Play as your favorite characters from both the 4th TRANSFORMERS movie and Cybertron universes!
User reviews: Mixed (305 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 24, 2014

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Includes 5 items: TRANSFORMERS™: Rise of the Dark Spark - Thundercracker Character, TRANSFORMERS™: Rise of the Dark Spark - Skywarp Character, TRANSFORMERS™: Rise of the Dark Spark - Glass Gas Cannon Weapon, TRANSFORMERS™: Rise of the Dark Spark - Electro Bolter Weapon, TRANSFORMERS™: Rise of the Dark Spark - Stinger Character

 

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Skywarp: He has never been interested in power or conquest, only the pursuit of knowledge. He joined the Decepticons to produce powerful weapons and experimental systems for use in combat.

Thundercracker: A Decepticon Seeker: a master of flight and aerial combat. He defected to the Decepticons with Starscream and Skywarp and now serves Megatron.

Stinger: A silent and mysterious bot. His motivations are unclear, but his prowess in battle is nothing to be trifled with. There may be more to Stinger than meets the eye…

Glass Gas Cannon: This weapon creates a distortion field in mid-air, suspending opponents in mid-air and rendering them helpless before sending them smashing into the ground at high velocity.

Electro Bolter: This weapon launches deadly harpoon-style projectiles. The kinetic energy of these projectiles knocks enemies back on impact and can even pin them to walls.

About This Game

Explore two unique worlds as your favorite TRANSFORMERS characters from TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction and Cybertron universes!

  • Includes Over 40 playable characters from two different universes!
  • Change Form Anytime: Effortlessly switch between robot and vehicle form!
  • Beyond the Movie: Weave your way through Earth and Cybertron universes in an unforgettable battle to secure the Dark Spark.
  • Epic Multiplayer Battles: Expanded four-player co-op online escalation mode with new upgradeable defenses and challenging Power Foes!
  • New Unlock System: Leveling system spans campaign and escalation, allowing players to unlock rewards that will aid progression in both modes!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6 GHz or AMD Phenom X3 8750
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8800 GT series with 512 MB RAM or ATI Radeon HD 4850 with 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Broadband connection and service required for Multiplayer Connectivity. Internet connection required for activation.
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
With High Moon butchered and sent off to make Call of Duty ports for the rest of eternity (hereby referred to as The Activision Purgatory), Rise of the Dark Spark is a game built over the grave of the phenomenal "Cybertron" series of games, by new developer Edge of Reality, the studio that bought you... err, The Incredible Hulk. And the console port of Dragon Age: Origins. With a pedigree like that, what could go wrong.

Technically, there's everything in this that made War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron work - appealing third-person shooting, familiar faces and voices from the G1 Transformers cartoon, and gimmicks hooked in from the Transformers universe that are, admittedly, as compelling as they have been, if nowhere near as fresh. It's deprived of a soul, though.

It's a product, built and manufactured with devious precision, from the inclusion of the Michael Bay film universe to satiate marketing drive, to scenarios that seem to be outright ripped from prior games. Very few new things happen in this game, instead opting to be some kind of weird, bad DLC for Fall of Cybertron, only selling at full-price, as a tie-in to a often-derided Transformers universe, at least by fans (the same fans that made the High Moon games successful). It's an insult, albeit a perfectly playable one, with a confusing plot, bored actors, tried-and-true gameplay that has nontheless run its course and has been sucked of all joy. Also, it is really ugly. Ech.

