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Video Game Review - Transformers: The Game

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Transformers: The Game
Travellers Tales
X-Box 360, PS2, PS3, PC, Wii

Possibly the biggest of all the summer movies is the Michael Bay giant robot extravaganza, Transformers. And, as with all Hollywood popcorn movies, there is a new video game to go with the flick. The creatively titled “Transformers: The Game” is, unfortunately, a typical movie game. Short, with crappy controls, and just a little bit of fun, that saves it from totally sucking.

To start, the game gives you a choice of whether you want to play as the good guys, the Autobots, or the bad guys, the Decepticons. I would recommend the Decepticons, because they look cool, and you can smash stuff when you play as them and not be punished for it. After that you proceed to your first mission in a long line of mostly boring missions. You can wander around the city you’re in if you want to, but there’s really no reason to.

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All the side missions suck, and the environments are pretty bland. The story missions are where the real action is at, but unfortunately, there isn’t much of this real action. This is because the story missions have three different difficulty levels. The most common difficulty is “ so easy I could do this in my sleep”. The next, and least common, is “this is kinda frustrating”. The final difficulty is “Oh shit, I broke the controller in my frustration”. These difficulties are completely random, with the second level being one of the hardest in the game, and the final levels being some of the easiest.

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Another problem with the game is the overabundance of car-based missions. I know that the Transformer’s big thing is that they transform into cars, but if I wanted to drive around, I’d buy a racing game!

It really doesn’t help that the cars are nearly impossible to control, making the game much more frustrating.

The robot levels are much better, but that’s not saying much. Mostly they’re just smashing stuff up, and beating up other robots. At first it’s pretty fun, but after a while it gets really repetitive. Some of the Decepticon missions have you just destroy a small area, and these are the highlights of the game.

In the end, this game isn’t worth much more than a rental. If you like the idea of running around as a giant robot, and aren’t too picky with your video games, then pick it up. But if not, then avoid this game at all costs.

Just go see the movie

Score:3.5 out of 10