|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.
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.
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.
CCC Senior Writer