No-one deserved this. High Moon especially, their legacy trampled on as they scream silently in The Activision Purgatory. Rise of the Dark Spark, bafflingly, takes two of the most intensely passionate games of the last decade and turns it into the definition of "shovelware". I could recommend it to people who really, REALLY want to play more of Fall of Cybertron but much, MUCH worse - and if that sounds like it could be fun to you, well, bully t'you, but it's not exactly my idea of a good time, and I don't doubt most would agree with me.
Posted: September 26
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
29.4 hrs on record
I'm a huge fan of Transformers and this game was just a great failure! Really!?! After those great games WfC and Foc(War for Cybertron, Fall of Cybertron) we get this. The campaing sucks and WE HAVE NO MULTIPLAYER! Only escalation(it's the only good thing in the game). No new weapons, just 5 new characters who are from Bayformers... and if I remember right 8 maps to escalation mode where players fight together agains 15 waves of enemies. Thats it. SPOILER WARNING!!! The campaing start in cyberton and the transformers are looking for the mysterious dark spark. After many of boring levels(the leveld don't even fit to FoC storyline) we get to earth AND THE BAYFORMERS UNIVERSE! After great story in the other games before this stupid game, the makers of the game decide to kill everyone! Well Optimus, Bumblebee and Drift are alive... but everyone else is DEAD. No Unicron, no continuing the old story, just combaining Bay's movies and the old good games. The story really SUCKS. There is still some new things: You can level up your character in campaing and escalation(it doesn't effect the game anyway) to level 25, and then you can activate "Prime mode". It means that you have level your character again to level 25 and unlock all characters and weapons again. What is the point in it? And from like achievements and completing waves in escalation you get gearboxes. When you open those boxes you get new weapons, characters, abilities, and upgrades. First its fun, but after a while it will be very boring! You get like 100 gearboxes in 2 minutes! Well not really that much, but I think you get it. The graphics are the same they were in FoC, and controls too. Buy this only If you are a big fan of Transformers. I'm so disappointed to this game... maybe next time we get a better one? :) This was my first review in Steam, I hope it helped you. I give this game 3/10. Sorry Edge of Reality, High Moon Studios just makes better Transformers games.
UPDATE!!! I was wrong about the story(I went to wiki to check it). The Dark Spark just appeared in the movie universe. But, the story is still very bad. :(
Posted: October 6
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
After a complete play thru I can honestly say this.
If you're a Transformers fan from the classic era then this is a good game.
However the controls at times are buggy and sometimes won't even respond.
The game play feels very dry at times also and the in-game check points sometimes
reset you at the very beginning of the level instead of where you last left off.

The story well, it is possibly the dumbest story I have ever heard of ever.
I'm sorry I just can't in good conscious say it was a amazing story the best way to put it is.

"I have this one object that can control the will of others and bend the fabric of the universe to my will let's go back in time and jump-start a war so we can profit from it."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95IWT0VaZXI I think the only good thing about this for me was I got to play as the giant transformers and wreck everyone for about 5-10 minute intervals which I am okay with and in final thought multi-Player mode also now non-existant.

Gamers-Haven
Posted: October 12
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
Now, I've been a Transformers fan for God knows how long. When this came out, I decided to test it out. Overall, it was good.
PROS: 1. You can transform anytime you feel like it
2. Fluid combat
3. Nice variety of weapons
4. Variety of Cybertronians to play as

CONS: 1. See where I said 'You can transform anytime you feel like it.'? Nope. The "developers" lied. (Used the word developer lightly.) Sometimes during combat, you'll see the same red text stating: 'Can't change form here.'

2. Fluid combat? Kind of. Only with meele combat. With your shooting, your mouse is going to go all over the place when you first play it. You'll get used to it. *Cough* Never *Cough*

3. This is one of the BIGGEST issues of the game. Your simple ol' mouse! Apparently in the last mission in story mode, you need to meele Lockdown. You just notice that your laptop dosen't have a middle mouse button to meele him. Now for me, I had to go to Best Buy, and buy a NEW MOUSE for 23.99 just to finish story mode. What kind of crap is that? Whoop-De-Damn-Do.

4. Last But Not Least: AI
Yeah, your enemies provide a good fight, but they move like some of those characters in the PS3. They move like they have to take a squirt really badly. Also, when they take over, and your dead in front of them, how come they don't fire until seconds later...? So much for AI.

Look, don't get me wrong, but this game could use some serious work. I know, nothing is perfect (Except Sprite, Hey-Ho!) and it'll change over-time, but I'm just being honost. Wether you want to spend $59.99 on this, that's up to you. e_o
Posted: October 18
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
(Sigh)

So this game really surprised me, and it wasn't because of the movie aspects tied into the Cybertron world. Seriously, I felt like they were on a journey all about the samurai Autobot... I couldn't care for his redemption story, I wanted a solid story about Autobots versus Decepticons. And the whole Lockdown movie... well you know what? The only fun I had was when the game shifted into the Cybertron world.

