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100 (Mar 02, 2011)
At the end of the day I can’t find a reason for someone to not want to own this game, and I can’t say that I won’t revisit it from time to time just because smashing a Decepticon in the face with an energy axe is not something I get to do enough. I know it took me a long time to get here, but this game does for Transformers what Arkham Asylum did for Batman titles. It has secured a videogame future for the franchise. Just like Batman, it’s not perfect, but it’s very damn close, and I can’t imagine wanting more than that as a first entry. If you do, you’re pretty disillusioned… after all, it’s just a game based on a cartoon and some action figures.
IGN (Jun 22, 2010)
High Moon has been very good at saying all the right things with War for Cybertron leading up to its arrival in stores, but many licensed titles have talked a great game before falling apart when all was said and done. Thankfully, War for Cybertron impresses with an excellent single-player campaign with full co-op support, the included Horde-alike Escalation mode, and surprisingly deep and inventive online multiplayer component. Transformers: War for Cybertron has taken the magic of playing with plastic and metal toys that turn into cool s**t both alone and with friends and have distilled that into something pretty special. This is a surprise, dark horse contender for best way to spend your time online this summer.
AusGamers (Jul 01, 2010)
In the end it's great to be excited about the Transformers franchise again - War For Cybertron works wonders in washing out the bad taste left by the second live-action film. This is fan-service at its best, and well worth a look.
Mania (Jul 02, 2010)
This is a fun and addicting game. As it is with any game new content will only add to the overall experience. Whether this is to be new levels or additional online maps remains to be seen. The game itself is only a week old. Having grown up with the cartoon and the toys I often daydreamed what it would be like to fight as an Autobot or as a Decepticon. Yet with each exhilarating transformation between robot and vehicle mode I also found out the perils too. Having all of your systems go off line one by one only added to the fantasy. Activision and High Moon Studios really brought that daydream to life.
83 (Jul 08, 2010)
It took a long time but finally we have a game that doesn't make the Transformers universe look ridiculous. With a beautiful singleplayer and addictive multiplayer this game will keep console owners busy for quite some time!
Game Revolution (Jul 06, 2010)
While Transformers: War for Cybertron is not perfect, it will definitely hit the mark with fans and gamers who have been waiting for a title that would do the series justice. And it's the only time you will ever hear me recommending to someone that they check out the credits in a game. I only hope that the folks who'll be working on the next title for the film franchise take a hint and make it more like this one. Yes, fanboys, it's okay to pick this one up. Transformers, Roll Out!
1UP (Jun 22, 2010)
Transformers has evolved a lot since those cartoon sessions after school. And even though Optimus Prime and Megatron don't look quite the same as they used to, this game captures a lot of that youthful spirit I had watching the cartoons as a kid. Everything from the bickering banter between Starscream and Megatron, the cold calculated communiques from Soundwave, or the heavy-handed speeches from Optimus to rally his Autobots, it's all here. War for Cybertron is an entertaining game that's just as enjoyable as it is playable.
PSX Extreme (Jun 30, 2010)
For those who either grew up with the cartoon or are newcomers who love the movies, Transformers: War for Cybertron is a great option, and one that’s well worth your time and money. The multiplayer is also fulfilling, especially if you happen to know another big Transformers fan, and there aren’t many problems to speak of. At this point, I’d say that any game made by High Moon Studios should probably be given your due attention; this is the second time they’ve managed to crush our skepticism and come through in fine shape.
GamePro (US) (Jun 22, 2010)
On the whole, War for Cybertron is a solid, in-your-face shooter that goes out of its way to appeal to longtime fans of the franchise. It's basically a day one purchase for those who cried when Optimus Prime died, and a good summer release for everyone else, as it offers something different from the average shooter, and it's chock-full of giant robots. Seriously, you can't go wrong with giant robots; especially robots that can turn into tanks.
