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Transformers: The Game review

Shape-shifting giant robots morph movie-based fun and excitement into pain and tedium in seconds flat

Pros

  • Transformers: still cool
  • Open world
  • Great-looking robot models

Cons

  • Fighting absolutely sucks
  • Driving isn't that hot either
  • It's almost all driving and fighting

The second-biggest sucker in the universe is a character in the shabby, movie-based action smasher, Transformers: The Game - it's the main character's dad. The transformer Bumblebee has been ordered to protect an Earth boy named Sam - because they want his grandfather's eyeglasses (honest, we're not making this up) - on the very day that Sam's dad has promised to buy him a car. So, Bumblebee sneaks into the used car lot and somehow brainwashes the kid and dad into deciding he's the best car there, so the dad buys him.

Let's consider that for a moment: he bought a "car" that would have had no title, no registration, no plates, no keys, and that the dealer was probably totally shocked to see parked in his fenced-in car lot. Only Hollywood could create such a chump.

Yet, the bigger sucker still turns out to be you, the player. The Wii version's control scheme is much better than those of its way prettier 360 and PS3 counterparts (hence the higher score) but Transformers: The Game is still a frustrating mess. It seems like a no-lose proposition: we have two entire storylines (one for the noble Autobots, a second (and better) one for the evil Decepticons). We have several gorgeously modeled space robots, and we have serious firepower to blow holes in mostly smashable environments and turn other robots into scrap.

But it almost all goes wrong. It's arguably forgivable that every mission is some variation on the formula, "get from point A to point B and blow up X in Y number of seconds" - but both driving and combat have problems.

More Info

GenreAction
DescriptionDepending on your choice of faction you'll use the power and scale of the retro robotoys to protect or destroy Earth.
PlatformPS2, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, PSP, PC
US censor ratingTeen
Release date26 June 2007 (US), 20 July 2007 (UK)