Light our darkest hour: A look at Transformers: War for Cybertron
Posted by pandatr0nics on 06/26/2010
Today we take a look at the new game Transformers: War for Cybertron which released this week for Xbox360/PS3/Wii/DS/PC.
Being a long time fan of Transformers has lead me through many different games and so far I can say that for me this is the best one yet.
The game is set on the autobot and decepticon home world of Cybertron, long before they ever set off for earth, and Cybertron is no more. This story is a reimagining of the Transformers backstory.
Megatron leading the decepticons to battle and also search for this all-powerful Dark Energon research station which is being guarded by Starscream. Megatron would then take control of that Dark Energon and Starscream decides to follow leaving Jetfire to inform the Autobots. His ultimate goal is to take control of the Omega Key and rule Cybertron.
On the otherside we have a young soldier in Optimus, defending his home city of Iacon with Ratchet and Bumblebee. They have a small battle with Starscream who flees the scene and Optimus receives a distress call from the leader Zeta Prime. He leads them into the Kaon Prison only to find Zeta Prime in the last moments of his cycle and receiving from him the Matrix of Power, which makes Optimus the last of the Primes. He takes his Autobots to put a stop to Megatron.
This game is filled with throwbacks and quirks to the Transformers of the 80s, even Stan Bush! What more could you ask for right ?
The game is a Third Person Shooter and it has 3 modes of play. Campaign mode lets you go off and live the story of both the Decepticons and the Autobots that is set for the game. Each chapter has 3 characters for you to choose from since campaign mode can be played solo or online co-op.
In Multiplayer you can customize your bot and choose it’s class of Soldier, Scout, Scientist, and Leader. While you can’t really design what your bot looks like you can change it’s weapons, colour scheme, and abilities.
Multiplayer comes in a variety of styles with the standard Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch, there is also Star Wars Battlefront type matchup called Conquest where you capture and hold nodes on the map. Countdown to Extinction mode is like Assault mode in Halo where you have to plant a bomb in the enemy base. Power Struggle is a Capture the Flag type match up. Finally, there is Code of Power which consists of 2 minute rounds where each team must battle to take control of a Giant Melee Weapon.
Sounds fun ? Well there is one more Multiplayer menu selection in the game called Escalation, which is like the Gears of War Horde mode. Where you can take a character you’ve unlocked in campaign mode and go off on an endless killing spree or be snuffed out quickly which ever happens first.
Of course all games are not without flaws and Transformers definitely has some. There are times when you might get stuck on scenery or fall through the map WoW style. There is also very little customization aside from what I mentioned earlier I can only hope that if they make another game they add more things for you to call that bot your own.
All in all I enjoyed the time I spent on Transformers: War for Cybertron and hope that you guys might enjoy it too should you decide to pick it up. With all that said I will now leave you with the wonderful end credits by Stan Bush! (he rocks you know it)