Transformers: War for Cybertron Characters Compared to How They Looked Before in G1

Now that most of the characters have been announced (we think) for High Moon Studios’ Transformers: War for Cybertron video game, let’s take a look at how these new designs compare to how they looked originally.  Most characters are based off of their G1 (Generation 1… as in original 80’s cartoon) counterparts.  The only exceptions (so far?) are Demolishor (based off of Transformers: Armada), Barricade (based off of the 2007 Transformers Live Action Movie), and Slipstream (based off of Transformers: Animated).  The following is a visual display of how the characters look in the new video game compared to what they used to look like.  Larger versions of each image can be viewed by clicking on the picture.

Autobots

Optimus Prime

Bumblebee

Ratchet

Ironhide

Jetfire (known as Skyfire in the 80’s cartoon)

Silverbolt

Air Raid

Sideswipe

Warpath

Arcee (female character)

Jazz (*available from Best-Buy pre-order)

Omega Supreme (one of the “big boss” battles)

Decepticons

Megatron

Starscream

Soundwave

Skywarp

Thundercracker

Brawl

Breakdown

Barricade

Slipstream (female character)

Shockwave (*available from Gamestop pre-order)

Demolishor (*available from Amazon.com pre-order)

Trypticon (one of the "big boss" battles)

Items of note: *pre-order characters Jazz, Shockwave, and Demolishor are only playable in Escalaton Mode.  Omega Supreme and Trypticon are not playable characters.  You play against them — against Omega Supreme in the decepticon story and against Trypticon in the autobot story.  Silverbolt and Air Raid were Aerialbots in the original cartoon.  Brawl was a Combaticon and Breakdown was a Stunticon.

So, what do you think?  Did High Moon Studios do a good job on their character designs or are some disappointing in your mind?  Sound off in the comments section below.

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More Details on Transformers: War for Cybertron [update]

Seibertron.com and TFW2005.com bring news from an exclusive conference call with Hasbro and Activision / High Moon Studios, talking about Transformers: War for Cybertron.  Apparently this new Transformers video game is going to be more than just a game… it will be used as “cannon” in the Transformers lore.  The game will tell the story of the civil war on cybertron between the autobots and the decepticons, before they fled for earth.  Hasbro will be working with Activision in the development of this story.

Up til now, most of the story of the cybertron civil war was found in comics and not so much the cartoons.  Only in episodes like “Desertion of the Dinobots, Part 2”, “War Dawn”, “Five Faces of Darkness, Part 4”, and “Forever is a Long Time Coming” from the original G1 cartoon do we get to see back in time to some of the Transformers history from Cybertron.  Of course, Transformers: War for Cybertron may or may not use bits of pieces from these stories and/or from Transformers comics… time will tell.  It seems that the game may be able to fit as pre-hisotry with G1 and/or the Transformers universe in general.  One thing for sure is that it is NOT based on the Transformers Movie-verse, but it will affect where Hasbro takes the Transformers universe in the years ahead.

As far as a toy line, it’s likely coming… we just don’t know any additional details.  As far as characters to expect in the game, Optimus Prime and Megatron are givens, and some screen grabs from the trailer show Ratchet (around 32 seconds into the trailer) and what is almost certainly Omega Supreme at the end of the trailer.  Promotional pics also show Soundwave and Ironhide.  From the conference with Hasbro and Activision, we should also expect other regulars in Transformers lore to show up:  Starscream, Bumblebee, etc…  But we should also expect some characters that may be familiar to hardcore fans that have not been seen as a toy or in a cartoon for quite some time.  The question is who will that include?  The Fallen (but not movie based)?  Alpha Trion?  QuintessonsDevcon (from the G1 episode “The Gambler”)?  Guardian Robots?  (after all, Omega Supreme was a Guardian Robot in G1)  Scrounge

Alpha Trion (from G1)

 

Guardian Robot (from G1)

Other facts:

  • Multiplayer WILL be in the game.  It will not be an afterthought.
  • Hasbro and Activision have been looking at other successful video game franchises that include multiplayer like Halo, Gears of War, and Call of Duty and have been taking “notes”.
  • Peter Cullen, the voice of Optimus Prime in G1 and in the Movie-verse, will voice Optimus in the game!
  • The game will come out in 2010.  No month was specified, but sometime in the Fall seems likely (but not confirmed).

UPDATE: Gameinformer interviewed some of the creators of the game from High Moon Studios. View it below:

So, what do you think?  What stories do you want in the game?  The origin of Prime?  Megatron’s creation?  Other characters?  Sound off in the comments below.

Transformers 3: What it needs and doesn’t need.

Optimus Prime

Michael Bay’s website was recently updated with a blog post stating there’d be a meeting this week (9/14 to 9/18) between Bay, Spielberg, and Ehren Kruger to discuss ideas for Transformers 3.  One of the things they’ll decide is if it will come out in the summer of 2011 or 2012.

