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TransFormers (PlayStation 2)

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Written by  :  MAT (69771)
Written on  :  Aug 09, 2005
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Summary

Play it on hard, harder or the hardest level of difficulty

The Good

Ever as a kid, I remember those transformers cartoons where Auto-bots fought (huh, Decepticons?) Aero-bots of some kind, hey, I doubt I knew any english back then and I am not sure if it was dubbed to begin with. Still, it was always fun to watch Optimus Prime with the rest of the goodguys messing up the plans of Megatron and the rest of the badguys. Still, those badguys just looked way cooler, I mean c'mon, do you prefer jet fighters or simple cars? ;))

Alright, I didn't know what to expect from this game except it's going to be an action shooter one way or another. Turns out it was pretty cool game with nice physics, transformation animations, and general abilities you could mount on your bot with the little help of Mini-bots. The levels were visually amazing and cinematics were fine, not too much and not just a few, and yet recognizable enough to realise it's not an in-game graphics.

Gameplay controls are not as hard as once might think with all the options and all, but will require abundance of quick reflexes to save your skin... I mean, metal, especially when it comes to boss battles. Audible and visually this game is a real treat, but otherwise it may come to annoy you here and there.

The Bad

Game was hard, and my guess is that it tried to cover up for being rather short or people would feel cheated for paying the full price if they'd select recruit level and finish the game in a single day. Levels are nicely designed and surprises are afoot, but there really is no fun when game actually offers you three levels of difficulty just to realise they are all variations of the meaning "hard".

I must admit I remembered a friend of mine who claims RPG battles are always possible if you give it enough time and those that require reflexes can annoy you much more, and almost gave up to that claim, but with a couple more different approaches I managed to prove different. The game that does not let you level up puts you in charge of situation while those that make you level up present you with an impassable situation. So yes, I still think this game is much easier than some early Final Fantasy games, but that it's hard I won't dispute. Makes me really proud being able to kick Megatron's a$$ back to his home planet.

The Bottom Line

I can't say I'm usually proud when I finish some game on an easy level, but this one was clearly an exception. I cannot even begin how normal or hard levels are, but easy one is way too difficult in certain boss battles, but still possible. This game is a true experience of TransFormers with loads of fun if you're into blasting stuff, but I don't think it's worth the full price, discount at its best.