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Sunday, February 16, 2014

GAME TRAILER: 'Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark'

By Dave Bouressa

At the New York Toy Fair this past weekend, Hasbro announced its next step in the Transformers game series, "Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark".

'Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark' will run alongside the new film, Age of Extinction, the representative said, and will be "marrying two different universes, the Tranformers Cybertron universe and the Michael Bay Transformers universe," and players will get to experience characters from both environments. While playing through the single player campaign, you will be able to play as both the Autobots and Decepticons. One character you'll get to play as in the merged worlds is the new Grimlock from the upcoming film.
High Moon Studios, who developed Transformers: War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron, is not developing Rise of the Dark Spark. Edge of Reality, who previously worked on the Mass Effect Trilogy and Dragon Age: Origins, are developing Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark and the game will be available for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii U, and 3DS. -Examiner
As a player who thoroughly enjoyed both "War for Cybertron" and "Fall of Cybertron", I walk into this with caution for a few reasons.
1) "Fall of Cybertron" ended perfectly. It ended with the Autobots getting off Cybertron and eventually heading to Earth, with the end credit song being a remake of "The Touch" by Stan Bush, which is the unofficial theme of the original Transformers movie in the 80's, implying that the story of the games picks up in the G1 era of Transformers.
2) I've played the Transformers games attached to the movies. Although they are fun, they are exactly what you'd expect: a movie game. Making a game for this movie, but attaching itself to an already well-known and relatively well received video game franchise (especially one that is concidered the saving grace of Transformers) is probably a great move for marketing and sales, but could wreak havoc for the player, and ruin what is a great game series. 
3) "War for Cybertron" and "Fall of Cybertron" went out of their to create Cybertron as its own seperate world with its own life, while still acknowledging what came before and staying true to it, while Bay's universe is "So Optimus transforms into a truck. That's cool. Let's have him blow something up". Combining these two different worlds is like combining water and vinegar. Shake up the bottle and they'll mix for a little while but in the long run, these two don't go together. You go from the world created and explored by two beautiful and expansive games, and then you're suddenly in Michael Bay's universe of humping RC cars and racist robots who don't know how to read. It is like having the current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle series on Nickelodeon build into the upcoming movie. It just doesn't go together. 
While details are still a little limited, Hasbro and Activision have confirmed that the Nintendo DS version will be an entirely different game all together, becoming more of an RPG Strategy game. 
What do you think of this upcoming merger? Could Edge of Reality pull it off, or will this just be another movie franchise game? 


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