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Transformers Battlegrounds

Game review by
Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media
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Upcoming strategy game is more than meets the eye.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Transformers Battlegrounds is an upcoming turn-based strategy game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. The game's based around the classic toy line that also expanded to movies and TV shows, and specifically deals with an invasion of earth by the Decepticons for stockpiles of energon (a powerful energy source) that happens to be scattered around the world. During their search, they attack cities, causing the Autobots to divert their attention from fighting their enemies to aid in evacuation. As the last human in one of these evacuation zones, you're asked by the Autobots to help them figure out a way to stop the Decepticon's plans. If you're a newcomer to strategy games, Battlegrounds is designed to be an accessible strategy for beginners. Across twenty campaign missions, players are provided with a top down view to direct fan favorites like Bumblebee, Grimlock, and Optimus Prime over the map, using a stockpile of action points. If action points aren't used, they're converted to energon, which can be used to trigger ultimate abilities, which are unique to that particular character. Players will also be able to choose from one of three character classes: scouts, brawlers, and support classes. Players can also leap into multiplayer matches, where they'll be able to play capture the flag or horde modes, or even take on the roles of the Decepticons. While combat is the point of the game, there's no blood or gore shown as robots blast each other with guns and other weapons. The title may make kids more interested in the toys and shows after playing,

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