by Ryan Cope
previewed on PS3
What Happens If I Press This Button? (cntd.)
Since the Transformers are all living robots they can interact and intertwine themselves with all sorts of electronic devices. If they want to access a computer they will do a form of transformation and literally link themselves into the system, downloading whatever information they need or unlocking giant doors that are ten times bigger than themselves (if humans thought that the transformers were big they’ll have a field day with the size of Cybertron). This doesn’t just apply only to neutral objects but to weapons as well. If you blast an enemy to scrap with your cannon, you can pick up his machine gun and adapt it into your own body, transforming it to match your personal colours and style. Turrets are activated by transforming and attaching yourself to them in the same way as a computer console, technically making yourself part of the weapon. Once finished firing from your position you can rip it from its place and use it elsewhere.
Built with the Unreal Engine 3, many see the game as Gears of War with colossal robots, but you will find no cover system here. Switching into vehicle mode will keep the fire away from you as you speed away (or into) heated battles. While it is not as effective as hiding behind a piece of cover, it still gets the job done. Transforming is the way forward... literally. The action is fast paced, linear and forces you to stampede onwards in a blaze of destruction. Being able to change between robot and vehicle mode at any second makes the gameplay dynamic, giving you plenty of room to strategically play around with. Making the gameplay even more tactical, you are given control of three different transformers in each level, all with an individual class and set of abilities to utilise.
We Are Stronger In Numbers!
Co-op is available for the campaign, though only online, allowing you to play through the main stories with friends. After completing what looks to be an awesome main game, there is plenty of opportunity to continue the fun with a multiplayer mode. For the first time ever in a Transformers game you will be able to create your very own Transformer, take control of it in and face-off against other people online. Aside from being able to select their chassis, armour, colour and vehicle mode, you can level up your Transformer, unlocking new unique abilities (similar to the system in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare) and weapons, customising your very own individual Autobot or Decepticon.
There are four different class types, Soldier, Scout, Scientist and Leader, all with different class abilities and styles of gameplay. Soldiers are the front-line warriors, running headlong into battle with their machine guns and maces. Scouts can use stealth abilities to get sneak up on an enemy and strike them from behind. Scientists can heal downed transformers and support Soldiers and Scouts, while Leaders keep the groups together with power bonuses.
Autobots, Roll Out!
With beautiful designs, an engaging and long-awaited storyline, iconic and loved characters, fast paced action and one of the best sci-fi worlds ever to explore, to say that this game looks amazing is an understatement. Transformers: War for Cybertron looks like it has got enough action, story, shooting, driving, flying, smashing, crashing and exploding to get your blood pumping, or oil if you’re a great big cybernetic living organism from a far away warring planet.