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Cybertron Adventures - Wii - Gaming

When Tformers.com was invited to a sneak peek of War For Cybertron over a month ago, we were able to sample offerings for the X-Box 360, PlayStation 3 and even the Nintendo DS. However, at the time there was no news on the Wii version of the game. The representatives there seemed tight lipped about the Wii version. We left imagining that the Wii version would take full advantage of the console's so far unique IR technology. We recently received a copy of Cybertron Adventures and we put it through the ringer.

Overview

Cybertron Adventures is a completely different style of game from War On Cybertron. For one, you do not choose which characters you play. You do, however, get to choose which faction you fight for. Each faction has it's own slant on the storyline, although the stories do tie in. For each level you play, you are assigned a character. Playable characters (in order of playable appearance) for the Autobots include:

Sideswipe
Bumblebee
Ironhide
Air Raid
jetfire
Optimus Prime

For the Decepticons, you get to play the following characters:

Megatron
Starscream
Soundwave
Skywarp
Barricade
Thundercracker

The level normally starts with a driving session. You do not get to transform at will in this game. In fact, you don't even get to explore Cybertron as a whole, as the game play is linear. The level will alternate between either a "Race And Shoot" while in Alt mode (or a 3rd person forward shooter in jet mode) or a 3rd person rail shooter while in robot mode. There are several checkpoints along the way, which are usually signified by when you change into different modes. Once you have finished the level, you will be graded on accuracy, enemies killed and time to finish. These will count towards a ranking. There are 5 ranks in all: Scout, Sargent, Cavalier, Lieutenant and Commander. Each rank gives you benefits, such as additional firepower capacity.

Controls

For this game, you'll need the Wand and Nunchuck. For the alt mode sessions, controls are as follows:

Nunchuck Wand

Analog: Steer left or right Cursor: Crosshair C: Not Used A: Fire cannon Z: Accelerate B(Held down): Lock onto target B(Released): Fire missiles

Note that you can't fire your cannon and fire your missiles at the same time. For the rail shooter mode, controls are as follows:

Nunchuck Wand

Analog: Select weapon Cursor: Crosshair C: Not Used A: Cover mode Z: Zoom on Target B(Most weapons): Fire B(Held down, for missile launcher): Lock onto target B(Released, for missile launcher): Fire missiles

Controls can be glitchy. If you get your character caught up in a sprite during the alt mode campaign, if could have fatal results. Also, the crosshair is too loosely calibrated in the rail shooter mode, so you'll have to fine tune your aim while shooting a gun.

Score: 6 - Controls can be a bit clumsy. Aiming can be frustrating.

Gameplay

Gameplay in either mode is laughably simple. For the alt mode campaign, simply steer left or right while using your cannon to clear debris or land based enemies. Also, be sure to use the light blue arrows on the pavement for a speed boost. At certain points, you will also have jumps to perform. Straying off the intended path will end up making you fail the mission, which then you will have to restart from the last checkpoint. You can also take damage while in the alt mode campaign, whether it's from running through debris or taking fire. Your health will recover slowly, though. This is especially important to remember while playing a jet based character, as they have slightly more freedom in movement (and slightly harder campaigns).

When switching between modes, or when moving to the next objective, there will be some FMV to view. You will recognize some of the voice overs, including Scott O'Neil and, of course, Peter Cullen. The dialog is pretty witty, and could be considered one of the better aspects of the game. During gameplay, there's also a lot of one-liners uttered.

In the rail shooter mode, your nunchuck will let you choose between 4 weapons:

Gatling Gun (Press right):Fires a repeated round of high speed rounds. Perhaps the most useful weapon of the game. Gun will require "reload" after roughly 10sec.

Blaster (Press down):Depending on the character, the blaster will work one of two ways. You will either be able to charge a large plasma shot, or you will have quick bursts of moderately damaging rounds. The crosshair is significantly smaller in Blaster mode than in Gatling mode. You cannot charge a shot while in cover mode.

Sniper Rifle (Press up):With the sniper rifle, you will need to use the zoom function for best results. Zoom (Z on the nunchuck) is available for the gatling and blaster options as well, but only give you a slightly better field of vision. With the zoom mode and Sniper rifle, you will be able to pinpoint far away targets. Note that while using Zoom, you can't cover and therefore will take damage. Once you have your target in sight, continue to press down Z while taking a shot with B. Most enemies will go down in one shot, larger enemies will require 2 shots.

Missile Launcher (Press left):Works the same way as in alt mode. Hold down B while targeting your enemies. Release B to fire a volley of missiles. Perhaps the weakest weapon on robot mode enemies, but your best weapon on air based alt mode enemies. The number of missiles in your disposal is dependent on your rank. Scouts have 4 missiles, Sargents have 5, etc.

The rail shooter mode is a breeze. To recover energy, simply go into cover mode. You never have to reload a weapon, though you will have to give 3sec to cool down your gatling gun and 1sec intervals between firing other weapons. The hardest parts of the game are the timed objectives, and that's only because the aiming calibration is so shoddy. There is also a bit of science as to how to best complete the timed objectives, which may require a learning curve.

