The Game

Format: Xbox 360

5 030917 044960
Age Restrictions: PG
22 July 2007

The Transformers robots war is coming to Earth and you must make the choice between joining the Autobots in protecting our planet or siding with the Decepticons as they attempt to destroy it.
Experience the unstoppable power of your favourite robots in disguise such as Optimus Prime, Megatron, Ironhide, Starscream, BumbleBee, Barricade and others. Instantly change from a larger than life robot to a high-powered vehicle such as a sports car, fighter jet or helicopter. Crush, topple and wreck every object, including buildings and vehicles, in you path or use the objects as weapons. The fate of our planet is in your hands...

Transformers: The Game is based on the DreamWorks Pictures/Paramount Pictures live-action feature film. Yes, games based on blockbuster movies don't have a very reliable track record, so I can't be blamed for expecting this to be a huge disappointment.

The sad thing is that this game missed out on greatness by a hairsbreadth. The graphics are pretty impressive and the transforming from robot to vehicle will send a chill of excitement down most Transformers fans spines, but it grows tiresome very quickly.

Possibly the biggest problem with the game is the fact that it's split into missions and if you fail in your quest you are transported right back to the start of the mission - which can be a pig if you've got to battle against several different enemies. For example, in one sequence you have to beat up Barricade and then race him to another area, beat him up again and race him again... etc. It's a little frustrating to have to start all over again each time he beats you.

In fact, it was so frustrating, that on my first go I switched the console off and waited a while before I came back to it. If it wasn't for the fact that I had to review it, I probably wouldn't have bothered playing any further.

The weapons system is pretty pointless - and seemingly ineffective against your enemies. After a while I ditched it altogether and simply engaged the other Transformers in hand to hand combat. Almost all of your environment can be destroyed - from street lights to buildings - and a lot of items can be picked up and used against your enemies.

I kept hoping for a bit more freedom to explore the world that the gamers had developed, but sadly none of the missions really allow you to do this.

At the end of the day the driving sections are not as good as most other driving games and the combat segments are not as good as other combat games - the end result is a disappointing combination that doesn't work as well as it could. Oh, and don't get me started on the problems with the camera - basically it's the same old complaint that dogs so many games.

Transformers: The Game will satisfy younger gamers who love the new Transfomers movie, but will leave seasoned gamers more than a tad disappointed.

Nick Smithson

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