Toy Fair 2010: War for Cybertron previewed (and reviewed)

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2010: War for Cybertron previewed (and reviewed)

Monday, February 15th, 2010 11:09AM CST

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Diablien wrote:For years now, Hasbro has been breaking from the mold and creating their own private viewing event corresponding with the date for the official Toy Fair Expo held in New York City. This tradition continued in 2010 with a presentation covering Marvel, Transformers, GI Joe, and Star Wars that was an invitation-only event geared towards media outlets for each of brand. Of course Seibertron.com was on-hand to bring a plethora of coverage through videos, photos, and up-to-the-minute update messages. However, coverage of one particular aspect of the presentation was left out - Activision's exclusive look at their upcoming title "Transformers: War for Cybertron."

The entire event was allowed coverage except for Activision's segment, which still contained some proprietary elements that were now allowed to be recorded or photographed. In lieu of any visual coverage, we will attempt to relay what was shown in as much detail as possible.

To start off, this game may be the Transformers' reaction to GI Joe's "Resolute" cartoons series that is aimed a bit more towards a mature crowd. The themes expected to be covered in "War for Cybertron" will be quite serious. In the live game play demo we were shown, death and destruction are at the forefront of the story. For example, Zeta Prime, who is assumed to be the previous leader of the Autobots, has died and Optimus has taken up command for the first time. Apparently, Zeta Prime will be the video game equivalent of the recent comic book fiction's Sentinel Prime. Regardless, the old leader is dead and Optimus is, like always, willing and ready to take up command.

The opening scene consists of Optimus, Ratchet, and Bumblebee traveling down an elevator and discussing the current situation. Megatron is making a major advance and Decepticon warships have surrounded the city. Bumblebee wants to get out there and "show Megatron a thing or two" but Optimus explains that Megatron will not risk decimating the Autobot's capital city of Iacon with a full-on assault, since he wishes to conquer and use it for himself. This appears to allude to Megatron's motivation in the game, which has been promised to be explained by Activision's reps. The biggest surprise during this opening scene was when Optimus hails Jetfire on the halo communicator. Not only is he mentioned by name, but Jetfire actually appears on the Halo screen! Jetfire explains that he needs cover fire. Prime, Ratchet and Bumblebee leave Autobot HQ to reactive the city's anti-air guns amidst the Decepticon onslaught. This is when the game play begins. As a giant warship crash lands at the Autobot's doorstep, Decepticons begin pouring out and pummeling the Autobots with heavy fire.

As the game play began, one of the first things that became apparent was the massive amount of detail given to the environment. Cybertron is alive with activity. The world is dark, cold and metallic, at least the parts that aren't currently on fire seemed that way! There are plenty of obstacles to hide behind to evade fire and the environment appears to have tons of destroyable materials. Optimus was transforming with ease and ramming Decepticons. It was also demonstrated that projectiles could be fired from the front of the vehicle. Although it was not completely clear, there seemed to be some sort of overheat gauge for being in vehicle mode, so there may be some sort of limit on the amount of time a player may stay transformed.

On to level two for the Autobots, which revealed even more unexpected characters - Aerialbots Air Raid and Silverbolt! Them, along with Jetfire are in orbit around Cybertron amidst hordes of planetary debris. Something has definitely gone wrong because this level made the asteroid field in "Empire Strikes Back" look like a snow flurry. In jet mode, the characters were dodging and destroying debris and could even transform to run across some of the larger sections of debris. It was explained by Activision that each level has 3 characters that will be playable specific to the mission at hand. This opens the amount of characters up to wild speculation. We already know that we will be seeing Soundwave, Starscream, Megatron, Ratchet, Bumblebee, Ironhide, Optimus, Jetfire, Air Raid, Shockwave, and Silverbolt, but just how many others? The next level reveals a surprise guest…

The last level that was previewed to the crowd at the presentation was a Decepticon boss battle. Megatron has the Autobots close to their darkest hour and that leads them to activate their last line of defense. You guessed it - Omega Supreme! Fighting against Omega were Megatron, Soundwave, and surprise guest, Decepticon Breakdown! Breakdown's head looked to be the spitting image of his G1 self. This level was only shown for about a minute but from what we saw, we will be having a lot of great moments in this video game. This Omega Supreme seemed much more G1 than the fully rendered trailer version, but I may be mistaken. Omega appears to be in a pit in the middle of a large room that the Decepticons can run around to take shots at him. Omega fires volleys of missiles at the Decepticons while Megatron barks orders at Breakdown to "stop whining and start firing." Omega's personality is G1 all the way and the voice is about as close to his 80's cartoon version as one could ask.

