First Impressions - Transformers Devastation

Available on PS4, PS3, XBONE, XBox 360, and PC; version played PS4




The Game
After spending a few hours playing this game I have to say that this is a fun nostalgia trip for fans of Transformers Generation 1. Platinum Studios has done it again, in my humble opinion. The game is an action beat'em up, which is what Platinum does best. You start off the game as the Autobots trying to stop the Decepticons from terraforming the Earth. The first thing you notice when you boot the game up is that cel-shade style that is reminiscent of the old cartoon. Your classic characters are here: Optimus, Bumblebee, Wheeljack, Grimlock, Megatron, Soundwave, Starscream, the Constructicons, you know the usual guys. The opening sequence is actually pretty cool and makes me think what could Platinum do with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.





The Gameplay
Here is where some people may have an issue. The game is like most Platinum action games. If you are a fan of their work then you pretty much know what to expect. I did notice that some of the enemy battles start to get repetitive and that may turn some people off. I, however, found that the way the battles play out and how you can swap between melee and range weapons make up for this. Like Bayonetta Platinum does throw in the boss battle out of nowhere and this also helps to keep you on your toes. There is also a mechanic in the game that when you end a particular combo you turn into your automobile form to do more damage. Also it looks flashy and badass, especially when you do it with Optimus and the trailer hits every enemy in the way. As of the time of this post you can only play as the Autobots (at least as far as I have gotten in the game).





The Soundtrack
I love this soundtrack to this game. It kind of feels like an episode of the old cartoon in a way and you won't hear me complaining about that. Also add the fact that the voice acting is on point as well and features many of the voice actors from the original series. They also have the composer from the Transformers Movie, the one in 1986 that is, perfect for fans of the original series.





The Wrap Up
In short, I find this game to be fun. I have heard some people complain about the camera but I have not found it to be an issue yet. This game seems to be a love letter to fans of the 80's cartoon series even down to some of the dialogue. I am enjoying myself with this one. Let's hope Platinum is able to get their hands on more classic action titles.




Launch Trailer


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