Also, the campaign does run at a smooth 60 frames per second Locked, but that is actually what I expected for the PC port. I was very responsive and fluid, and I truly enjoyed the controls.

BUT... (sigh)

The Multiplayer isn't what we would consider multiplaying... Its more like a horde mode where you pick a side and have waves of Autobot/Decepticon come at you while picking from uncustomizable avatars. You can't build your own Transformer like the previous titles from High Moon Studios (WTF, where were they when this was getting made...?)

Most noticeable, is that the PC multiplayer is fixed to an astounding 30 frames per second!!

Now wait, wait, don't thumb me down, let me explain. PC isn't console, and its architech is different; it can handle more load and more graphical demands. If you give me 60 frames per second during the campaign, which is more demanding due to voice overs, graphical demands and musical tracks, why can't I get the same thing in multiplayer? I would think that we would benefit from a higher fps due to competition.

I still would recommend this game, but only because after the lame intro campaign and you get on Cybertron. After that, its back to the movie aspect which is basically a cut a paste. The multiplayer aspect is bleh, because of the locking of frames, you won't find the fluid gameplay that you want on PC. I also found it funny how right after the community wasn't heard about this game's locked multiplayer frame, Fall of Cybertron multiplayer had an abundance of activities and I literally played for the next 10 hours FULL SERVERS!!

Get this game on a sale or on ♥♥♥ if discounted... Its not worth $49.99...
Posted: October 7
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
good
Posted: September 27
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19.4 hrs on record
i have war and fall of cybertron.they are great games. thi game is very simmilar to war and fall. i don't know why a lot of people hate this game. maybe they dont like that its not made from high moon? anyways i have done 3 missions so far. its pretty good. so far its slightly worse or about the same as war and fall. it would be better is there wern't little tiny drones that were way too powerful. that was the only thing i didn't like beacuse this one part you had to infiltrate 5 rooms of powerful bots and drones but besides that its great so far. defenitly worth getting if you have the money and like games like war and fall of cybertron...
Posted: September 26
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16.9 hrs on record
Terrible game, the multiplayer was great, but the story was absolutley horrifiyingly terrible
Posted: October 4
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20.6 hrs on record
While i recomend this game i do have a few gripes well only really one The fact that escalation has crashed and hasnt been fixed but other than that i enjoy this game is decent though it does feel rushed.
Posted: October 23
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734 of 960 people (76%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
If you're played the other two Cybertron titles you'll know that they had no right being as good as they were; the first was a solid third person shooter with an enjoyable story, co-op and a good multiplayer. The second game improved everything about the first game, removed the co-op for a better campaign mode and had a really good multiplayer mode. Where's this game fall into place? Bottom of the barrel.

I've only played one mission (about 20 minutes in) and part of the second and this game is a massive disappointment. The first mission has you as Drift, a new autobot from the forth film who's a Samurai that blurts crap about "honor" but has a deep voice that makes him sound Native American. Right. Oh, and you're also on Earth and things are going down all over the place. You're just dropped into some conflict without any explanation and Lockdown (the seemingly villian) is already established as the enemy. I take it you'll have to see the movie first for this to make any sense. The gameplay is the same from the first two titles, you mow down enemies, transform into vehicles and use special abilities. This game each character has a unique ability, in the case of Drift you get a one-hit-KO attack where he dashed to any nearby enemies and kills them. It looks really really bad. Speaking about looking bad the environment looks awful, you get a drab looking city without any details that looks like it's from a game made 10 years ago, painted brown (of course) and the characters really just don't fit in. Character models look great by the way. Except their vehicle modes, not because of a lack of detail but because I don't think they licensed any vehicles. So instead of turning into a Bugatti Veyron like in the film you turn into a generic sports car that somewhat resembles a Veyron, like how Rockstar does for the GTA games so they don't have to pony up the money. I didn't get a chance to play as the other characters in the intro and Bumblebee and Optimus didn't Transform so I can't say if all vehicles are imitations of what they're supposed to be.

