Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Change into what, exactly?

Looking back at previous entries, it would appear that I did not like the previous High Moon Studio produced Transformer games as much as I remember liking them. Proof of my impending dementia, I suppose. This issue with past games makes me saying that Fall of Cybertron is the best Transformers game to date mean less, but I am going to say it anyway. First of all it treats its license with respect, which is saying a lot for a license about giant robots that transform into other things. From what I can tell voice actors are consistent with the past games. Optimus looks like Optimus, etc. Care was taken to make this look and sound right. But how does it feel?

That is the second thing that Fall of Cybertron got right: it is a good shooter aside from its license. The way characters move is closer to Gears of War than Uncharted. This makes sense because they are hulking robots from another planet and not a smarmy Indiana Jones clone in need of a comeuppance. The Gears of War comparison ends quickly because there is no cover system. Cover system for Transformers? Bah, I said, and then got shot to pieces because none of the characters can take thank much damage. While there is no 'press a button to stick to the closest chest high wall' system there is an organic cover system. This is just a fancy way of saying you hide behind walls to not get killed. Simple but necessary. The one concession given is a big one: you can switch which hand is holding a weapon allowing you to peak out from either side of cover. It works, and I suppose that is enough.

Unfortunately that all I have right now. Just got off my second flight of the day and my back is killing me, not to mention is bizarre pseudo migraine that hit as the plane was descending. It felt like someone was in my head stabbing the back of my eye with an ice pick. Then they got bored with that and moved to other, more sensitive areas of the inside of my skull. If I don't post tomorrow remember me fondly as I have probably expired from a brain aneurysm.

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