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- Transformers Devastation PS4
- Transformers Devastation PS4
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The TRANSFORMERS are back, and this time they’re in the hands of acclaimed developer PlatinumGames, who have combined their over-the-top brawler action with comic book inspired art to create a TRANSFORMERS game like none other.
Surprise the enemy: PlatinumGames signature fast action allows instant robot to vehicle attacks, slam downs, counterattacks, and infinite combos to create a unique combat system.
Five playable AUTOBOTS: Wreak havoc on the DECEPTICONS as OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE, SIDESWIPE, WHEELJACK and GRIMLOCK.
Actors from the original TV series: Reprising their roles are Peter Cullen (OPTIMUS PRIME), Dan Gilvezan (BUMBLEBEE), Frank Welker (MEGATRON and SOUNDWAVE), and more.
Transformers Devastation PS4
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Transformers Devastation was developed by Platinum Games, which was responsible for the remarkably good Bayonetta 2 on the Wii U in 2014. Someone at Platinum must love G1 Transformers because this game is essentially a love letter to those fans.
The gameplay follows a mission-based structure. While the missions are fairly linear, there is room for exploration, often leading to hidden secrets or ways by which larger combat areas can be skipped entirely if you so choose. However, the combat is quite fun, with a combo system that, to me, struck the appropriate balance between being complex enough to keep things interesting and simple enough so as not to overwhelm. In addition to combat, there are racing missions, 2D sections, and some vehicle-based chases. Throughout the missions, there are weapons to pick up, and you can choose to synthesize them into stronger weapons if you wish. It's a light loot system, and while decent, it feels superfluous and unnecessary.
You get to choose from several main characters, such as Optimus, Bumblebee, and Grimlock, among others. These aren't reskinned versions of the same character though; each character has his own nuanced movements or combos that yield a differing gameplay experience.
The story is typical Saturday morning fare. Megatron finds a power source and seeks to become supremely powerful, the Autobots must stop him, etc. For my own personal tastes, I wouldn't have it any other way. Actually, I felt this was a far better representation of the Transformers franchise than a lot of other takes on the property because it handles the characters so well and keeps the focus squarely on them throughout the length of the campaign.
This game sticks to G1 Transformers in a lot of ways. The 1980s cartoon, when watched on DVD today, looks like an 80s cartoon. The game, of course, updates the visuals to use a cel shaded look that mimics the style of the cartoon appropriately enough, but stands out in its own right. There isn't anything uniquely special about the graphics, though the one thing I liked about them is that the cartoony visuals actually make the characters stand out a lot better from their more recent realistic counterparts.
Fans of the 1986 Transformers animated movie, I have the best possible news: Vince DeCola co-scored this game. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, the score for the 1986 movie is exceedingly popular in its own right. It is a synth and rock-heavy score that many fans still love and celebrate to this day, and of course those are the same fans toward whom this game is directed. The music sounds just right.
The voicework is also consistently well done. As I noted above, the story is not anything super special, so the script has some of that Saturday morning cartoon silliness going on, but the cast--most of whom are reprising their roles from the G1 cartoon--delivers and puts you right into the game.
I toyed with the idea of giving this game 4 stars instead of 5, but changed my mind. The price point of $50 on PS4 and Xbox One is frankly too high for this game. This is not a AAA blockbuster game warranting a $60 pricetag, but it is equally not a little indie game or downloadable title that justifies a $15-20 pricetag. The length of the game isn't anything special (it's just the campaign with the different characters and a challenge mode), but it feels just right.
Taking all of that into consideration, while I STRONGLY recommend this game to G1 era Transformers fans, I do so with the cautionary note that the price point is a tad high. If you see this game for $29.99 or less, I'd personally say that's the sweet spot. As with all Activision games, the price will eventually come down, possibly even by Black Friday, so just keep an eye out.
Price aside, this game is that mystical experience that G1 Transformers fans have wanted since 1985. Naturally, this means that most of us are in our 30s and 40s now, but on the bright side, it's finally here. I'm happy to report that Transformers Devastation is not only a good Transformers game, but it is a good game in general. It is not Game of the Year quality, but that isn't its ostensible goal. It seems that Transformers Devastation was born out of a pure, unbridled love of the G1 Transformers franchise, and was cultivated by the talented folks at Platinum Games. While this game has all the hallmarks of a game that should be discount bin fodder (no advanced reviews, based on a cartoon, etc.), it simply isn't.
I urge all G1 Transformers fans out there to pick this one up. I also urge Transformers fans in general to give this a try, and maybe to watch an old episode or two of the show (or watch the 1986 movie) to get a sense of what to expect. Quick cash-ins on popular franchises are a dime a dozen. This game stands out as an example of a high quality production that can still cater to and appreciate the fanbase for whom the game is designed.
Most definitely recommended.
Some people have complained the game is short and only took them 3 hours or some such nonsense. I suppose it's true if you speed your way through it, it can be completed in 3-4 hours but if you speed your way through any game, you're not going to get maximum enjoyment out of it. It took me about 8-10 hours on my first playthrough.
I decided to go through it again on hard because there are a lot of cool weapons and upgrades to unlock (plus I wanted to finish collecting everything) and the game was just too much fun to put down after a single playthrough. There are also a ton of challenge maps to play which are also a lot of fun. Overall if you're were a fan of the show growing up or if you like action games like Bayonetta and Devil May Cry, this is a must have. I absolutely can't wait to see what platinum games does with the Ninja Turtles!