The second mission I was playing as Shockwave and Soundwave on Cybertron and it looks just like the old games which is really nice, Cybertron has lots of detail and the characters really fit in. They also retain the aesthetic the first two games established and the same voice actors reprise their roles. All is well on Cybertron. But I'm not sure why I'm there? If you remember the end of the last game all of the characters battle on the Ark and get lost in the depths of space in a cliffhanger and presumingly to arrive on Earth but nothing is explained here. The first mission I was already on Earth and the second mission I'm on Cybertron? Again? After we already left? I'm going to assume the rest of the story explains it and that the game is taking place during the other two and after the other two games. At the same time. Or something.

Last but not least, and the greatest offender and the whole reason why I can't recommend this game:

There's NO multiplayer.

Well, there is, but in only in the co-op "Escalation" mode that was in the previous two games. You fight waves of enemies with friends on different maps and nothing more. This mode was never populated in either of the previous titles because the team deathmatch was just so good. I've dumped more hours in Fall of Cybertron's multiplayer than I have in most of my Steam titles. It was that good and if you've played it you know that I'm right. I was hoping this game would improve upon it, give us more characters to use in multiplayer and repopulate the playerbase which at this point is lacking in Fall of Cybertron. It's ironic that the team that made this game, Edge of Reality, made their mark with the multiplayer only "Loadout" and then completely scrapped the best mode in the Transformers series in favor of a bad campaign and lazy horde mode.

Don't buy this game and instead buy the first two and enjoy the hell out of them and join me and the many Russians that still play Fall of Cybertron's multiplayer. I hope that if his series is to continue, it's under the hand of High Moon Studios. I will amend my review if I feel the game gets any better as you play further into the campaign.

Update: 3 hours into the game I'm on Chapter 8 out of 14, there's probably 2 hours left into it. The game has stayed mediocre throughout, but thankfully most of it takes place on Cybertron. I actually haven't gone back to Earth, though I'm guessing the end chapters take you back. So far everything has been a rehash of the same art assets from the previous two titles but don't live up to either games' level design. You even get to play as Bruticus again and it's completely boring; you're in a small area and you spend 10 minutes fighting three different types of enemy and nothing changes. There's a lot of areas where you have to fight wave after wave of enemies and can't progress until you kill enough enemies.

The dialogue is fantastic though, and you get to play as a lot more characters in this one which is a really nice touch, but the rest of the game doesn't hold up. If you're a big Transformers fan and you have to play it, wait until it's $15.
Posted: June 24
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296 of 388 people (76%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
I really, really love the Cybertron franchise but as a loving parent and devoted fan I have to slap this one silly.

So where do I begin ?
I did not like it and I don't recommend the game. It's sad to see something that I really like assembled in sush a lazy way with no love or care put in to it. The way the game is played is EXACTLY like its predecessor Fall of Cybertron, with little to no effort to optimize. It's littered with re'used animations, props and models from both Fall and War slapped together in a lazy and awkward manner. There are also lots of inexcusable texture fails as well as some really awkward animations in the cutscenes. As an artist this really got on my nerves. The level design was also random and awkward with random prop everywhere or the lack of any with a single console in the middle of an empty room.
[Edit: What I mean is that many times the game feels really flat with empty rooms and flat textures. Other times I see pieces of the world placed strangely serving no purpose, it's just there.]

Playing this game made me feel like it was Colonial Marines all over again.

The audio was inconsistent and the com link had this strange and really annoying sound, was driving me nuts ! It got bugs and glitches everywhere, the companion A.I. is really bad too. It really feels like an unfinished product.
Lastly the Story feels like a really bad fan fiction ... There are 2 story lines, Bayformers and Cybertron. The first 2 or so chapters begin with Drift in Bays universe discovering the EVIL plot device ‘The Dark Spark’. The rest after that is pretty much just explaining how "the EVIL plot device" got there in the first place through the Cybertron universe. And then there's another 2 er 3 or so chapters in the end again with Bayformers with MIGHTY GRIMLOCK !!!! Slapped in there at the last moment as a ‘glorious finish’.

Honestly it's all a real mess and the Bayformers part feels really off from the rest of the game.

But ... I did really like the dialogs. The interactions between the characters were as awesome and wonderful as always. It had an interesting level and upgrading system. I will say that the game works smoothly in combat, the vehicle forms are still a little clunky. But I say that cuz’ it's more or less exactly the same as Fall of Cybertron.

