Become the ultimate weapon. Fight to the end in the war that started it all. Wield an arsenal of lethal, high-tech weaponry and change form from robot to vehicle at any time as you battle through the living, metallic world of Cybertron.
User reviews: Very Positive (845 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 22, 2010

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"A heartfelt and genuine tribute to Transformers, made by people who give a damn. A great action romp with some fantastic nostalgic callbacks."

About This Game

Become the ultimate weapon. Fight to the end in the war that started it all. Wield an arsenal of lethal, high-tech weaponry and change form from robot to vehicle at any time as you battle through the living, metallic world of Cybertron. Separate Autobot and Decepticon campaigns take you from Autobot and Decepticon cities, to the Energon core of Cybertron, to the outer reaches of the orbital debris while pitting brother against brother and friend against foe. Experience Optimus’ rise to greatness and Megatron’s thirst for destruction. The balance of power between Autobots and Decepticons is in your hands.

Key Features

  • TWO DISTINCT CAMPAIGNS, ONE EPIC STORY
    • Play both the Autobots™ and Decepticons™ campaigns
    • Battle as your favorite Transformers character in this 3rd Person High Action Shooter
  • WAGE WAR ONLINE
    • Deep multiplayer game modes thrust you into a global battle
    • Team up with your friends and battle waves of enemies in Escalation Mode
  • CREATE YOUR OWN TRANFORMERS CHARACTER
    • Choose your character class, vehicle, weapons, attributes, skills, and upgrades
    • Level up and customize your character to fit your playing style
  • 3-PLAYER DROP-IN/DROP-OUT ONLINE CO-OP
    • Team up with your friends and fight through epic campaigns
  • CHANGE FORM FROM ROBOT TO VEHICLE AT ANY TIME
    • Instantly convert from robot to car, jet, tank or truck mode and attack your enemies from any angle

System Requirements

    • OS: XP/Vista/Windows® 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8 GHz or AMD Ahtlon 64 x2 Dual-Core 4000+ 2.0 GHz4 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2GB of RAM
    • Graphics: 3D hardware accelerator card required - 100% DirectX® 9.0c-compliant 256 MB video card and drivers*
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c (Included)
    • Hard Drive: 9GB of uncompressed hard disk space (plus 400 MB for the Windows® swap file and 12 KB free for saved games)
    • Sound: 100% DirectX® 9.0c-compliant true 16-bit sound card and drivers
    • Other Requirements: A 100% Windows® XP/Vista/Windows 7-compatible computer system
      Keyboard/Mouse 100% Windows® XP/Vista/Windows 7-compatible mouse, keyboard and drivers
    *Supported Chipsets for Windows® XP/Vista/Windows 7

    &nbsp - All NVIDIA® GeForce® 7900 GT 256 MB RAM and better chipsets (excluding 8400 cards)

    &nbsp - All ATI Radeon™ x1900 256 MB RAM and better chipsets (excluding Radeon HD2400, HD2600, and HD3450)
Helpful customer reviews
19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Giant robots. With guns. Coop. They turn into things. That also have guns.
10/10
Better than the movie.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
TL;DR: A wonderful game that gives Transformers justice. Very chaotic and immersive coupled with a compelling story. It's flaws are present, but not game breaking. Hail Megatron!

A grand justification to the brand. Transformers: War for Cybertron redifines the bots we know and love without straying too far from the G1 look and feel. This game is action packed from start to finish. Explosions and debris a plenty.

The graphics and gameplay are astonishing. From the opening cutscene you see Cybertron unfold like never before. High Moon Studios developed a game with a high degree for attention to detail, from fluid tranformations (that never get old) to moving to making the planet feel alive. When there was a full scale battle the player can feel like there are actual bots fighting on the allied side and the opposing side. One thing I didn't like was the scaling of the bot models. There should be a very noticeable size difference between someone like Megatron and Starscream.

The game mechanics are nice, but flawed. Shooting and switching weapons is very snappy and responsive on the gamepad and mouse. The melee system leaves too much to be desired. The animation can vary from being too delayed to being too prolonged. The ammo system can be very frustrating. Ammo is more scarce then I would have liked, but the reloading is fluid. I would have done away with the whole system completely. A cooldown method would have been more effective and immersive. Or maybe nothing of the sort at all. I also would have liked if the guns were for sci-fi like. The various weapons were too human-esque for my liking. A Bay approach to the weapons would have been worlds better.

