Combaticon Awareness Week! Day 3 - Bruticus Reimagined Part 2: Fall of Cybertron
RAC - Thursday, November 19, 2015
The first reimagining of Bruticus didn't exactly mean the return of the Combaticons, since the characters' names and personalities were nothing like the G1 versions - but for the second instance of the Combaticons Reimagined, that changed. Today, we're looking at the game and toys that reintroduced the classic Combaticons (or at least their very similar counterparts from an alternate universe), Fall of Cybertron! Read on to learn more.
Fall of Cybertron: The Game
High Moon Studios' Transformers games were technically set in the Aligned continuity of Transformers Prime, but much like IDW's earlier comics, the design sensibilities were along the lines of a more elaborate, gritty version of G1. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron brought more variation to the third-person shooter gameplay of the first in the series, War For Cybertron, by adding more gameplay options than shoot, drive, and fly. With a narrative that shifts from character to character instead of distinct stages, the Combaticon segment of the game starts you off in control of individual team members and culminates in your playing as the nearly-unstoppable Bruticus. Then in the final chapter, after running around as Bruticus smashing things and being unstoppable for a second time, you play as Jazz and are tasked with stopping Bruticus.
Sadly, the confrontation between Grimlock and Bruticus teased in the trailer never comes to pass, but the time you get to spend as Bruticus is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the single-player game.
Generations: The Toys
2012's Generations lineup focused on the character designs seen in Fall of Cybertron, with Bruticus - the largest and most complex combiner in a very long time - taking center stage. The original character names were brought back this time and applied to detailed robots with Cybertronian vehicle modes.
Swindle, the Cybertronian Dune Buggy voiced in the game by Steve Blum, is sporting a head that wasn't really right for G1 Swindle... which is something we'll explain another day! Swindle is the best-feeling of the individual Combaticons, and the only one I'd recommend as a Deluxe unto itself without Combiner considerations entering into it.
Blast Off, the Cybertronian Spacecraft, was voiced by Keith Silverstein in FoC. His big bulky shoulders are kind of weird, but otherwise he's one of the better Deluxes.
Vortex, the Cybertronian Helicopter, was voiced by Dave Boat. Sure, why not a space helicopter? Vortex is skinny and his articulation is weird, but his swords are really cool.
Brawl, the Cybertronian Tank voiced by Nolan North. He's okayish as a tank, and makes an interesting and solid foot, but otherwise he just seems kind of... off. The robot mode is far too small and slim for the character as portrayed in the game.
Speaking of far too small: we have Onslaught, the Cybertronian Assault Truck voiced by Travis Willingham. As the torso of Bruticus, Onslaught makes a lot of concessions for that mode that really do him few to no favors as his own bot.
Bruticus, also voiced by Nolan North in the game itself, was wonderful to have after so long without combiner teams - but it has issues that have dogged many modern combiners to various degrees. Most prominently, a torso that doesn't hold together super-well, creating balance and posing issues. An issue unique to this set of molds is that Onslaught, as a Deluxe that other Deluxes plug into, is really not bulky enough to be the torso as shown in the game. The arm and leg sockets on the other Combaticons have to serve double duty; putting them where they belong to be knees means they are very high up on the arms, making for extra-long arms and the overall proportions of an emaciated gorilla. (Unless you use the slightly awkward-looking alternate transformation for Blast Off and Vortex devised by ExVee and see above.) Each of the four Combaticon limbs features built-in hands and feet of extremely variable quality, which is one major reason why the external accessory pieces of Combiner Wars were a welcome sight.
Perhaps Bruticus' best feature which was not carried over into Combiner Wars is that the Combaticons' weapons can be combined in a variety of larger configurations for Bruticus to use. ...unfortunately, some of those configurations require Onslaught's back-guns, which are load-bearing parts of Bruticus' already problematic torso. Oops!
The first version of Bruticus offered for sale was a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive, with a paint job more closely matching what was seen in the game. This deco was also reissued later in a Platinum Edition set with a recolor of Fall of Cybertron Grimlock.
And of course TakaraTomy did their own version, which splits the difference between the two Hasbro versions, opting for a blue Onslaught but going with more vivid versions of the SDCC Bruticus' limb color schemes.
As with the G1 molds, Generations Bruticus would be used often. Besides the uses seen here as this specific Bruticus there are two more - and we'll get to them in later installments!
TFormers Member Comments
NO COMMENTS YET!!! - Start the Coversation by Posting Yours Now!
If you own a gaming-capable PC and haven't played Transformers: Devastation, Transformers: War For Cybertron, or Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, you're in luck! Valve's Steam downloading service is holding a sale from now to the 19th of this month on Activision's Transformers titles for the PC platform: Devastation, FoC, and the poorly-reviewed Rise Of The Dark Spark are each $9.99 in the US, while WFC will set you back $5. Each of those is easily worth the amount involved... except maybe Dark Spark. Keep reading for a link!
Prime yourself as the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons continues in this thrilling online slots game, brought to you by Genting Casino & Live Casino. You'll feel like you are at the heart of the action as you are thrown into the fight between these arch enemies. If you are a follower of the Autobots, you'll be keen for the Optimus Prime mystery feature when you play Transformers: Battle for Cybertron, in which you'll see a triggered event destroy all Decepticon robots.
RFC's own Brian Kilby is currently streaming a gaming marathon in support of Extra Life, the gaming charity that benefits the Children's Miracle Network! Currently Brian is wrapping up the Transformers part of the block with Transformers: Fall of Cybertron! Click through to watch him play, see the schedule of Transformers games for the evening, and get a link to donate to the cause!
Arguably, one the best Transformers game made was Activision's 2012 release of Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. With its massive scale, and vast quantities of Transformers best Heroes to battle. The characters were so popular, many of them have been realized as Transformers action figures.
What's not surprising, is the follow up to "War For Cybertron" game is not done yet with new ports to the Xbox One and PS4 platforming being released by Microsoft and Sony on the same day, August 9, 2016.
This exciting news as fans can revisit these games on modern consoles for the full HD experience. Read on for the full details and links below.
Videogamer.com reports that the Taiwanese rating body for video games has recently assigned ratings to a number of Activision games from the previous console generation for release on PS4 and Xbox One. Among them is High Moon Studios' excellent Transformers: Fall of Cybertron! It's unknown exactly when the games will see current-gen release, but it's not the first time Taiwan has inadvertently broken news about upcoming titles. Keep reading for more details!