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Jul 9, 2010
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Transformers: War for Cybertron is a third-person shooter game serving as a prequel to the classic cartoon series. It cites back to the historical civil war between the Decepticons and Autobots in the world of Cybertron.
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Surely, the plot is a major aspect we should all be following, but what makes this game unique from other Transformers incarnations are its animation schemes, particularly the lucid act of transforming.

Our one good word to describe it would be "awesome."

To put it bluntly, Optimus Prime, Bumble Bee and the rest of the Autobots have the most fluid case of transformation we’ve ever seen in a Transformers video game.

Vehicle modes of the characters have also been changed into the likes of hover crafts and jet planes, which some hardcore fans might find inappropriate.

Still, the game stays true to character designs used in the cartoon series.

The controls are very smooth, responsive and easy to master. The variety of weapons available in the game is also a plus: machine guns, shotguns, grenade launchers, sniper rifles, missiles, you name it, buddy.

The single player mode is decent by its own, letting you choose between two playable scenarios. One is dedicated to the Decepticons’ quest to obtain the energon to destroy Cybertron.

Another features the Autobots’ heroic attempt to prevent Megatron from doing so.

While majority of the objectives have been challenging, the missions are very linear, which makes the campaigns very limited. On single player mode, there isn’t much you can do with it after you finish the game the first time.

The multi-player mode however, is another story. Modes that include a deathmatch, conquest, co-operative campaign, and escalation will leave you playing for countless hours.

In these modes you get to play as one of the four character classes: a Scientist, a Soldier, a Scout, and a Leader.

All four classes have their own version of pros and cons, but fight together and you shall succeed. That is, if you are not too busy fighting each other.

Aside from choosing your character class, players also have the option of customizing their very own Transformer, complete with level-ups, unlockable parts, and color customization.  

Transformers: War for Cybertron offers a very decent gameplay, a factor that previous adaptations of the series failed to deliver.

To put it ultimately, it could very well be the only Transformers game fans of the popular franchise deserve.

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WORDS BY JAN MICHAEL IPAPO

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