Underrated Transformers Games

On the day of Age of Extinction’s theatrical release, we look back at two Transformers games that flew under the radar!

By Marc Deschamps. Posted 06/27/2014 09:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Like the characters that they’re based upon, each Transformers series changes from the previous one. After the end of Transformers Animated, Transformers: Prime made its debut on television and Nintendo systems. There was a large tonal shift from Animated’s lighthearted take and Prime’s darker storyline, and the accompanying video games from developer Now Production emphasized that. Prime features a far more traditional Transformers experience than its DS predecessor. Rather than puzzle-based gameplay, the Wii U and 3DS titles instead focused on action and adventure, with the Transformers’ trademark abilities on full-display. Players could transform with the push of a button, and would have to in order to stop the Decepticons in a number of stages inspired by the series.

The cast of Transformers: Prime – The Game features a few familiar faces from the previous title. Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Bulkhead return, but this time they’re also accompanied by Arcee and Ratchet. This fact is all the more exciting since, like the previous game, a strong range of vocal talent from the television series appears. Notably, Peter Cullen and Frank Welker, the original voices of Optimus Prime and Megatron respectively, are both on hand.

Each of Transformers: Primes five playable characters handles differently, giving the game a bit more variety than similar licensed titles. Bulkhead is still big and slow moving, but Bumblebee and Arcee feel lighter and swifter. With different characters playable across different levels, things never feel too repetitive. A multiplayer combat mode gave players the option of playing as any of the five Autobots, as well as the majority of the Decepticons featured in the game.

Transformers: War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron changed the way that fans anticipate games based on the robots in disguise. Transformers: Animated and Transformers: Prime didn’t excite the fandom in quite the same way, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t any good. Both titles delivered fun experiences and brand new stories that fit in with the worlds developed by the cartoons and toys, narrated by the voice-actors fans know and love. If you’re a Transformers fan looking for a fun game to play after seeing Transformers: Age of Extinction, these are two games you can’t go wrong with.

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