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Transformers Universe enters open beta this weekend


Can't be any worse than the movie
Jul 03
// Jordan Devore
I haven't paid much attention to Transformers Universe after it became something that more closely resembles a multiplayer online battle arena game -- albeit from a third-person perspective, like SMITE -- but looking at it no...

Review: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark

Jul 01 // Chris Carter
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark (PC, PS3, PS4 [reviewed], Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)Developer: Edge of Reality (PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One) / WayForward (3DS)Publisher: ActivisionReleased: June 24, 2014MSRP: $59.99  At first glance, Rise of the Dark Spark tries to win over players with its good will rather early. The entire concept of the game is that the campaign and Escalation (Horde) modes are connected -- so no matter what you play, you're working towards some sort of goal, with extra character and item unlocks. But once you drop into the story for the very first time, the ineptitude of Edge of Reality (who has a history as a port studio), shines through. Simply put, the story, both in gameplay execution and theory, is bad. Over the course of 14 long and painful chapters you'll switch perspectives between the Autobots and the Decepticons (and a Dinbot, once), trying to once again stop the universe from certain peril. You really don't have to do a whole lot to make a fun Transformers plotline, but the narrative here truly feels like a poor fan-fiction that attempts to unite the previous games, the movies, and the original Generation One cartoon. There are also zombies in it. You know the Autobot Matrix of Leadership from the animated film? Well there's an "evil" version of it -- the titular Dark Spark. The mercenary Lockdown manages to grab said spark, and takes you on a wacky time-traveling journey through whatever zone the writers felt like taking you to at that particular moment. Some levels even re-create events from past games, but feel more like an excuse for asset-rips than an actual, legitimate fleshing out of prior events. [embed]277088:54588:0[/embed] From the first moment that I stepped foot into the world, it felt sloppy. You can still use primary and secondary weapons, there's still a melee button, and by clicking an analog stick, you can still transform into a vehicle of some sort at will. The problem is even on the PlayStation 4, it feels like a poorly optimized PlayStation 2 game, with frame-rate dips, clunky animations, and uninspired locales and enemies galore. The AI is also woefully stupid, to the point where it will often not even stick its head out from cover to even engage -- like it's broken. I didn't just come across a few glitches, either -- it seems like every stage has a host of areas to get stuck in, and sometimes I'd have to hunt down every single tunnel to find that one enemy that refused to come out of its hiding place before I was allowed to move to the next area. The one saving grace is Escalation, which is still the tried-and-true Horde mode it always was (competitive multiplayer is out, though). With up to three other players online (the matchmaking is fairly smooth), you can fight off waves of enemies to your heart's content, unlocking more characters and such in a more fun way. There are always 15 waves to complete, giving you a sense of progression as you blast towards the end. Base-building with credits earned during each fight is a thing now, although it's a rudimentary version of the trap mechanic from Call of Duty's Nazi Zombies mode. Once you start unlocking more characters (the G1 versions, specifically), things get a little more enjoyable, and since the experience is tied to the campaign, you don't have to complete the story to unlock everything. If you're a die-hard fan of the Transformers film series, I would recommend picking up Rise of the Dark Spark when it's heavily discounted (like, under $10) with a group of friends just to play Escalation. As a side note, the Wii U version doesn't have Escalation mode -- so just avoid buying it altogether.
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Rise of the fanfic
High Moon Studios set a decent bar with its Activision-published Transformers games in terms of quasi film tie-ins (though the crown still goes to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in my book). None of them were mind-blowingly g...

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Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark trailer has a dinosaur and Linkin Park


One is more badass than the other
Jun 24
// Brett Makedonski
Look, Transformers. As preposterously dangerous as all this mechanized warfare is, we let it slide. But, Linkin Park? That's a clear violation of the Geneva Convention and rightfully considered an international war crime. Someone book Optimus Prime a one-way ticket to The Hague.
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It looks like Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark has a horde mode


Transformer? Yeah, I definitely know her!
Jun 19
// Brett Makedonski
Activision put out a trailer showing off Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark's Escalation mode, which it's presumably titled because things escalate as it goes on. Or something like that. Look, you get to play as a Transformer, okay? Maybe that'll shut your dumb friend up that asks "Think that's Optimus Prime?" about every semi you pass on the interstate.
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Mega Drive

