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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Yes, I know, by the time that this gets published this month the game will have already been out a day or so, but, this is one game that revolves around the hype of the movie (which was released today and is awesome I have to say). So, I figured that I would give you a short run down of what I have seen so far so you can see the movie then head out and buy the game.
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Put yourself in the shoes... 'er wheels... of a Transformer. You can transform, walk, drive, jump, climb, and blast those pesky Decepticons out to space when needed. Would it take you long to learn how to transform yourself and move around, or do you think that you'd get it first try? Well, you'll have to learn it, and fast, as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is throwing Decepticons your way. You will get the opportunity to play as either an Autobot or Decepticon, and undertake many different missions, such as search and rescue, defend or destroy, races, fights, and kidnap and escort schemes. Nothing really follows the movie super close, so you can easily go from the movie to the game without fail. The basic story line of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is the same: everyone is out to destroy the other side. To me, the story line of the game being different than the movie is a good thing, as you aren't bored with the outcome.
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First up, get used to moving from a normal humanoid form of moving (i.e. walking, running, jumping) to transforming and driving or flying quickly because if you can't master this skill - you are doomed in the game. Not to worry though, the controls that will help you transform back and forth and move are a bit weird at first, but you will eventually get used to them. Once you do, the game play really gets easier, as you'll be able to move from one form to another so fluidly that you won't even remember when you couldn't do it. And, now, the game play will get really fun!
There are two different ways to play Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, you can play in normal story mode, which loosely follows some areas of the movie, or you can play this one online against other gamers. In the story mode, you can play two different campaigns, Autobot and Decepticon, and both extremely loosely follow the movie so that you can follow a bit if you take the time to see the movie first. Since the graphics are so close to the computer animation in the movie, it's awesome to see them in action with you at the controls. Each mission is different, from the search and destroy to the races, and none really mirror the movie too closely, so it's no major problem with a different plot or differences in the game and the movie. One fun aspect to the game, each different mission that you'll undertake in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen will take place in a wide open space, with tons of goodies to destroy for points, ammo, and much more. You'll find things like cars, light poles, tanker trucks, and even small buildings that are easily crushed and fun to smash.
From what I've heard so far, the missions do get a bit tedious after a while as they are basically the same as other games of this type. But, there are a ton of other challenges and unlockables that you can strive for to make the game more interesting and keep you occupied - some challenges even unlock some of the old school episodes of the original Transformers cartoon that I never missed as a kid.
During your game play, there are three main "forms" that you'll be able to switch into: vehicle, weapon, and robot. These are all basically self-explanatory, and each form will serve it's own purpose. You'll find out soon enough which forms you need to be in for different areas of the game and when switching back and forth can help or hurt you. I will tell you that the vehicle mode that I tried out was hard to master. It took me a bit to be able to switch over and smoothly move around as a vehicle, but the robot and weapon forms are awesome. Once you can master the different forms, you'll be able to transform into them quickly and kick butt with some sweet moves. If you get bored with the existing game play, you can unlock special modes like invincibility and super low gravity.
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The online mode will offer gamers the ability to play against other Transformers all over the world, but I wouldn't recommend checking this mode out until you have mastered the controls as you'll suffer quickly if you don't. The good thing is that from what I've seen so far, the maps and the areas are pretty standard, but still graphically sweet and easy to navigate. Also, you'll get a massive amount of variety here in the online mode, as each Transformer that you create will have a two different weapons and special moves, instead of just the standard stuff that you're given when you are playing in the single-player mode. So, you can easily mix and match the specialties that you want to have in your custom Transformer.
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As you can see from the screenshots below, the graphics are superb in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Both sides of the Transformers universe are beautifully detailed, and they go hand in hand with the graphics and computer animation of the movie itself. The environment around you is pretty well detailed as well, and you'll easily start to see why the game is such fun to play. One area that I absolutely love and hate at the same time is the transformation from robot to vehicle/plane. Here's why: you do the transformation while you're moving, so you get to actually see yourself morph, downside is that you keep moving and the change also changes your momentum.
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Here is one area where the game does lack a bit. While Optimus Prime and Megatron's voices rock out and are done excellently, the other characters lack sadly, especially the human counterparts (i.e. Megan Fox and Shia LeBeouf). The human's voices get lost in the massive robotic voices and it's hard to hear them at times in the game. This is probably one area where they could have spent a bit more time in development, but it does not break the game and I swiftly got past it. You will as well, because really the only voices that you'll need to care about are those main characters and the characters that are giving you, or are part of, your mission.
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Overall (So Far)
While there are still some hang ups (i.e. voice over problems), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a superb video game in my opinion and I would recommend that you take the time to buy it, rent it, or snatch it from your friends to check it out. There is nothing more satisfying than transforming yourself and smashing up some stuff - just like you've wanted to do since you were a little kid.