Activision Blizzard Inc.’s Transformers Devastation for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC is a solid brawler that combines Generation 1 characters and fluid fights for an intense robot bash.
Developed by Platinum Games, the single-player action title utilizes a robust combat system, including Light Attack and Heavy Attack to vary combos, right trigger to dodge and the secondary right trigger to perform a vehicle attack or vehicle transformation.
The dodge function, when timed just prior to an enemy attack, will relay a focused state to slow down time to allow the user to execute extra hits. Vehicle attacks can be used to end combos and in vehicle mode users accelerate toward an enemy and perform a Rush Attack to break through kinetic barriers and shields.
Finally, a meter can be built to execute a standard special attack or a full special attack.
All the functions combined provide a fluid, fast, and in-depth combat system.
Alternatively, each character can wield customizable sub-weapons like projectile missiles, guns and blades.
On the field between battles, users can accumulate currency, find weapons, and extras like gallery images.
At certain parts of each chapter, the user can enter the Ark to equip and synthesize found weaponry, equip and develop T.E.C.H. for in-battle aids, or use currency to add stat EXP. In addition, the Ark allows users to switch between five playable characters – Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Sideswipe, Wheeljack and Grimlock – each of which can be fully customized.
The graphics engine is solid at 60 frames-per-second. The cel-shaded graphics are built to replicate a near-exact copy of the Generation 1 series to exquisite detail. In addition, voice actors including Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime), Frank Welker (Megatron), and Bumblebee (Dan Gilvesan) reprise their G1 roles for authenticity. Finally, the soundtrack is packed with rock tunes reminiscent of Transformers: The Movie.
Transformers Devastation is a rock solid beat-em-up action game that packs a fluid fight and pays homage to the beloved Generation 1 series. Transform, and roll out.
Review code provided by Activision Blizzard Inc.