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Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Chapter One Video Game Review (PS3)

by on June 29, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon was just released for all major consoles and portable systems. In the PS3/Xbox 360 release we jump into a story that take place immediately before the start of the third film. Today we’ll be reviewing the first chapter of the game. So, be sure to check back tomorrow for more Transformers goodness.
Dark of the Moon begins with a prologue. In voice over, Optimus Prime relays the state of affairs over a scene where we’re shown Soundwave has been intercepting communications coming into a satellite that has been orbiting the Earth. The Decepticons have been busy since the last film.
Bumblebee’s mission is the focus of the first chapter. He’s been issued orders to seek out and disrupt equipment the Decepticons have been housing in a run-down, deserted town. The plot is furthered when Optimus Prime communications instructions and new target locations via comlink. 
We’re introduced to the controls during this first mission through brief on screen indicators. The controls are accessible enough that a full tutorial is unnecessary to gain a full grasp of the controls. Your character is able to transform between a robot, a vehicle, and a weaponized version of the vehicle (Stealth Force mode). This allows you to engage the enemy and environment in different ways. Vehicle mode will allow you to get from point A to point B faster. Stealth Force mode opens you up to your most powerful attacks and your robot form, in the case of Bumblebee allows you access to all of your melee attacks.
The game has been fun so far. The animation has been tight enough that I haven’t found anything to nitpick. One of the few gripes I have is that I had difficulty positioning the camera while I was attempting to target helicopters flying overhead. But other than that, I didn’t run into any camera weirdness and targeting the enemies was pretty reliable. The controls were responsive. That action of the level was paced well. I never got lost and I completed the mission. 
The next mission involves playing as Ironhide in a cityscape as he takes on Decepticons while Rachet gets the humans to safety.  Hopefully, you’ll join me as we dig further into the game and come back to you with another report. So, be sure to check in. Transformers: Dark of the Moon is available on the PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, 3DS and DS right now.
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