GamersGlobal (Jul 03, 2010)
Transformers - War For Cybertron erfindet das Rad nicht neu, aber es zeigt eindrucksvoll, was für ein großer Gewinn schon ein einziges kleines, richtig umgesetztes Feature für ein Spiel sein kann. Das Transformieren der Roboter ist super umgesetzt und sorgt besonders im Multiplayer-Part für sehr temporeiche Gefechte. Und die Kampagne, die man auch im Koop erleben kann, ist nach ihrem schwachem Anfang ab Mission 2 und bis zum Ende ein einziges Action-Feuerwerk mit mehreren sehr denkwürdigen Momenten. Fans können deswegen mehr oder weniger blind zugreifen. Und wer noch kein Fan ist, der wird es beim Spielen vielleicht schneller, als er denkt. Kurzum: Transformers - War For Cybertron ist Popcorn-Gaming in Reinkultur. Und das ist ganz klar als Kompliment zu verstehen.
Transformers: War for Cybertron is exactly what I thought it would be: a well made homage to the Transformers IP that fails to innovate but succeeds, nonetheless. True Transformers fans should really consider this title, as it tells the origin story of their favorite sentient mechas. However, if you’re not necessarily a fan and straightforward third-person shooter mechanics aren’t your bag, you may just want to pass on this one.
Extreme Gamer (Jun 29, 2010)
Now this doesn't mean 'Transformers: War for Cybertron' is a perfect game. Far from it, as it suffers from glitchy A.I. behaviour, claustrophobic environments, and some constant online lag, but as it stands, it is still one of the best “Transformers” games ever made, and joy to play for any long time fan. Even if you are not the nostalgic type, this giant-robot game has enough action sequences and online action to keep you busy for a while. I think 'High Moon' has done a great job reinventing the Transformers licence in gaming, which hopefully turns into a green light for a sequel. Transformers fans, you can safely roll out.
Game Shark (Jul 02, 2010)
Even with the game's various problems I kept finding myself excited to play and looking forward to the next chapter to see which characters would be along for the ride. It doesn't hurt that I'm a huge fan of the Transformers with more toys than I know what to do with. I'd love to say that the game would appeal to those who aren't as big a fan as I am, or to those that don't know anything about Transformers at all…but I can’t. Still though, the use of the license is exemplary for us die-hards and the visuals and atmosphere are excellent and as we all know—co-op makes everything better.
PlayStation Universe (Jul 05, 2010)
All told, Transformers War For Cybertron has much more going for it than against it. The quality of the script, the pleasures of transforming into a tank, flying off a ramp and transforming into a pistol-popping bot as you slam feet first into a gun fight, and the thoroughly worked plot give this shooter more than an edge over the rabble, but it’s not the gold star game some will have you believe.
73 (Jun 30, 2010)
Concentrarsi sull'online gaming e sul multiplayer cooperativo significa dimostrarsi al passo coi tempi, compiacendo le esigenze di una larga fetta di utenti. L'ultimo Trasformers, poi, non si limita a scimmiottare i rivali più famosi, ma aggiunge alla formula alcuni elementi originali, come alcuni ritocchi al sistema di classi ed alla modalità “Orde”, o come la possibilità di trasformarsi in veicoli, che vivacizza le partite online. Il risvolto della medaglia è non solo una campagna decisamente sottotono, ma anche un comparto grafico assolutamente da rivedere. Al di là di questo, il prodotto è decisamente consigliato a chi ama il gioco in rete. War for Cybertron potrebbe essere, insomma, un buon punto di partenza per una serie aggiornata anche dal punto di vista tecnico. Assolutamente da non sottovalutare.
GamingXP (Jun 23, 2010)
Stark begonnen, stark nachgelassen: Mein Fazit zu „Transformers: Kampf um Cybertron“. Das Intro und auch die Trailer machen extrem Lust auf mehr, und von all dem Hochglanz geblendet, endet man zwangsläufig enttäuscht vor der Konsole. Die Texturen sind etwas schleißig, die Kamera ist ein Buch mit sieben Siegeln und auch andere Feinheiten machen dem Titel schwer zu schaffen. Dennoch muss man sagen, dass es die wahrscheinlich beste „Transformers“-Umsetzung ist, seit es den Franchise gibt, denn der Mehrspielermodus zeigt, dass nicht alles, was Spaß macht, mit Technik zu tun hat.
It's hard to criticise War For Cybertron too harshly, though, because it glows with appreciation for the subject matter - there are enough references to the 1986 movie to keep Transforma-nerds like us happy. Still, it's more Ultra Magnus than Optimus Prime: never destined for greatness, but hugely likeable despite the flaws.
