Review – Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Developer: High Moon Studios
Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii, 3DS, DS
Genre: Third-Person Shooter
Rating: T for Teen
ESRB Rating Descriptors: Violence
Players: 1 (offline), 2-10 (online)
Official Site: http://www.transformersgame.com
Get It Now: Amazon.com, GameStop
The Scoop: After last year’s War For Cybertron, High Moon Stuidos brings us their second Transformers title. This time, it’s a tie-in prologue to the upcoming Michael Bay movie of the same name.
The Setup: Dark Of The Moon is set three years before the events of the movie. Both the Autobots and Decepticons are waging war against each other on Earth. However, the Decepticons are trying to resurrect on of their own, Shockwave, as a great and powerful weapon against the Autobots.
The campaign of the game is separated into seven chapters: The first three chapters revolve around the Autobots, the next three around the Decepticons, and the final chapter as the epic showdown that sets up for the upcoming summer blockbuster.
If you’re familiar with War For Cybertron, then the control scheme and feel for the game will be very identical to what you played in that game. You have two special abilities tied to your bumpers, you can switch weapons with the Y button and reload with X, and you can switch from robot-to-car and vice-versa with a click of the left thumbstick. There’s also a new driving mechanic that you can activate, allowing you to hold a button down to boost to pull off drifts while driving through levels.
Each character that you play as during the game has two weapons and two special abilities. Some abilities allow you to deal extra damage to foes or help you deactivate force fields while progressing through the game. Any time you head into vehicle mode, you’ll have the ability to use a lock-on ability for firing. Also, being in vehicle mode allows to you take a bit more damage as opposed to your normal robot mode.
In the campaign, levels take place all around the world. These frantic third-person levels will pit you up against enemies of all shapes and sizes. Unlike a majority of what War For Cybertron, you’ll be going at it against these foes solo. While an occasional comrade at points will join you during the game, you have to rely mainly on yourself to take on all comers.
Outside of the campaign, there is multiplayer in Dark of the Moon that supports up to ten players in solo and team objective modes. You can progress through multiplayer as one of four classes, leveling up and earning new perks and abilities for your rigs.Review - Transformers: Dark of the Moon,
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