Transformers: The Game - PS3 - Game

Transformers: The Game for the Sony Playstation 3 was much more pleasing then the PSP and DS handheld versions previously reviewed here. The introduction of the game begins with Peter Cullen, the original voice actor of Optimus Prime, narrating explaining once again about the war torn home planet of Cybertron and the lost Allspark cube crashing to the planet Earth. Shia LaBeouf (Sam) and Megan Fox (Mikaela) are also used in the game for their respective characters and for the Transformers fan favorite Frank Welker, reprises his original role as the voice of Megatron. Like the other platforms, you once again have the choice of which faction you begin your campaign with, Autobot to Protect or Decepticon to Destroy.

The Autobot campaign starts you off as Bumblebee with a training type level so you can get use to the controls to transform, jump, shoot, driving/piloting in vehicle mode. During game play, you will hear Optimus Prime transmitting the main mission objectives. Then you are sent off to protect Sam from Decepticon drones in the next mission and eventually going head to head with Barricade. The next mission has you destroying radio towers and generators that are interfering with the beacon which must be activated after all interference is destroyed to summon your comrades. Once the Autobots arrive, the quest for the Allspark begins and you begin play with Jazz, Ironhide then Optimus Prime.

The Decepticon campaign starts you off as Blackout and the main objective is just to cause chaos by destroying everything in site until the Destruction Meter hits 100%. In the next few missions you will play as Scorponok, which cannot transform and stays in his scorpion mode and eventually switch back to Blackout and just destroy everything. After that, all the Decepticons make their appearance and the next playable character will become Barricade which takes you back to the first Autobot mission but from Barricade's perspective and on the hunt for Sam then continuing on as Starscream and Megatron for their hunt for the Allspark cube. The Sixaxis tilt controls is a neat feature to pilot Decepticons that can fly like Blackout, Starscream and Megatron.

As you progress through the game, you can unlock bonus material which may be found in the main start-up menu which includes movie stills, trailers, 80s clips, character art and also the ability to unlock playable G1 characters Optimus Prime and Megatron in their original forms.

In the game itself there is the main mission to complete and annoying sub-missions that are unnecessary to complete to win the game. Once the Autobot Campaign is complete, Robovision Optimus Prime will be playable and for the completion of the Decepticon Campaign, a playable version of the G1 color schemed movie Starscream. The sub-missions which test your gaming skills with time and controls which I mentioned are unnecessary to complete the game but you will be rewarded for you efforts when they are complete, you will be rewarded a G1 Repaint of movie Jazz which becomes playable. If you haven't realized yet, all three of these bonus features are Target Store Exclusive action figures.

Almost anything and everything can be destroyed or used as a melee weapon or tossed at the antagonist. I found that the projectile weapons were pretty much useless and hand to hand melee attacks were used most and worked the best. The only thing that you cannot destroy are the humans pedestrians which pretty much gets pushed to the side when you run into them in vehicle mode or try to step on them in robot mode.

The game play was a lot smoother and the highly detailed fluid graphics made the action on the screen more intense although there are parts through the game where the screenplay is dark and it is hard to see your opponent(s). The sound was top notch with excellent voice actors mentioned earlier and the controls were much more traditional of an action game as opposed to the handheld versions. On the downside, the camera angles and controls were hard to get used sometimes finding it hard to find you opponents and like most summer blockbuster action movies, the plot is thin and game play becomes repetitive destroying everyone and everything in site.

If you're just looking for senseless mass destruction in a simple plotted action game in full 1080p HD resolution, this one is for you. From my own personal experience, I don't think I've ever played a game based on a movie that really blew me away, but being a Transformers fan that enjoys beat 'em up action games, I really enjoyed this version of the game. But looking at it from an average gamer's point of view, it's probably not for everyone. For those XBOX 360 owners, the game itself is a port so the content itself is identical to the PS3.

Tech Specs
Game Play: 7.0
Graphics: 9.0
Sound: 9.5
Controls: 7.0
Rank (Average): 8.1

ReviewerGame Staff  
DateJuly 19th 2007  
Score 8 stars (8 out of 10)  

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