I’ve just spent the last two days playing through Transformers: Fall of Cybertron and it is, without a doubt, my favorite game this year. High Moon Studios put a lot of their heart and soul into this game and it really shows. I’ve known since BotCon that this game was going to be epic, but I didn’t realize how much so until this weekend.
Continuing where War for Cybertron (WfC) left off, the game starts out with the Autobots scrambling to make an exodus from their dying planet. Like the first game the story flows effortlessly between chapters with smooth story transitions and cut scenes. Unlike the WfC, the different perspectives are woven together in a single timeline with the player moving smoothly from one to another.
A few large transformers make appearances through the game. First up is Metroplex, a city sized defense robot analogous to Trypticon from WfC. You don’t get to control him directly, but while playing as Optimus you can target his attacks at various Decepticon vehicles and weapons.
My favorite character is Grimlock, the giant fire-breathing robot T-Rex. Grimlock has a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde problem in that he can only transform when mad (though on command) and, if you aren’t careful, will switch back to robot form at the least opportune moment.
Later in the game you also get to take control of Bruticus, a combination of five legendary Combaticons, but I can’t say too much about that without some major spoilers. Let’s just say he kicks some proverbial robot butt.
Multiplayer has not changed significantly since the Demo, but there are a couple more game types and maps. They have tweaked the game, presumably to level the playing field for different weapons and class types. Details are posted on their blog here: High Moon Studios: Demo Change Log.
Wired: Great story and game play. It is obvious that the developers are true fans of Transformers and poured their soul into making this game true to the universe.
Tired: I only had one complaint about the story, early on, but can’t really reveal it without major spoilers. Leave a note in the comments if you would like to discuss it.
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Official Launch Trailer: