There's a long history of Transformers video games, and with the upcoming release of Transformers: Devastation from Activision and development team Platinum Games, we wanted to take a look back at some of the games you should play if you're wanting a Transformers fix on your console right now. The rankings here are mostly just my own opinion, of course, but there is some extra input from other members of the staff here as well. If your favorite didn't make the list, let us know by replying to this topic and chatting with your fellow Seibertronians!
Without further ado, let's get to the list.
#5: Transformers: Dark of the Moon Platforms: XBox 360, Playstation 3
Some folks may be surprised to see a movie tie-in title on this list at all. With the first two movie tie-in games for 2007's Transformers and 2009's Revenge of the Fallen being not terrible, but also not great, it made sense that not a lot of fans gave this game much of a look. While it was certainly a bit of a let down after War for Cybertron, this effort from High Moon Studios still retained a lot of the fun gameplay elements found in WFC.
Transformation remained important in this game, as characters' vehicle modes were given special "Stealth Force" modes to tie in with the weaponized designs in the movie, as well as with the almost M.A.S.K. like toy sub-line of the same name.
The story presented in the game is a bit of a departure from standard movie game re-telling fare. Rather than give you a plot you already know, this serves as a very serviceable official prologue to the events of the movie. In fact, some elements of the movie itself manage to come off making more sense after playing the game.
While this one isn't going to garner a lot of replay, it's worth taking a look at if you're a fan of the movies. It's certainly the game on this list that likely least deserves inclusion, but hey, that's why it's number five!
#4: Transformers Prime: The Game Platforms: Wii U, Wii
Another easy to overlook media tie in comes in at number 4. Transformers: Prime has a pretty vast extended universe, and this game only adds more layers to it. Featuring a story that runs (supposedly) concurrent to the events of Season 2 of the show, the game has Team Prime battling Decepticons across the globe, trying to stop the ever-present menace of Dark Energon.
The gameplay itself isn't on any elite level, but it's a pretty fun romp with some clever combat mechanisms hiding just under the surface. The game isn't a graphical powerhouse, but the Wii U version offers up some delightful visuals regardless and quite honestly, the backgrounds in this game are often more interesting and alive than many of those found in the TV show itself.
To be honest, this one really adds one killer thing to the Prime universe: Thunderwing.
Just as with television leaving out the great characters and events in the Prime comics, it also leaves out any mention of this guy, and that's a real shame. Prime fans everywhere should give this one a run through, though with a pretty short story mode and only limited multi-player, just don't expect it to last long.
#3: War for Cybertron Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC
2010's War for Cybertron was High Moon Studios' first effort with the Transformers brand license, and what a debut it was! Kicking off the new "Aligned Continuity" with a story set at the beginning of the Autobot vs. Decepticon war was this robust cover shooter. Incredible visuals, great voice acting, and a rich story awaited players everywhere.
Possibly the most notable contribution the game gave to the brand was a re-kindling of credibility for Transformers, as a franchise/brand, to produce an environment for great gaming experiences. The sprawling landscapes of Cybertron really come to life in the game, and for the first time I felt some real scope in regards to just how darn big this planet would have to be. The tone hits perfectly, lending great immersion into the games world.
It's hard to come up with much negative to say about this one, but since that feels necessary to only place it third on our list, I will say that there are times the difficulty felt a bit high. That's not a bad thing necessarily, it just felt like there were a few too many ambushes by a few too many enemies once in a while. The sequel took a few steps to correct this, but not entirely.
That said, this is one that not only Transformers fans, but most gamers, should give a go at if it has not been experienced.
#2: Transformers Platforms: Playstation 2
It'd have to take a pretty special game to unseat one of High Moon's more recent two headlining efforts on this list, and there is one game that not only myself, but much of the staff, remember quite fondly. 2004's simply named Transformers is based in the Armada franchise, though it doesn't canonically tie in with either the TV show or comic series. From publisher Atari and developers Melbourne House, this third person shooter let gamers control their favorite Armada Autobots in a quest to collect Mini-cons and stop the Decepticons.
This game was hard, didn't have a lot of playable characters, and while the graphics were phenomenal for the time, they certainly look dated today. It was, however, extremely fun, and gave fans some moments where our toys suddenly seemed even more out of scale than they already were.
