Transformers: War for Cybertron

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Toy-based sci-fi robotic brawler gets repetitive.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The game is centered around shooting enemies. You can explore playing the game as both the good guys (Autobots) and the bad guys (Decepticons) in the solo and multiplayer modes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

In the solo campaign, you will play both as a good robot and a bad robot, but with both, violence is the only way to advance through the game

Ease of Play

The game is fairly easy to play plus there's an optional tutorial and a paper manual to help younger or novice players along.

Violence

This is a machine against machine shooting game in which you use all sorts of guns to blow up robots including shotguns, machine guns mounted on turrets, and laser guns. Shot robots blow up in a dramatic ways, and you will hear realistic sounds of gunfire.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

The game ties into Hasbro's Transformers toy and movie products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while Transformers: War for Cybertron is violent, it is a sci-fi brawler between robots. In this war between machines, you can shoot at or whack enemies and watch as they explode, but there is no blood or gore. However, there is plenty of weapons -- including huge machine guns -- and frenetic battle scenes. The game allows players to be a "bad guy" (Decepticons) for half of the single-player game and in many multiplayer modes. Plus, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamers can talk with other players online, if desired, via a headset microphone.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBob xanoliavich September 23, 2011

On the fence first

If your child is really wanting to get this game let him/her cause i let my 10 year old play this and watched him play it because there's nothing good thes... Continue reading
Adult Written byMi3 February 5, 2011
Kid, 11 years old December 24, 2015

One of the best games out there, must-play for Transformers fans

The game is simply one of the best games out there, while it is slightly old and outdated, the online multiplayer (which you need to pay for on Xbox 360) adds l... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymaster_nacho June 30, 2010
I bought this game right when it came out. Ya, there is violence like shooting. Role models that are good are the Autobots for protecting cybertron and bad role... Continue reading

What's it about?

While the next Transformers film won't hit the big screen until 2011, fans of the blockbuster series can now get their hands on a new small screen adventure. TRANSFORMERS: WAR FOR CYBERTRON is a third-person shooter that lets you engage in epic battles as both the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, as these robotic soldiers fight for control of their home planet, Cybertron. As you'd expect from a videogame based on Hasbro's popular toy line, there's plenty of frenetic action, high-tech weaponry, and the ability to convert from robot to vehicle, on demand. For the first time in Activision's Transformers game series, there's a good number of online multiplayer modes, including head-to-head matches, team-based games, and a drop-in/drop-out co-op option.

Is it any good?

Transformers: War For Cybertron has its good points, but it isn't perfect. While the multiplayer modes are a blast, and the ability to create your own fighter is a good idea, the game has its share of problems. The install time is long (we had to sit through the 20-odd minute installation process on the PS3 version tested for this review), and the gameplay in the solo campaign proved to be overly repetitive. That is, you merely take down groups of enemies, move onto the next area and repeat the process again. Sure, there are a couple of big moments, like facing big bosses with limited ammo, but it seems most of the attention when making this game was put on the myriad of multiplayer options instead of infusing innovation into the story mode. What's more, Cybertron's metallic environments lack visual variety and the enemy A.I. (artificial intelligence) is less-than-intelligent. Unless you're wild about multiplayer, fans of Transformers movies or toys might opt for renting this game over a weekend instead of dropping up to $60 on this disc.

Note: the Nintendo Wii version is a different game altogether, called Transformers: Cybertron Adventures, and was not tested for this review.

Online interaction: The game focuses heavily on multiplayer modes -- in the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC versions -- and this includes head-to-head and co-op options.  Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 players can talk via a headset microphone in online games, if desired, and this option opens up kids to hearing profanity and other unpredictable language.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether or not video games should allow players to assume the role of the enemy, such as the evil Decepticons bent on destruction. If games do allow players to be a malevolent fighter, should there be consequences and repercussions? What can kids learn by playing as the bad guy? 

  • This game is based on Hasbro's toys and movies. Did you buy the game because you like these toys or movies?

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