Activision Blizzard Inc.’s Transformers: Fall of Cybertron for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 and Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 is an epic bot bash that offers large-scale firefights, vehicular battles, and strong online multiplayer for a full-scale war between the Autobots and Decepticons.

Developed by High Moon Studios, Fall of Cybertron continues the battle between Autobots and Decepticons as they try to flee their home planet due to lack of Energon. The 14-mission single-player campaign yields larger variety than the first entry, with infiltration, grappling, and flight-based gameplay between standard stop-and-pop firefights.

New to the campaign is a distinct feel for each character in the campaign mode. For example, Optimus Prime is slower but packs full firepower, Cliffjumper can initiate camouflage to execute enemies from behind, and the Combaticons can take to the air for an aerial assault.

Other character extras include fan-favorite Grimlock and the ability to command a screen-sized Metroplex to obliterate targeted enemies.

Control is solid, with firing, jumping and vehicle transformation all usable in each battle scenario.

The campaign includes new Teletraan 1 stations to allow users upgrade their Primary or Heavy Weapon, purchase aids like drones or bombs, and purchase permanent health or armor upgrades.

Additional enhancements include plenty of easy-to-see ammo and new audio logs that can be collected in each mission.

Enemies are greater variety including impressive designs for the Decepicon Leapers, Snipers and Insecticons.

Unfortunately, the campaign co-op option is gone, likely to keep the narrative consistent to select characters in each mission.

The online component is back will full character customization in four classes – Infiltrator, Destroyer, Titan, and Scientist. Game modes include Team Deathmatch, Conquest, Capture The Flag, and Head Hunter to collect dropped sparks to win.

The Esclation survival mode returns to offer four-player co-op battles against waves of enemies. Now, users who fail a wave receive a total of three additional chances to pass the wave. Also, users can collect shards a purchase a greater variety of ammo.

The graphics engine is robust at 30 frames-per-second. The entire engine has been overhauled to deliver more epic outdoor battles and more distinct indoor areas. Each Autobot and Decepticon has been updated with a new paint job with solid detail throughout. The sound engine is action heavy with solid bullet fire, transformation sounds, and explosions. The soundtrack has been enhanced with orchestral pieces and chants that evoke the severity and desperation of the war.

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is a fine sequel that packs an epic punch to the robot war. The title improves on its predecessor in all components to build a better robot for battle.

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