I had heard that all the Transformer games were crap. It was hard to accept that as a Transformers fan. So I finally broke down and bought both of non-movie based games. I have to think that everyone was referring to the games from the movies because Transformers: War for Cybertron is a really good game.
The game takes place on Cybertron before the familiar timeline when the Autobots came to Earth. The Decepticons are by far winning the war and the Autobots are on the run. This becomes more and more apparent as the game goes on. The campaign is split in two halves, the first of which you play as several Decepticons(including Megatron). You pursue the evil Decepticon goal of corrupting Cyberton with dark energon, killing as many Autobots on the way as you can. The second half of the campaign follows the Autobots as they try to save Cybertron and as many fellow Autobots as they can.
The story is close to great but I do have to stop short of that and leave it as very good. Through out the Decepticon campaign you get the sense of how ruthless and brutal they are willing to be in order to gain total control. In the Autobot campaign the feeling of desperation and resignation ring true. Be prepared for a few moments where it seems like non-sense, I’ll specifically point out the giant metal slugs. Rest assured that these questionable moments are scarce at best with the overwhelming majority of the story to be mindfully crafted.
The game itself is as solid as the story. Built as a third person shooter, you’ll get various weapons during the course of the game. Weapons vary from the standard machine gun type, to sniper/range based, to shotgun, and heavy like cannon and mortar. Never did figure out how to use the mortar effectively but that was the only weapon that wasn’t of use and that might have been more on me than the combat system.
This game sells for $20.50 at Amazon for the PlayStation 3 for a new copy. If you are looking to save a few dollars, GameFly can offer you a slightly cheaper alternative. Either way you won’t be disappointed. Don’t worry if you haven’t seen any of the cartoons or movies. This game is a stand-alone story and certainly stands on its own.