Transformers: War for Cybertron first-look

Compared to the mediocre Transformers games currently available on Xbox 360 and PS3, War for Cybertron shares more in common with Gears of War than it does with its predecessors. It looks meatier, moves faster and has a much greater emphasis on in-your-face spectacle than the monotone, often-static gameplay of Revenge of the Fallen.

It's all thanks to High Moon Studios' reimagining of the series. The developer pitched its modernised vision of first-generation Transformers to Hasbro who liked the idea so much, it's spawned a new line of toys with a novel to follow. But with the game at the heart of this new wave, everything's geared towards making this a compelling videogame rather than a mere money-making exercise.

Above: Concept art that was shown at the event, next to in-game graphics

For the most-part, it's a third-person, over-the-shoulder shooter with Call of Duty-style controls. You can hold the left trigger to look down the sights of your gun (or through the scope of a sniper rifle), melee attack by pushing in the right stick and double-jump by using a quick burst from your jets. OK, so CoD doesn't have jet-powered double jumps, but it would be awesome if it did.


Game of two halves

The story is split into two halves. It begins with the Decepticon's seige campaign and then concludes with the Autobots' defense of Cybertron. You can choose to play either campaign right from the start, so you can choose your favoured side right from the get-go.

Above: Which side will you fight for first?

Despite the reboot, the game still fits into Transformers canon, set before Optimus Prime had become leader of the Autobots, before he had met Bumblebee and while Starscream was still just a rebellious outlaw. The game features Optimus, Bumblebee and Ratchet as playable characters, while the Decepticon trio of Skywarp, Thundercracker and Starscream make up the opposing side.

Above: Some of the enemies are big and they're all well-animated 


  • drako691 - March 19, 2010 5:35 p.m.

    the only thing i dont really is the thought of only having 6 characters (2 of which i dont even remember anymore) and some of my favorites not being playable. but it still seems like a great game overall
  • R-Ape - March 15, 2010 4:08 a.m.

    hmm so what does this mean? will superman have a good game now? will Iron man have a decent hit? and will spiderman actually make something good in the gaming industry? (don't get me wrong, I loved web of shadows) but all I've got to say is 2 Thumbs for the people making this game, your giving this franchise the love it deserves!
  • DrLovez69 - March 14, 2010 5:28 p.m.

    @nadrewod999 Yeh mate, I think people know what you mean...? You didnt have to explain it...?
  • Ravenbom - March 13, 2010 6:51 p.m.

    Wow... could it turn around Transformers games the way Batman Arkham Asylum did?
  • Embolado - March 13, 2010 6:36 p.m.

    Co-op Online = WIN Now the fight for Optimus begins
  • MrDuracraft - March 13, 2010 2:02 a.m.

    Woah. Looks awesome except for the bland color scheme. Sorta wish Unicron was in it... ReCaptcha: overalls won Mario reference?
  • nadrewod999 - March 12, 2010 6:31 p.m.

    OMG 0_O These graphics look amazing. I think that this will be Transformers' "Arkham", alright. P.S. For those of you who don't know what I mean, consider the facts that both Transformers and Batman have been considered bad game series in the past, but everyone loved Batman: Arkham Asylum, which essentially gave the Dark Knight a good game in his utility belt.

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