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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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  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. May 26, 2013
    10
    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
    10
    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 14, 2010
    10
    Simply one of the best online multiplayer gaming experiences you can have. Playing it reminds me of the awe I experienced when playing halo or gears of war for the first time. The 4 different robot classes with a variety of abilities that increase with experince only serve to add to the fun as, essentially, WRC is probably the best pick up and play mulitplayer game on the xbox360 right now. I must say that the buzz of transformation from robot to vehicle and back never gets boring and the skill of timing this in the game is an essential weapon. Special mention also need to go to Hign Noon Studio's sound FX team who, when coming up with the Scientist's Shockwave sound bite they have engineered the greatest in gaming history too...it simply is that impressive, especially in Dolby DTS 2. I accept that the campaign mode is indeed limited but that's missing the point, because it's a multiplayer masterpiece. Expand
  4. Apr 15, 2011
    8
    Plus Side: Stunning graphics and sounds. Interesting take on the Transformers franchise (how it all happened from the beginning). Nice voice overs and epic scenes. Transformers can transform at anytime you want. Be both Autobots and Decepticons. Down side: Too linear and level design could be open world. Short game to finish for both Autobots and Decepticons. Not enough Transformers in the game to choose from on both sides. But still is epic fun to play as your favorite characters from the original cartoon. I recommended this game to any Transformer fan or new person introduced to the franchise. Hopefully the creators of this one will release a sequel. Expand
  5. Nov 24, 2011
    8
    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
  6. Dec 13, 2011
    7
    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
  7. Apr 29, 2011
    0
    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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