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Review of Transformers: Dark of the Moon for Xbox 360

With the highly anticipated movie “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” coming out soon, we all saw this video game coming a mile away. But is it good enough to get you even more hyped for the movie, or does this game fall flat? Read on to find out!

Story: Earth’s leaders believe Megatron and the evil Decepticons have finally left, but Optimus Prime knows better. The Autobots are armed and ready to defend earth in a fight unlike any other against a dangerous new foe, Shockwave.

Presentation: High Moon Studios (the developers) did a surprisingly good job at capturing the Transformers’ size on an earth scale and accurately designing the characters to look like their movie counter-parts. My only minor complaint is that this game is seriously dark (no title pun intended), which makes certain areas hard to navigate through. Presentation: 9.5/10

Sound: The music is good, with heavy-rock metal soundtracks dominating a fair portion of the game. Also, the voice acting is phenomenal with every character sounding just like they do in the movie.  Sound: 9/10

Gameplay: Dark of the Moon takes quite a few pages from it’s predecessor, Transformers: War for Cybertron. The gameplay is almost identical, with only a few minor differences. The first new change is a feature called “stealth mode” which has nothing to do with stealth at all, and it’s function is to boost your gunfire output while in vehicle form but ends up being completely useless in the heat of battle. Next, the new steering mechanics for your car transformation have been redesigned so that vehicle mode is now a pain to use because of quirky and awkward controls. Last, the lack of teammates. The whole Transformers series is about teamwork, so why does this game force you to venture solo for so much of the story? But other than those three items, the game gets it right and makes bashing massive robots to pieces with a large plethora of weapons a fun experience that never gets tiresome. One thing I found especially crafty is how the developers really took advantage of the “Transformers in disguise” theme and hid enemies amongst waves of identical automobiles. Gameplay: 7.5/10

Multiplayer: Very similar to Transformers: WFC with only a few modifications. There aren’t many upgrades, weapons or characters to choose from in multiplayer mode which numbs down the variety a bit, but upgrading your character isn’t terribly long and tedious to do which balances things out well and makes for an extremely fun multiplayer experience. Multiplayer: 10/10

Length: The campaign doesn’t last that long, ending at about the six or seven hour mark. Multiplayer does add on a few more hours of fun, but in general Dark of the Moon is just a short and sweet adventure. Length: 7.5/10

Overall: This game gets an 8.7/10! An amazing movie title tie-in that gives any gamer their daily dose of colossul robot battles. Transformers, roll out!

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Transformers: War for Cybertron Tips

This’ll be a tip guide for Transformers: War for Cybertron.

Level Tip: When replaying a level on a harder difficulty, start from the last checkpoint available. That way, when you clear it the game considers the whole level completed on that difficulty. This tip is especially helpful when going for Xbox 360 achievements that require completing the game on different difficulties.

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Review of Transformers: War for Cybertron for Xbox 360

This’ll be a review of Transformers: WFC, which is one of the best games I’ve ever played. Why, you ask? Read on to find out!

Story: Megatron and his Decepticons are making their move to take over all of Cybertron using a power called “Dark Energon”, and it’s up to Optimus Prime and the Autobots to save their home world before Megatron achieves total control of the planet.

Presentation: A visually varied, graphically gorgeous game that has the Transformers looking their best. Whether they’re fighting through a high-security prison or battling at the core of Cybertron itself, there are plenty of visually stunning moments to be had. Presentation: 9.5/10

Sound: The voice acting for the Transformers is outstanding. The music is composed mainly of heavy metal tracks, making every moment of the in-game action feel intense. Sound: 10/10

Gameplay: Fantastic gameplay throughout. The controls are solid, and the core game mechanics are loads of fun. The game makes full use of the ability to transform, so that it doesn’t feel like a gimmick, but like a necessary ability. Whether it be soaring through the skies as Skywarp or blasting Decepticons on foot with Optimus Prime, there’s loads of fun to be had. The only minor downsides are that you don’t get that much ammo in-game so you have to use every weapon sparingly, and if you’re playing solo the AI teammates aren’t always the brightest. Gameplay: 9.5/10

Multiplayer: Just as much action as in the campaigns and escalation, only with more people. With a lot of different multiplayer modes to choose from and the ability to make your own transformer, the variety is great. My only gripe is that it takes a very long time to level up. Multiplayer: 9/10

Length: The campaigns last about eight hours together, with escalation mode and multiplayer adding on a few extra hours. Length: 8/10

Overall: This game gets an average of 9.2/10. This is one of the more difficult games that I’ve played, but the challenge only made it more fun. Not being a Transformers fan when I started playing, I was prepared to be a tough critic. But this game has impressed me in a way most games can’t, and I recommend it to any gamer.