Does this make up for all terribleness in this game, no. Do I recommend this game, no.
However as I wrote, I did like the characters, they’re awesome. Shockwave, is. Weird ...
So it is worth a look at ... But please for the love of everything that is Transformers !!
Do NOT, pay full price for this game !!!

Or maybe, watch a game play of it first ?
Just to make sure you really wanna spend money on it.

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Edit: Thoughts on Escalation.

I don't like escalation that much I'm more in to tdm multiplayer; sadly Dark Spark did not have one. However Cuz' it's so identical to Fall I can see why they did not have one. But anyway; the escalation is definitely one of the games strong points but the maps do suffer from the things I've mentioned previously. And the bad A.I. doesn’t help. This version of escalation does provide a lot more freedom in both characters and gear, you can mix and match as much as you want, (This also leads to some characters gettin' a tad ooc "out of character" e.g Grimlock with stealth and sniper). However I felt it lacked a sense of progression and the dispensers were placed a little odd, or I dono, it was a lill' off to me.

But in the end, I can see the charm in it. Personally I got bored with it rather quickly. Felt more or less like a DLC to Fall.

Edit, edit:
Ya know what ?
Sooo Mungry says it all: (Escalation)
http://youtu.be/_DlzwV5vd_4

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Rating: 4 / 10 "Steves" Had its moments ...
+ Dialaugs and characters
+ Escalation mode
- Everything else !!
Posted: June 24
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310 of 448 people (69%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
WARNING: This game is locked to 30 FPS for the multiplayer portion. The campaign runs at smooth 60 FPS.

Pros:
- Coat of polish to the old and recycled assets from previous games to make them look good.
- The cybertron half of the game is great.
- Top notch voice acting
- uhhh...

Cons:
- Difficulty spikes. Sometimes you have to fight little drones which are like over powered aimbots. They have extremely high accuracy, very small hit box, and very high rate of fire and damage.
- 'Cinematic' 30FPS for multiplayer portion (it is locked at 30 FPS. No way to change it. Tried altering V-sync but to no avail)
- Recycled animations/models/multiplayer maps
- Cut scenes are so bad its funny
- Grainy low-resolution cut scenes
- Unfinished details in environment
- Only 2 new earth multipayer maps, both of which are very small
- They didnt bother to recycle/add more maps, making the game feel lacking in content for a full priced game
- New assets (eg. models/textures/FX/Animtions) look like cheap ♥♥♥♥
- Very little new content, most content is recycled
- Campaign is very short
- There is no PvP competitve multiplayer, only 4 player coop horde mode (Escalation)
- Escalation is only 15 waves

If you are huge transformers fan and are willing to look past these flaws, pirate the game, see if you like it, then buy it if you like it.
Posted: June 24
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123 of 170 people (72%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
A weak storyline, trying (and failing) to combine the War/Fall of Cybertron and the movie universe, making it more confusing than it should be. Added to the lack of PvP multiplayer, It's lack luster.
Posted: June 24
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84 of 110 people (76%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
When I heard about this game, I was excited about it. But after playing this...I somewhat felt like the game isn't worth its price tag. Note that I will be comparing this game with War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron.
*Spoilers are here*
Plot: The game's plot iss underplayed. For a game that focuses on the Dark Spark, the Dark Spark nor its holders did anything. Lockdown did use the Dark Spark to simply time freeze the Autobots but never capitalize on that. Megatron only used the Dark Spark to create what I will call Terrorcon based from Transformers Prime. Other than that, Megatron never use the Dark Spark to his advantage. In contrast, War for Cybertron focus on Dark Energon. As such, Megatron utilizes Dark Energon to corrupt Cybertron tippng the balance. Thus, I feel as though the entire Rise of the Dark Spark's plot is just another Autobots vs Decepticons fight with nothing that can tip the balance.

Gameplay: This game is similar to Fall of Cybertron in terms of control. Progression is different. Instead of gathering energon shards from killed enemies, you now have leveling system. Leveling doesn't boost your character in the campaign. It only serves as a means to reaching Prime mode. Campaign and Escalation are linked with each other. So, if you level up in the campaign, your level in Escalation will be the same as well as the amount of EXP you have. Unlocking and upgrading weapons depend on gear boxes that you get from challenges and leveling up. While this sounds good, it's not. Every time you open the box, you have a chance to earn random items from weapon unlocks, upgrades, TECH item, HACK, and so on. With that said, it can get frustrating to go through many boxes and not get a weapon upgrade to get the last upgrade.

