Transformers (2004 video game)
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The game diverges from the anime and comic in terms of storyline. In the opening sequence Megatron, in a final assault against the Autobot Headquarters on Cybertron, surprises Optimus Prime with his Decepticlones, a massive powerful drone army. With numbers on his side, Megatron is able to overcome the resistance and fight Optimus Prime one-on-one.
Megatron is about to kill Optimus Prime, and in an homage to the original movie, he says: "I would have waited an eternity for this. It's over, Prime". When a Mini-Con beacon activates on Earth, Megatron, well-aware of what this means, heads to Earth to claim the Mini-Cons.
Players control either Optimus Prime, Red Alert or Hot Shot, who are able to transform between robot and vehicle modes at the push of a button. The game revolves around the collection of Mini-cons, which can be equipped to the Transformer. These include weapons, such as a pistol, support items, such as glider wings, and stat-enhancement, such as an armor boost, and, with the exception of the latter, can be controlled using the shoulder buttons. There is a limit to what Mini-cons can be equipped, with more powerful Mini-cons taking up a lot of space. The more of the same color Mini-cons equipped the stronger your character will be. This is referred to as Mini-con linking.
Garry Chalk and David Kaye reprise their roles of Optimus Prime and Megatron, respectively. Daran Norris, voice of Heavy Load in Transformers: Robots in Disguise, voices Red Alert and Cyclonus. Dublin James, a character actor who appeared in many TV shows like Star Trek: Voyager, voices Hot Shot. Australian singer and actor Matt Hetherington voices Starscream and Matthew Yang King voices Unicron.
The worldwide debut of the Transformers PlayStation 2 demo occurred at TransformersCon on March 12–13, 2004.
In September 2005, Atari released a Directors Cut of the game exclusively in the EU. The only difference between this and the original was a bonus DVD containing a "Making Of Documentary". A playable demo was included on the disc for Driv3r.
Australian band Regurgitator provided the soundtrack to the game.
The game was met with positive reception upon release. IGN gave it a score of 7.5/10, claiming, "Transformers offers serious, valid reasons to warrant play: The game is fun. The game is pretty. The game is polished. The game offers plenty of extras as enticements." The game currently holds a 75 out of 100 on Metacritic, and 77.61% on GameRankings.
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