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Transformers: Dark of the Moon has been released on PS3 and been provided for us to preview/review by the publisher.
Believe it or not we are still playing it. Here are some extracts of what we made of it in chronological order:
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon Wii is neither a good use of the Transformers concept nor a decent game in its own right..."
- Story Gamer (Mon, 08 Aug 2011)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the latest Transformers movie tie-in game for the often critically derided film series. Previous games have received an equal critical drubbing, but Activision will be hoping War For Cybertron developers High Moon Studios can create a better offering this time.
Director Michael Bay's last Transformers film, Revenge of the Fallen, was largely derided, and most of the games based on them haven't fared much better with critics. While the PR circus is insisting that Bay's final Transformers movie, Dark of the Moon, is a much better film than its predecessor, so too Activision is no doubt hoping for a better response to the accompanying games.
The 360 and PS3 versions at least are in relatively safe hands with development duties handed to High Moon Studios, responsible for last year's well-received Transformers: War For Cybertron, while Behaviour Interactive are developing tailored versions of the game for the Wii, DS and 3DS.
As has become traditional with Transformers games, two DS versions will be available, one for both the Autobot and Decepticon factions.
As is becoming a bit of a trend amongst the more inventive movie tie-ins, the game won't be a straight adaptation of the new film but instead a prequel bridging the gap between films.
All concerned are understandably cagey about plot details, but Siberia, South America and Detroit have been mentioned as being among the Earthbound locations for the game, and the movie version of classic Decepticon villain Shockwave features prominently on the packaging for the DS' Decepticon edition.
On 360 and PS3 at least, the game seems to be building on the solid shooter foundations of War For Cybertron, with a new Stealth Force options allowing robot mode weapons to be utilised in vehicle mode.
We'll find out whether what made for good gameplay on Cybertron will also work on Earth when Transformers: Dark of the Moon is released on 24 June 2011 for XBox 360, PS3, Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS.
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