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 Optimus Prime, Red Alert or Hot Shot, who are able to transform between robot and vehicle modes at the push of the triangle 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 armour boost, and with the exception of the latter, can be controlled using the shoulder buttons. Only four or fewer can be equipped. The 'R1' primary weapon will always be assigned, and if none (Mini-con) are chosen, the default rifle is used in its stead. There is a limit to what Mini-cons can be equipped with respect to the power game mechanic, with more powerful Mini-cons taking up a lot of space. The more of the same colour/suit Mini-cons equipped, the stronger one's character will be. This is referred to as Mini-con linking. For the most part, the Mini-cons do not change the aesthetics of the transformer.
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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