Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen Review

5-year old logic

Last week-end, I took my son for a haircut at Uncle Bill’s which happens to be located in the vicinity of Pro Station. While leaving the salon, my 5-year old looked at me and obviously had something on his mind. He started explaining to me that he really liked Batman and that must have been the logical reason behind the fact that we have a few Batman games at home… He then went on pondering the rational explanation that could expose the reason why we had no Transformers games, although he also likes Transformers a lot.

I could see where this was going (yeah, I’m smart like that)…He obviously knew we were near Pro Station and wanted to go check if they had any Transformers game for grabs. We made our way to the store (that was open for once) and started sifting through the PS3 second hand games bin… I noted the bin was a noticeable improvement compared to the old fashioned stacks they used to have until recently.

Luckily for us, we managed to find Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen for MOP150 and picked it up. My son was so happy to purchase that game he wouldn’t let go of the box for the entire afternoon until we reached home to actually try it out.

How i found it!

Gaphics 85%
Sound 70%
Gameplay 85%
Give it a try if you have a son who likes the franchise and you can put your hands on a cheap second hand copy
Rise of The Fallen
Controlling your character is also fairly easy. My little boy played through the tutorials without asking for any help

 

Controls are fairly easy

The graphics of the game were good without being revolutionary, and by that I mean they respected the movie quite well and the characters actually looked like the ones seen in the second installment of the trilogy with reasonable texture and level of details. They all have standard melee and ranged attacks that differ slightly from one another as well as a vehicle mode. Each character also play slightly differently as some, like Bumblebee, are faster on their feet while others, like Ironhide, are a bit slower but pack more fire power.

Each missions play on open maps where you can decide to follow the instructions or just go the way you want… It’s not open world as maps have limits but you’re still allowed some degree of freedom when you play. My son had a blast playing those maps as there are a lot of interactive objects scattered around and the environment reacts to the epic battles you’re having… Building facades destroy as you climb them, advertisement panels fly into bits at your contact and anything your robot lands on just gets crushed instantly. Combine all that to the right sound effects and you get a happy Transformers fan.

Controlling your character is also fairly easy. My little boy played through the tutorials without asking for any help and managed to move his robot around as well as going in and out of melee and ranged fight, fire and swapping weapons without difficulty. He even got used to play in vehicle mode, although I thought having to press R2 down constantly was a bit of a mishap at first… But it doesn’t interfere with the game at all.

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Some minor things...

Of course there were some minors things that annoyed me as I’m a seasoned gamer, like some characters such as Optimus Prime or Starscream kept their voices from the movies while Epps and Lennox had other voice actors.

Also, when you think of it, this game is nothing but a clone of those Gundam/Mecha games that were so popular 10 years ago… Actually they still have some of those machines in arcade parlours… Maybe they still are popular!

The game is a lot of fun to play together with your son

Do we recommend ?

YES

To sum it up

My son and I had a blast as soon as we fired up the PS3 and had a really fun time discovering the game together… So all in itself, that was well worth the MOP150 I had spent on it earlier that day and not all games are innovative and will be remembered 20 years later after all…

So while it’s true it’s not the perfect game (no co-op mode for example), you should still give it a try if you have a son who likes the franchise and you can put your hands on a cheap second hand copy or even rent it for the week-end!

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