The High Moon Studios-developed Transformers: War for Cybertron game was quite well received when it launched back in June last year, with many reviewers describing it as the best Transformers game to date. So when the critics heard that High Moon Studios was returning to develop the recently released Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie tie-in game, they of course had high hopes for it.
However, judging by some of the recent reviews, it looks as though the Transformers: Dark of the Moon game doesn’t quite live up to expectations. For example, Justin Boot from the honestgamers.com website gave the Transformers: Dark of the Moon game a rather disappointing score of 5/10. Justin says that although the game does have some interesting ideas, it doesn’t actually go anywhere with them.
Another point Justin makes is that although the game does provide players with a lot of variety (what with being able to play an assortment of characters), the actual story is unfulfilling and extremely short. The game has quite a few downsides to it in Justin’s opinion, including levels being too short and simplistic, objectives being too easy and the fact that combat can be a bit chaotic and difficult.
Meanwhile, Dave Ernst from ripten.com gave Transformers: Dark of the Moon an overall rating of 6/10, stating that the game is seriously let down by its level design and visuals. Dave says that although the single player campaign is very playable, it is over far too quickly. Another disappointing review score comes from Mitch Krpata over on the joystiq.com website, who only gave the game 2 out of 5 stars.
Mitch states that although the game is way too short and has badly placed checkpoints, occasional slow down and constant loading interruptions, the general presentation is of a higher quality compared to other movie-based games. The final review we looked is by Rick Marshall over at multiplayerblog.mtv.com, who says that there are a lot of similarities between Transformers: War for Cybertron and Dark of the Moon.
Not only does Rick praise the Dark of the Moon game for borrowing some of the best elements of the War for Cybertron title, but also for the fact that the Transformers in the new game are the best they’ve looked so far and that players have a choice of three different robot forms. At the same time Rick criticizes the game for being too short and slightly repetitive.
You can read the full reviews via the links provided. Have you played the Transformers: Dark of the Moon game yet? If so, what do you think of it?