Despite what critics said about Transformers 2 (properly called Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), it set records at the box office.  The Blu Ray and DVD comes out October 20 according to a TV spot that was recently released (see below at the end of this blog post).  Many things “worked” in this 2nd movie and other things were “controversial” or arguably not agreed upon by the millions of people who have watched it.

Everyone who enjoys action movies, and more specifically the first Transformers Movie (2007) and the second, hope the third one will keep what works and improve upon what didn’t.  Here’s our humble suggestions.

 

Things that worked:  Keep these for Movie #3

  1. The CGI:  The graphics were very impressive in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.  The people at ILM are amazing.  Keep them for Transformers 3.
  2. Optimus Prime:  Optimus held nothing back in his fights in Transformers 2, and it was pretty cool to see the leader of the autobots take on 3 major decepticons (Megatron, Starscream, and Grindor [Blackout’s clone]) by himself, let alone Demolisher in the beginning of the movie.
  3. Shia LaBeouf:  Loved him in both movies.  Good mix of humor and believable acting.  He’s earned the respect of almost every fan of these films.  Keep him in.
  4. Megatron vs. Starscream:  The second movie showed more of the relationship between Megatron and Starscream.  Hardcore fans loved seeing it.  We’ll be more than happy to see more of it in the new movie.
  5. Michael Bay’s Strengths:  This guy gets so much hate on the interwebs.  The guy really does have talent with setting up his action scenes and filming them at great angles.  He has the relationship with the US Military — which really is crucial for these films to have a sense of realism.  Despite what you may think of him, he puts his heart and soul, and definitely his late hours of time into making these films.
  6. Spielberg and the Writers:  Yes, the plot of the second movie was criticized by many, but the writers of the Transformers Movie-Verse (Ehren Kruger, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci) are dedicated to this franchise.  Changing the writers completely would be a big mistake.  Kurtzman and Orci have specifically come out as admitting to being big fans of Transformers ever since being kids in the 80’s.  Oh, by the way, you gotta keep Spielberg.  He’s freaking Steven Spielberg for crying out loud.
  7. Classic Characters:  The hardcore fans really do appreciate it when they’re thrown a bone.  Optimus, Bumblebee, Ironhide, Ratchet, Sideswipe, Jazz, Jetfire, and Arcee are classic autobots.  Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave, Ravage, Devastator, and the constructicons are classic decepticons.  We appreciate it.  We hope to be just as happy with the characters in Transformers 3.

 

 Things to improve:  What didn’t quite work in Movie #2

  1. Humor is Good, but Too Much of a Good Thing is Not Good:  Most critics and viewers alike found the first Transformers Movie (2007) to have a decent balance of action, story, and humor.  Many even found it to be charming.  Yes, there was a little sexual humor and what-not, but it wasn’t overboard.  Unfortunately the same was not often said about Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009).   Many feel that it had too much sexual humor and too much “ghetto” humor (with the twins, Mudflap & Skids).  It’s not that people are demanding for no sexual humor or “ghetto” humor at all… just dial it down a notch or two and it will be better.
  2. “New” Characters Were Just “Okay”:  In the first Transformers film (2007), the “newer” characters to the transformers lore were Blackout (helicopter) and Barricade (Saleen Mustang Police Car).  They were pleasant surprises.  In the eyes of many fans, they were done well and added to the success of the movie.  In the second Transformers film, the “newer” characters to the transformers lore were of the likes of The Fallen, Scapel (a.k.a. “The Doctor” — the little microscope dude), Alice, Mudflap & Skids, Demolisher, and Sideways.  Wheelie was also in the new movie (although not new to TF lore).  Sideways was barely in the new film before being sliced in two and Demolisher didn’t last much longer.  Alice was okay, but how many “hot” girls with main roles are you going to put into these films?  Scapel was loved by some and annoying to others — mixed reviews on him.  Mudflap & Skids were funny at times… but their “ghetto” humor was a little too much.  The Fallen was okay, but didn’t come across as big and bad as you’d expect.  My point is they didn’t seem to add to the film in the same positive way that Barricade and Blackout did to the first film.  Debatable, I know, but that’s how I feel.
  3. Megan Fox:  Get rid of this actress.  That’s right — I said it.  To her credit her acting in the second film was much better than the first — so I’m not going to say she was only there for sex appeal, but…  She obviously doesn’t have any respect for Michael Bay, as shown by her comments in some interviews.  How can you not respect the guy who gave you your first big break?  Furthermore, she comes off as an ungrateful “airhead”.  Yes, that seems harsh — it’s just how many feel she’s comes across.  Perhaps she’s actually a nice person, but she’s not giving that impression.  IF she really is as ungrateful as she’s come across, then why not give her what she deserves — a “thank you” for being in the first two films and then move on.  Shia LeBeouf is essential to these films.  Megan Fox (sorry) is not.  Maybe it’s time to find someone else to co-star with Shia.

These are just some humble opinions.  If you disagree (or agree), sound of with a comment below.

Also, check out the TV Spot ad for the Blu Ray and DVD of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, coming to the US on October 20, 2009.