Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Review
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen box art
System: X360, PS3, PC, Wii, PS2, PSP, DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Savage Entertainment 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Activision 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Jun. 23, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Boss battles are less frustrating as you are only facing one opponent, but once again there is little else required except for shooting. Some of the bosses have multiple target sections for you to make contact with. Hit all the targets and you're a winner. In some cases the bosses won't even fire back. Some will even get stuck in the environment.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen screenshot

In these instances all you have to do is fight them hand-to-hand, a welcome alternative from shooting. When facing off against Demolisher you will be forced to drive, not a welcome alternative from shooting because you'll still be shooting. The driving levels are basically broken. The collision detection will let you pass right through traffic. The vehicles are clunky and clumsy and not much faster than the Transformers.

You will experience the same flaws with the multiplayer mode. Co-op and head-to-head modes may appear to offer a ray of sunshine, but even being evenly matched with cumbersome, impotent robots does not make these modes any more fun. Graphically the cutscenes are the only saving grace but you could save yourself a lot of money and see the movie if that's all you're interested in. Overall the game is not a visual feast. Environments are bland and largely non-interactive. The Transformers lack detail, especially when transforming. They tend to morph without displaying the animated gears, wheels, levers and other interchangeable hardware that are the franchise's hallmark. Sounds, especially those of the weapons, are insanely repetitive. The music and the voiceovers are easily the most professional features of this game.

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Casual gamers that don't know any better will probably think this game is all right, but I can guarantee that the majority of them will never play through the single-player mode more than once. This game is just not fun. Rent it first if you don't believe me.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.2
Graphics
Boring, largely non-interactive environments. Not much transforming detail.
2.0
Control
Control system is broken. It's difficult to do more than a few things at one time consistently.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music and voiceovers are solid. Sound effects are repeated.
2.2
Play Value
Little more to do than shoot and shoot again.
2.3
Overall Rating - Poor
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • The fate of the earth and the survival of the human race hang in the balance in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen for the PSP.
  • Playing as both the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS, players are propelled into an adrenaline-pumping battle for supremacy across the globe where every second and every choice makes the difference between mankind's salvation and annihilation.
  • Players are propelled straight into a third-person arcade action game that combines rail levels, visceral melee strikes and projectile combat through a storyline inspired by the epic film.
  • Hone Your Skills and Join Friends to Battle in Arena Mode - Players can come back again and again to test their battle skills as they pick their favorite characters and fight alongside their friends arcade-style against increasing waves of enemies.
  • Battle for the High Score - Players can replay missions again and again in their quest to set a personal high score and top their friends' high scores.
  • Great Cast of Playable TRANSFORMERS - Players battle to save the earth with their choice of characters from a robust cast of 10 playable TRANSFORMERS.


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