Transformers: War for Cybertron Updated Multiplayer Hands-On

The Autobots wage their battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons in Escalation mode.

While we've previously covered some of the details surrounding other modes in the upcoming Transformers: War for Cybertron, we finally got some hands-on time with a new multiplayer mode called Escalation, which bears some resemblance to the Horde mode from Gears of War 2. But before jumping into that, a little background: Transformers: War for Cybertron isn't (thankfully) based on any of the recent motion pictures, but rather it's an origin story of sorts that focuses on the epic war between Autobots and Decepticons on their home planet of Cybertron. Therefore, the characters you know and love (and there are a lot of them in this game) may look different from what you're used to because they're presented in their Cybertronian forms, but they still transform into similar vehicles.

Like other modes in War for Cybertron, Escalation lets you select a character from four classes--soldier, scientist, scout, and leader. Of course, each of these classes has its own unique attributes that make it well-suited for certain situations. For example, if you want a character with some brute-force firepower, then soldier is probably the way to go, but if you're looking for a little bit more agility and speed, then a scout is the better option. Then again, characters in the science class can transform into jets, and they offer better support skills than the other characters. Leaders are the best all-around class for those looking for a little bit of everything. Each class also has special attacks and abilities that, after being triggered, require a cooldown period before you can use them again.

At any rate, the characters (and their corresponding classes) that you and your teammates choose in Escalation often determine how well you can work together, and that's a key component of the mode. Your team will be thrown into an arena where wave after wave of enemies spawn in an attempt to take you and your cohorts down, but as you blast through the throngs of foes, you're awarded points. These points can then be used at various stations scattered around the map, but the trick is deciding what you want to spend these points on. If you're low on health, then you can head over to the health station, and likewise, you can get ammo at the ammo station. If you feel like you need a new weapon, then you can save your points and head to the weapon station. Interestingly, players can also combine their points to accomplish certain tasks, such as opening doors to new areas that might make it a little easier to defend against an enemy onslaught.

You can play as Prime in the game's cooperative mode.

Much of the time, we found ourselves spending points on ammo and health, which is of particular importance, since Escalation ends when all members of your team die. In fact, a lot of the teamwork boils down to making sure that your teammates are still functioning, but it's certainly worth mentioning that if you lose all of your health, your teammates have a few seconds to run to your position and revive you. Otherwise, you can spend the rest of your time transforming and blasting enemies in an attempt to get through as many waves as possible.

After taking a break from the Escalation mode, we jumped into some quick cooperative campaign action. Most fans will be happy to know that War for Cybertron's three-player co-op campaign offers two completely different options--one for the Autobots and one for the Decepticons. We played through a small portion of the Autobot co-op campaign as Optimus Prime and found that teamwork still plays an equally important role in this mode, since you often need to coordinate attacks with your teammates, particularly when one of the game's massive bosses is involved. Transformers: War for Cybertron is scheduled for release on June 22.

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Conduras
Conduras

you pay actual money to Gamespot ? haha

Bradlei
Bradlei

Once again, the only website I pay money to is last to put out their review. Don't they get it before release so review can be ready for day it comes out??? Such bullS**T when so many other websites have their out but for some reason I still like to read\watch what GameSpot has to say despite disagreeing with them on several occasions. GET YOUR ACT 2GETHER GS & HURRY THE FRACK UP. If u love it as much as every1 else I am buyin asap but I might beat u & buy 1st if takes much longer.

Flying_Ace
Flying_Ace

@destinyDemon Actually, Orion Pax (who became Optimus Prime) was one of the first casualties of the war. If you'll remember correctly then you'll realize that the character of Optimus was around when the war broke out.

etcetcetc
etcetcetc

I'm pretty skeptical with this preview. Gamespot are pretty inconsistent. When they interviewed Rebellion and played AvP Gamespot said it was really fun then ended up giving it like a 5.0, so I'll just wait for a review.

destinyDemon
destinyDemon

technicaly if its before the war prime shouldnt be in it cause he was made a prime by alpha trion so infact he should be orion pax not alpha trion and also rc was not in the beggining of the war soo lol tis so wrong

destinyDemon
destinyDemon

technicaly if its before the war prime shouldnt be in it cause he was made a prime by alpha trion so infact he should be orion pax not alpha trion and also rc was not in the beggining of the war soo lol tis so wrong

Mar28jw
Mar28jw

played the demo,average game

hellpolice
hellpolice

It looks epic....definitely checking this one out since it deals with the original universe and is in Cybertron.

boom_city
boom_city

been playing the demo all day the multi-player side of this game kicks ass, really addictive. I can see this has so much potential

xGlenn11x
xGlenn11x

This game I think will be a good hit for fans of Transformers because it is actually original, and has nothing to do with the movies. That should tell developers to never make a game based off a movie!!! Lol

uncannyone53543
uncannyone53543

@Snaptrap According to the devs, this is actually taking place before The Transformers G1 (The original series).

ThePurpleBubble
ThePurpleBubble

Holy crap... A Transformers video game that looks... fun?

sandgroper
sandgroper

To my complete surprise this preview actually managed to make this game sound interesting.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

does anyone know if this will have local co-op support for split screen? I'll be playing it online too, but I've been most looking forward to going round a mates and going co-op together on the same screen with him. It would be a real pain to have take my own console round and make a LAN with a 2nd screen if that isn't an option.....

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

Well if they should decided to reboot the Transformers movies, this should be the place to start - on Cyberton - where it should've been to begin with.

finsfanz13
finsfanz13

This game looks like it will be very stellar and revolutionary. it looks it..... AND IT WILL BE!!!!!!

