Transformers (2004 video game)

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Developer(s) Melbourne House
Publisher(s) Atari
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.


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.


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.[citation needed]


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


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 78%[3]
Metacritic 75/100[4]
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge 8/10[5]
EGM 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]
OPM (US) 3.5/5 stars[13]
X-Play 4/5 stars[14]
Entertainment Weekly B+[15]
The Times 4/5 stars[16]

The game received "generally favorable" reviews, according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[4]


  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 (765). Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ "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. 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. ^ 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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