Activision told us that multi-player support for the game is going to be a very important factor. The 3 available characters for each mission allow for additional players to jump in and out at will. Although not specified, campaign may be playable via online. Other features that were observed from game play were that Optimus appeared to be able to jump and use a boost that could propel him in a variety of directions. There also seemed to be some sort of "power-up mode" but it was not obvious how this mode was activated whether by damage, or item collection. Optimus was glowing pink and it could be surmised that his attack power is increased during this mode.

Characterization of each character is incredibly detailed. The voice acting appears to be top-notch and we can expect this game to be the new gritty origin of The Transformers. Ratchet appears to be a bit of his movie persona, perhaps even the same voice actor. Bumblebee is a much spunkier version of the character. He seems to be arrogant and fool-hardy and Optimus Prime seemed to have to keep his head in the right place. Jetfire is a very bulky white and red bot. He seems very reminiscent of the Classics mold. Unfortunately, the Aerialbots were difficult to make out other than their faces, which each appeared reminiscent of their G1 counterparts. Soundwave has acting as the voice of authority on what to do next, such as pinpointing where Omega Supreme's weak points were. His voice had a very successful vocoder effect that should make Soundwave fans very happy. Megatron's voice may seem new to fan of the series, but his new authoritative demeanor will be very easy to get used to. As an added touch, when other characters speak or call out story-telling voice clips, a drawing of the characters' face plus name appear in the bottom right of the screen.

When the lights turned on and the game left the screen, applause filled the hall. "War for Cybertron" marks a progressive move for Hasbro's marketing for the brand. After having utilized cartoons and movie avenues of promotion, the next logical step to reinforce the Transformers lore is to target the video game crowd. Today's youth spends a lot of time immersing themselves in their games, very similarly to how a fan may watch their favorite movie over and over again. With each new piece of material revealed about the game, the fever surrounding it increases. "War for Cybertron" may be more than the next greatest Transformers video game, it may in fact become one of the best games of the year and is there a better way to move Transformers into a new decade?
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Re: Toy Fair 2010: War for Cybertron previewed (and reviewed) (1047367)
Posted by Dead Metal on February 15th, 2010 @ 11:39am CST


Awesome that's all I have to say.
Re: Toy Fair 2010: War for Cybertron previewed (and reviewed) (1047375)
Posted by Hairball178 on February 15th, 2010 @ 12:06pm CST
Okay, if they're going into this much depth for playable characters, then Grimlock surely has to be in it.

Oh, and if there are Aerialbots & some Stunticons in it, then IMO that verifies that one Decepticon we've seen a pic of IS Onslaught.
Re: Toy Fair 2010: War for Cybertron previewed (and reviewed) (1047376)
Posted by Starscream on February 15th, 2010 @ 12:07pm CST
Woo hoo! Thanks for the post!

This game looks AMAZING!!!! The sound design was incredible as well.
Re: Toy Fair 2010: War for Cybertron previewed (and reviewed) (1047384)
Posted by mechabooks on February 15th, 2010 @ 12:27pm CST
I'm so excited for this game. Th more I hear about it the more I want to play it NOW! :APPLAUSE:
Re: Toy Fair 2010: War for Cybertron previewed (and reviewed) (1047397)
Posted by Badassimus Prime on February 15th, 2010 @ 1:12pm CST
Just add Grimlock and Jazz in the mix and this game will be perfection!
Re: Toy Fair 2010: War for Cybertron previewed (and reviewed) (1047398)
Posted by Mkall on February 15th, 2010 @ 1:14pm CST
This news pleases me. I can't wait to play this game!
Re: Toy Fair 2010: War for Cybertron previewed (and reviewed) (1047407)
Posted by Ultra Magnus on February 15th, 2010 @ 1:41pm CST
Yes, have some.

8)
Re: Toy Fair 2010: War for Cybertron previewed (and reviewed) (1047409)
Posted by Tigertrack on February 15th, 2010 @ 1:58pm CST
Sounds like I will need to find some time to play this game.
Re: Toy Fair 2010: War for Cybertron previewed (and reviewed) (1047417)
Posted by Crystal Rodimus on February 15th, 2010 @ 2:14pm CST
Ok, I'd be totally fine with letting Activision write the next movie.
Re: Toy Fair 2010: War for Cybertron previewed (and reviewed) (1047435)
Posted by Dead Metal on February 15th, 2010 @ 3:15pm CST
OK I can now start writing in coherent sentences about this.

