Transformers: Devastation's 2015 launch possibly missed out on PlayStation 4 sales by releasing in the same October week as Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, so to discover that Platinum Games' single player brawler title – with a five hour game length – has achieved eighth place in Push Square's Game of the Year list may surprise some readers. However, in the predictable words of Optimus Prime: "There is more to this situation than meets the eye."
The game is successful in delivering fighting mechanics that are an accessible use of Bayonetta's combat, while remaining intricate enough to provide incentive for players to improve their skills to persevere in achieving a coveted SS rank after completing each chapter. It becomes addictive to perfectly perform a dodge to slow down time, and then alter between light and heavy melee combos, while using unique Autobot abilities, or pressing L3 and R3 to defeat a Decepticon with an ultimate attack. Alternatively, a ranged weapon can be used for shooting distant or flying enemies.
"Platinum's established a promising template to transform and roll out for its forthcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles title"
There is arcade gameplay variety throughout the seven chapters – one example is in Chapter 3: The Core where the camera switches between a top-down Energon hunt to a side-scrolling set-piece chase against Blitzwing at the end – although there are also pacing issues as the first City of Steel chapter takes three times longer to beat than later stages. Like an old-school beat-'em-up title, the short game length of an easy Scout level completion is counterbalanced by the replay value of applying your skills on harder difficulties, because it takes noticeably longer to beat the Warrior and Commander settings.
The five selectable Autobots feel satisfyingly different to control, so speeding around as Sideswipe's sports car to transform into a charged uppercut is a contrasting experience to the weightier clout of Grimlock. The specific skills and attributes of each Autobot can be upgraded, there are collectible items to find, an extra 50 Challenge Mode missions, plus new moves and weapons can be purchased in the Ark. The flair of the boss battles are a highlight of Platinum Games' design, as they're not just against iconic enemies like Soundwave and Megatron, but they also include an imposingly huge scale when battling the combined forms of Devastator and Menasor at the same time.
The story may lack the impact of the planetary-sized shocking moments in the 1986 Transformers: The Movie, and the background city settings can become repetitive until you head to Cybertron on Chapter 5. However, the plot is more eventful than the average 1980s cartoon, and the final scene establishes a welcome opportunity for a sequel. It's a combination of colourful cel-shading, plus the depiction of each characters' Generation 1 art style and the use of the original voice actors, that make Transformers: Devastation the most authentic game in the franchise.
Transformers: War for Cybertron recognised the importance of fanservice, but by the Matrix, Transformers: Devastation takes this to a new level by capturing the look, sound, and feel of Generation 1. After receiving an 8/10 review from Push Square, we don't know what in Cybertron's name would be the reason for a Transformers fan to miss out on this game in 2015. Platinum Games has established a promising template to transform and roll out for its forthcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles title.
Who interrupts Transformers: Devastation's coronation? Megatron, if that's you, then leave a hint in the comments section below.
Got this today, working through chapter 1 and it's about what I expected - it's great!
It was in my top 3 for GOTY. It's really the Transformers game that an 80's Transformers fan has been wanting all these years. I hope the do the TMNT one just as good. Yeah some people complain about the length but honestly sometimes it's nice to have a shorter game.
I will receive this one on Saturday but I would like to beat Revengeance before I play it.
Lacklustre, put it back on the other day for a re run, couldn't be bothered. The game has no spit and polish and although the cel shading is good on the characters and main decepticons - it could easily run on a ps3 and arguably run on a ps2 . The character models are recycled throughout and its just a yawn inducing experience. You want red barriers you cant pass? Check. You want treasure chests for no reason at all? Check. It's old fashioned, boring and has been finished by 10% of the tiny userbase (me included) That's how bad this game really is.
I know a lot of praise has come this games way - I am scratching my head as to why. Go buy Bayonetta.
@themcnoisy you're wrong but that's okay
@kyleforrester87 the first levels pretty good. The game has the basis for a great game.
But the finish is rushed. See for yourself. I just don't get the love at all.
@themcnoisy I know what it'll be, but let's be honest it's £15-£20, and all the complaints you've leveraged against it are essentially that it plays like a budget title and is the kind of thing you might find on an older system. So... Axiom Verge is rubbish too? :s
I get what you are saying though but accept it on its merits! If anything it's short and doesn't outstay it's welcome. Did you like Vanquish? If it's 1/4 as good as that it's worth 6-8 hours
Its probably the same as Battlefront, the fan service is enough to carry it for a short time before the simplicity kills it. Fortunately Transformers isn't a long game. I suppose there is just no hook for those who don't love first gen Transformers!
@themcnoisy I can see where your are coming from but you must not be a big Transformers fan or at least of the 80s. That's what makes this game good. It's the Transformers game that we 80's Transformers kids have been wanting and waiting for since the NES days. Yeah this game could have been done on PS2 but it wasn't instead they gave us horrible Beastwars games and stuff like that.
Yeah I suppose we can play Bayonetta for the same kind of game play but the Star Wars fans can play Battlefield instead of Battlefront as well, but it's the fact that it's the said IP.
Transformers in the 80's was my favourite cartoon. I remember watching it saturday mornings and getting the movie on VHS from the local rental store. I even have the soundtrack for the movie on vinyl which is one of the few I have kept. If this game could bring back just a small amount tof that excitement from those days I would play it for sure.
You go to cybertron then ._.
@Tasuki @kyleforrester87 fair points well made. I'm being over harsh as there is obviously fun to be had - but I was disappointed. Your right as well I wasn't a huge Transformer fan, I prefered....
Animaniacs, Wacky Racers and as an action type cartoon TinTin!!!
Still haven't gotten around to buying this but I plan to in the next couple days as I've seen it going for pretty cheap. I still think I prefer the style of the Cybertron games but as a big fan of the 80s Transformers, I can't keep holding off on playing this.
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