Lordborg909
Lordborg909

Im hoping this turns out as awesome as it looks... man the way they describe co-op is tight, but only if you have mates to play with... otherwise... im having WOW PUG flashbacks.... aaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!

3G-ENIE
3G-ENIE

If you're in Canada, this will be $39.98 on launch day at Wal-mart.

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Mercg123: I argree 100%! I loved Dynasty Warriors Gundam on my Xbox360 but most reviewers from sites like GS, and IGN thought it was crap. I still loved it...... I also thought that AfterBurner Climax was well worth my PSN cash, I still buy the high rated games. But I also buy games that get 8.0s, and 7.0s as well. WHy? because I base my own feelings on what I think. I don't bother with rentals, but I do bother with Demos, and other things.

Whitefire78
Whitefire78

I already Pre- Ordered this game, this preview sound good have my hopes up. I already got some of my friends to buy this game so even if this game dissapoints my friends will make it a little better :).

AngryFingers
AngryFingers

@marcg123 Very true. I've played a couple games that were rated below 8.0 from GameSpot and loved it a lot. Additionally, I've played games that were rated above 8.0 from GameSpot and ended up hating it. Everyone's opinion differs and remember, a review from GameSpot (and elsewhere) is only a review from 1 person. That's why I now prefer to read a bunch of reader reviews (here and at GameFaqs) and watch some video reviews from users on Youtube to get the whole spill on a game I want to purchase.

l0n3w0lph
l0n3w0lph

totally agree with you marcg123!!

marcg123
marcg123

One more thing.......Get your money's worth out of a game and play on hard. I see too many people play the game on easy or medium, and gripe about that that the game was too easy or not enough challange and ended way too fast. Go figure. Im not hating on any console owner . this represents all. Do your self a favor and be more open minded and not follow what people say. Perfect example Beyond good and evil was rated low in the beginning and people blew it off.. Its actually a Sleeper thats worth a 10 Peace

marcg123
marcg123

On another note Games don't automaticly suck because they don't have Multiplayer feature. If a game does not have multiplayer no one will buy.......what a shame

marcg123
marcg123

You can not judge a game because of a biased review> Use your own judgement and quit Missing out on great games because a review gave it a 7...which you may think is a 9 or whatever....If you don't like the game then it sucks for you some body else may not agree with you.

jimbo913
jimbo913

Its hard to tell from these "previews" if the game will be any good. these are always written positively, seldom talking about if it is ever any fun. I have read so many articles that sound awesome, then get a 7 review score when they come out. I am keeping my fingers crossed for this. I only played the first movie game, and while I am generally easily impressed, I was bored to tears. Driving in that game was terrible, which wouldn't have mattered save for a few driving missions.

grognard
grognard

I wonder if you can fill out teams (or play completely) with bots.

Marques123
Marques123

This is very good news. I'm excited to see how this will turn out.

Bradlei
Bradlei

SO excited about this, used to watch every day as a kid. But still waiting for reviews as there have been so many games that look awesome and get way hyped up up until there release when they fail miserably. Always makes me wonder how the reviewers never notice any of the flaws b4 then but I guess they are only allowed to preview it if they say nice things. This is why I have never understood pre-ordering and people who do it & the more goodies they throw in to encourage it the more likely it is to be crap. But this definitely does look awesome I just really hope it's not another let down. But then there is always mafia 2

Sub-Zero210
Sub-Zero210

I am really excited for this! Hopefully it will be one of the best titles of the summer/year!

Need_more_food
Need_more_food

Actually met one of the developers for this yesterday.

Eiyer
Eiyer

This game looks like it'll be great...Can't wait to get it on PC.

santinegrete
santinegrete

Overall sounds cool and even complete package, I hope is fun to play in the end. Three is a strange number of players: it always has been 2, 4 or more.

bad_trip2
bad_trip2

any chance of splitscreen coop?

xtremeflem2day
xtremeflem2day

@Poodger Dont worry, remember that Michael Bay only works on movies, so there's a chance that this game won't suck.

DaGhOsT187
DaGhOsT187

Hahahahahah Saw the neg rep i was wrong Gamestop is shockwave DLC and amazon is dEMOLISHER !!!

maliksarmed
maliksarmed

i just hope alpha trion is in the game and i hope it has dedicated servers... Autobots Transform And Roll For IT....

Gooshnads
Gooshnads

I'm glad the development was born from a love from the original transformers...

sjenke
sjenke

@slash_out don't forget arkham asylum. they have that to beat

9Dguy
9Dguy

@wolverine_97 im 99% sure they said yes

9Dguy
9Dguy

@DanMan1995 i see that as a good thing

wolverine_97
wolverine_97

by watchng other videos, I think there will be offline Co-op for the campaigns but i think thats it.

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

This game has a lot of features in it. The competitive MP side they have: Countdown to Extinction Team Death match Conquest Code of Power Death Match Power Struggle Then for Co-Op fans they have the fallowing: Decepticon Co-Op through the SP game Autobot Co-Op through the SP game Escalation (Kinda Horde, Meets Nazi Zombies a great combo IMHO!) Plus customazation with different unlockable player models for each class, and weapons loadouts, plus color settings. 2 SP games to play on one disc with at least 12 different Transformers to play as. (And the replay value here should be insane because if you beat it as the main Heroes you can go through it again as another Transformer of your choice) This game has more gameplay for the price then any COD title I have ever seen! Even if both story lines are 5-6 hours each the MP and co-op, plus all the online and the chance to play them over again with another Transformer means it has nearly endless replay! This is how games should be made!

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

Any news on whether there is local multiplayer? Looks good, otherwise.

DanMan1995
DanMan1995

The escalation mode kinda sounds like nazi zombies to me.