Transformers: War for Cybertron

Common Sense Media says

Toy-based sci-fi robotic brawler gets repetitive.

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What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$39.99 to $59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:June 29, 2010
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:T for Violence (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Adult Written byWarri August 7, 2010
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9
QUALITY
 

Good game for 9+

The violence in the game is not strong and doesn,t have any blood or gore but the guns sound very real
What other families should know
Too much violence
Adult Written byMi3 February 5, 2011
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
What other families should know
Too much violence
Adult Written byHi im bob July 11, 2010
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Good 4 twenners

What other families should know
Great role models

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