The lights are on
Though I don’t recall watching the cartoons when I was a kid, I’ve always loved the Transformers. To this day, I think the idea of a robot transforming into a vehicle of some type is one of the coolest things to ever capture my imagination. Because the toys can actually be transformed from one thing to another, they are easily the most awesome toys ever created. Since I didn’t play the first game, War for Cybertron, the question I had about Fall of Cybertron was, “Does this game capture the awesomeness of the Transformers?” I’m pleased to tell you that it does.
As I thought about my review of this game, two words persistently came to mind - variety & power.
Variety: Fall of Cybertron constantly changes the robot you’re controlling and also changes up the gameplay (shooting, driving, stealth, platforming, melee combat, flying, etc.) On top of that, the game also lets you experience both sides of the battle, switching you between the Autobots & Decepticons throughout the story. Becoming a Decepticon is a bit jarring at first, but it was the perfect way for the player to experience the troubled inner politics within that faction. I hate to say it, but some of the most entertaining parts of the game were parts where I was a Decepticon. Don’t worry, the Autobots have their moments, too.
Starscream's arrogance is quite entertaining.
Power: Fall of Cybertron did a great job making me feel powerful. The alternate form for each Transformer added to that feeling of power. Whenever I was getting hit by a wave of enemies, the best solution was usually to switch to my alternate form and blast them away. Whether I was a car, a jet, or a tank, the gun for my alternate form seemed to do more damage than any of my other weapons. There were also sections where I got to be a giant melee character and mowing through enemies with them was a lot of fun.
Making a robot T-Rex breathe fire to destroy his enemies is all kinds of awesome.
I was impressed with Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. The story was interesting & had plenty of memorable moments, the characters were engaging & humorous at times, the gameplay was varied & fun, and the end battle was very satisfying. If I had followed the Transformers cartoons when I was a kid, I’m sure my love for this game would be even stronger.