Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Transformers Game Review (Ps2, Wii)

Based on the 2007 live-action feature film, "Transformers: The Game" lets gamers control the outcome in the battle for Earth as they choose to protect it as either Autobots or Decepticons. For those unfamiliar with Transformers, The Decepticons are the bad guys.

A score of 57%(Wii) and 56% (Ps2) on Metacritic.com, (based on an average of game reviews) would lead you to believe it's a little ahead of the recent spree of abysmal movie tie-ins, but read on.

Warning "doing both the Autobots and Decepticons campaign will only take a mere six hours or so to finish." source Deeko

Reviews Summary Wii
Likeable characters, top-notch production values, and enjoyable gameplay
Those looking for a Transformers fix should scour the bargain bins for that Atari's 2004 release
The boss battles are a frustration, pure movie tie-in fodder
Lack of diverse missions, insipid gameplay and taxing camera system results in a watered-down experience
The skeleton of a great game is here, but nothing comes together.
I can't imagine anyone but diehard fans going to these lengths
Paying $60 to play through the movies story is just too high a price to pay for a mediocre adventure game.

Reviews Summary Ps2
It’s not that this game is terrible, just kind of unimpressive and full of things that have been done better elsewhere.
While the movie stands, the video game most definitely falls.
On par with all other movie licensed games: relatively short, decent graphics, decent gameplay, and not much value to it.
Quickly thrown together with the most basic and juvenile concepts videogaming has.
Big, loud, shallow action game that severely lacks in content.
All the noise and effects in the galaxy can't disguise the lack of invention or class

Official Website

IGN Wii Review
IGN Ps2 Review
Wii screenies from Gamespot
Ps2 screenies from Gamespot

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7 comments:

Phantasystar77 said...

I haven't played any version of the game yet, so I can't comment on the quality. Pretty much everyplace I see is saying similar things about it though. I really do like Travelers Tales and think they could have made an amazing title if given more time to work with it.

The Elderly said...

no history of mecha gaming in Ireland, but the transformers movie may change that, I had avoided the genre till i saw chromehounds, and was sold the minute i picked it up...

TT must have been under tremendous pressure.. which is a shame, major releases would normally take 2 to 3 years, they had nowhere near that...

Phantasystar77 said...

Yeah, I don't think it was their fault at all. Just the company in a rush to get the game out in time for the film.

fatherkrishna said...

I just made a horrible mistake! I bought the Transformers movie on poor pirate DVD and went to see the Simpsons movie at the cinemas...

Kick my ass! Kick my ass to a man!

The Elderly said...

phantasystar77 it is a pity that games like that obviously do well enough to warrant such a short dev time. It would be nice if the people responsible for such a rush to release, suffered some type of consequence

hi FK, dunno a few from work have gone to see simpsons and loved it.... pirate dvd always have that tempting allure.. so i can't blame you... was Simpsons that bad?

(hums spider pig song....)

fatherkrishna said...

No the movie is fine! Its just that it would work as well on the telly, whereas Transformers would have been great on the big screen...

The Elderly said...

hmmmm see your point, we're so used to watching Homer on TV.. I'll borrow the neighbours digital projector, we can watch Transformers together.... but we'll have to paint that wall white first....