You have to praise High Moon Studios for their work on War for Cybertron. Not only was it one of 2010's best shooters, it was the best Transformers game around. Before it's release, fans had to settle for a series of lackluster tie-ins to Michael Bay's blockbuster franchise. As you can imagine, none of them turned out great, and fans were in desperate need for a good Transformers game. Thankfully, High Moon Studios first original game turned out as a big surprise. It's what got the robots back on form, and it became the definitive Transformers game.
For those who already played this back on the 360, there's no reason apart form nostalgia, to pick up the Xbox One version. This is a straight port, with no real enhancements to the visuals. The only real enticement is the addition of three DLC packs. For the price tag, it's even difficult to recommend a title that's over four years old. Still, the game is still as enjoyable as I remember it to be. Although it's visuals and controls are rather dated now, Fall of Cybertron still holds up as one of the best Transformers games to date. It's sequel., Fall of Cybertron, picks up right where the first one ended. The civil war between the Auto-bots and Decepticons are still raging on. While the planet, known as Cybertron, is dying and in it's last few days. This leaves the Auto-bots fleeing their homeland and in search for survival within the Cosmos. It's far from original, but it's excellent presentation and voice acting makes it a spectacular sequel.
The game feels almost identical to it's predecessor. Set in a third person perspective, you will be running and gunning across the environments, blasting foes, while occasionally transforming. There's no cover system to mention of here, leaving you to dash between obstacles to survive. Just like before, you can transform to a vehicle on the fly. Some sections do require you to race past an area, but other times can be carried out on foot. The only time I found myself in vehicle form was when low on ammo or getting away from danger. Transforming is done by simply tapping the left analog stick. It's always a joy, and besides, it wouldn't be a transformers game without it.
The single-player portion spans across 13 chapters, clocking in at around 8-9 hours, maybe more. Unfortunately, there's no Co-op support this time around. Whilst that may be disappointing to some, it does offer a more quality experience overall. The single-player is far more polished this time. The pacing is spot on, the visuals are improved, and the action set pieces are stunning.
When compared to the original, (TFOS) is more linier structured. Throughout the game, you will play as a variety of different Transformers. Most of them will be Auto-bots, but you also take the role of a few Decepticons as well. It keeps the solo experience fresh, and you are always challenged with a new character before getting used to one. Each of the Transformers have their own special ability. For example, Optimus Prime is able to call in air strikes, whilst Jazz is capable of swinging and pulling down structure with his grappling hook. Probably the most exciting character though is Grimlock, who is able to transform into a gigantic T-Rex.
One of the newest additions to the game is it's upgrade system. Throughout each level, Teletraan1 stores are scattered around the environment. These allow you to purchase and upgrade your firepower. There's a variety of different weapons. From primary and heavy, along with helpful perks. All purchases are made by collecting Vortex, which is the games currency. The new upgrade system is a great addition, and makes up for it's lack of Co-op support.
When you are finished with single-player, the fun doesn't end there. The Escalation mode is back, which is a horde type mode. Then there's the competitive game types. From a basic Team-deathmatch, Conquest mode, Capture the Flag, an Head Hunter, which has you collecting sparks form dropped enemies. Most of these game types are expected from multiplayer, but the customisation is what really draws you in. As you level up, you are able to customise four different classes. From selecting their load-outs, to changing their visual appearance. There's thousands of different combinations. From Heads, Shoulder, Arms, Body Armour, to even their colour. The amount of customisation is overwhelming, and it's sure to keep people busy for some time.
High Moon Studios have once again made the robots in disguise proud. It's sequel might lose Co-op, but the polished single player makes up for it. War for Cybertron is one of the best Transformers games around. The only real enticement to get the Xbox One version is for the three DLC packs. But those who have already experienced them on Xbox 360 wont find anything new here.