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76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 69 Critics

Critic 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. Transformers: War for Cybertron is not only the best Transformers game next-gen gamers can play, it is also one of the most fulfilling and challenging action-shooters I've played in years and a definite purchase, especially if you have any love of the Transformers franchise.
  3. Sure nothing is perfect; there are pacing issues, bad pop in textures and major ammunition reserve problems, but it does its job at being truly an enjoyable Transformers G1 experience.
  4. Transformers: War for Cybertron is a a great tribute and representation of the original, Generation 1 Transformers. Those who aren't familiar with the game will also find something to love in the form of a fast paced and thoroughly enjoyable action game, both online and off.
  5. All in all, Transformers: War for Cybertron is a good, fun game.
  6. 90
    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.
  7. High Moon managed to recreate a classic formula in a different medium and make an extremely large amount of fans very happy. This is a great big step in the right direction for the franchise and brand-owner Hasbro knows it.
  8. War for Cybertron isn't going to make fans foam at the mouth, but it's another showing that games based off franchises can actually be well-developed and exceptionally fun. High Moon Studios deserves a pat on the back for taking on a challenge and delivering a great game in War for Cybertron that no Transformers fan should miss.
  9. 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.
  10. High Moon Studios did a great job with Transformers, finally bringing gamers a vision of Cybertron and its popular inhabitants that we've long wanted to see. Both the campaigns and multiplayer sides offer a lot, making the total package impressive and one I happily recommend.
  11. Every texture, character, and word of dialogue is infused with High Moon Studios' passion and respect for the property. If you aren't amazed by the detail in every inch of Cybertron, you aren't paying attention. If you don't feel a surge of excitement with every firefight, I fear you've let yourself become jaded.
  12. War for Cybertron isn't a perfect game, but it fulfills my youthful fantasies in a way that has me believing the developers had a window into my boyhood imagination.
  13. 85
    When all is said and done, High Moon has created a new Transformer game that will have core fans, as well as core gamers, begging for the sequel.
  14. High Moon Studios managed to create a living & breathing world – I know, kind of ironic for a game about robots, isn't it – that did justice to the source material.
  15. 85
    Transformers: The War for Cybertron is definitely a love-letter to fans of the G1 cartoon series. All of your favorite characters are here and somehow mixed in with a genuinely fun and competent shooter.
  16. Developer High Moon Studios have done a great job with Transformers: War for Cybertron. It's not just about finally making a game worthy of the franchise, but it's about capturing the fun of the show, from back when we were kids, in a way that the recent movie-based games could never really hope to do.
  17. Finally Transformers have a game with great quality, and to achieve that they had to flee from the movie adaptations.
  18. Definitely one of this summer's surprises. Transformers: War for Cybertron is a very enjoyable shooter, with good graphics and a very nice artistic approach, using the classic Transformes look rather than the new movies one. Telling an untold story on the Transformers homeworld, it's a great game for every fan of the Hasbro license.
  19. 85
    High Moon studios has delivered a good third-person shooter that uses a lot of recognisable elements from the original 80's cartoon. The game is suitable for everyone, so people that are new to the franchise will have just as much fun as hardcore transformers fans.
  20. It might be a big dumb shooter but this is easily still our favourite ever Transformers title. [Aug 2010, p.83]
  21. Without the Transformers license, War for Cybertron would be a capable, but utterly forgettable third-person shooter with some nice graphics. Setting the game on Cybertron, however, and re-telling the origin of the most beloved toy franchise of the 1980s makes it an experience that gamers will enjoy and recall fondly, and one that fans of the Transformers absolutely shouldn't miss out on.
  22. Transformers: War for Cybertron doesn't break the mould, but it does offer wonderfully tight gameplay and a respectable online component. Overall, it's an entertaining shooter to play, but for childhood fans of the subject matter, it offers that little bit more.
  23. Yes, fanboys, it's okay to pick this one up. Transformers, Roll Out!
  24. 83
    Everything from the bickering banter between Starscream and Megatron, the cold calculated communiques from Soundwave, or the heavy-handed speeches from Optimus to rally his Autobots, it's all here. War for Cybertron is an entertaining game that's just as enjoyable as it is playable.
