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Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

Postby Seibertron » Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:41 am

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Just moments ago, we received the following information from Activision regarding the upcoming Transformers Prime game for the Wii U.

TRANSFORMERS PRIME(TM) Wii U(TM) FACT SHEET

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:

Based on the smash hit, award-winning animated television show produced by Hasbro Studios on The Hub Network, TRANSFORMERS PRIME lets fans play as their favorite AUTOBOT characters and embark on an action-packed adventure to save the earth from the evil MEGATRON and his new secret weapon. In the single player campaign, players will step into the roles of OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE, ARCEE, AUTOBOT RATCHET and BULKHEAD as they explore unique vistas all around the world with brawler-style combat and diverse driving sequences. Along the way, gamers cultivate friendships with Jack, Miko and Raf - the human characters from the show - as TEAM PRIME sets out to protect mankind and eliminate the DECEPTICONS once and for all. The game also features intense multiplayer modes that allow fans to choose from 11 different TRANSFORMERS characters from both factions.

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KEY FEATURES:

* Interact with TRANSFORMERS characters like never before - Designed for the unique interactivity of the Wii U(TM), the game allows fans to tilt their gamepad to steer BUMBLEBEE through a collapsing canyon, upgrade OPTIMUS PRIME’s combat abilities through their gamepad touchscreens, and more.

* Epic TRANSFORMERS Gameplay in HD - The game utilizes the power of the Wii U, featuring dazzling visuals in 1080p resolution with authentic character models straight from Polygon Pictures, Inc., the Japanese CG animation studio for the TV show.

* Jump Straight into the Action - With the humanity on the brink of survival, players will fight through heroic battles in a huge variety of 3rd person action brawling, shooting, driving and melee combat, all the while wielding the power to change form and power up each AUTOBOT with unique weapons and special abilities.

* Play as Iconic and Fan-Favorite Characters - Fans will get to play as all their favorite characters from the show including OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE, ARCEE and more to defeat MEGATRON, STARSCREAM, THUNDERWING and the DECEPTICON army.

* Explore a Brand New Storyline to Continue the Saga - The game centers around an epic campaign with original story set directly within the TRANSFORMERS PRIME universe, allowing players to forge close relationships with the humans Jack, Miko and Raf and embark on a journey to exotic locales such as Greece, South America and even outer space.

* Challenge Your Friends and Test Your TRANSFORMERS skills - Players can choose from 11 different playable characters from both the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS factions to compete with or against their friends in adrenaline-pumping modes such as Brawl, Battle for Energon and Emblem Match.


Publisher: Activision Publishing, Inc.
Developer: Now Production Co., Ltd.
Release Date: November 13, 2012
ESRB Rating: "E10+" (Everyone 10 and older - Fantasy Violence)
Suggested Retail Price: $49.99


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Here are some screenshots that Activision provided us. One word should sum up these images ... THUNDERWING!

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Bumblebee versus Vehicons!

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Bumblebee in vehicle mode versus Dreadwing

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Arcee battling an Insecticon

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Arcee battling Insecticons

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Optimus Prime sans face shield

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Thunderwing revealed!

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Optimus Prime versus Thunderwing
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Re: Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

Postby Noideaforaname » Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:52 am

Oh snap, Thunderwing! And he's HUUUUUUGE!!
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Re: Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

Postby BeastProwl » Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:54 am

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This will probably be one of those games you pick up and play through once, had a bit of fun, and never play again. It shows promise, I'll give it that much. But I'm not holding my breath.

What IS cool, is that Dreadwing must be in their, piloting him! I can see the 3rd parties, drooling! :twisted:
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Re: Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

Postby Hypershock » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:09 am

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Holy s*%#! Thunderwing is frickin massive! He looks like dreadwing plus megatron though
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Re: Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

Postby leokearon » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:09 am

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BeastProwl wrote:This will probably be one of those games you pick up and play through once, had a bit of fun, and never play again. It shows promise, I'll give it that much. But I'm not holding my breath.

What IS cool, is that Dreadwing must be in their, piloting him! I can see the 3rd parties, drooling! :twisted:


Since is a tie-in it will probably be rushed with Thunderwing being the only thing of note, still if Thunderwing was don't like a mech-suit and done as a Cyberverse vehicle/playset, I wouldn't complain
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Re: Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

Postby starwarrior1227 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:53 am

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i can only speculate three things:
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b. this game is ok
c. nintendo lied when they said that the WiiU would be more powerful than
the ps3/360 OR this game has been rushed, BADLY.
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Re: Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

Postby mattwhite924 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:19 am

starwarrior1227 wrote:i can only speculate three things:
a.this game sucks
b. this game is ok
c. nintendo lied when they said that the WiiU would be more powerful than
the ps3/360 OR this game has been rushed, BADLY.



