. The gameplay is fast and hectic online; switching from bot to vehicle mode is a blast in the middle of a heated firefight. All of the classes are pretty even online after playing all them. The main issues with the game come from redundancy in the campaign. Many of the stages seem to be the same with color schemes for ares showing little variation as well as similar scenery. Ammo is also very scarce during the campaign. Expand
  5. Dec 13, 2011
    This is one of those games that, while they could have done more with it, it's the best modern use of the IP. This is great. Fall of Cybertron will be better. Expand
  6. May 16, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. War for Cybertron impresses with an excellent single-player campaign with full co-op support, the included Horde-alike Escalation mode, and surprisingly deep and inventive online multiplayer component. Expand
  7. Apr 29, 2011
    LOL, these scores are too high. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BUY THIS GARBAGE. you have been warned LOL...
    awww man, i gotta do 150
    characters minimum? ok here it goes:
    Looks: terrible, way to b lazy craptivision
    Mechanics: not enough ammo, "powers" are lame, lackluster, all basically the same
    umm, what else. ok, basically u run from one cybertron themed room to another fighting generic robots. sub-par graphics, it really is all that is wrong with movie games. if u absolutely must play all transformers games then please just rent it so they dont get any money at l;east, but seriously, this is beyond a "skip", this deserves serious repercussions. seriously craptivision, how hard is it to just make a decent game?

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