I had a chance to pick up the PC version of Transformers – The Game. I’ve been playing it off and on for a couple of weeks and although it was a good $20 investment versus the $60 you’d shell out for the console version, this game has left me feeling disappointed.

The biggest disappointment was the lack of a multi-player option. It would be nice to be able to play someone online or even in a split screen mode, but they left that option out. Another irritating feature or lack thereof is the customizable controls. It is frustrating to switch from keyboard/mouse to game controller and unless you configure every single button, you cannot exit out of the screen. On top of that, you have to reconfigure the controller every time you use it, which makes just getting in and playing a quick game impossible.

During gameplay, I found out really quick that playing with a mouse/keyboard combo is much easier than a game controller. The controls are way sensitive and you can easily end up doing highspeed donuts in the street while the Decepticons casually walk over and pound the crap out of you. It also makes it difficult to drive places when you’re being timed when you can’t control the vehicle. Travelling in robot mode is painfully slow and more or less worthless.

But there are some redeeming qualities of this game that make it fun to play. First of all, you’re a giant transforming robot. Second, you get to tear things up no matter if you’re an Autobot or a Decepticon. Just the fact that you’re a massive robot and basically destroy everything you come into contact with. The good thing is you can only be harmed by other Transformers or human authority figures. So driving through a building over and over until it collaspes won’t even scratch the paint.

The world around you is one giant weapon to use. You can pick up practically anything and use it as a weapon. There is no greater satisfaction of picking up one of those annoying police cars that seem to follow you EVERYWHERE and tossing it at a Decepticon and watching it explode. You can also play as either side, the peace-loving Autobots or the evil Decepticons. I found that it is much easier to play on the Autobot side. Once the humans realize you mean them no harm, they just run away from you. As a Decepticon, you have the full wrath of both the police and the military to contend with.

There are several skill trees you can go through to unlock bonus content, but I haven’t gotten too far into that yet. The game auto saves after each “chapter” which is the only way to save your progress. It is a pass/fail situation, so quitting during a game often means losing your progress and having to start at the beginning of a level. Ultimately, Transformers is a pretty entertaining game to play, and the pros mostly out weight the cons, but those cons kept this game from being as awesome as the movie. If I were on X-Play I would give it a 3 out of 5. And of course there would have been more witty remarks.

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