Fall of Cybertron: game that outshines Transformers films
Spectacular Transformers: Fall of Cybertron 'is the toy battle you imagined as a kid'
What you need to know
Activision's latest video game Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is the sequel to 2010's War for Cybertron. It depicts the final hours of the civil war that resulted in the rival Autobot and Decepticon factions abandoning their home planet.
Fall of Cybertron is created by High Moon Studios, the same developer who produced the 2010 game, which was seen by many as the best video game to ever make use of Hasbro's 'robots in disguise'.
Importantly, the new game has nothing to do with Michael Bay's divisive Hollywood movie franchise, which left many gamers dismissive of the Transformers brand.
Fall of Cybertron is available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.
What the critics like
High Moon Studios has surpassed its well-received 2010 game, says Game Informer's Matt Miller, calling it the "most faithful treatment of the Transformers brand for fans across any medium in recent years". Admirably, it manages this, he adds, while remaining welcoming to new players. "Fall of Cybertron is the Transformers toy battle you imagined as a child, transposed onto the TV in front of you."
Ebenezer Samuel from The New York Daily News is blown away by the game's cinematics. The story is told in "spectacular fashion… at times, you might as well put the controller down and watch as Starscream and Megatron feud, or as a giant Autobot takes out a cannon." The end result, he adds, is "the finest Transformers game you will ever play".
The world created in this latest game is "far more impressive visually than that of its predecessor", says The Guardian's Nick Cowen. "Players will find themselves battling on floating platforms in the clouds, ancient ruins shrouded in rust storms and sharp-edged tunnels filled with glowing Insecticon cocoons."
What they don't like
There are a "couple of niggles" in the gameplay, says Cowen. "Too often, players will fire their weapons into cover when it looks like they have a clear shot on opponents and every Transformer - including hulks like Bruticus and Grimlock - dies just a little too easily." ·