70 (Jul 01, 2010)
Das Gute: Der Kampf um Cybertron ist das beste Transformers-Spiel seit Melbourne Houses Geniestreich aus dem Jahr 2004. Da die Filmumsetzungen der letzten Jahre fast durchweg enttäuschten, ist das allerdings kein Kunststück. Sowohl die Kampagne, die optional auch mit drei Spielern kooperativ bestritten werden kann, als auch die Mehrspielermodi mit ihrem an Modern Warfare erinnernden Charakter-Aufstieg wissen zu unterhalten. Zudem hat das Team der High Moon Studios mit Unterstützung von Unreal-Technologie ein zielsicheres Gespür für Artdesign bewiesen, das eine Brücke zwischen der Filmoptik und den klassischen Action-Figuren schlägt. Aber: Um all das genießen zu können, muss man schon ein Fan der sprechenden Riesen-Konservendosen sein. Denn letztlich schlummert unter der Hochglanz-Kulisse nur ein Third-Person-Shooter wie jeder andere. Grundsolide? Ja! Passabel inszeniert? Ja! Technisch sauber? Aber ja! Austauschbar? Natürlich!
PlayStation Lifestyle (Jun 30, 2010)
Transformers: War for Cybertron is a breath of fresh air for fans of the series and a great introduction for those of you out there oblivious to the feats of the Autobots and Decepticons. The game is not without its growing pains as the graphics suffer at times, offline co-op is absent and the Multiplayer can become a lag fest. However when the dust settles and you step past these issues, you are left with one of the most enjoyable games featuring transforming robots in recent memory. There is enough depth in the package that it should keep you hooked for months and the sound of your robot turning into a vehicle is easily one of the sweetest sounds to touch your ears.
The A.V. Club (Jun 28, 2010)
It was risky to fund a Transformers game free of the detestable but profitable Michael Bay films, and while High Moon has turned in a solid effort, it’s unknown whether it’ll be successful enough to let the company make an Earthbound sequel that would be even more familiar to nostalgia addicts. Would War For Cybertron be a good game without its license? Sure, but not a great one.
Gameplanet (Jul 07, 2010)
Transformers: The War for Cybertron leans heavily on its pop culture source material to carry it to success but underneath the hood, High Moon's title is a middling entry in the third-person shooter space.
GameSpot (Jun 25, 2010)
Even towering robots have difficulty hiding the many problems present in Transformers: War for Cybertron. The campaign is an arduous affair that is poorly paced and lacks variety. The only noteworthy element is being able to transform at a moment's notice, but even that seems tacked on to the stale shooting mechanics. But there is still fun buried within this game if you look hard enough. Beyond the campaign are enticing cooperative and competitive modes that are easy to lose hours to. Leveling up your Transformer to become a robot master is an addictive experience, and though you'll experience many of the annoyances from the campaign, it's much easier to ignore these issues when you're surrounded by nine other players. If the core gameplay could have matched the well-used license, War for Cybertron would have been something special. But there's still fun to be had for people eager to scratch their nostalgic itch.
65 (Jun 28, 2010)
Transformers : La Guerre pour Cybertron fait partie de ces jeux un peu malchanceux dont le potentiel est plombé par des choix de design douteux. Il reste donc un shooter "moyen bien" secondé par un multi sympa, mais plutôt réservé aux fans de la franchise Transformers.
Giant Bomb (Jun 25, 2010)
That's really the best thing that can be said about Transformers: War For Cybertron. Its campaign is only worth seeing through if you're extremely curious to see how it ties into some of the other Transformers lore out there, and the multiplayer is solid, if perhaps a bit uninspired. It's a good diversion that'll keep you engaged for a few days, but don't go in expecting long-term excitement.
Thunderbolt Games (Jul 23, 2010)
Transformers: War for Cybertron passes as a title that will provide only the basic levels of enjoyment for any third-person shooter, and may even struggle to keep fans of the series interested for longer than the campaign runs, which is short at best. Where Transformers: War for Cybertron failed was in its use of transforming – what should’ve been a key element in both the campaign and the online play in pursuing success – and its utter lack of personal style. Though one could claim that the campaign and online rewards/achievements and the mediocre level of character customization online make the game worth looking into, in truth, this is a title that doesn’t warrant your attention unless you’re starved for a taste of Transformers flavour and the most basic gaming experience.