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This is a demo release I have personally been waiting for. I mean its giant fighting robots in space, what’s not to love?
Most demos that are released these days are little more than multiplayer beta tests, or a single level that reveals hardly anything about the actual game. Not so with the trial of High Moon Studios ‘The Fall Of Cybertron’. This is a demo that carries a bit of weight behind it, and it gives us the chance to play through some of the multiplayer and two full game levels.
Before we get any further into discussing the demo, I would like to tell you all my one big disappointment. You don’t get to play as Optimus Prime. The character the player does get to control is Bumble Bee. I have nothing against Bumble Bee, but Mr Prime he is not. When you play as the Decepticons in the second level, the character the player controls is Vortex. Still not Optimus Prime, but at least we get a glimpse as to what it’s like playing on the other side.
For this instalment in the series, High Moon Studios have introduced an interesting new game mechanic. In ‘War For Cybertron’ the B button was used for throwing grenades or detaching weapons. This time around the B button is used to switch camera angles. Now this doesn’t sound ground breaking at first, but let me tell you why it is better than it sounds. If you are shooting from your left shoulder but fancy shooting from the right, this will allow you to do that. This becomes invaluable when you are taking cover and need to quickly change sides to get a better shot.
As with most sequels, the gameplay is very similar to that of its predecessor, ‘War For Cybertron’, which is a game I would highly recommend. The graphics feel a little more polished in this instalment, however that was to be expected as it is a more recent release. The levels are also fresh and different which shows that the developers haven’t just been lazy and rehashed the same content from the previous game.
A big difference in the multiplayer is the customization. In ‘War For Cybertron’ you could choose a class of character and a little bit of their color scheme. This is really blown away in ‘Fall Of Cybertron’. This time around you get to select from many different body parts that are taken from already established robots, so if you want to make a particular character from the series you can. If making an already established character does not tickle your fancy you can always mix and match parts to create that Transformer you always dreamed of. Ah, the glory of choice! Having said this, you do have to unlock some parts, but this shouldn’t be too hard when the game is released.
The actual gameplay in the multiplayer is very similar to ‘War For Cybertron’ as I said before. If you have played this you know its fun. If you have not played the previous game it is what you would expect really, you pick a class of transformer, customize it a little, then run around blasting everything you can see and hope you kill someone you are supposed to. It’s just pure robot pulverising fun. It is a game you do have to work as a team, I found if you do not you die very quickly unless you are a very good player. So teamwork people, teamwork.
Now lets sink our teeth into the single player levels on the demo. On the first level as mentioned before you play as Bumble Bee, the yellow guy for those who may not know. Knowing that the war on Cybertron is lost, Optimus Prime leads the remainder of the Autobots, all of whom are on a huge spaceship towards a huge portal. As everyone does when they start to lose a war. This portal is supposed to take them somewhere that is hopefully out of Megatron’s grasp. It feels weird talking about portals and not mentioning Glados now. (Damn you Valve!) Anyway, as you would expect from any villain, the Decepticons are not just going to let this happen. So it’s up to you as Bumble Bee to defend the ship.
In the second level of the single player campaign, you play as the Decepticon Vortex. This time around you are you are attacking an Autobot transporter that contains the Cybertron energy source, Energon. This level has more need for transforming as Vortex switches between helicopter and jet mode. Vortex’s job in this attack is to clear a shortcut to the bridge where the transporter is, but as in all games this is not the simple task it should be. Vortex has to weave his way through lasers and other assorted obstacles before he can reach his target.
All in all a solid demo which I would recommend. Even if you are not a fan of the series, you should at least give the demo a try. It’s free so what have you got to lose?