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Transformers Dark of the Moon The Game Hands On!

Posted on 03-10-2011 at 11:52 AM by Tony_Bacala under Video Games
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TFW2005 Staff Member Seth Buzzard (of WTF @ TFW Podcast fame) was able to attend a quick meet and greet at the Game Developers Conference last week where he was able to see the upcoming Transformers Dark of the Moon - The Game by Activision and High Moon Studios. It was early, and brief, but he was able to relay some quick thoughts on the game.

Read on to check out all of of Seth's thoughts and check some new screen shots!

Transformers Dark of the Moon - The Game is due out on PS3, Xbox360, Wii, NDS and 3DS this June. Pre-Order your copy today!

From Seth Buzzard:
On March 2nd at the Game Developers Conference I was able to see a demo presentation of the upcoming video game based on Transformers: Dark of the Moon game for Xbox 360 and PS3.

The game does not yet have a release date but it is planned to come out just before the movie.

The game will not attempt to retell the plot of the film but will be prolog filling in some of the gaps between Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon. One example is Megatron still has his alien tank form but will change into the form seen in Dark of the Moon at some point in the game.

Stealth Force is no longer just a sub-line of toys. Both the name and the concept are used in the game and movie.

If you played Transformers War For Cyberton, game play will be familiar. Vehicle modes look to work the same way as War For Cyberton. Like WFC's hover mode the cars can move in any direction allowing the them to "strafe" side to side. Also in this mode weapons are viable on the vehicles. This mode is referred to as Stealth Force. Fitting as the cars to resemble the concept of the toys of the same name. Also like in WFC when you accelerate your vehicle becomes sleeker and your weapons are unavailable; the cars and trucks in DotM hide away their guns and look and move like normal vehicles.

Unlike WFC you will not select from three characters at the start of a level. The game makers chose to give you spastic characters for each level in-order to craft a more focused story.

Not all the playable characters where shown. The playable characters we did see where Bumblebee, Ironhide, Starscream, Soundwave (who is now no longer a satellite but an SUV) Megatron and as a little surprise Laserbeak. Laserbeak was shown to be playable during Soundwave's level, being deployed to fly ahead and accomplish goals Soundwave unable to do himself.

Characters that were seen or heard as playable but not shown include Optimus Prime, Ratchet, Mixmaster and Stratosphere. We did not see Stratosphere's robot mode but he is the same cargo jet he was as a toy. That's not to say none of these character won't be playable, they just didn't show us.

Locations for levels shown where outdoors South American Wilderness, the city of Detroit under attack and several indoor bases.

We were told the game will have a multi-player mode but they were not prepared at the time to show us or give any more details on it.

My own personal opinion on what I saw are that the games visuals look to be improved over War For Cyberton and seeing that it uses a similar control scheme leads me to believe this game will be at least on par with WFC if not better and that's more than most movie based games can say.
General Game Info:
The Transformers: Dark of the Moon game allows players to fight through the epic battles on Earth that will shape the events of the upcoming film. Armed with a brand-new gameplay mechanic, fans will harness the power of Stealth Force to instantly convert to a third, hybrid state that combines the weapons and firepower of robot mode with the agility and maneuverability of vehicle mode. Set in unique environments around the world such as the Jungles of South America, Siberian military facilities, Detroit Cityscapes and more, the game lets players assume the roles of a diverse roster of everyone's favorite TRANSFORMERS from the movie through a heart-pounding campaign to save mankind. Additionally, fans can play the game with or against their friends through intense, online multiplayer game modes as their favorite iconic characters.

Views: 29,641 / Credit: Seth Buzzard of the 2005 Boards!

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Mechafire
Sounds good.
Kraken
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Unlike WFC you will not select from three characters at the start of a level. The game makers chose to give you spastic characters for each level in-order to craft a more focused story.
Let's not start that nonsense again please
Red Goblin
Play as Laserbeak? Awesomeness!
Starscreamer95
Excellent. Really pumped for this as I was for WFC.
Optimus1986
Soundwave is an SUV? Nice!
Evil'Con
Soundwave as SUV
Cool
Waveride
Now that looks much better there. Though is it me or do they always seem to use a blur effect on outside scenes/shots?
Fort Max
An suv, blah.

Anyone know who this is, smokestacks obviously suggest so[/U]me variety of truck,
http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-...1299779813.jpg

Edit: Fit for Natalie filled me in: http://badflipblog.blogspot.com/2009...ans-am-03.html
Cheers dude.
blackout501st
i personally was hoping that soundwave would stick to something that flys, but no biggie. its still soundwave after all. and besides, playing as laserbeak? AWESOME.
blackout501st
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Originally Posted by Fort Max View Post
An suv, blah.

