Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
Less than Meets the Eye
I've never been too into shooting games. I tried getting into Halo, with no success, and never had any interest in games like Call of Duty and Battlefield. Borderlands, which seems like it has a good sense of humor, appealing graphics, etc., never even grabbed my attention. However, I highly enjoyed Transformers War for Cybertron, and only felt as though they improved upon the formula in Transformers Fall of Cybertron. Those are actually two of my favorite games for the Xbox 360. I mention all of this because Rise of the Dark Spark is the latest entry in a series that rekindled my love for Transformers. Unfortunately, this is new entry fails in so many aspects, I knew I hated it before I ever actually started the campaign. However, the opening menu is no place to judge a game, so let's avoid that for the moment.My complaints don't just stem from the fact that they actually changed the continuity of the game, but the game was just inferior in its visuals, sound, and even its gameplay.// Alright, the first of my complaints is minor, but I still feel like mentioning it. Originally, the Transformers Cybertron games were apparently in the same continuity as the Transformers Prime cartoon. Now, these games have actually been tied in to the Michael Bay Transformers movies. It is also worth mentioning that this game takes place both after the newest movie and also between War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron, transitioning between the two times when the story calls for it. While there were a couple of unaccounted plot details between these games and the cartoon, there are even more now that they made this change. But don't worry, there are even plot inconsistencies in events that have nothing to do with the movies, such as Autobots that are seen in Fall of Cybertron encountering Insecticons when they were apparently unheard of before Fall of Cybertron. While I agree that the story is not necessarily what makes a game like this, it is annoying to immediately notice plot inconsistencies. Also, there are just stupid moments that don't make any sense, such as the the new bad guy, Lockedown, not firing on the Autobots from his ship, which is looking straight at them, even though they literally killed about 100 of his men simply because they "are not his targets". Good to know I can punch a mercenary in the face as much as I want as long as I'm not the one he's trying to kill. I'll admit, I didn't actually finish this game, but really, I didn't feel like looking at the game much longer to see if they fixed anything.// I immediately noticed how much influence the movie had on this game visually. In fact, the present day Earth segments are meant to look like the movies. That means generic robot designs. Optimus doesn't even look like Optimus any more. Unlike the first two games, I can't really see how my character goes from robot to car with cool, smooth animations. The enemies in the first segments just look like naked robots. And what does our new villain look like? Well... he also looks like a naked robot. I had no idea he was any powerful leader when I first saw him. Speaking of which, enemies are smaller for some reason. I guess they're discount minions. Don't worry, the Cybertron levels will look like the other games, right? Not really. The characters definitely resemble themselves from the first two games, but their colors are more faded than in Fall of Cybertron. Also, the enemies just fade into the environment in these Cybertron segments. I remember not seeing that there were still at least 3 enemies in a relatively small room until they started shooting at me. Heck, I didn't notice a guy who was actually running towards me. These Cybertron segments do look better than the Earth segments, but are nowhere near the quality of Fall of Cybertron. The less than stellar visuals match the less than stellar sound. How fashion forward!// I won't go on too long about the sound in this game, mostly because there isn't much to say. In terms of voice acting, I think the game is fine except for Shockwave. He only really sounds like an evil calculating scientist when he's making fun of Starscream for being stupid. My biggest complaint about the sounds in this game is the fact that whenever characters are talking, everything else becomes muffled as if it we were battling in space or underwater. This is actually one of the things that bugs me the most in this game. Can't I at least get some sound while I play this game?