Friday 28 November 2014

Latest Transformers lacks any spark

Published 17/08/2014 | 15:34

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark

IT gives me no pleasure to administer a kicking to the work of presumably hundreds (well, dozens at least) – but, really, what were they thinking?

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark, PS4/XOne/PS3/X360/Wii U, RATING: 5/10, AGE: 7+

Did the makers of Rise of the Dark Spark genuinely believe they were producing a quality follow-up to some decent Transformers games, the ones that steered clear of the Michael Bay mania?

Or did they quickly realise they were employed on a cheap cash-in job? Rise of the Dark Spark recycles assets from 2010’s Fall of Cybertron and asks little of the player except to empty their weapon into dumb enemies – over and over.

An interesting selection of upgradeable weapons (some cribbed from earlier instalments) is offset by bland graphics (even on next-gen), unimpressive vehicle modes (ponderous and slow rather than nippy and responsive) and annoying difficulty spikes.

A fairly uninspired co-op mode rounds out the package. This Transformers take on Horde Mode from Gears of War throws waves of enemies against a team of four players. It’s marginally more diverting than the limp single-player story.

But it can do little to save Rise of the Dark Spark from being little more than another arm of the marketing campaign for the Michael Bay flick released last month.

 

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