Anyone know who this is, smokestacks obviously suggest so[/U]me variety of truck,
http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-...1299779813.jpg
im thinking that it may just be a generic drone. but who knows?
Bumblethumper
Stratosphere? Yay!
Optimus Prime
Cool, I'm interested to see what Soundwave's earth mode looks like.
Game sounds worthy of a purchase, too.
SPLIT LIP
SUV, huh? Far cry from the car some of us expected. Sounds great overall. I look forward to it.
Grimwing
Nice that they let Seth Buzzard demo it again. I mean Its a game that I'm going to play anyway because I'm a transformer fan and love collecting their chaotic games. But hearing feedback from another hardcore fan who is playing it, will help draw a decision on buying it the first day, or waiting until its on the clearance. Either way were playing this thing.

Can we get Matt Tieger as a podcast guest again?

Though It sounds like their dropping the three transformer commando missions from war for cybertron. For a more traditional preselected story driven character. Which is kind of what the 2007 movie game tried to do. Keep the narrative moving as you moved from blackout to skorponok. Or Optimus Prime one level and bumblebee the next. Perhaps their doing it so the engine does'nt have to keep track of so many shifting models and the result could be that graphical improvement Seth noticed

I am curious if the most interesting dark of the moon voyager, Skyhammer. Is actually a movie game character. In a similar vein to breakaway.

Its great that High Moon figured out a way to get their war for cybertron vehicle combat system to make sense in the movie verse. Thanks to stealth Force.
Toxicon
Little disappointed that Soundwave isn't the SLS as speculated, but payable LASERBEAK and MIXMASTER? Boner through the ceiling. I've wanted to play as Mixmaster since the ROTF game.
Awesomus Prime
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Originally Posted by SPLIT LIP View Post
SUV, huh? Far cry from the car some of us expected. Sounds great overall. I look forward to it.
Methinks it might actually be an accurate indicator of what we can expect Soundwave's alt-mode to be in the actual movie. Soundwave, if I'm remembering correctly, was an SUV in Ehren Kruger's speculative treatment of Transformers 2. Now that he's actually writing DOTM, I think he might've carried that idea over (complete with the sonic laser, hopefully).

For that matter, another idea that seems like it's being carried over from that treatment is the concept of a three-way war. Optimus vs. Megatron vs. another Decepticon Leader. The only difference being that instead of Starscream, we're given Shockwave.
Fit For natalie
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Originally Posted by Fort Max View Post
An suv, blah.

Anyone know who this is, smokestacks obviously suggest so[/U]me variety of truck,
http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-...1299779813.jpg
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Originally Posted by blackout501st View Post
im thinking that it may just be a generic drone. but who knows?
It's one of the Omnibots from the ROTF game. The Bad Flip Blog: TF2 - Omnibot Trans Am 03
Opticron Primal
Hey, if it plays similarly to WfC then it's an auto-buy for me.

I also like that little detail about removing the selectable characters in single player to keep the story focused. Interesting choice.
SPLIT LIP
I wonder if it might be like ROTF, where the first time through you only play as a certain charatcer, but once the campaign's complete you can choose from a predetermined lineup?

Probably not, though, since they pointed out with Laserbeak there's some levels where you need to play as a certain charatcer.

As long as it's fun.
Opticron Primal
Yeah, I'll take good gameplay and focused story over selectable characters anyday. If they find a way to open it up after a mission is done, then cool. If not, I don't mind.
einis
you can play as Laserbeak?wow.that's awesome.
and Soundwave is a SUV?cool

and graphics in those screen shots look awesome
Vangelus
Just in case anyone wants to hear some audio discussion on this stuff, we recorded a podcast about it last week but had to wait 'til today to release it.

http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/wtf-tf...dc-2011-a.html

Also includes some audio from the presentation itself!
Mechafire
^ Nice. Downloadan now.
legolas grof
Awsome!
Rexidus
As long as this doesn't impact War for Cybertron 2 then I'm super pumped High Moon is doing it. But since they've said it's a different team working on it, it's not likely to affect WFC2 at all.

But this game does look darn good. Or at least it does from a geek who buys Transformer games through pre-order without question.

If Warpath doesn't say "Kablam!" at least once I shall sadface.
Baird
Improved visuals over WFC? Doesn't look that way to me. Soundwave's alt. is a bit unimaginative. Still, this sounds like it'll be better than the previous tie-ins.
fatesmagic
Win. Stratospere, mixmaster, and warpath. Games really starting to look up. Not that it was ever looking down, you know.
transformerwars
That looks really cool! Megatrons chain looks Pimpin'!
butz
I want a toy of that Omnibot Trans Am design. Also, I hope that's pretty close to how Soundwave will actually look in the movie, because I really like what i'm seeing here.
DecepticonSpike
I think it looks good. A lot better than the ROTF game.
I hope the bird is called "Laserbeak" and the red Autobot tank "Warpath".
Seth Buzzard
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Originally Posted by Toxicon View Post
Little disappointed that Soundwave isn't the SLS as speculated, but payable LASERBEAK and MIXMASTER? Boner through the ceiling. I've wanted to play as Mixmaster since the ROTF game.
I have no idea if you'll ever play as Mixmaster. It sounded more like he's a level boss.
webz
Wow. Looks like a game I'll have to pick up this X-mas during the discount sales. I'm on a VERY fixed disposable income, so my summer game fix will be spent on MK2011.