Overall, I enjoyed this game immensely and I am eager to play the second.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Transformers was like my FAVORITE thing as a little kid and Optimus Prime was my HERO! This game shows the lore and the war of the days of Cybertron and the Autobot's struggle against the Decipticons. It has decent graphics, since the game is a few years old, great mechanics with a controller or mouse and keyboard, and a good storyline. You start off with the Decepticon campaign, then the Autobots, but you can decide when to start off at. Transforming into a vehicle never gets old and seriously helps you sometimes. It has a campaign where there's 3 characters to play as and the Co-Op campaign makes it re-playable. However, my only problems (this a a preference) were the style of the graphics vs. the graphics of Fall of Cybertron. (an even better game!) I''d give this game a 9/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Good game. But after playing for a few hours this game is design to be pretty forward. Go forward forward kill enemy open door kill boss the end. Next stage. I prefer the gameplay where the level design is a bit more sohphiscated where user can actually hide/cover behind object and flank them.
Secondly this game has no upgrade and no new charecter unlock. Making this game a forward linear game. Once you done that played that. You will not come back again.
Lastly I would say this game is faily short. So pick this game if only you are true transformers fan.

Autobots roll out.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
A very satisfying game.

It remains true to the core lore established in the original series and anchored well within the ofshoot of the Beast Wars that followed, it is an extremely rewarding trip to relive the beginning of it all.

Well worth the effort, and I would highly recommend it to any fan of the classic Transformers TV show.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
its a great game but i wish more people will play this game
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
82.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Great story, multiplayer is fun. Escalation is best on here. The feels have been felt. G1 please stay with me 5ever.
9/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Pre-Release Review
This game is fantastic, the story is great and the graphics kick ♥♥♥. The multiplayer community is still alive and well which is also amazing. If you are a Transformers fan at all you should own this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Metal mayhem! Transform from robot to vehicle to your tactical advantage in this immersive third person shooter! Brilliant game. The story is simply fantastic and very true to the franchises 1980s roots.

A must for any big Transformers fan!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Made by people who actually cared about the Transformers IP. A great experience to play; voice acting is top notch and some of the level design is exceptional, but the campaign is better enjoyed with two other people as playing by yourself can start to feel repetitive after a short while. If you're looking for a good Transformers video game, start here, then move onto Fall of Cybertron.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
WARNING: THIS GAME DOES NOT ALLOW YOU TO CUSTOMIZE KEYS
Apart from that big no-no, the unspeakable act of releasing a game for the PC without unmappable keys, it's a kick-♥♥♥ game.

When it comes to video games, the Transformers franchise has never ceased to disappoint me. Almost every Transformer video game that I've given a try were either terrible or mediocre at best.

This game however seems to have gotten it right. My initial reactions to it where along the line of: “This is what the movies should've been about” and “They let you do everything you see them do in the G1 cartoon...” That being: Transforming in mid-air, blasting stuff out of existence whilst spewing cheesy one-liners and exchanging campy dialogue.

Cybertron never looked so good. It really looks like an alien living or sentient mechanical world. Everything moves, like a gargantuan three dimensional mechanical puzzle and one of the thing I really liked is how the robots blend in with their environment. Enemies can be hard to spot, because they are part of this alien mechanical world and their appearance acts as a “natural” camouflage. This makes them feel like they really belong.

Music and sound effects are beyond reproach (in that there is nothing annoying). It has a cinematic score and everything sounds Transformerish. From the clunky metallic footsteps, the 'splosions to the robotic screams and that “Transforming sound” we all love so much.

The nicest thing about this game is that “Transforming is not a gimmick”. In all the Transformers games I've given a try, this is usually the biggest letdown. There is no point to transforming.
In this game however, you have areas where you obviously have to change into vehicle mode because speed is of the essence. Or some areas where you can't progress unless you switch to airplane mode. But in regular combat areas, I've noticed that you actually benefit from changing into vehicle or airplane mode, because then you not only have access to your vehicle/airplane weapons (which are sometimes more powerful or are guided), but you can get to cover faster, you're harder to hit and/or you can reach items faster then when you're on foot. Enemies also transform, they'll move faster in vehicle mode or they'll be airborne...they'll use different weapons...which requires you to adopt a slightly different tactic there as well.