Damn I can't wait to get my fat nerd fingers on this damn game, this will be the second game I'll get the day it's released and hell nobody should be unwise enough and get in my way of playing it on my PS3.

I hope the multiplayer is also offline compatible and not online only like Ghostbusters.

The way that reads it makes it sound as if Shockwave is also playable in story mode and not just online. I hope the show that follows is similar in tone to this.
Re: Toy Fair 2010: War for Cybertron previewed (and reviewed) (1047460)
Posted by Doctor McGrath on February 15th, 2010 @ 4:22pm CST
This game sounds epic. I cannot wait for the game and the toy line. The both look like all sorts of win..
Re: Toy Fair 2010: War for Cybertron previewed (and reviewed) (1047463)
Posted by Down_Shift on February 15th, 2010 @ 4:36pm CST
Sounds very exciting! Thanks again for summing this up for us!

I can't wait to see the clip!
Re: Toy Fair 2010: War for Cybertron previewed (and reviewed) (1047482)
Posted by Abraxsis on February 15th, 2010 @ 5:12pm CST
Am I the only one disappointed that it seems you're forced to change characters on every level? This seems like something yet again I'll be passing on.
Re: Toy Fair 2010: War for Cybertron previewed (and reviewed) (1047485)
Posted by SJ21 on February 15th, 2010 @ 5:28pm CST
I want this game to be as great as it sounds. The movie game were terrible, so I am trying not to get too excited about this. But this game sounds so cool!

I think I read somewhere that this game is set up like Gears of War. The above review said there was cover based play, but did it play as smooth as Gears?
Re: Toy Fair 2010: War for Cybertron previewed (and reviewed) (1047502)
Posted by Soundwave__Superior on February 15th, 2010 @ 6:45pm CST
WOOT! SOUNDWAVE :CON:
Re: Toy Fair 2010: War for Cybertron previewed (and reviewed) (1047603)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on February 16th, 2010 @ 1:34am CST
Anybody know who is doing the voice of Megatron? It's cool but not Welker. Do like what I've seen of it though.
Re: Toy Fair 2010: War for Cybertron previewed (and reviewed) (1047664)
Posted by Starscream on February 16th, 2010 @ 9:16am CST
SJ21 wrote:
I think I read somewhere that this game is set up like Gears of War. The above review said there was cover based play, but did it play as smooth as Gears?


I am not a huge Gears of War fan, but I own the game. It did seem very much like Gears in the fact that it is a first person over-the-shoulder view. I didn't see a lot of button-push calls to action like I see in Gears, but it seemed quite reminiscent. It seemed pretty similar to the Armada game, only much more refined.

Everything was super-smooth. No slow down to speak of. However, the code was not completely finished. This was relayed to us a few times but I didn't see any sort of mistakes or bugs to speak of. Also of notice is the interfaces for the game are very well-designed and should be easy to navigate.
:KREMZEEK: :KREMZEEK: :KREMZEEK:
Re: Toy Fair 2010: War for Cybertron previewed (and reviewed) (1047724)
Posted by Windsweeper on February 16th, 2010 @ 2:23pm CST
Sounds great though I'd like it if there was a good amount of exploration like the Armada game.

Looks like I'll be buying a new console after 8 years.

Still not a fan of Megatron's voice. Sounds like Christopher Judge of Star Gate and X-Men fame. He's great in those series but I'm just not getting the Megatron vibe from him. At least the Movie games had Welker.

Zeta Prime is a terrible name. Almost as bad as Longarm Prime. I remember when the Primes had cool names. Where's Sentinal Prime?

Anyway these are only small gripes. Otherwise, I'm greatly looking forward to getting it.
Re: Toy Fair 2010: War for Cybertron previewed (and reviewed) (1047816)
Posted by Down_Shift on February 16th, 2010 @ 6:10pm CST
SJ21 wrote:I want this game to be as great as it sounds. The movie game were terrible, so I am trying not to get too excited about this. But this game sounds so cool!

I think I read somewhere that this game is set up like Gears of War. The above review said there was cover based play, but did it play as smooth as Gears?


I loved both games. I find people shit on movie games more because they're movie games rather then the game play.

Abraxsis wrote:Am I the only one disappointed that it seems you're forced to change characters on every level? This seems like something yet again I'll be passing on.


I have a good feeling that once you beat a level you can go back or play through a second time with all unlocked characters. Makes sense with most games today.
Re: Toy Fair 2010: War for Cybertron previewed (and reviewed) (1047863)
Posted by SlyTF1 on February 16th, 2010 @ 9:05pm CST
Does anyone have footage of the gameplay?

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