Now that we all have had a chance to play the Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Demo I am curious what all of you thought. I for one have extremely mixed feelings about this new title. But if you check out their Official Website you will see a bunch of scrolling quotes that say other wise. Transformers is being called “One of the biggest Xbox 360 games of 2012” by IGN and Labeled and “An E3 Best of Show Winner” by Game Informer. I am hoping that there is something all these people got to see that we didn’t see while playing the demo.
In Transformers: Fall of Cybertron you will be transported into a time of the final days of Cybertron, the home planet of the Decepticons and the Autobots. You will get to experience the apocalyptic war between these feuding bots first hand as well as an “Adrenaline fueled journey” comprised of different missions and huge environments. Each of these missions and environments are geared towards every characters abilities, all of which are different.
Being a huge Transformers fan for as long as I can remember I was excited to take a sneak peek at this game. For me a Demo can be the deciding factor as to whether or not I will purchase a game. And in some cases if I will even rent it. As mentioned before I had mixed feelings about this game so rather than rant or rave I will simply break down what I did and didn’t like.
First of all we have the controls. I liked how they made learning them super easy and not annoying. They achieved a good flow by combining the tutorial with the story into regular gameplay. This allows you to jump right in without having to fend for yourself or regretting not doing the tutorial. It is however a little slow to start but if you are patient you will be running around fighting your enemies in no time. What I didn’t like was the stiff feeling of the controls while playing. Now I know this isn’t just my controller as the only movement that was difficult was turning to aim the gun at enemies. Everything else seemed to move normally.
Secondly we have the voice work. I was really impressed with the voice overs as they sounded not exactly like the movies but for the most part very similar. I can confirm that “Optimus Prime” is voiced by the same actor from the Transformers movies, Peter Cullen. Not so sure about the other characters. But either way I was impressed. Character selection for me is extremely important, especially in sequals, although this is a game and not a movie I still feel like it contributes to the over all feel of the game.
Thirdly we have graphics and more specifically character transformations. As we all are aware Transformers “transform” from bot to vehicle and for me this action would be vital in any transformers game as it is after all what makes Transformers Transformers. Over all I was not super impressed with the graphics but that is not to say I was completely disappointed. I did, however expect so much more. I mean, come on this is “TRANSFORMERS” we are talking about. I did really enjoy watching my character transform in the game and actually would do it over and over, but I would have preferred a little bit more. For example instead of just quickly changing from bot to vehicle and vice versa I would have enjoyed it more had time slow down as the transformation happened. This would have given a more dramatic effect in game that we got to experience in the movies. Maybe I am just a little too picky but I expect my Transformers to be “epic”.
Fourthly there was character specific missions. In Trasformers: Fall of Cybertron the missions and environments were geared and designed for specific characters and character abilities. And as you Transformers fans are all aware no two Transformers are exactly alike. In the demo you are able to select which character mission you want to play, I of course choose Bumble Bee because I heart him. To me this was ideal because I was able to choose my favorite character and enjoy the game how I wanted.
Finally there is the story. This to me is not as important in Transformers as the fighting and battles. And a lack of story would probably not effect the gameplay too much as long as they kept you busy with epic fights and boss battles. However, if you are all about the “story”, as I know some fans are, they do a great job of guiding you through the game with voice guidance form AI characters, pop ups with cues, and even blue markers guiding you along your way. If you don’t get too distracted by your objectives or destroying the crap out of decepticons then you will also get to enjoy the story.
Overall I felt like Transformers has a lot to offer but kind of fell short. I simply expected a lot more than what the Demo had to offer. I am hopeful this is not the case with the final release. Although I am not sure I will be running out to spend $59.99 on this title renting may be in the cards.
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is available August 21st and is rated T for teen. You can pre-order you copy here via select retailers. If you are considering buying this title but are unsure I strongly suggest you try out the Demo first. I have also provided the E3 trailer below for your viewing pleasure.