In terms of the game overall difficulty (assuming you play it on normal), the game tends to spike in difficulty. For example, in a mission where Starscream, Shockwave, and Soundwave are searching for the Dark Spark, they come across a group of Guardians. Okay, nothing too difficult...right? No, there are small drones identical to CLUTCH that can destroy in less than a second. Why? Because they hit very hard. Two or three shots can rip your shields and possibly kill you off. Again, these things are tiny and hard to see. Thus, you have to slowly progress through the level while keeping an eye in the air for one of those nasty thing.

For online gameplay, you are left with only Escalation...yes, no online competatitve multiplayer. While I'm not a big PVP kind of person, having no online competative multiplayer make this game not even worth the $50. While Escalation is fun, but I have seen people just simply spawn camped the enemies make the game even less of fun time.

Graphic/Presentation:This game is similar to Fall of Cybertron but a bit lesser. The Earth mission areas are somewhat barren especially in the city. The only minor redeeming factor is the looks of mission areas in Cybertron...but it's something that I've already seen.
The game does have its own soundtrack, but the majority of the music you will hear is from Fall of Cybertron. This is true when you are playing on Cybertron.

Summary:Overall, I would not recommend to buy this game until the price is down. Even then, you probably won't get your money's worth if you have played the previous game. If you want to get into the Transformers series, this is not the game you want to play.
Posted: June 28
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28 of 46 people (61%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Right off the back there's just something wrong with this game. Gee I wonder what it.. IT'S TRYING TO LINK THE BAY MOVIES TO THESE TWO AMAZING GAMES (well really just the new one but that's beside the point)! But that's only where it begins! Because the game takes place on two worlds there's two different stories in the game. One that takes place on Cybertron showing how the Dark Spark got to Earth, the other bieng on Earth is just a story that takes some where in the new movie.
Another thing about the game is the controls, everywhere and I do mean EVERYWHERE it displays the controls as if you had an XBOX 360 controller plugged in. Luckily it's not to hard to figure out and during the actual game it says for example "Press A or Spacebar to Jump".
The friendly A.I. isn't to good either sometimes getting stuck in a place that they just shouldn't forcing you to restart from your last check point and hope it works this time.
They've also gotten rid of the online multiplayer battles which is kind of dissapointing but they did leave escalation which is in my opinion now one of the main selling points of the game and possibly saving it from a lower rating from me. This time there's a level system in both escelation and the campaign which are linked. Every time you level up you get a gear box which contains random loot such as weapons, weapon upgrades, Tech, and characters to use in escelation. Your unlocks and levels for escelation and the campaign are linked so you don't have to play a lot of it to get more stuff for it.
While it definetly isn't the best Transformers game out there it certainly isn't the worst so I give it a 7/10.
Posted: June 24
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27 of 45 people (60%) found this review helpful
41.6 hrs on record
It's not amazing but it's like an add-on for FOC. Good game, but don't buy at full price if you've played FOC. It won't be worth it.
Posted: June 26
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148 of 274 people (54%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Once you get past the first mission, then the greatness of the previous two games sets in. The earth scene is a little boring and lacks a lot of detail. (little disappointed) But beyond that, cybertron universe is what you would expect, with high detail and a lot of s*** going on in the background. The story takes place somewhere right before the events of FOC. And the gameplay is nicely familiar to the previous titles, with new approaches to said familiar assets. So esentially you'll feel like you're playing FOC again with minor differences. They implimented a much better use of the T.E.C.H. than the last game (which i never used in the last game) and it allows a new thing called Hacks, which handicap you in some way for a nice exp boost. (nice little side challenge). The only multiplayer option is escalation but it's a much much beefier version of the last one that allows you to play as any of the playable characters in the game and lets you outfit their loadouts to suit your play style. I still honestly prefer FOC team deathmatch but this really isnt too bad and its a much better step up from previous escalation. If you're a true transformers fan, and you can get over the crappy detail of earth, stop reading reviews and get this game. (earth detail is really the only complaint i have.)
Posted: June 24
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97 of 178 people (54%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Okay.Time to stop bashing it like I have and be completely honest about how the game plays. Here we go

First off, this game is CLEARLY developed as a CYBERTRON title. All the aspects of models from the Cybertron series are (THANK YOU HIGH MOON STUDIOS). My gripe at this point though is when you watch enemies in cutscenes, they move like they are some retro 8 bit version of themselves sliding and not running. They don't look like they belong in the place they are. With this is my only problem in the Cybertron universe.

