Transformers: War for Cybertron Xbox 360

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 69 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 69
  2. Negative: 0 out of 69
Buy On
  1. 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.
  2. 70
    If the goal was indeed to create a game that could appeal even to the rawest Transformers newbies, then High Moon has succeeded.
  3. It's not subtle or clever, but this unashamedly uncomplicated shooter is one of the best of the year.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. The best Transformers game for ages - but it's still a one-dimensional shooter, lacking guile.
  8. 70
    Superb application of the Transformers license and story help, for once, make the gameplay issues in Transformers: War for Cybertron worth rolling through.
  9. The well-realized license in this third-person shooter can hide the myriad problems for only so long.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. games(TM)
    60
    An experience that simply plays well. Well, but not excellent, that is. [Issue#99, p.118]
  14. X-ONE Magazine UK
    60
    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]
  15. Edge Magazine
    50
    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]
  16. Gameblog.fr
    60
    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!
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 221 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  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'dI 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'sI 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 CybertronThis 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 »