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Transformers: The Game Review

Transforming our childhood dreams into harsh, heart breaking reality

It is completely spectacular, consistently amazing, and occasionally staggering in its scope and majesty. We are of course talking about the Spielberg-fuelled big-screen interpretation of our favourite robots in disguise. The tie-in videogame on the other hand, needs to be consigned immediately to the scrapheap.

Blame yet another rushed development schedule, a game lacking in even the most basic spit and polish in order to get it out in time for the movie's release. What we have is the rusted framework of a free-roaming action adventure, as you battle on the side of good (the mighty Autobots, but mind the property damage else you'll have the army after you) or evil (Decepticons, who have the same problem, but who see an army advance as another chain-link in a points-racking collateral damage combo).

The differences between your choices (save or enslave) are far from distinct, with the mundane structures of the missions blurring any true divide between the two. What we have is a rack of carbon-copy objectives that revolve around smashing things until they explode.

Robot Wars

Enormous robots walloping the seven shades of coiled springs out of each other should be brilliant fun, but the game's fighting system is beset by a woeful control scheme that frustrates rather than stimulates, a problem that makes any ground-based transformed vehicle (car, truck) virtually uncontrollable.

There's no feeling of weight behind transformation either. The robots feel like brittle exoskeletons, while in vehicle form cars and tanks fly off your bonnet with all the force of a water balloon.

Graphically, this feels like an illegal bootleg of the other multiformat versions, with cut-scenes and gameplay both having a terrible washed out look to them. We know the Wii can do better than this; heck, it deserves better. Just look at Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix.

Take our advice. Hold onto that 40 quid, see the movie a few more times then buy a collectable and re-enact your favourite scenes. It'll be a lot closer to the big screen adaptation than this cheap cash-in. Movie licence tie-ins have just sunk as low as they can possibly go.

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  1. DaveD78UK Monday 21st Jan 2008 at 15:39

    I don't agree with ONM on this review I found Transformers as a really entertaining and at times challenging game. It looks okay even though it could have looked better. 2 or 4 player modes would been a great option in this game, but overall I still think that this a decent game and after you have played it a lot longer then you guys actually did that is if you actually did play it? Tranformer is a good game and I would give it at least 70% score.

  2. unclekevo Tuesday 30th Jun 2009 at 09:26

    I also disagree. You gave it one positive for the original voice actor even that can't disguise how awful it really is. I would give it 15%

  3. mariostar6 Saturday 8th May 2010 at 08:50

    Give it
    +Destructive enviroments
    +Megatrons voice actor returns!
    -Terrible visuals
    -Poor physics
    -Badly implemented Wii controls


    Played the PC one. Sucks. Realy poor.
    I thought i would be dashing arund the city slaming into decpticon scum. Insted I found you cant even transform in midair. Of all movie adaptions this one is the worst.

  4. geengy Monday 2nd Aug 2010 at 18:49

    You are ALL harsh! I'd give it 80%. My Mates and I are always connecting and battling eachother.
    The music is as legendary as Dialga and the voiceovers were excellent with Sector 7 personnel!
    Want better? Buy Transformers: War for Cybertron DS(Or is this the Wii that we are all fighting over, but buy DS transformers war for cybertron!)!

  5. mariostar6 Sunday 8th Aug 2010 at 20:41

    You are ALL harsh! I'd give it 80%. My Mates and I are always connecting and battling eachother.
    The music is as legendary as Dialga and the voiceovers were excellent with Sector 7 personnel!
    Want better? Buy Transformers: War for Cybertron DS(Or is this the Wii that we are all fighting over, but buy DS transformers war for cybertron!)!

    Dude, your thinking of the DS game. Now that was a good DS game! However I dont know about the DS twfc but the Wii transformers war for cybertron one was absolutly terrible!

  6. geengy Wednesday 15th Dec 2010 at 15:50


    Dude, your thinking of the DS game. Now that was a good DS game! However I dont know about the DS twfc but the Wii transformers war for cybertron one was absolutly terrible!


    Well, at least we're not debating on the fact that cybertron DS was great to play.

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