The biggest letdown however in the PC version of this game, is that you cannot rebind the keys. If you're playing this with mouse and keyboard the way I do, you'll have to change to a US keyboard layout, and probably use a mouse that allows you to map keyboard keys. If you're left-handed, you'll probably want to use some kind of key remapper software. Why they released this game for the PC without rebindable keys is beyond me. It might be a first world problem, but it's kind of annoying because my keyboard layout keeps changing on me when I'm not in the game...

Apart from the lack of key-binding (yes, I like rubbing it in), I was immediately sold on this game a few minutes into it. Being a Transformers fan as a kid probably helped a lot, because the developers really “stuck to the lore and style” of the old Transformers sagas. If you like fast-paced third person shooters that don't bother with some kind of “cover mechanic”, you might like this game even when you're not into the whole Transformers thing.

PS: I'm not a fan of the Bay movies. I do like the design of the robots though, and the elaborate style of transformation, which this game seems to have burrowed from the Bay movies, but that's just about it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
epic ,nice ,great !
im love it
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
Really fun! Brings back the good old Transformers we knew and loved before the Bayformers came around. I experienced some glitches with the disk game, when trying to play online with a friend that had the steam version. It also didn't like the fps unlocker, so I got the steam version, and have has no glitches since then. Everything works properly and its a great story as all the other reviews will tell you. I'm not sure if the sequel to this game is absolutely necessary, but it adds to the nostalgia. Storyline wise, one could stick with this game and still handle everything just fine.

Multiplayer has some fun dimensions to it, and makes the game more fun to play. Over all, I'd say, "WORTH IT!"
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
74.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Great game, great animation, great multiplayer, great voice acting, great explosions that weren't made by Michael Bay!

10/10, would buy again
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
awesome
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
Woah. awesome game. it's very cool. >o<
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117 of 121 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
46.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2014
This is one of the most gratifying things about being an older gamer: when fans of popular franchises grow up and get jobs in the video game industry. A lot of uncharitable things can be said for media culture's habit of remaking, rebooting and rehashing old stories, but when it's done from the heart like Transformers: War for Cybertron plainly is, the result is very often a damn good time. See Joss Whedon's "Avengers" or Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" movies: both are exuberant love letters to their source material and it shows.

If you have fond memories of the 1980s iteration of The Transformers cartoon up to and including the 1986 movie, High Moon Studios' first TF outing is a high-octane shot of finely-tuned nostalgia. From the minute you start up one of the game's two single-player campaigns (one for the Decepticons, and one for the Autobots - just for story's sake, I recommend you play them in that order, although the game gives you the option to choose), you will feel like a kid again, plopped in front of the TV after school watching the Autobots smash the bolts out of some Decepticreeps. Peter Cullen voices Optimus for the umpteenth time and hits it out of the park of course, and while he is, I believe, the only voice actor present from the original series, the rest of the talent is excellent and written in exactly the same style as the old cartoons. So you get the familiar banter of Megatron/Starscream, Megatron/Soundwave (the original bromance), Soundwave/everyone, Starscream/Skywarp/Thundercracker, Optimus/Ironhide, Bumblebee/everyone, but also some not-so-familiar characters like Air Raid & Warpath, both of which are hilariously scripted and voiced and really feel like they could be right out of the show. The story is a straight prequel of the cartoon: Cybertron is a war-torn mechanical planet, the Decepticons want to grab all the power they can, the Autobots kinda don't want them to, someone gets a little too Dr. Strangelove on things and oops, we have to leave the planet because we broke it. You're not gonna get Spec Ops: The Line or Bioshock Infinite out of this -- it's robots beating the crap out of each other, innit? But it is a pitch-perfect story with a delicious topping of fanboyism and if you're the target audience even a tiny bit, you'll love it.