  25. Tranformers: War for Cybertron is a great first episode of a new saga. The game is quite enjoyable, even if it lacks some big moment. It also has a nice multiplayer mode, surprisingly complete and well built.
  26. War for Cybertron is a fairly basic corridor third-person shooter than draws comparisons to the Gears of War games; though, it lacks a cover system, which I found to be unfortunate as it feels the game could have benefited from one.
  27. By taking ideas from some of the best games of the last five years and combining that with a respect for the material that isn't so excessive as to alienate non-fans, War for Cybertron ends up being the best Transformers game yet.
  28. It's the first game I've played that nails the personality of the bots and it genuinely delivers a solid gaming experience alongside the nostalgia.
  29. For fans of transforming robots in the world this is a compelling package that will entertain the lone player as well as multiplayer enthusiast. The gameplay mechanics are a well implemented flavor of the Gears of War concept. The plot is solid and interesting and is also backed by a surprisingly competent multiplayer mode. If you like robots and action, buy this game.
  30. But it's not just for geeks like me, even if we will get the most out of it, as High Noon have crafted a highly polished, highly entertaining third-person blaster in its own right.
  31. A great action game that borrows elements from all sorts of different titles, without losing that unique Transformers feeling.
  32. A rock solid action game that shouldn't be taken too seriously. The multiplayer component borrows heavily from other titles, but adds a unique element in the form of transformation mechanics. All in all a very good game.
  33. Transformers: War for Cybertron has taken a significant leap over the previous next-gen Transformer games.
  34. Imaginative, visually stunning world to explore. [Sept 2010, p.82]
  35. 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.
  36. Transformers fans can rejoice at the strong performance of War for Cybertron.
  37. Transformers has quite a history behind it and WFC will definitely make fans happy by giving them a Transformers game that they have always wanted.
  38. If there's any one thing that can be stated about Transformers: War for Cybertron, it's that you should buy this game. The single player campaign is good, and the multiplayer portion is a surprise hit.
  39. A rousing step forward for the franchise as it pertains to videogames. A thoughtfully crafted story mode, an intense multiplayer mode, online co-op and a full on horde addition makes this the most robust, lovingly developed and authentic Transformers experience you could hope to get on a home console.
  40. If you are a fan of either the original cartoon series or the latest cinema blockbusters, this title will be sure to delve straight into your passion zones, tickling them with ease. It is a wonderful nostalgic trip harking back to the 1980's, while also strapping on the modern sound effects and atmospherics we are used to today.
  41. Overall, Transformers: War For Cybertron is a fun title. I was a little nervous when I heard about yet another Transformers title but High Moon Studios has done a tremendous job here.
  42. Transformers: War for Cybertron focuses on intense shooting action and sets the example for the Transformers-license. The story isn't really interesting, but gives you more fun and variation than you would expect. Add an excellent multiplayer mode tot the whole and you got a game that will drag you through these summer days.
  43. 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.
  44. What could have been a generic third-person shooter is bolstered by solid gameplay and an awesome transformation mechanic that makes battles fast-paced and very mobile. The visuals and combat set pieces begin to get repetitious by the end, and the AI feels buggy, but the multiplayer is terrific fun - for the most part, it simply works well together.
  45. 80
    A crystal clear, easy-to-follow example of how to do a licensed game. High Moon didn't think of the Tranformers' abilities as a liability, as something to be shoehorned into a standard game, but rather embraced them and came away with something really special.
  46. While it may have the right atmosphere, the right approach to characterization and story presentation to attract anyone who is fond of the Transformers universe, it simply lacks any distinctive features that could potentially make it stand out and put it right up there with the industry's top shooters.
  47. War for Cyberton is a good shooter that'll hold your attention for dozens of hours with its multiplayer thrills, and the campaign is well worth the trek.
  48. A well made homage to the Transformers IP that fails to innovate but succeeds, nonetheless. True Transformers fans should really consider this title, as it tells the origin story of their favorite sentient mechas.