In either mode, you have a multiplier. The more you actively mow down enemies, the higher your multiplier climbs, up to a 5x chain. Staying in cover or not having any targets will wear the multipler back down to 1x. This is important to know because at each checkpoint you will earn 1000pts. This can be up to 5000pts if you have a full 5x multiplier. And those points count towards earning your rank.

As for enemies, you mostly fight drones of various classes. The drones are vanilla for the most part, rarely indistinguishable. Occasionally, you will fight a main character, in which a health meter will be displayed for them. Their health will not rejuvenate, but you will have to fight them over several sequences of the objective. Also, you never actually destroy a main character. They normally get to run off or are otherwise captured.

Score: 2 - The only challenge is the timed mode, and that's not so much a challenge as it is agonizing.

Graphics

Playing Cybertron Adventures is like taking a trip back to 2004. While it's well known that the Wii isn't the best graphics based machine, you still feel like it could be better. Don't get me wrong, the main characters are done up very well. However, the backgrounds are mundane and the ancillary drones are droll. You'll also occasionally get caught up in a pixel trap while in the race and shoot mode. It happened to me twice, once while landing from a jump and once after the auto-transform to alt mode.

Score: 4 - Past the main characters, graphics are archaic in nature

Sound

The sound effects is perhaps the highlight of the game. The witty banter between characters will invoke a chuckle once in awhile. There's plenty of one liners and zingers to keep things from being completely dull. Sound effects are also decent. The background music is loud enough to be heard subconsciously while being soft enough as to not drown anything out. All in all, the only refreshing balance in the game.

Score: 8 - SFX could be sharper, but voices are spot on.

Extras

Sometimes, the ending to a game can be the difference. Sorry to report, the endings are just as vanilla as the game itself. You might actually feel disappointed once you reach the end, feeling like you got the equivalent of a empty Cracker Jack prize bag. As for unlockables? Don't count on new characters. All you get are galleries, which don't really contain anything awe inspiring. As you finish each level, you can also play a Challenge mode where you can up the difficulty. However, it really doesn't change the dynamics of the level any besides more enemies throwing more firepower at you. Yawn.

Score: 1 - If you like easter eggs, this isn't your game.

Value

It's not very often I give a product a scalding review. I have to make an exception here. This game is nowhere near worth the $50 MSRP put upon it. It would be difficult to even recommend this game if it were clearanced to $19.99. Why? Simply for the fact that the replay value is non-existent. You'll play through it once, wonder how to get 5hrs of your life back, then let it sit with your other "perhaps not so good" titles.

Score: 1 - If you spent $50 for this game already, you have my condolences.

Thoughts

I dunno why the Nintendo Wii gets watered down ports from other machines. I know the processor is inferior to that of Sony's or Microsoft's consoles, but there's no reason to take a perfectly good title and soften it to the likes of a marshmellow when porting it to the Wii. Then again, most 3rd party titles for the Wii take this approach. Cybertron Adventures is no exception. If you absolutely must try this game, do yourself a huge favor. Find it at a rental store or site. I guarantee that if you actually purchase it... you'll be sorry.

Console:Nintendo Wii
Controls Required:Wii Wand, Wii Nunchuck
MSRP: $49.99

ReviewerBlitzwing  
DateJuly 17th 2010  
Score 2 stars (2 out of 10)  
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ladywreck
2010-07-19
4:04 pm

I think this review of the Wii Game is SPOT ON! I rented the Wii game as soon as it came out. And I thought at first that it was okay. The game got easier as I got more into it. But I noticed that I was getting through the game fairly fast. Then my xbox 360 console arrived and I ran down and ... read more 
TRANS-lego-MaN
2010-07-18
7:26 pm

ha sorry to say but 2 out of 10, the 360 and PS3 version got what a 9 or 10, wow that really is horrible 
Blitz-Wing
2010-07-18
3:39 pm

It's all a matter of opinion. My score was based on these factors: 1) This game should have been more. A lot more. Instead of taking advantage of the unique opportunities the Wii has, they simply dumbed it down. 2) It was way too easy. At least give incentive to not come out, take a crap... read more 
PuertoRiCON
2010-07-18
9:51 am

Ok, so I read this review that the site put up, and having had the game since it broke its sale date, I must say this review is a little TOO Harsh. I posted a thread about my original disappointment at the game being an on-rails shooter. However after my original disappointment set in, I gave the ga... read more 
Jason X
2010-07-17
11:41 pm

I just looked it up for those who are interested. The code to unlock Silverbolt is: 10141. 
Jason X
2010-07-17
11:09 pm

No kidding, huh? Wonder how I missed that? 
ultrazilla2000
2010-07-17
10:51 pm

Silverbolt was an exclusive to Toys R Us...not sure if there's a code floating around or not though. I'm looking forward to getting the Wii game someday, from what I've seen, it's pretty fun, and the graphics aren't bad. 
Hip-Hoptimus Rime
2010-07-17
9:56 pm

Yeah, figures it's a crummy version, since all I have is a Wii. *goes back to Madagascar Karts* 
Jason X
2010-07-17
9:44 pm

Yeah, I've already played the heck out of the PS3 and DS incarnations of this game. Maybe I'll get it on clearance eventually. Hey, this probably isn't the place but I've unlocked 29 of the 30 characters in the DS game. All that's left is Silverbolt and I figure he needs a code ... read more 
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