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.