posted by pswilliams986 (ROCKY POINT, NC) Aug 28, 2012
Member since Oct 2011
I'm not a fan of Transformers but I heard a lot of hype about Fall of Cybertron and it's predecessor. You play as a few different characters and they all play differently. The stages make use of each of the robots' special abilities and actually make them fun to use instead of feeling tacked on just to make the Trandformers all feel different. Transforming into "car mode" is really fun during the combat too. The voice acting is so good, this game actually manages to tell a story better then the movies. Really good game, one of the better ones this year.
Picking up right where "War for Cybertron" left off, "Fall of Cybertron" starts off with a bang and rarely slows up across the single player campaign's 13 chapters. Changing things up from the last game, where you chose which character to play, you're placed in the wheels of a different Transformer (varying between Autobot and Decepticon) in each chapter. The gameplay is varied up quite nicely, going from straight shooting levels with Bumblebee, flying with Vortex, stealth with Cliffjumper, and platforming with a grapple with Jazz. You also get to play as a couple of larger more destructive bots- the levels with Bruticus and Grimlock really let you loose your inner Godzilla. The final chapter is a rollercoaster ride, going from character to character on both sides until the final battle, where you choose a side, determining the ending. Even with QTEs, the final battle feels suitably epic and is a satisfying end to the campaign, which lasts anywhere from 10-12 hours. It's worth replaying, both for the alternate ending and to find any audio logs you missed the 1st time. Multiplayer is a blast to play, giving you five modes to choose from (Escalation, Team Deathmatch, Conquest, Capture the Flag, and Headhunter). Also, you can create your own character for use in the multiplayer modes in all four classes (Infiltrator, Destroyer, Titan, and Scientist). Each plays differently and gives you different advantages on the playing field. Graphics are well done, though they look blurry in spots (mainly later in the game). Controls are smooth and responsive, the voice acting and music is superb, and the story is pretty good. There are some issues that do crop up, however. There is some framerate slowdown late in the game, but it doesn't last long. The game did freeze on me a couple times, requiring a restart of my PS3, but not everyone may experience this. Despite these technical hiccups, the game is very fun and a must play for Transformers, action, and shooter fans. 8.5/10