Transformers: The Game Review


Do you know why the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons has gone on for such a long time? It's because the giant robots fighting the war can't seem to hit each other and the battles are so tedious that the war gets put on hold for long stretches of time simply because the combatants grow bored with the whole affair. At least that's what I learned while playing Transformers: The Game on my PSP.

When I first started playing the game it seemed like the potential was there for something entertaining. The levels were large and open and the mission objectives seemed interesting enough. However, it quickly became apparent that the game suffers from critical control issues that manage to make giant robot battles both frustrating and tedious at the same time. The game uses the analog nub for movement and the Triangle and X buttons to aim up and down. This should work well enough for a PSP game, but the controls are so sluggish and imprecise that it can take a while for you to line up your aim on a stationary target - and very few of your targets are kind enough to stand still. The game does have a target lock feature, but it just doesn't work. You'll constant lose your lock or have it jump to the wrong target, forcing you to try and time your shots for that brief split-second when you're actually on target. Things are even worse when you're trying to fight between the ground and air. On the ground it is almost impossible to lock onto a target and aircraft have an annoying habit of hovering right above your head above the maximum elevation of your weapons. The airborne controls are so convoluted that you'll struggle just to get your Transformer from one place to another, let alone try and attack anything. Things are so bad that your only real option is to walk up to enemies and physically bash them to pieces. This is not even remotely as interesting as it sounds since the melee battles are simple button mashing-affairs and the battle animations are basic, boring, and uninspired.

The game's campaign has you alternating sides and fighting the war for both the Autobots and Decepticons. Odds are that you'll play through it until you reach a point that is to frustrating to get past and then simply give up on the game. Only the true Transformers diehards will be able to find the motivation to stick to it until the end.

In The End, This Game Hath Been Rated: 55%. There’s no disguising the fact that this is a tedious and frustrating game.

 

Also reviewed on:
  •  · Xbox 360