I bet they took the Wii version and just threw some better textures on it. Probably trying to get the game out for launch window.
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Re: Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

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Re: Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

Postby Down_Shift » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:06 pm

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I'll happily buy a Wii U and this game when it comes out!

I don't get the comment about dreadwing piloting Thunderwing. Does it say he does somewhere and I missed it? :???:
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Re: Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

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Re: Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

Postby Autobot032 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:23 pm

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I'm...really not impressed with those graphics.

I just received the emails from Nintendo and GameStop heralding the WiiU and read up on it. Sounds all fancy schmancy for $299-349.99, right? I wasn't impressed, really.

And now, I'm really not impressed. I don't know if they rushed the game, or if that's the console's limitations, or what, but that just doesn't look great. I mean, I've seen better graphics on Android. I have N.O.V.A. 3 and the graphics blow this game out of the water.

I paid $.99 for it. This is $40-50.00!

PASS.

If this is due to the console's limitations, I'm honestly surprised. It has a Radeon GPU in it. I'm usually not swayed to Nvidia or AMD/ATi, but AMD has fully impressed me with the APU in my laptop. A $400.00 laptop capable of playing the Batman Arkham series on medium to high settings... A laptop. Yeah.

So, I'm more than a little stunned that an AMD GPU would look this bad. It has to be the design of the game, or the WiiU sucks in other departments.
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Re: Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

Postby Sabrblade » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:46 pm

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Re: Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

Postby XDMan » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:52 pm

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Looks like Thunderwing will be the final boss!

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Re: Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

Postby Ballistic90 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:07 pm

This looks like a crappy, quick port from the Wii/3DS version. The character models aren't very detailed, but there's minor improvements to the textures, and some easy lighting effects thrown in. Judging by how other WiiU titles look, this game was a last minute decision. Can't say much about the gameplay, though. That might have been decent already, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
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Re: Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

Postby Ballistic90 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:10 pm

Autobot032 wrote:I'm...really not impressed with those graphics.

I just received the emails from Nintendo and GameStop heralding the WiiU and read up on it. Sounds all fancy schmancy for $299-349.99, right? I wasn't impressed, really.

And now, I'm really not impressed. I don't know if they rushed the game, or if that's the console's limitations, or what, but that just doesn't look great. I mean, I've seen better graphics on Android. I have N.O.V.A. 3 and the graphics blow this game out of the water.

I paid $.99 for it. This is $40-50.00!

PASS.

If this is due to the console's limitations, I'm honestly surprised. It has a Radeon GPU in it. I'm usually not swayed to Nvidia or AMD/ATi, but AMD has fully impressed me with the APU in my laptop. A $400.00 laptop capable of playing the Batman Arkham series on medium to high settings... A laptop. Yeah.

So, I'm more than a little stunned that an AMD GPU would look this bad. It has to be the design of the game, or the WiiU sucks in other departments.


Compare NOVA 3 to COD Black Ops, then, or Assassins creed 3. This game in specific looks more like a money grab. But if you prefer to dump on a console based on a single port, then go ahead.
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Re: Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

Postby PrymeStriker » Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:27 pm

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While I do agree that the graphics look like **** to me, it won't stop me from buying this game. I want to see how Prime crosses from Season 2 to 3 with the Rage of Dinobots and this. :twisted:
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Re: Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

Postby Autobot032 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:35 pm

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Autobot032 wrote:I'm...really not impressed with those graphics.

I just received the emails from Nintendo and GameStop heralding the WiiU and read up on it. Sounds all fancy schmancy for $299-349.99, right? I wasn't impressed, really.

And now, I'm really not impressed. I don't know if they rushed the game, or if that's the console's limitations, or what, but that just doesn't look great. I mean, I've seen better graphics on Android. I have N.O.V.A. 3 and the graphics blow this game out of the water.

I paid $.99 for it. This is $40-50.00!

PASS.

If this is due to the console's limitations, I'm honestly surprised. It has a Radeon GPU in it. I'm usually not swayed to Nvidia or AMD/ATi, but AMD has fully impressed me with the APU in my laptop. A $400.00 laptop capable of playing the Batman Arkham series on medium to high settings... A laptop. Yeah.

So, I'm more than a little stunned that an AMD GPU would look this bad. It has to be the design of the game, or the WiiU sucks in other departments.


Compare NOVA 3 to COD Black Ops, then, or Assassins creed 3. This game in specific looks more like a money grab. But if you prefer to dump on a console based on a single port, then go ahead.


