Friday, 20 November 2015

Transformers Devastation: PS4 Review

Transformers Devastation: PS4 Review

Platform: PS4
Released by Activision

Transformers Devastation is like a trip back into the 1980s.

In the game from Activision, Devastation sees Megatron unleash plans to Cyberform the Earth. The only thing standing in the way and the Earth's only hope is Optimus Prime and his trusty Autobots.

Using various combat moves, button combinations and Street Fighter-esque timings, you have to smash and destroy your way through the waves of Decepticons and robots stood in your way.

Transformers Devastation is a retro game in many ways that really does something to recapture some of the negativity that's been posted thanks to other Transformers games. Based on the 1980s comic cartoon, the graphics are perfectly evocative of the era and thanks to the voice work from the original cast, it feels like you are playing / watching an episode. It's thrilling and given that you can play one of the five Autobots too from Bumblebee to Sideswipe, the game hits all of the highs you'd expect given its simple premise.

Channeling the simple combat style and combos, the game's easily playable, and easy to pick up and put down. It's bite-size in many ways and the game doesn't quite have the breadth you'd hope. The map is fairly self-contained and doesn't allow for you to wander off the beaten track. Equally, while you are able to fire weapons, locking on and firing is somewhat difficult and tricky to execute.

Loot drops are contained mainly to health and power-ups, but they drop very easily and readily for you to collect whenever it's necessary.

All in all, Transformers Devastation achieves what it wants to - it's simplicity and faithfulness to the original cartoons that many will have grown up with is endearing and enduring. It means the execution of the licence and the Transformers Hasbro brand is definitely intact and despite its brevity, it remains a blast of fun and a game that surprises.


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