Activision’s latest tackle into the Transformers franchise takes us all the way back to G1. Developed by Platinum Games; Transformers: Devastation looks to bring classic and long-time Transformers fans an gaming experience they’ll never forget, and for the most part, it absolutely succeeds.
Transformers: Devastation is an 2015 action, beat’em up, it is developed by Platinum Games, and published by Activision. It is available on PC, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This review copy of Transformers: Devastation was provided by Activision.
Transformers is one of the longest running franchises in animation/comic book/toy line history, Debuting in 1984, Transformers introduced audiences into the mecha genre that wasn’t from Japan (though several of the animated projects were developed there) for one of the first times, and has since cemented it’s place into the hearts of millions of fans, spawning into multiple forms of media, but fans both new and old will never forget G1, and neither will content makers looking to get their hands on a chance to work with the long-running franchise.
THE GOOD: Only a few years removed from the Cybertron series and the most recent Rise of the Dark Spark, Transformers: Devastation had some big shoes to fill (more so from the former), but with action developer great, Platinum Games behind the project, Devastation didn’t have much trouble filling those shoes as much as humanly possible when compared to the previous titles. The gameplay was absolute fantastic, and felt challenging. The game gives players a reason to use the RPG like elements, and it got to the point where I needed at least a B or C level weapon to proceed without clawing my eyes out in frustration (in a good way). The amazing soundtrack is by far one of the most charming features of Devastation, full of 80s sounding rock chimes and action packed sound, it gave off the feeling of an intense battle being in the control of the player. And the huge roster of featured characters is awesome for any Transformers fan.
THE BAD: Repeated level designs would sometimes make the maps feel a little lifeless, and the game is also extremely short. It would have been fun to be able to play as the Decepticons like in recent entries.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: Transformers: Devastation will go down as one of the greatest Transformers games to date. Fun, challenging, and a great soundtrack, Devastation will leave fans of Transformers with glee. The game is unfortunately awfully short, and there were some repeated level designs, there was also the lack of a Decepticon playthrough, which has been a staple part of some of the most recent Transformers games.