Transformers: Dark Of The Moon is a movie-tie in to the new Blockbuster film of the same name.
Another Blockbuster Movie, another tie-in game. We've heard this all before but the question is, does Transformers: Dark of The Moon live up to be a great movie game? Well, not really. The game follows a different plot that leads up to the film when the Autobots and Decepticons first begin to battle against each other. The plot isn't a very interesting one and you will probably not even care about it. It's mainly about the Decepticons trying to get to something but the game doesn't make it interesting enough or explain it to make you care.
You will travel across different locations playing as both, the Autobots and the Decepticons. Each have their own unique weapons and abilities. You have the basic weapon for shooting and a secondary one. The special abilities can be activated but only for a limited time. It will need to recharge over time and collecting energy shards from defeated enemies will rechard it a lot faster. The third person mechanics work decent enough. You shoot with the RT button and zoom in with the LT for a more accurate shot. You also have a basic melee attack but you will probably spend more time in vehicle form anyway. This is due to the fact that you always have to reload your weapons but in vehicle form you don't. You can constantly fire at your enemies and also move around more efficiently.
Controlling each of the Transformers is fairly good but when totally transforming back to vehicle form the handling can be a nightmare. Simply holding the LT button will transform you back to a vehicle quickly and easily but steering can be a struggle. The cars handle as if there made of feathers and the environments don't help matters either. A lot of the time I would be crashing into objects or bouncing off them. Whilst shooting you have more control because you can drive from side to side similar to in War For Cybertron, but the game is nowere near to the quality of that title.
The game only lasts around 4-5 hours but your time can be extended with it's multiplayer offering. I found the multiplayer a lot more entertaining than it's single player experience. If your a fan of War For Cybertron you will be let down by it's multiplayer here. Modes from WFC are not here and it feels like a stripped down version of it. There's four different Transformers classes to choose from. The Scout, Hunter, Commander and Warrior. Each having their own custom class with weapons and killstreaks. Close combat and large firefights can be exiting but it's depth isn't enough to keep you playing for very long. It's gameplay is shallow and there's only three modes on offer. But if you love to just earn experience and level up this might be for your.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a quick tie-in that seemed to have some great potential, but being a movie game it feels rushed and wont keep you entertained for long. If your looking for a great Transformers game buy War For Cybertron instead.
Review by Gareth Smith