Transformers fans haven’t had that much to look forward to in the video-game world. For years, companies have been trying to make a good game, but for whatever reason or another — iffy gameplay, clunky transforming, etc. — it’s never happened. That is, until now with Activision’s Transformers: War for Cybertron (available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii and DS). As a longtime fan of those robots in disguise, I was impressed with this effort far more than the failed ones before it. It’s pretty simple to pick up, has a bunch of different modes (from two separate single-player story missions to online multiplayer melees), and is filled with characters us geeks grew up with. Autobots like the big cheese Optimus Prime (voiced yet again in classic fashion by Peter Cullen), Bumblebee, Warpath and Ironhide are playable characters, as are Deception leader Megatron and his minions such as Soundwave, Starscream and Thundercracker. And even better, their robot forms and Cybertronian vehicle forms they do battle in are more like the old cartoon and toy versions that we all remember from our youth, rather than the odd alien-type looks they have in the recent movies. Laying waste to many an Autobot as Megatron made me want to play more games revisiting my childhood, so read below for a few other nostalgia-leaning games of note and to peep a glimpse of War for Cybertron.
Photos courtesy of Activision, Nintendo
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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS): You can’t mention Transformers without also revisiting those Real American Heroes. One of the most outright fun movie-adaptation games, take the good guys and battle evil Cobra forces through jungles and icy environments to save the day.
Konami Classics Volume 2 (Xbox 360): Konami has put a lot of its classic Nintendo titles from the 1980s on a number of platforms, but the best is this one. Why? Because it has both Contra AND Rush ‘N Attack, two games where you get to dispatch aliens and enemy soldiers, respectively, in highly armed glory. Plus, you can play in original mode or in enhanced hi-def. (Track & Field is also on the disc, if you’re into that sort of thing.)
Punch-Out!! (Wii): Oh, if only Mike Tyson had lent his likeness to this game like he did with the old NES classic, this would be the perfect game. Go toe to toe as pint-sized boxer Little Mac against Glass Joe, King Hippo, Von Kaiser and many of the old foes from the original, and use the Wii balance board and controllers to give yourself a nice little workout along the way.
Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues (Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, Wii, PC, DS): The Lego video games for Star Wars and Harry Potter are top notch as well, but this one has a special place in my heart because, let’s face it, Indiana Jones is awesome. You can play through all four Indy movies with more than 60 characters to pick and choose from, and Raiders of the Lost Ark and Last Crusade are that much better when you get to play out scenes with your little yellow guy in a fedora.