Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

Common Sense Media says

Intense and frenetic combat game for fans of this brand.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is an action game that pits Autobots and Decepticons against one another on an alien world. Aside from some racing and flying sequences and minor puzzle solving (which usually requires needing an object to gain access somewhere), combat is the name of the game. That said, this is a civil war and each side is trying to protect their world and fight for control over it.

Positive role models

You play as a number of Transformers characters -- from both sides of the conflict. Therefore, because there is no one protagonist it, it isn't easy to judge whether these characters are good role models or not. Because they seem to enjoy fighting with weapons, giant fists, and other abilities (such as breathing fire), they aren't the best role models for kids.

Ease of play

Because of the mandatory tutorial at the start of the single-player campaign, the game is pretty easy to pick up. But it does utilize almost all of the controller's buttons so it might be overwhelming for newbies -- not to mention the frenetic action sequences.

Violence

This is a third-person shooter, so much of the time you're firing weapons or bashing enemies, which are robotic aliens. Players use lasers, flamethrowers, rockets, etc. The fighting can be dramatic at times, with slow-motion effects and close-up shots that include impaling. Enemies can emit a blood-like substance that's more black than red, and they do cry out in pain.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

This game is playable online with full chat support, so kids might hear inappropriate language, including profanity.

Consumerism

This game is based on Hasbro's popular Transformers toy line.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Serious privacy and safety issues. The game can be played online against strangers. Because all of these platforms support open chatting -- i.e. with no moderator or filters -- parents might be concerned about the information shared between gamers as well as the inappropriate use of language.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is an action game rated for "Teens." Combat is the core mechanic. While fighting against giant, transformable machines, the action can be intense and frenetic. Enemies cry out when damaged and emit a bluish-black fluid that looks like blood.

 

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

If you thought Disneyland was sensory overload, wait until you boot up Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, a new video game for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC. You don’t need to be a fan of Hasbro’s Transformers franchise (toys, comics, TV shows, and movies), to dive into this action-heavy video game, but you’ll appreciate the story sequences better, which focus on the drawn-out war between the Autobots and Decepticons. In fact, you’ll play as both sides as they vie for control of their dying home world, Cybertron. Changing from giant ‘mech fighter to a vehicle (or other object), you’ll play as a number of familiar Autobots including Bumblebee and Optimus Prime, as well as lesser-known characters that make their video game debut, including Grimlock that changes into a fire-breathing T-Rex Dinobot. Each character has its own abilities, like Jazz’s grappling hook or Cliffjumper’s invisibility cloak to sneak up on unsuspecting enemies. You can even fly in some levels. Playable Decepticons include Brawl, Megatron, Kickback, and Shockwave, to name a few.

Is it any good?

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This third-person sci-fi action game is in a word, intense. While fighting with weapons and massive fists through huge indoor and outdoor locations, laser fire whizzes past your head and explosions rock the environment. It’s as if Activision said "let’s add a little more Call of Duty to our next Transformers game." You’ll also perform moves like dashing forward, jumping over abysses, reloading ammo, and racing through wreckage –- in many cases, all at the same time. This chaotic excitement works -- but the game is not without its problems. For one, because both allies and enemies are transforming alien robots, it could be difficult to see the difference between friend and foe (hint: look for the red reticle when aiming at baddies). Secondly, the game feels like everything has been scripted for you and as long as you press the correct buttons at the right time, you’ll advance to the next section; contrast this with other games that make you feel like you’re the one in charge, such as the recent Sleeping Dogs. Finally, the enemy difficulty is not consistent – in one memorable scene you’re using cover to take down tough enemies, but while it builds up to a climactic "boss battle" you just need to tap a button on the controller when instructed and the epic showdown is over before you know it.

In all fairness, the game does have a lot going for it –- a single-player campaign and online multiplayer matches, numerous playable characters, and impressive visuals and sound –- but it’s hard to ignore these varied shortcomings, too. In other words, there’s a bit "more than meets the eye" with this Transformers game, but not by much.
 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the impact of media violence. In this game you're a giant 'mech fighter who can transform into other objects (such as vehicles) and are killing other robots.

  • Did you play this game because you liked the movies or toys? Do you think this game is a form of marketing to kids?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:August 21, 2012
Genre:Third-person shooter
Topics:Adventures, Space and aliens
ESRB rating:T for Animated Blood, Violence (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Parent of a 16 year old Written bydracoblade316 September 17, 2012
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9
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A must have for all transformer fans

This game is an amazing game that brings back many memories with tons of G1 references and lines, plus characters that look very close to the G1 counterpart, like bumblebee, the dinobots, and bruticus. It is also very entertaining, even though the story is very short.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written bybucks2012 September 2, 2012
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9
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Really csm

Fine for kids Violence 2/5. Their is lots of blood but it robots for god sakes. Nothing is intense at all. Even mature 7 year old could handle this it is robots. Csm is a bunch of overreactive parents when it comes to video games. It is pretty challenging though. FYI I don't own this I saw my little cosins play this for three hours. Im going to wait till the price drops. That's retardded that it is 59.99
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old March 5, 2013
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9
QUALITY
 

Great

I let my 8 year old neighbor watch this game, it was ok for him, but I would not let him play it. When the other robots got shot there parts went everywhere and some oil came out, I said he could play it next year but I'm still not sure. He did enjoy watching me play it and I loved playing it, I saw the Transformers movies and this game answered alot of questions. This game tied in with the movie so well! The graphics were amazing I didn't expect that from a transformers game at all and the gameplay was awesomehow your robot could transform into a vehicle and some dinosaurs, that is why I give this five stars.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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