Being a huge Transformers fan, recently buying a Nintendo 3DS XL, and knowing that due to the Year of Shame Challenge I wouldn’t be able to play the upcoming Transformers: Prime game, I picked up Transformer Animated: The Game instead.
This had been sat on my shelf since August without the seal broken, so as I’m making a conscious effort to get my used/not wanted games on eBay, I decided to play through it. As I’ve recently completed the main story quest in Skyrim, and was just about to start on Assassins Creed 2, I though it might be wise to play something a non RPG pallet cleanser.
The game is obviously set in the Transformers Animated universe, and follows you’re normal Autobots vs Decepticon battle, of which you take control of only the Autobots. I have to say, if you are a fan of Transformers Animated, you’ll be glad to know that this contains all the original voice actors, as well has some excellent cartoon cutscenes.
Your main three difference character are Optimus, Bumblebee, and Bulkhead, with the occasional popup of Ratchet and Prowl. Without going into spoilers, you play through twenty four levels, ranging from platformers to racing, and anything from five minutes to thirty minutes to complete.
While playing through the platform levels, you control up to three characters, which all have their own strengths and weaknesses. For example, Bumblebee can shoot a type of lightening, can jump off walls (in a Prince of Persia style), can fire up generators to start lifts, however isn’t very well armoured. Optimus can’t jump, however can throw his axe around corners to hit hard to reach switch, has a grappling hook to get him to areas unreachable by the others, but is only medium armoured. Bulkhead on the other hand is built like a tank and can withstand quite a lot of damage, can throw is wrecking ball, knock down door, has the weight to trigger pressure pads to open specific door, but is very slow.
The platform levels are more like puzzle than anything else, as they’re essentially, get your characters from the start to the finish in one piece. The levels contain various lifts, switches, generators, gravity plates, pistons, conveyer belts, and an array of enemies. I think the enemies where what let the game down, it just didn’t feel satisfying at all. Even the combat was pretty lame, there wasn’t really any thought to it, press Y several times until the thing in front of you blows up. Throughout the entire game, I believe there were probably only ten different enemies, non of which felt at all challenging, not even the boss battles, upon completing them I had a feeling of ‘was that it’
The game was mainly a platformer, however to spice things up, there were a number of racing levels, which consist of four lanes of traffic that you simply press left of right to avoid the traffic. You would take control of whichever bot was key to the storyline at that point and race. The races could be a ‘get from a to b as fast as possible’, or get from a to b as fast as possible, but transform occasionally to shoot an enemy’, or the good old classic of ‘run into the other car until it’s destroyed’
I know this game is quite old now, but even by 2008 standards, this game was average at best, and if I hadn’t have been a Transformers fan, I don’t think I would have bought this, never mind persevered through the twenty four levels. If you are a Transformers Animated fan, have an afternoon to spare, find this cheap, and have no other better games to be playing, then give it a go, if not, leave it well alone.
Approx Time taken to beat – 5 hours
Difficulty setting – Normal
Score – [Rating:2/5]
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