It probably is a money grab, but I also dump on the console because I had a Wii. It turned out to be rather terrible. I don't regret getting rid of it. I pulled my GameCube out of storage and I've been happy with it. (Only thing about the Wii I miss is the component video connection. The GC doesn't have it unless you pay $80-125.00 for an import cable from Japan.) I realize this has full HD graphics (1080p) and just one game will not a console make, but after being burned by the Wii, seeing this game and knowing that PC gaming usually outclasses consoles in terms of graphics, I have every reason to knock the unit.

And Activision.
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Re: Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

Postby BeastProwl » Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:42 pm

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Do i really need to cement my point again about a good game not needing good graphics? PC owners who bash consoles always come off as snobbish and entitled. Bashing the Wii U is a bit dumb. seeing as how nobody here actually has one because it's not yet been released. TF Prime looks like a lazy port, but dont bash the system because of it.

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I tried not to laugh at this. I tried so hard. But I just couldn't help but to laugh out loud upon looking at ratchet again.

And It was me who said it looked like it would be Dreadwing Piloting it. I thought for some reason that the little dude inside the Thunderwing pretender shell was named Dreadwing. I dont know were I picked that up, honestly.
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BeastProwl wrote:Do i really need to cement my point again about a good game not needing good graphics? PC owners who bash consoles always come off as snobbish and entitled. Bashing the Wii U is a bit dumb. seeing as how nobody here actually has one because it's not yet been released. TF Prime looks like a lazy port, but dont bash the system because of it.

dedcat wrote:Ratchet looks deep in thought. Probably trying to figure out where his nose went.


I tried not to laugh at this. I tried so hard. But I just couldn't help but to laugh out loud upon looking at ratchet again.

And It was me who said it looked like it would be Dreadwing Piloting it. I thought for some reason that the little dude inside the Thunderwing pretender shell was named Dreadwing. I dont know were I picked that up, honestly.


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Re: Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

Postby Mindmaster » Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:10 pm

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Thunderwing toy please.

Looks okay-ish, but FOC beats it clear out of the water just like it does Halo: Reach.
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Re: Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

Postby RazorSlash92 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:14 pm

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Probably just gonna go with the 3DS version. Mainly because I'll never shell money on the Wii-U, that looks absolutely awful to me.
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Re: Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

Postby Hypershock » Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:14 pm

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so will it be on the Wii as well, or only the WiiU?
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Re: Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

Postby peacethrotyrrany » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:02 pm

Hypershock wrote:so will it be on the Wii as well, or only the WiiU?


God I hope not, I don't want another Cybertron Adventures experience again.
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Re: Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

Postby Sabrblade » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:16 pm

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Re: Activision's Wii U Transformers Prime Assets (includes Thunderwing reveal!)

Postby OmicronZero » Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:19 pm

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Wow, people are using this topic to badmouth the WiiU? Seriously? That's just sad. I mean I can see that coming from PC-only gamers, who are always talking down consoles ('cause consoles are where most AAA companies focus their efforts). I'm an all around gamer (Steam is the best thing to happen to games in the last decade) and a huge TF fan. So let me clear up a few things.

1. The WiiU has at least equal if not better graphical capabilities than the 360 and PS3.

I have personally demoed several games on it, as they had a preview event in my area to which I was invited. I would specifically point to ZombiU as showing off how well the system's graphics can preform. Of course, as any gamer will admit, seeing a games graphics in action is far different from looking at screen shots or youTube videos. So I really can't stress how impressed I was with the graphics, as I did not expect Nintendo to jump to the forefront of console HD.

2. This game is clearly a port of the Wii version.

I'd hope- and everything seems to indicate- that they are adding some special features for the WiiU version. It would be a waste to port the game over if you weren't going to make use of the new controller. That said, this is Activision. Well, wait. First off most companies re-use their existing assets when porting a game to another system. At the preview event I mentioned the WiiU version of Arkham City looked terrible compared to the other games on had because of this. So those are likely all the same models and textures from the WiiU version, just touched up a bit. I mean, looking at it they might be new textures, but clearly optimizing this port was/is not a high priority. Most likely because we're talking about Activision, and they see something like a Prime-verse game as "kiddy" and thus not worth much in terms of time and resources.

3. HasTak needs to make a Prime Thunderwing figure.

Seriously. He looks very cool, even with the sub-par graphics. :P I'm wondering if he gets killed off in the game or if perhaps they'll work him into the show somehow.


As to the value of the WiiU. Well, only time will tell. Every [non-biased] gamer and developer I've talked to has been very excited about the possibilities of the new controller. But honestly there's no way to predict if interest will wane- like it did for the Wii- making the controller just a passing fad, or if it will prove to be a true boon for gaming's future.
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