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TransFormers (PlayStation 2)

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On the planet of Cybertron, the Transformer war between the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons rages on. But the losses are mounting up, and the war's front has been pushed into the heart of Autobot territory. The Autobots’ last stand takes a turn for the worse when the Decepticons introduce their secret weapon: the new Decepticlone army.

As if by fate, a distress signal from the Mini-Cons, the long-lost third Transformer race, blasts onto the battlefield. Knowing that the Mini-Cons will tip the balance of power, the Autobots and the Decepticons race to Earth. On Earth, the Decepticons and their army invade the planet with extreme prejudice. It is then up to the Autobots to save Earth and prevent the Decepticons from controlling the universe.

The player takes control of one of 3 featured Autobots and can switch between them for any mission. These are: Optimus Prime, Hot Shot and Red Alert. All have the ability to transform into their vehicle modes, with classic '80s transforming sound effects.

Players have to find and retrieve Mini-Con robots (of which there are over 40), which then function as weapons or equip the Autobot with new abilities. These add-ons include offensive weapons such as Missile Launchers, Limpet Mines, a Tractor Beam, Electric Arc Guns, Ribbon Beams, etc.; defensive abilitles such as Shields, Armours and Recharges; and Abilities such as Glide Wings, Boost Jumps, and Dashes.

The player must battle the Decepticons and their Decepticlone army through a range of environments including the Amazon jungle, desolate Antarctica and a rugged Pacific island.

Level enemies take the form of uniquely-designed Decepticlones - champions from an army of robots created to serve the Decepticons.

All of the famous Decepticons are featured as game Bosses - including Starscream, Cyclonus, Tidal Wave (as a full-scale Aircraft Carrier/robot) and of course... the Decepticon leader, Megatron.

A classic battle of good versus evil...

Screenshots

TransFormers PlayStation 2 Close up of Datacon.
TransFormers PlayStation 2 Prepare to save the Minicons and take on the Decepticlone army... Select your destination...
TransFormers PlayStation 2 Energon... increases the Autobot's energy level.
TransFormers PlayStation 2 Optimus moves to a better vantage point to take on Tidal Wave.

Alternate Titles

  • "Transformers Armada: Prelude to Energon" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Over-hyped and underrated optrirominiluikus (112) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
Play it on hard, harder or the hardest level of difficulty MAT (72576) 2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars
A Decent, If Difficult Transformers Game. Guy Chapman (1744) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars
One of the best, most challenging games for PS2. CKeen The Great (145) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars

The Press Says

NZGamer May 25, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Gaming Target Jul 06, 2004 8.2 out of 10 82
Games Radar Apr 30, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Gamesmania May 10, 2004 80 out of 100 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Jun 11, 2004 8 out of 10 80
PSM Jul, 2004 8 out of 10 80
IGN May 07, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Informer Magazine Jun, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Jeuxvideo.com May 06, 2004 14 out of 20 70
PSX Extreme Jun 29, 2004 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Transformers appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cancelled sequel

There was sequel planned based on the Cybertron series, but Atari moved Melbourne House onto another project, effectively canceling it.

Cut content

Some characters were dropped from the game. Demolishor, one of the Decepticons, was to be a boss, and Ramjet, Tidal Wave's Minicon partner, was meant to be an enemy harassing the player prior to entering one of the stages.

Inspiration

This game is based on the series Transformers: Armada, the first series of the Unicron Trilogy. The name comes from the fact that the planet destroying Transformer of the same name has an important role in the series. In fact, the minicons are supposed to be its creations. The other two series are Energon and Cybertron.

Launch party

At the game's launch party, Atari's venue served several signature drinks named for the game-exclusive Mini-cons.

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//dbz: (5225) added TransFormers (PlayStation 2) on Apr 19, 2004