There's another very important reason to praise this game. At the time, Transformers videogames were considered to be among the very worst examples of franchise tie-in games ever. The positive reception and sales of this game made it possible for more to follow later on, and that's probably the biggest accomplishment of the game. Too bad the Cybertron inspired sequel got canceled.
#1: Fall of Cybertron Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC
This one's pretty much automatic.
The sequel to the already great War for Cybertron was followed up two years later by another stellar effort from High Moon Studios with 2012's Fall of Cybertron. Picking up some time after the events of the first game, this one follows the end of the war all the way to the departure of the Autobots on the Ark.
With improved graphics, stellar gameplay, and a multiplayer mode that remains active to this day, Fall of Cybertron is hands down the best Transformers videogame ever created, and should be on any fans "must-play" list. I can watch the E3 trailer from before this games' release and still get hyped to this day.
Combine into Bruticus, stomp around as Grimlock, or scorch the earth with Metroplex - this game has it all. If you're reading this article and you haven't played this game, do yourself a favor and go do so. Right freaking now.
We hope you enjoyed this look back. Don't forget that Activision's Transformers: Devastation comes out soon on October 6th for virtually every platform on the planet, and you can pre-order your copy today. Where will that game fit in with the other Transformers gaming efforts of the past? We'll know very soon, and it certainly looks quite promising!
And also in addition to the those images from 'the show that revealed the existence of Takara Tomy Masterpiece Hot Rod', fellow Seibertronian Cyberpath's source has found some more angles, including close-ups of the prototype, over on news site mynavi.jp - check these out mirrored below too!
In addition to the first batch of images from the show that revealed the existence of Takara Tomy Masterpiece Shockwave, fellow Seibertronian Cyberpath has found some more angles, including close-ups of the prototype, over on news site mynavi.jp - check them out mirrored below!
Have you noticed a common denominator in our last couple of gallery news posts? Those both featured Hasbro MP-07 Starscream and Generations GDO Leader Class Starscream. The trend stops here for these latest galleries which include Q-Transformers QT-29 Starscream and he brought his usual seeker squad including QT-30 Skywarp and QT-31 Thundercracker. However unlike how this trio is usually done, they are not straight repaints as they each feature a unique facial expression. Get a closer look at these adorable Decepticons by clicking on the images below to see the full galleries.
In more IDW comics news for next week, The Transformers #45 bring intrigue, mystery, hacking and of course, Buster the dog. Check out the full preview below, and head back here on Wednesday for the Seibertron.com review!
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a & c)
JETFIRE and KUP lead a team to investigate the mysterious ONYX system. Meanwhile, GALVATRON… well, GALVATRON just doesn’t like anybody.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
The events of the past months crash together—with disastrous results!
The stage is set for next month’s Earth-shattering (literally) epic!
Variant Cover by Golby!
Newsarama posts it, so we can too - head below for the full preview of next week's Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #45 from IDW Publishing. The Scavengers are back, and they're definitely up to... something.
Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #45
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
Make a list of every single DECEPTICON. Remove the warriors, the high-rankers, the loyal foot soldiers, the over-achievers, and anyone who’s ever made even a modest contribution to The Cause. You should now have five names left. Welcome back, guys.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Return of the fan-favorite characters, the Scavengers!
Variant Cover by Golby!
The latest offering from the Seibertron.com gallery machine that is site owner Seibertron is also the latest offering from Hasbro in their Transformers Masterpiece line: MP-07 Starscream!
The figure is a redeco of the original Takara Tomy MP-11 release, and features a couple of tweaks, such as blue nosecone in jet mode, lighter shades of grey, slightly different Decepticon symbols and a stand that can be used for both the jet and robot mode. Click on any of the images below to compare the two toys, and take your time to admire the devious Decepticon lieutenant by following through to the galleries.
In addition to the last set of in-hand images of the upcoming (though delayed) Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-25 Tracks, we have some more sets showing off the robot mode and box, from Chinese website Baidu. Check them out mirrored below, and stay tuned for more updates as we get them through!
Several Japanese toys shows have shown us a reimagining of the Diabattle toy from Takara's Diaclone line. This was more of a Masterpiece take on the character. So far, the figure was only revealed as a grey prototype/test shot but that is all changing now. We finally have some beautiful full colour stock images from Takara Tomy themselves.
These pictures show the 3 vehicles (which are dsigned to repesent mobility in different environments such as underwater or in space) as well as their combined vehicle form and, of course, their combined giant robot form. Enjoy!
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