This Mega Drive is actually Megatron in disguise


He's just really good at hiding
May 28
// Brittany Vincent
This Mega Drive isn't what you think it is. No, there's more than meets the eye here. Look closer. Closer still. It's actually Megatron! Yes, Megatron. Tomopop brings us this transforming Mega Drive, first announced at Won...
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New Transformers game looks just like all the other Transformers games


At least it's coming out for the Wii U too!
May 23
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Another year another Transformers game. Is Rise of the Dark Spark going to be good? Well like the last games it'll probably just be average, which is just enough for anything that's a licensed series as it'll sell pretty goo...
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Killer Instinct and Fable Anniversary discounted on Xbox Live


Plus a few others
May 06
// Jordan Devore
It's not a huge discount, but 25 percent off the Killer Instinct Combo Breaker Pack is worth considering right now. That's $14.99 for the eight season-one characters, including Fulgore. Other deals this week through May 12 fo...
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Transformers Universe closed beta has started


MOTAMOTAMOTAMOTA
Mar 15
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Jagex has begun their closed beta for Transformers Universe, their not MMO that's a MOBA but they're calling it a MOTA because REASONS. Those of you that signed up for the closed beta already should be getting your keys soon...
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Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark announced


For current and next-gen consoles
Feb 17
// Dale North
Activision and Hasbro have announced a new game called Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark. Set to go with upcoming film Transformers: Age of Extinction, this third-person action game will feature 40 characters from two uni...
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Transformers Universe no longer a MMO


Instead it's a MOTA ... what
Feb 07
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Jagex is transforming their direction for Transformers Universe. Originally it was planned as an MMO, but now the game will be a MOTA. A what? According to Jagex, MOTA stands for a Massively Online Tactical Action game. So i...
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New Transformers game trademarked by Hasbro


Transformers: Age Of Extinction
Nov 11
// Joshua Derocher
A trademark for a new Transformers game, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, was spotted last week by Seibertron. Don't get too excited since it's almost certainly going to be a movie tie-in game for Michael Bay's next robo...
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First footage of arcade game Transformers Human Alliance


Not bad!
Oct 14
// Dale North
Earlier this year we told you that Sega was testing new arcade game Transformers Human Alliance in China. Now we're seeing the very first gameplay footage from the game. A new video on Sega's Amusements YouTube account shows...
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Sega lets you pick which Transformers Arcade stage to see


Vote on Facebook
Sep 30
// Dale North
Earlier this year, Sega was caught quietly testing a new Transformers arcade game in China. The robo-cat is out of the bag now, so they're asking fans on Facebook to vote on which bit of gameplay they'll show first.  Oh,...
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10 games bundled with all their DLC discounted on PSN


Assassin's Creed III, Persona 4: Arena, Metal Gear Rising and more
May 20
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The PlayStation Store is rolling out a new sales promotion that's packing ten different games with ALL of their downloadable content offerings. The Ultimate Edition bundles are all being offered at 65% off, with PlayStation P...
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Sega testing Transformers: Human Alliance in China


New arcade game goes to China first
May 09
// Dale North
Sega plans to test out a new arcade game in China first. Not in the U.S. or Japan. China. And get this: It's a Transformers game! As you'd imagine, there's not much information out for Transformers: Human Alliance at thi...
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Transformers: Legends

Transformers: Legends now out on iOS and Google Play


Transformers meets card battling
Apr 26
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
DeNA's Transformers: Legends is now out for free on Apple's App Store and the Google Play store. Players can build a team of Autobots or Decepticons as they go through two storylines, or fight with other people in the versus...
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High Moon Studios rolls out new DLC for Fall of Cybertron


Sep 11
// Jason Cabral
After the mostly favorable reception of Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, High Moon Studios has been patiently working on its first series of downloadable content. The DLC packs will be give players the chance to to control s...
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The DTOID Show: Fallout 4, GTA V, & Nintendo Power