  49. Now this doesn't mean 'Transformers: War for Cybertron' is a perfect game. Far from it, as it suffers from glitchy A.I. behaviour, claustrophobic environments, and some constant online lag, but as it stands, it is still one of the best "Transformers" games ever made, and joy to play for any long time fan.
  50. Transformers: War for Cybertron was set to be a great game. However, with the massive amounts of dropped matches and game crashes I experienced in multiplayer, it makes it a difficult game to really rely on and return to regularly.
  51. 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.
  52. 75
    As an action game, this can't contend with the top dogs in the genre, but that's a moot point, because it isn't just an action game. It's a Transformers game. And Transformers: War for Cybertron is better than anything else we've seen from the license before.
  53. Even with the game's various problems I kept finding myself excited to play and looking forward to the next chapter to see which characters would be along for the ride.
  54. 73
    As for what was actually made, Transformers: War for Cybertron is a solid but unremarkable effort that occasionally shows glimpses of its true potential. It provides a complete, if a little too short, package of modes and features in a genuinely interesting setting. It just needed a little more spark.
  55. The best Transformers game for ages - but it's still a one-dimensional shooter, lacking guile.
  56. As it stands, it's a polished outing for a much-loved pile of robots, and though it costs twice as much as the second film on Blu-Ray, it's about seven times as enjoyable. The maths speaks for itself.
  57. 70
    If the goal was indeed to create a game that could appeal even to the rawest Transformers newbies, then High Moon has succeeded.
  58. It's not subtle or clever, but this unashamedly uncomplicated shooter is one of the best of the year.
  59. 70
    Superb application of the Transformers license and story help, for once, make the gameplay issues in Transformers: War for Cybertron worth rolling through.
  60. The well-realized license in this third-person shooter can hide the myriad problems for only so long.
  61. It's plodding and lacking in imagination, and it's mostly the great cut-scenes that will get you through. It's certainly not 'rip out your optics' bad - but Transformers: War For Cybertron hasn't got the touch either.
  62. An experience that simply plays well. Well, but not excellent, that is. [Issue#99, p.118]
  63. A great license but a hugely impressive game. War For Cybertron is best avoided by shooter fans and serious gamers - it's casual gaming through-and-through. [Issue#61, p.90]
  64. Transformers : War for Cybertron is not an unforgettable action game, but it manages to stay above average, even more when compared to the previous Transformers games.
  65. Its campaign is only worth seeing through if you're extremely curious to see how it ties into some of the other Transformers lore out there, and the multiplayer is solid, if perhaps a bit uninspired. It's a good diversion that'll keep you engaged for a few days, but don't go in expecting long-term excitement.
  66. Transformers: War for Cybertron is a solid TPS, although a quite straightforward one if you play it alone. Going multiplayer gives it added depth, since using and mixing powers in teamplay make it more interesting to play. Alas, its lack of inspiration in terms of level design, its annoying frame rate issues, improvable story and french voice acting, as well as its average production values and too few multiplayer maps are a disappointment. However, for absolute fans of the franchise, it remains one of if not the best adaptation of the show, giving back their pride to Autobots and Decepticons!
  67. Overall the game feels a little half baked to me, and not something I'd suggest to anyone outside of the hardcore Transformer fan base.
  68. This is a whisper of what the IP has to offer videogames rather than a realisation, and there's no disguise in the universe that can hide that. [Aug 2010, p.94]
  69. 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.
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 207 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Oct 3, 2010
    3
    I started playing this game positively, I'd heard it was like gears of war with robots. But, sadly, no. Before i'd played the campaign i'd previously played the multiplayer which I enjoyed. If I was rating the multiplayer i'd give it 7/10. But when I got round to playing the campaign at a friends house I was disapointed. The robots were the same colours as the extremely boring and bland setting. Not just the autobots but the decepticons aswell. The combat is just boring and the weapons are just unsatisfying. One reedeming quality was the vehicles that was pretty innovative. But overall its a terrible game and thats coming from a transformers fan! Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »