I didn't think much of the last Transformers game - the appalling Dark of the Moon movie tie-in - or of War for Cybertron for that matter, so it was with a fair amount of trepidation that I plopped Transformers: Fall of Cybertron into my PlayStation 3 last night. I needn't have worried: it's a much better game than those two.
Fall of Cybertron deals with the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons as they battle for dominance on their home planet of Cybertron. The game deals with the final battle that sees the planet destroyed and the machines forced to find a new home world.
The game opens with Optimus Prime and his Autobot chums leaving Cybertron on a vessel called the Ark but they're ambushed by Megatron and you jump into the shoes of Bumblebee. He eventually comes across Optimus and Megatron in battle and just as the Decepticon leader delivers his killing blow, Bumblebee blocks the shot. The game then flashes back to six days before the destruction of Cybertron.
While I'm not a diehard Transformers fan, it seems that Fall of Cybertron is a love letter to fans of the mechanised robots and a far cry from the Transformers presented by director Michael Bay in his movies. Longtime fans will also be pleased to know that dinobot Grimlock is a playable Autobot, but I understand it's not for long.
I'm not far through yet so can't pass judgment on whether it remains true to its source material - there have been plenty of explosions, lots of levers to pull and Decepticons to kill so far - but it has to be better than Dark of the Moon, right?
So, that was the sum total of my gaming this weekend: the weather was too nice. What have you been playing lately? Something fresh and new - or a tried-and-true favourite?
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