Transformers: War For Cybertron
[Three and a half stars]
Genre: Third Person Shooter
Transformers: War For Cybertron follows the adventures of everyone’s favourite alien robots before theyÂ crash-landedÂ on Earth, met Shia LeBeouf and Megan Fox and decided to make a movie series about it. And it’s this complete lack of anything remotelyÂ reminiscentÂ of the Michael Bay movies that make it such a joy to play.
The game takes place on the Transformers’ home planet of Cybertron allowing the developers at High Moon to create an atmosphere and mood that’s quite unlike the movie tie-in video game rubbish we’ve been treated to in the past. Sleek chrome, metal labyrinths, futuristic walkways give Cybertron a unique, futuristic look and feel that’s nothing like your bog standard grey and brown shooters.
In addition to being a really good looking game, the premise puts you smack dab in the middle of a civil war between the heroic Autobots and evil Decepticons. While the gameplay is pretty much a refined version of third-person masterpieces such as Gears of War and Uncharted but minus the ability to hide behind cover, War for Cybertron has slick controls and fluid animation that make up for this omission. Transforming from vehicle to robot and back is a treat and the level of detailing is immense. Throw in some really good co-operative gameplay modes and you have an almost endless amount of replayability.
Needless to say this isn’t anything like your motion picture tie-in game. A lot of thought has gone towards making this a valid, complete Transformers experience. However the steep price of Rs 3299, availability of only the PS3 version locally and lack of split screen co-operative and multiplayer modes leave us hesitant to recommend this to all but the hardcore Transformers fan.