So what about the game itself? Well... I hesitate to say too much because my inner kid loves the theme-park-ness to pieces, but it is unfortunately a rather average third-person shooter. That's not to say it's badly done, it's not. Technically it's spot-on, it looks good and plays well, but does it do anything new? Not really. It should have a cover system, it doesn't. You can transform into whatever vehicle your chosen robot is, which is awesome, but it doesn't really matter other than stretches of levels where it's either transform or run a lot (and you run slow, but okay, you weigh ten tons). The controls for vehicle mode are kind of frustrating (game devs: no one enjoys driving with a mouse. It was new and weird in Borderlands, it's old and annoying now. It really is. Stop doing it) and it's disappointing that you don't get a greater sense of speed when you're in "boost mode". The guns sound great, but they could have more variety. The world certainly looks like Cybertron, which again: awesome, however all the metal-on-metal-with-the-occasional-sky motif can be a little boring. But Cybertron is basically Coruscant with less trees, so I'm not sure what else they were supposed to do. There's not a lot in the way of exploration, either for collectibles (there are some, but they very much feel like an afterthought) or just because, and it can't be called anything but a very linear experience. But that's more or less okay since it really tries to be an extended episode of the cartoon, and in that, it succeeds. Hugely. But... all of that does sadly mean that in my opinion if you have little to no desire in watching a bunch of robots shoot each other while making snarky comments, you will probably not miss much by giving this game a pass. There are much better shooters if that's what you want.

But if you are a Transformers fan at all, grab this. Grab it grab it grab it. It's fantastic, and I can't wait to play Fall of Cybertron.

(Quick note on multiplayer (and a quick note is all it is since I have no experience with it): it's supposed to be good. Fall of Cybertron is supposed to be even better. That's it! There are plenty of other reviews for the multiplayer side and the consensus is, again, "good". "Fun", even. I don't know what else to tell you.)
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103 of 110 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
To be honest, I have actually written a pretty long review-ey type thing talking about the many things this game did right and whatnot but halfway along the way, it didn't seem persuasive enough to recommend people to play the game.

So instead, I'm just gonna list 30 awesome things/moments I can think of off the top of my head as to why you should get this game and play the heck out of it:

1. It has Transformers
2. It is amazing
3. It uses a lot of G1 influences meaning all the characters are their loveable and awesome selves, just as you remember them as a kid
4. The robots have all been redesigned with a modern look but still manages to capture the essence of the cartoons
5. Peter Cullen
6. The gameplay is awesome
7. The transformations are seemless
8. The shooting is incredibly satisfying
9. The voice acting is god damn great
10. Megatron is so gar, you can't help but follow him
11. Optimus Prime is as gar as Megatron
12. The world building and the atmosphere in this game is so effective that you do actually feel like you're in a war in a dying planet filled with robots
13. You fight a boss so big and so powerful that you have to enter himself, disable him from the inside, escape his inside before he crushes you as he transforms, plummet from space to the planet below WHILE fighting the boss and then watch him crash land like a comet into the ground...
14. AND THEN fight him again cuz he's such a badass and that crash land was apparently just a 't'is but a scratch' situation before you can finally take down this behemoth
15. Incredible boss fights not limited to the one above
16. Scenery Porn (especially if you like metal-themed environments)
17. Memorable Characters
18. Bumblebee is voiced by Lelouch vi Brittania
19. Multiplayer Co-op
20. Catchphrases, One-liners, War Banters and Transformer Jargon are all music to your ears as you play
21. Did I mention the voice acting is great?
22. The voice acting is friggin' great
23. You can fly
24. You can drive
25. You can shoot stuff
26. You can shoot stuff while flying
27. You can shoot stuff while driving
28. You can shoot stuff while flying, transform to a robot and proceed to shoot more stuff, transform into a jet and zoom past the baddies and into a sniping point, turn around, shoot stuff, transform and shoot stuff with your sniping weapon :D
29. You can shoot stuff while driving, ram into the enemies, shoot stuff while reversing, transform and shoot them in the face, run up to them and melee them in the face, transform and drive away :D
30. This game made me realise how incredibly bad the Bayformers were.
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69 of 73 people (95%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Transformers: War for Cybertron is a good Transformers game. Wrap your brain around that. High Moon Studios clearly cares about the franchise, and went to some lengths to include a large number of popular Transformers, as well as lesser known ones. This game is not related to the Michael Bay movies. Even if the action is a little repetitive, it's a bold move to make a three-player coop, no cover system, third person shooter nowadays. The voice acting is fantastic, and the last couple missions are really awesome. If you like Tranformers, It's a solid A. For everyone else, it's a decent action game.
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76 of 95 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2014
This game has nothing to do with the horrible Michael Bay movies.

10/10
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