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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
Score distribution:
  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. RonnieP
    Jun 22, 2010
    Awesome game; campaign will pull on the heartstrings of any O.G. Transformers fan, and the multiplayer's a blast. It's pretty much the close as we'll ever come to actually being Transformers. 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. 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
  4. Al
    Jun 23, 2010
    I was hesitant to buy this because the first 2 transformers games were horrible, but I have to say, this game absolutely blew me away. The single player story line is quite good, and the multiplayer gives the player flexibility with all the options for creating a character. The reason I gave it a 9.0 instead of a 10.0 is one thing that annoyed me a bit with the multiplayer. It appears its tied to the person that creates the match because several times I have been booted out of matches before they are over with a message that the host left the match so it was ended early. I hope they change that because it gets somewhat annoying. Expand
  5. Mar 14, 2013
    even though the campaign was a bit stale, the escalation and action itself through it made it all the more fun.
    one thing I enjoyed was the
    dialogue and voice actor choices. they seemed to be a better fit than the originals for most of them (with the obvious exceptions being optimus prime and megatron of course)
    The multiplayer is very solid, and escalation mode is even more so.

    The only problems I found with it were the array of characters in the game, it just seemed undermined for a game about transformers, there are too many to count, but they only had so many of them, granted they were ones that we all know and love.
    another problem with this game was how long it took to beat it, if youre a well seasoned war game player, the campaign only would take you a few hours to beat, on every difficulty.

    so this game is, in this random dude's opinion, 8 out of 10
    (just so long as you make the game last lol)
  6. DallasB.
    Jun 23, 2010
    Best Transformers Game so Far! Using the Unreal Engine, fits nicely for this game even if it is getting a bit over used these days and has a been there done that vibe! Small Glitches such as Camera issues, and Jumping problems are few and don't cause to many Headaches. Voice Acting is much better then most games, even if Megatron can come off as Whining at times demanding to be served. AI seems to be pretty sturdy with just a few glitches such as enemies running in place behind boxes and poles, and AI partners randomly killing themselves by running off the edges of platforms with them to only magically appear right beside you again. Pacing seems strong and you really don't have many down times. Overall a Very Strong Game, considering how games of this type have fared in the past. So pleasantly surprised. If your a Fan of Gears of War, Unreal or other games of these types you will enjoy this game! 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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