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Rolling out from Activision and developer High Moon Studios comes the next installment to the Transformers video game saga, Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Transformers: Dark of the Moon serves as a prologue to the blockbuster title of the same name, and is meant to give players a bit more information on how the movie’s plot comes about.
While playing Dark of the Moon you’ll play as both the Autobots and Decipticons, navigating around the world to the Jungles of Central America, Siberian military facilities, and even Detroit’s urban cityscapes. The game will consist of going from A to B; killing enemies, interacting with objects, and the classic button smashing to open a locked door with your mechanical strength. Sadly the single-player campaign only consists of seven levels so you can easily wrap the game up in a day or two, especially if you’re a gamer or Transformers junkie. However, the campaign does have a gleam of hope as it gives the back story on Shockwave, Megatron’s new assassin Decipticon, comes to play in the movie.
Dark of the Moon also supports a small lackluster multiplayer aspect. You’ll be able to play team deathmatch, free for all, or conquest as one of four different classes. Ranking up will net you additional customization slots and upgrades but sadly once you hit level 20 there’s no further progression. Ranking up could be fun, but reaching level 20 can be done in less than 10 games of conquest so it doesn’t leave much to replayability.
Being a pretty basic movie-game, the controls of Dark of the Moon keep things nice and simple for all ages. In both robot and vehicle mode you’ll move and aim with the joysticks, while the triggers and buttons will be your weapon, alternate weapons, or abilities. . In addition to characters’ traditional Robot and Vehicle Modes, players can now instantly convert to a third, hybrid vehicle-based state called Stealth Force that features advanced weapons, defense systems and targeting capabilities while in a highly maneuverable vehicle form that maintains strafing abilities. This makes it easier for players as robot and vehicle moves will navigate the same, but it’s a little odd being able to strife straight to the side while in Bubblebee’s Camaro.
While there wasn’t any freezing or lag, the graphics aren’t anything to brag about. Textures are bland and edges will bleed into each other. Luckily the cut scenes look much better than the gameplay, and while the voice acting won’t earn any awards it was nice hearing a Megatron that at least sounded like Megatron.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is great for anyone wanting a little more Transformers goodness in their life, but for anyone who wants a solid title that will last them, look elsewhere. The simple gameplay and both short single player and multiplayer make this one a hard contender for anything more than a rental.