NOW. Going to the review on the EARTH side of things. OBVIOUSLY this was a work in progress title for the Cybertron series. Once word of the movie got out and a date was released, you can CLEARLY tell that models were implemented and put in with the care that the actual movie games have been made (none at all). The buildlings are drab and have little color to no texture. The cutscenes for earth were actually missing bot textures and frankly, I did not like opening the way it did (opinion). This part of the game (On Earth) could have been polished WAY more than it was.

My next gripe is the audio. I have a Tiamat 7.1 surround headset. During gameplay, it's AWESOME. Come cutscenes though, I find myself having to turn the volume up because the speech audio is VERY low during these times. Speech audio during levels however seems to be okay. What went wrong here?

The lack of multiplayer WILL be an issue for me once SM is completed. But i'll just go back to FoC for that.

Overall. I will say that I am enjoying the game. Was it worth 50 bucks? Hell no. Am I still happy I added it to my collection? Sure am. It's Transformers. For those saying it's only taking 4-5 hours to beat. Up the difficulty to Hard like I did. It's not a cake walk, but it's not a super hard challenge either.
Posted: June 24
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65 of 118 people (55%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
While not as extensive as Fall of Cybertron, this game didn't disappoint me.

While I haven't finished it yet, I can safely say I am enjoying it. It looks fine graphics wise, sound is good (though a little repetitive at times) and voice acting, as always, is top-notch. Familiar voices, too - which is always nice.

Not many significant changes in mechanics, but that can be a plus as well as a minus depending on your perspective. I'm perfectly fine with having something I already know how to grasp.

The story itself is intriguing, to say the least. Thirty minutes in and I'm already suffering what most refer to as fangasms, encountering Cybertronians that have not been present in the franchise before and that are so very familiar, the Insecticons being the first example that comes to mind. I'm really interested in knowing how it develops, and I'm more than intrigued by how the story takes place on both planets seemingly simultaneously.

Oh, and did I mention I love the comic relief? Dialogue is well in line with the previous games, and so very much in character.

All in all, considering that the game is cheaper than its predecessors, it's a solid 8/10.
Posted: June 24
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17 of 28 people (61%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Overall 1/5

WARNING: DO NOT BUY THIS GAME

This game is a complete waste of money, and the most regrettable purchase I've ever made on Steam. It is SHORT, approximately 4 hours, with time wasted doing little achievements and challenges. The game feels completely unfinished and rushed, the storyline is pathetic. Nothing about the game makes sense, nor does it tie in to the previous two games in any real fashion. There is NO resolutiont o anything regarding the "War for Cybertron" universe. In fact, there are only a couple of levels even set in that time frame. The levels that ARE set in that time, occur BEFORE the "Fall of Cybertron" storyline, and are in no way reflected in the "Fall of Cybertron" game. Just a little pocket of non-relevant missions that in no way contributes anything to any storyline. There are bugs and glitches EVERYWHERE. GAME BREAKING bugs that will forcibdly close your game, or force you to reload an earlier checkpoint. Combat and hit detection is clunky, delayed, and completely unpredictable. Horrible terrain and pathing leads to getting hung up on 6 inch stones on the ground. Cutscenes are giant pixelated blocks of pre-rendered garbage, and audio levels throughout the game are completely butchered. Sounds are either blowing out your speakers, or you can't hear what characters are saying. This game is GARBAGE, I've never returned a game in my life, but if I could, I would return this. This seems like some programming student's ISP for graduation. Amateur trash with no storyline, every character is the exact same, just a different skin, same missions, same combat mechanics, same wapons. DO NOT BUY THIS GAME, EVEN IF IT IS ON SALE.

This game has RUINED this series for me. I will NOT ever buy another game released in this series.
Posted: June 29
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