Parents' Guide to

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Lackluster action game has blatant movie-marketing ties.

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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Could've been a little improved.

As a Transformers fan, I do have to admit: this game is not that appealing. The graphics are so-so, the story is too confusing, and there are a couple of glitches. While the gameplay is fun, it's basically the same thing in every level: shoot all the enemies. This might be the last time I buy a movie tie-in game, after playing through the awful The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game. There goes $60 that I'll never see again!

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Although it's not a complete disaster, there really isn't enough in Rise of the Dark Spark to satiate even the most faithful fan of Transformers fiction. On one hand, there's a huge variety of Transformers to play as -- from the more popular stars of the toy, movie, and game franchise down to lesser-known characters. There's also an online co-op mode to add some longevity to the game and upgrades that can be used in the single-player game, too. But it seems the developers traded breadth for depth, as the action grows tiresome after a short while. Plus, the game's checkpoint system isn't great, so you'll have to repeat parts you've already played just to get to where you perished.

Visually speaking, the graphics are so-so, with mediocre environments, dated character models, and glitches that suggest the game was released a bit too prematurely. Perhaps that isn't much of a surprise for a game released in tandem with a tie-in movie -- as nine out of 10 film tie-ins are disappointing, to say the least -- but we expect more from Activision and developer Edge of Reality.

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