Transformers (2004 video game)

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Transformers
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Developer(s) Melbourne House
Publisher(s) Atari
Hasbro
Distributor(s) Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Uncredited)
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Release date(s)
  • PAL February 25, 2004
  • NA May 11, 2004
Genre(s) Third-person shooter
Mode(s) Single player

Transformers (also known as Transformers Armada: Prelude to Energon[1]) is a PlayStation 2 video game based on the Transformers: Armada animated series.

Plot[edit]

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.

The Autobots Optimus Prime, Red Alert, and Hot Shot arrive on Earth as well to rescue the Mini-Cons, knowing that their combined power is the only way to overcome Megatron's new army.

Gameplay[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

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.

Development[edit]

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 song "Wishbone" by the band Dropbox was used to promote the game.[2]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 77.61%[3]
Metacritic 75/100[4]
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge 8/10[5]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 7.67/10[6]
Eurogamer 8/10[7]
Game Informer 7/10[8]
GamePro 3.5/5 stars[9]
GameSpot 7.8/10[10]
GameZone 7.4/10[11]
IGN 7.5/10[12]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 3.5/5 stars[13]
X-Play 4/5 stars[14]
Entertainment Weekly B+[15]
The Times 4/5 stars[16]

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."[12] The game currently holds a 75 out of 100 on Metacritic,[4] and 77.61% on GameRankings.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dunham, Jeremy (December 9, 2003). "Transformers Armada: Prelude to Energon Hands-On". IGN. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ Regardie, Jon (May 14, 2004). ""Transformers" rock in new Atari game". Entertainment Weekly (in English) (765). Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Transformers for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Transformers for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ Edge staff (May 2004). "Transformers". Edge (136): 94. Archived from the original on May 10, 2004. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ EGM staff (June 2004). "Transformers (2004)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (180): 103. 
  7. ^ Reed, Kristan (June 11, 2004). "Transformers (PS2)". Eurogamer. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ Zoss, Jeremy (June 2004). "Transformers". Game Informer (134): 128. Archived from the original on December 7, 2007. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ The D-Pad Destroyer (May 6, 2004). "Transformers Armada: Prelude to Energon Review for PS2 on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 12, 2005. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ Shoemaker, Brad (May 21, 2004). "Transformers Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  11. ^ Tha Wiz (May 23, 2004). "Transformers - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 7, 2008. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Sulic, Ivan (May 7, 2004). "Transformers (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Transformers". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 92. June 2004. 
  14. ^ Speer, Justin (June 14, 2004). "Transformers (PS2) Review". X-Play. Archived from the original on August 21, 2004. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  15. ^ Walk, Gary Eng (June 18, 2004). "Transformers Review". Entertainment Weekly (770): L2T 20. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Transformers (PS2)". The Times. May 29, 2004. Retrieved June 28, 2014. (subscription required)

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