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  • It’s funny how things work out. We recently reviewed Transformers Prime, which is a decent

  • game. And we just reviewed Transformers: Fall Of Cybertron, which is a really good game.

  • So when this game showed up on my desk, I still had the taste of fun Transformers games

  • lingering in my mouth like garlic after pizza.

  • So I expected good things and tasty burps.

  • All I got was freaking heartburn.

  • Released in 2009 to coincide with the movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen doesn’t

  • do a whole lot you haven’t seen before. It’s basically a standard third-person brawler,

  • only because you play as Transformers, the fighting is actually split up by a couple

  • different flying, shooting, what have you.

  • Now, you don’t actually get to choose which side to play as, which you could do in the

  • PS3 and 360 versions of this game. Instead, each stage gives you a specific character

  • and you go from there. The weird thing’s like, youre playing as Bumblebee one minute,

  • then youre shooting Bumblebee the next.

  • I’s like youre some robot traitor.

  • And obviously, that could actually be interesting. But holy crap, that’s not the case with

  • Revenge of the Fallen. For starters, the game was actually ported

  • to the PlayStation 2. That means it’s a game that doesn’t even remotely push the

  • Wii’s hardware, because it also had to run on a less powerful system. And that means...blurry,

  • low-poly, outdated graphics. Sadly, that was the case with a lot of non-Nintendo Wii games.

  • That still makes me sad.

  • Games like this couldve been awesome on Wii.

  • And the controls aren’t much better. I mean, aiming does benefit from the pointer, so shooting

  • feels great. But everything else is a clunky mess. The combat is dull, and you can’t

  • even freely transform. I mean...if youre a serious Transformers fan who wants to blow

  • up some Decepticons on Wii, this at least lets you do that. But really, a game like

  • the newer Transformers Prime does it a lot better.

  • The

  • Wii had this unfortunate greenhouse effect where it was, like...third-party games were

  • usually bad, so people didn’t buy third-party games. And third parties didn’t publish

  • good Wii games because people didn’t buy third-party Wii games. So it was this vicious

  • cycle that ultimately led to games like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

  • A mediocre game to which only Transformers collectors need apply.

It’s funny how things work out. We recently reviewed Transformers Prime, which is a decent

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