Spotlight On - Transformers: Dark of the Moon

We transform and roll to the dark (side) of the moon in this latest Transformers outing.

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Do you like blowing up robots? High Moon Studios, developer of Transformers: War for Cybertron, sure does, and it's putting that passion to work in the upcoming Transformers: Dark of the Moon video game. This game will bridge the gap between the previous film, Revenge of the Fallen, and the upcoming summer action flick.

Our hands-off demonstration featured several snippets from the game's campaign mode, which will cycle between the Autobot and Decepticon's perspectives. The developer also made sure to highlight the new stealth force form, which we saw in action during the Ironhide mission segment. The Autobot was cruising through Detroit, which had been reduced to an urban war zone, on the prowl for those sneaky Decepticons. We could hear the voice of Optimus Prime telling us we needed to regain the human's trust and, above all else, be careful.

Apparently Ironhide didn't listen to these instructions very closely because in the next scene, he was trapped in a large crater surrounded by Decepticons. Here, we got to see the robot's three forms in action. The first, vehicle, was used to either escape from or drive up to an enemy. The second, stealth force, outfitted Ironhide's vehicle form with a bunch of guns, as well as let him lock on to and strafe around targets. This form was used primary at midrange as a way to soften up enemies until he could get up close. The final form, robot, worked best in melee combat and gave Ironhide access to his special abilities. These included the deadly grenade blossom, which sent out a half-dozen grenades that locked on to the remaining targets.

The combat looked flashy and fluid. From what we can tell, a lot of the characters, from Soundwave to Bumblebee seem to use similar tactics: Riding into an area, blowing up a whole mess of robots, and then riding on to the next. However, Starscream's segment did offer up something different in the form of aerial combat. His mission was to take down the massive Autobot cargo jet Stratosphere, which combined aerial combat and melee fighting on the hull of the massive aircraft.

High Moon Studios has always been faithful to its source material, and there's something to be said for the therapeutic qualities of mass robot slaughter. You can find Transformers: Dark of the Moon on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on June 14.

Discussion

32 comments
spydayx1
spydayx1

All i have to say is War for Cybertron was the best Transformers game ever and they need to do a sequel, oh sorry this one looks promising and T3 movie trailer 3 oh my G.O.D ya better check it out because its sweeeeet, can someone tell me why they never made a Transformer G1 arcade game would have kinda been like x-men the arcade game, the punisher, Final Fight, Guilty Gear Graphics or Blaze Blue you feelin me or Transformers G1 as a one on one fighting game like Street Fighter 2 or Marvel vs Capcom 3 I could go on and on.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

I guess the game could be good if the movie is good. The first was pretty well done, the second was garbage, and the third... remains to be seen.

trivolution
trivolution

I grew up with this, makes me happy it will never die off.

Supersoldier317
Supersoldier317

Huge transformers fan, first 2 were comeplete letdowns, T'formers WFC, if u gotta 360 u can find me playing that. awesome game. D.O.T.M? looks awesome, legit and promising. :.)

flywheels
flywheels

As huge of a Transformers fan I am I just can't get all that excited about another movie game.

TheRealLisaAnn
TheRealLisaAnn

T'formers is one of my fav childhood franchises.

hotmerchandice
hotmerchandice

Well, if we have to have another Transformers movie adaption at least High Moon studios is creating it. I still think that High Moon should make a Robotech game along the same lines as what they did with TF:WFC.

wedran123
wedran123

Oh yeah.....its gonna be great....my ass....if its anything like the first 2 games....MEH

wolverine_97
wolverine_97

WFC 2? yes please Movie game? no thank you

Naraic100
Naraic100

Is it me, or do the graphics look rather dated?

ALZex
ALZex

Absolutely Awesome game WFCT.... best multiplayer experience outside of traditional shooters. Loved the dynamics of the multiplayer.

gashoe13
gashoe13

It's not for PC? That stinks. Oh, well. The game looks interesting... and I have faith in these guys. They made War for Cybertron, and it was pretty dang awesome.

Sophia
Sophia

@Bozanimal - It's also coming out on a portable, but we don't include it because the interview and preview focuses on the 360/PS3 version. There is still a Wii version coming out, but we'd cover that separately. This was only for the HD consoles.

Prime99
Prime99

Atleast Transformers is still going. We should have had Spiderman 4 the game, maybe even 5!

BFKZ
BFKZ

dark(side) lol

MatthewSnyder86
MatthewSnyder86

omidsaint Hey troll, if you hate Transformers then don't be trolling around these parts. I hope this game is somewhat as good as War For Cybertron.

Bozanimal
Bozanimal

@maxwell Video 6303005 (the one embedded in this article) says PS3 and XBox360 at 0:47 sec into the interview. You also mention it's "on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on June 14" at the end of the preview. It either needs to be removed from the Wii news and calldown on the Wii page or amended to include Wii as a version, if that is the case.

omidsaint
omidsaint

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Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

Not for PC? Damm! :x How could High Moon Studios do this to us?! :cry:

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

Prowl @ :52?!? Maybe?!? I wonder if that Autobot tank will be in the movie. It looks BA. I actually enjoyed ROTF's multiplayer for what it was: blowing up other robots over XBL. If they can take what made that great and fine tune it into this game, it may very well be worth more than a weekend rental. @ Barighm Activision has stated that Transformers will be a yearly release, just like pretty much all of their other games, so it is very likely once this project is done they'll let High Moon do WfC2. It's not like WfC2 will need a huge amount of development time, anyways.

Barighm
Barighm

I hope this didn't derail High Moon's plans for War for Cybertron 2, a game Hasbro has stated they want to do, but with High Moon being moved off WfC for Activision's greedy purposes, I doubt that's going to happen. Hope whoever they get to replace them does a better job. And it's nice to see people still play War for Cybertron. I haven't been able to pick it up yet, but I want to.

McMuffin9000
McMuffin9000

I'm just suprised this series hasn't burned out yet.

gunnplay
gunnplay

Pay attention, guys; High Moon Studions did War for Cybertron. This could be very good.

P90E21
P90E21

Joy another cheesy movie game we know how those are -_-

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

How appropriate: High MOON Studios is doing Dark of the MOON video game. I wonder if that was done on purpose?

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

Hope it's better than Revenge of the Fallen

feleas
feleas

@chesucks Yeah I'm gonna have to agree with you chesucks. War for Cybertron was the only good one of the games, whereas the movie-based ones were garbage. I may get this one, but I'll stick with my War for Cybertron. PS: I still play that game as much as L4D and CoD:BO, haha.