//Now for the gameplay. The controls are the same as Transformers Fall of Cybrtron, which is good. I personally prefer the Striker control scheme. I also really enjoy the dash button. It's perfect maneuverability while providing more control than driving at full speed in vehicle mode. Actually, I found that the acceleration button while in vehicle mode did not respond as quickly as in the previous installments, especially right after transforming from robot mode. The terminals return from the last game, but they are vastly inferior then when we last saw them. You don't get new guns or upgrades by purchasing them with energon chips at the terminals using anymore. You earn them by completing objectives like "kill 100 enemies" or blow up "4 gas tankers" and then you are given a gearbox. You then open up each gearbox individually and reap your rewards. This is a tedious process that doesn't feel nearly as satisfying as purchasing them yourself because each gearbox gives you too many rewards and there are no new guns or upgrades from the last game. I did notice that my character is a lot more fragile in this game too. One thing that really annoys me is that the areas where I'm not allowed to turn into vehicle mode don't really make sense, such as if I'm playing as a flyer and I'm about to fall into acid, of course I'm going to try and transform into a jet and fly out of there! But nope, I died. I've been trying to point out the positives in the way this game plays so far, but one thing I can't ignore is the glitches. I had just started playing the game and I ran into them. I have 3 personal favorites. The 1st one is killing a soldier and just having him stand there for a couple of seconds before just exploding to pieces. The second one is my controller running out of batteries, so the game pauses for me, but I was still being shot at in the campaign's pause screen and died. My favorite was a giant insecticon just standing there. I had fun punching him in the face, running into his mouth, and jumping on top of him to see if I could ride him. He stood there and took it for a while. He eventually fixed himself, but by that point it only took one more punch to the face to kill him. That was actually the most fun I had in this game.// I know I compared this game to War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron a lot, and I feel as though I'm justified in that. When 2 games in a series are as successful as the Cybertron games, of course the third game will be judged in the same regard. That's why Luigi's Mansion was seen negatively by the public at first. Every other Mario game was so much fun and followed a similar formula, and this one was just so different. However, Transformers Rise of the Dark Spark is nowhere near as fun as Luigi's Mansion. Even as a stand-alone game, I would still be underwhelmed by this game's storytelling, visuals, sound, and gameplay. The success of the other games just makes this game suck even more. But I got a poster and free movie tickets for preordering Rise of the Dark Spark, so... yay for me!
Not what expected (in a good way)
After getting hyped about another Transformers game after playing WFC, FOC, and the games that went along with the movies, i was really excited for this game. I watched the game play trailers and visited the website and everything. Then I looked at the reviews and I didnt like what I saw. Bad reviews. I was starting to think this would be another DOTM DS version (which was absolutely abhorring). But my friend told me that he has it and really enjoys it. Even though Activision made this game, and not High Moon (they made WFC and FOC), its still great. "Well im playing it now and its like fall of cybertron mixed with transformers 4" he said. So I got it and its definitely better than what the bad reviews give it. If you want to spend the money, definitely give it a try!
Looks like this game will go side by side with the movie and be the best game in the series since Fall of Cyberton!
Good coop game
I thought rise of the dark spark was better than the other transformers games. Dont listen to the reviews. People should at least rent the game before they buy it. It plays a lot like fall of cybertron and war for cybertron. Try this game.
Not recommended if you played Transformers FOC
This game doesn't take off from the ending of Tranformers: Fall of Cybertron. This is just some terrible game made to look like the movie and a small portion of a game to make into a tie-in and since it not being made by the original creators of the Tranformer WFC and Transformers FOC. I would rather wait a few more years till High Moon Studios comes out with another stunning Transformers game like its previous two.
This game is okay i rented it for a day its not as good as fall of cybertron and its not worth 50$..
This game is great, but it still needs more dlc
This game is great, but it needs more updates and DLC to make it amazing. I wish the developers if the game can do this so everybody can be happy. ( DLC such as the pre-order bonuses, and updates such as infinite waves in escalation....and more boss fights.)
I loved this game if any one who is a transformers fan they should get this game now you will love it.
this game is the best i really want to touch it.
I like this game because it has better graphics and I like the screen shot I really want to buy it on the Xbox 360 a lot and I really mean it.
Good for some time but gets boring fast.
This is an okay game but not the best for the Transformer games. Play it and that is it. Purchase pre ordered.