Aug 22
// Max Scoville
In honor of the 350th episode of The Destructoid Show, we didn't do anything out of the ordinary. We just talked about the news. Luckily, the news was interesting today. Remember those Grand Theft Auto V screens from Mon...
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ngmoco announces a new Transformers mobile game


Aug 03
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Transformers Mobile is an upcoming card battle game in the same style as ngmoco's current top hit, Rage of Bahamut. You'll be able to play as Autobots or Decepticons and take on missions where you'll be earning credits, recru...
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Pre-order bonuses galore for Fall of Cybertron


Jul 29
// Harry Monogenis
You may initially be taken aback by Activision's latest Transformers: Fall of Cybertron announcement whereby confirming three different store exclusive pre-order bonuses for the upcoming game. But I'm sur...
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The DTOID Show: Dead Space 3, Sleeping Dogs, & SWAG!


Jul 25
// Tara Long
Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today's news was fairly light due to Max and I both feeling like we got run over by a bus, but don't let that affect your enjoyment of our fine program. We still tried really hard! ...Okay, mildly ...

SDCC Quickie: Transformers: Fall of Cybertron multiplayer

Jul 12 // Dale North
I had only a limited to play with the game's multiplayer customization features, but I suspect that this will be hugely popular when the game ships. The four classes, Infiltrator, Destroyer, Scientist and Titan, can be tweaked from top to bottom in whatever way you please. Colors, shapes, sizes, weapons -- you name it. If you've ever dreamed of creating your own Transformer, this feature will tickle you metallic pink. (Seriously, that's an option.) Finally, High Moon's Matt Tieger confirmed that both Dinobots and Insecticons will eventually become playable classes in multiplayer. It sounds like they'll be DLC options, but this is still great news for Transformer fans.  Transformers Fall of Cybertron will be released August 21 on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
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High Moon Studios finally let us go hands-on with the multiplayer for Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. Right off, I'll say that those that played and enjoyed MP in its predecessor, War for Cybertron, will be pleased to hear t...

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Activision's Comic-Con lineup includes Hit Monkey game!


Jul 11
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Hit Monkey! You know, the one-off assassin that appeared during a story arch in the Deadpool comics? Yes, it's horribly dumb and I love it. High Moon Studios, developer of the Transformer games, is behind the project and it w...
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Take a gander at these Transormers Prime screenshots


Jul 10
// Brett Zeidler
I suppose we could all use a little more Transformers in our lives. Today's daily dose of robot brawling action comes in the form of the game based on the new CG television show Transformers Prime. Activision sent along a goo...
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Transformers: Fall of Cybertron dated August 21


Jul 05
// Dale North
Activision and High Moon Studios sent word this morning of a new launch date for Transformers: Fall of Cybertron: August 21, for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. They say that High Moon is so proud of their work that they can't wait fo...
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Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is coming to PC


Jun 01
// Jim Sterling
A few folk have been wondering why Transformers: Fall of Cybertron wasn't announced for PC and, like most supremely confident PC users, assumed it was a conspiracy and they were being cruelly snubbed for a laugh. Well, the ti...
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Transformers: Fall of Cybertron offers G1 pre-order stuff


May 31
// Jim Sterling
Pre-ordering Transformers: Fall of Cyberteron from either GameStop or Amazon will net customers some unique extras, designed to tickle their nostalgic muscles. Naturally, there are two different offers exclusive to two differ...
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Transformers: Fall of Cybertron toys look pretty baller


May 01
// Jim Sterling
Hasbro recently updated its Facebook page to reveal a new wave of Transformers Generations toys, featuring the "Cybertronian" versions of everybody's favorite robots. The figures are based on High Moon Studios' upcoming Trans...
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New screenshots of Fall of Cyberton full of so many dinos


Apr 26
// Brett Zeidler
Okay, who likes dinosaurs? How about robots? Now, what if I said Dinobots? Glad I have your attention. Please direct it towards the gallery of new screenshots for Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. Grimlock, Snarl, Slug, and Sw...
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Transformers: Fall of Cybertron brings the Grimlock


Apr 19
// Jim Sterling
A new trailer and screens for Transformers: Fall of Cybertron have been unearthed, and they detail everybody's favorite space-dinosaur, Grimlock! Check out the assets to see loads of this Dinobot in action. He's pretty badas...

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