My biggest concern, if this is a WFC-clone, is if the ammo situation is better in this game than WFC. It pissed me off that ammo was THAT scarce considering the melee combat was so horrible...
MaxLinden
The graphics look like the ps2 but Graphic don't matter as long as are friends at High Moon Studio does a good job on it....
BUT I WANT IT FOR PC TOO.... =(
Shizuka
I was re-watching the trailer before reading this and actually thought how the plane reminded me of Stratosphere.
EnerJohn
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Originally Posted by Fit For natalie View Post
It's one of the Omnibots from the ROTF game. The Bad Flip Blog: TF2 - Omnibot Trans Am 03
WHAT?!?! I wish there was a Trans Am TransFormer!! How cool is this, was this really in the game?

I wrote to Hasbro about a year ago with pictures of Trans Am's and asked that they make a Trans Am figure. They wrote back to me and sent it to their design department and are looking into it!
Opticron Primal
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Originally Posted by webz View Post
My biggest concern, if this is a WFC-clone, is if the ammo situation is better in this game than WFC. It pissed me off that ammo was THAT scarce considering the melee combat was so horrible...
Still have yet to find a nammo problem. If you use it wisely without shooting willy-nilly you won't run into that problem.
SPLIT LIP
Plus, you have three guns. I never ran into ammo issues. Hell, ammo respawns constantly during boss battles.
boxerperson
So....

Soundwave as leader of the Dreads?

I think so...

Ironhide will probably take him on after he fights the dread(s) that we see him collide with in the trailer.
tinky XIII
So no chance of a PC release then. Shame, I loved WfC.
boxerperson
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Originally Posted by webz View Post
Wow. Looks like a game I'll have to pick up this X-mas during the discount sales. I'm on a VERY fixed disposable income, so my summer game fix will be spent on MK2011.

My biggest concern, if this is a WFC-clone, is if the ammo situation is better in this game than WFC. It pissed me off that ammo was THAT scarce considering the melee combat was so horrible...
I've beaten WFC on every difficulty level and have yet to run into any kind of ammo shortage. I have no idea what people are doing to run out of ammunition but I've honestly never had it happen in the single player game.

I'm actually hoping that weapons play a much larger role, since transformers really shouldn't be rock-em sock-em robots. I would enjoy the fights much more if there were only one or two characters who relied heavily on hand to hand.

Cuz...you know....in a real war, hand to hand is not used very often.
Fort Max
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Originally Posted by EnerJohn View Post
WHAT?!?! I wish there was a Trans Am TransFormer!! How cool is this, was this really in the game?

I wrote to Hasbro about a year ago with pictures of Trans Am's and asked that they make a Trans Am figure. They wrote back to me and sent it to their design department and are looking into it!
Yeah, they were in the rotf game but you never really see them or any of the ground drones in vehicle mode much.
Opticron Primal
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Originally Posted by boxerperson View Post
I'm actually hoping that weapons play a much larger role, since transformers really shouldn't be rock-em sock-em robots. I would enjoy the fights much more if there were only one or two characters who relied heavily on hand to hand.

Cuz...you know....in a real war, hand to hand is not used very often.
But in Transformers hand-to-hand combat is just as important as gun combat....
Bumblethumper
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Originally Posted by Fort Max View Post
Yeah, they were in the rotf game but you never really see them or any of the ground drones in vehicle mode much.
Yeah, there were some awesome designs in ROTF, but you never really got a good look at them.

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Originally Posted by Fit For natalie View Post
It's one of the Omnibots from the ROTF game. The Bad Flip Blog: TF2 - Omnibot Trans Am 03
They seem to be reusing a lot of assets in this game. That could mean they're being a bit half-assed about it, but hopefully they're trying to give as much bang for the buck as possible. It should allow them extra scope to push their budget that much further.

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Originally Posted by butz View Post
I want a toy of that Omnibot Trans Am design.
Yeah I could definitely go for one of those. They did toys for his TF1 designs, most of which weren't anywhere near as good.
bariprime
Soundwave is playable? DO WANT
Mechafire
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Originally Posted by Opticron Primal View Post
But in Transformers hand-to-hand combat is just as important as gun combat....
I'm fine with hand-to-hand combat, as long as it isn't the only means of combat. I'm looking at you, first movie game!
Sso02V
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Originally Posted by webz View Post
My biggest concern, if this is a WFC-clone, is if the ammo situation is better in this game than WFC. It pissed me off that ammo was THAT scarce considering the melee combat was so horrible...
Yeah, I had more of a problem staying in a game for longer than five minutes without getting bumped somehow than I did conserving ammo.
Sam Witwicky
Wondering if the 3DS version will be in 3D.
guard convoy
i have little hope for this game unless they fix that damn muliplayer from WFC
Opticron Primal
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Originally Posted by Mechafire View Post
I'm fine with hand-to-hand combat, as long as it isn't the only means of combat. I'm looking at you, first movie game!
Oh yeah, the first game gave you guns that served absolutely no purpose....

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