Intense, varied sci-fi shooter sequel is great fun for teens and fans alike.
First of all, this game is the best shooter I've played in a long time (partly because I can't play Call of Duty or Uncharted). I don't see why CSM rated the game 3-stars. The game barely feels repetitive, there's plenty of variety in the gameplay (such as characters who can turn invisible, use a grappling hook, call in air strikes, and one how uses a sword and shield that transforms into a GIANT T-REX THAT BREATHES FIRE!!!), lots of replay value (such as hidden blueprints, audio logs and "Easter eggs"), occasionally funny dialogue, and, not to mention, one of the best multiplayer modes and "survival" modes I've ever played. If I had any criticism, it would be that there are no vehicle abilities in multiplayer, there are only 15 waves in the escalation mode (and 15 waves ends surprisingly fast), downloadable content is overpriced, and the PS3 version (which is what I have) suffers from slightly muddier visuals than the Xbox 360 version. It's overall a fantastic sci-fi shooter and I definitely recommend it. However, I don't know about you but I personally think CSM was right about the 14+ rating. This game is a LOT more intense than War for Cybertron. Not only are you constantly shooting robot enemies, but sometimes when you melee attack them, blue or black blood will briefly spurt. Some robots can get their head sliced off and some are also shown impaled by large blades. I should also note that I found Grimlock's levels to be the most intense out of all of them, mainly because he can easily perform rather violent "execution" moves which include picking up a Decepticon, stabbing him multiple times (some blue blood shown), and slamming him to the ground and picking up an insecticon and ripping it in half. He can also eat enemies in Dino-form. Other parent and kid reviews I've seen overlook these details. Other slightly iffy stuff I've noticed is the characters occasionally use words like "scrap" (in place of s**t) and one "Easter egg" includes a female robot character (I'm not going to spoil who) posing on a wall picture.
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