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Third-person shooter Transformers: Fall of Cybertron was released yesterday in North America, but due to a last-minute bait and switch is still a couple of days off in the UK. I’ve cannoned my way through the singleplayer campaign, which I can tell you about below. A multiplayer report will follow, by the way – at the moment, the staggered release date and attendant timezone issues are styming me from being able to get any games in, but that will change very soon. > (more…)
I suspect Peter Cullen could tell me he’d just murdered my mother, eaten my cat in a sandwich and set fire to my feet and I’d feel impossibly comforted, just so long as he did it in his Optimus Prime voice. It’s that and many more giant robot-based, entirely unbreakable associations with childhood joy and wonder which means I’m excited to a slightly alarming degree about the sequel to a distinctly average action game. Launch trailer below, and, perhaps more usefully, some details on how to make the previous game, War For Cybertron, a whole lot less bland. (more…)
The eternal six-year-old in me is quite excited about Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, even though I am well aware I should have moved on to grown-up’s things by now. Well, someone make me a videogame about a cheese and wine party or paying the electricity bill and I guess I’ll play that too. First though, I wish to heed the call of the last of the Primes. Well, more specifically I want to play as Soundwave and Shockwave, but I suppose I can endure being the namby-pamby Autobots too. FOC has had a strange path to PC, having been initially denied to this platform after the devs admitted they didn’t have time to do it well (which was presumably the case for the perfunctory War For Cyberton PC port), before an additional studio, the venerable but little-known Mercenary Technology, was drafted in to make a dedicated PC edition of the robo-biff sequel. Concrete details on just what PC-specific improvements/features it’ll have are out, and it gives me hope that it might light our darkest hour. (more…)
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is coming out on PC after all, which means I now have free rein to get all over-excited about it – even if I am worried by all the grey corridors of its predecessor and the terrible choice of music in the below trailer. But, sound and pre-renderness aside, gosh! What a lot of fan service is in here. It’s got all my favourites – Shockwave, Bruticus, the Dinobots, Metroplex…. All that’s missing is my beloved psychopath Galvatron, my old, poorly-painted miniature model kit of which you can see above. Of course, they’ll need to kill off Megatron to get him in, but as technically FoC is a prequel to the familiar Transformers crashed-on-Earth-and-started-fighting-again tale I guess that can’t happen. Boo! They could go down the nu-comics route of making Galvy an entirely different character, but that’s just stupid. STUPID!
ANYWAY. Trailer! Exciting robots! Awful music! An Autobot the size of a city! Also on PC! Please have wide-open areas like this video suggests! (more…)
It's simply beyond their capabilities.
PC gamers were severely disappointed with the version of Transformers: War for Cybertron released on their platform of choice, a glitchy, bug-ridden mess with graphics capped at 30 frames per second, a by-product of console-centric design.
When Activision and High Moon Studios revealed the upcoming sequel, Fall of Cybertron, PC gamers were even more disappointed. Having written the initial article on the new game, I found myself bombarded by requests from players to get to the bottom of this disheartening situation. During a recent conference call with High Moon's game director Matt Tieger, I finally got my chance.
"There are a couple of reasons why that is," Tieger explained when I asked why no PC version of the sequel were planned. "Focus is one. I know that it's not a huge leap to do a PC SKU, but it is different. It's outside of our area of expertise, to be honest."
It's an honest answer, something the developer took away from the experience of creating the PC version of War for Cybertron, which Tieger said was a stretch for the studio.
"I think there are a few things that are inherent in what PC consumers are looking for that frankly we didn't deliver good on."
Things like customizing your user interface, remapping your controls, and "some of the voice over stuff," Tieger continued. "A lot of that stuff is easy or comes inherently on the console."
Not so easy on the PC, as it turned out. "We were spread so thin that I feel like we barely served that audience. Then there were some issues with continued support that were frankly beyond our control, but at the same time did not create a great experience for PC gamers that got it."
Rather than attempt to create a third version of Fall of Cybertron that the developer couldn't properly support, High Moon decided to skip the PC altogether. It was a hard decision, but one that makes perfect sense.
"It seems like so glamorous from the outside, but games are this constant struggle of tough choices; it just is when you're making a game. Despite the fact that it's an artistic creation, the technical constraints of how many resources you have and what you can do — you really want to try and do the things you can do well."
Better no game at all than a broken disappointment, right?
All I really know about the next Transformers game from the developers of War for Cybertron is that combiners might make an appearance, the plot sounds eerily similar to the previous game, and it's got Grimlock. That last bit alone is enough for me to forgive the seemingly repeating plot and the fact that Cybertronian Grimlock is somehow a dinosaur. If it really bugged me that much I would have complained about Trypticon in the last one, but that prehistoric bird has flown.
So, anyone else sold already?
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, a direct sequel to 2010 actioner War for Cybertron, is on its way.
GameInformer has the scoop but is being stingy with the details, only revealing that High Moon Studios returns on dev duty and that the Activision-published game continues the story of the civil war raging between the Autobots and Decepticons.
Its report claims that the title "changes and improves upon so many of the fundamental ideas that the developer considers the game a natural successor rather than a true sequel."
High Moon's first effort was solid enough fare, picking up a 6/10 from Eurogamer. See our War for Cybertron review for details.