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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.
The TRANSFORMERS are back, and this time they're in the hands of acclaimed developer PlatinumGames, who has married their over-the-top, stylish action with a major dose of nostalgia to create a TRANSFORMERS game like none other. The AUTOBOTS face off against DECEPTICONS when MEGATRON discovers a way to harness the enormous power of Plasma Energy to Cyberform Earth. Features: Surprise your enemy: PlatinumGames signature fast action allows instant robot to vehicle attacks, slam downs, counterattacks, and infinite combos for a unique master 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. Play again and again: 5 difficulty levels with overhauls in enemy composition, combined with a deep customization system, means hours of intense gameplay.
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Outside of DmC and Bloodborne; this is the best combat I’ve ever experienced. It’s quick and effortless, and very easy to learn (I became comfortable in no time). I’ve read complaints regarding the combat not having much depth to it, but I’m actually ok with that. I’ve never been a huge fan of games that force you to memorize tons of combos just to get through them. If I can be honest, I’m not going to use half of that ish anyway, so why bother? Transformers: Devastation has a light attack, a heavy attack, long ranged attack, a super attack, as well as a vehicle attack. After adding a few combos to my repertoire; I was a happy camper. As for playing ‘defense’, there’s no block button, but you’ll be able to dodge. If you dodge at just the right time, the action will slow down and you’ll be able to land a few blows (similar to Bayonetta’s witch time). Watching the combat on Twitch and YouTube doesn’t do it justice; you need to actually play it to get the full effect.
I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of weapons at my disposal! I didn’t have high expectations because I don’t recall the Autobots or the Decepticons having that many weapons in the cartoon, but I could be wrong. After all, I was like 8 years old; so do you expect me to remember? You’ll be able to equip four weapons, and I decided to go with: Devastator’s drill (my favorite), Menasor’s sword, Sideswipe’s flame sprayer, and a missile launcher that holds 15 missiles. Depending on which of the five Autobots you decide to play as; you’ll have a wide array of weapon choices. Off the top of my head; axes, hammers, swords, dual swords, cutters, gloves, freeze guns, wrecking balls, etc. Do YOU remember the 80’s cartoon having all of that?
The star of the game! I hope I don’t spoil anything, but most of your favorites are in here: Megatron, Starscream (my guy), Thundercracker, Skywarp, The Constructicons, (of course Devastator), The Insecticons, Bliztwing, Motormaster, Menasor, Soundwave, Shockwave, and I’m sure there’s more I missed! Most of these guys will appear in one on one boss battles, which is just fantastic!!! This isn’t the kind of game that’ll have you going from one kill room to the next, facing tons and tons of enemies. You’ll encounter a great deal of one on one battles and I wish more games would do that. I can probably count on one hand the number of times I had to face a large group of enemies, unlike some games I know *SNEEZE arkham knight* — Sorry about that, I must be allergic to the new cologne my wife bought me for Valentine’s Day… However, remember the aforementioned Decepticons? I had to face most of them on at least two separate occasions. That was a bit weird, to be honest with you. With most games, once I defeat a boss, I prefer to be done with him and not see him again.
You’ll be able to choose from five Autobots: Sideswipe (my choice), Wheeljack, Optimus Prime, Grimlock, and last and DEFINITELY least, Bumblebee… That wasn’t a typo, I indeed meant definitely least. Anyway, during the first chapter, you’ll be forced to play as Bumblebee and Prime, and from that short experience, I can tell you they all play quite differently. Once I finished the game, I surmised I’d played it for about 10-12 hours, but I could not have been more wrong. After checking, I’d only played it for 5 hours! That’s by far the shortest game I’ve ever played, but it was extremely fun and intense to the point that I didn’t realize how short it was. It’s the type of game that’s meant to be played through more than once, so I’m good with 5 hours. There’s also challenge maps that add a bit of variety to the game, if you’re interested in that type of stuff. As with every Transformers game I’ve played, the levels and environments are very bland, and they all look similar. There’s a lot of open space that begs you to take advantage of vehicle form; and that’s surprisingly rare for a Transformers game. It’s already been stated in several reviews, but put me on the list of folks that gush over how great the game looks (looks exactly like the cartoon). There are a few side-missions, but nothing that’s worth mentioning in detail… Judging by how the game ended, I’m thinking there will be a sequel. If so, I would like to see the inclusion of multiplayer. I’m usually against this sort of thing but I think it would be pretty fun taking on the challenge maps with an ally (similar to how God of War Ascension’s multiplayer worked).
To answer the question that’s on everyone’s mind — Transformers: Devastation is the best Transformers game I’ve ever played. Just for the record; I’ve played War for Cybertron, Fall of Cybertron, and Rise of the Dark Spark. If you’re the type of gamer that’s looking for a 20+ hour campaign on the first playthrough, this may not be your cup of tea. If you’re looking for some fast paced fun, I highly recommend this game, even if you were not a fan of the cartoon. All seven chapters are action packed to the brim, and I think you’ll enjoy yourself. Shovel Knight; you’re up next!
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.