Video splash for Transformers: War for Cybertron

In case you haven’t been keeping up with the videos for the Transformers War for Cybertron video game coming out June 22, here’s a group of them:

Campaign:

Multiplayer:

Pre-Order Characters (for Escalation mode):

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.

Character List for Transformers: War for Cybertron video game [update 4]

Update (3):  To see better images of ALL characters in the game, go to this newer blog post.

More and more info has been coming out each month on the upcoming Transformers video game, War for Cybertron.  For starters, the game is set to come out in May of 2010.  As said before, the game centers on the autobot vs. decepticon war on cybertron BEFORE they ever went to earth.  Therefore the characters will not resemble earth vehicles, but rather cybertronian modes.  The characters are greatly inspired by Generation 1 (G1), the original transformers from the 1980’s.  The game will include a separate autobot campaign and decepticon campaign.  Also in the game is multiplayer and online co-op.  It sounds to be the best Transformers game yet (but we’ve heard that before — we’ll see).

The following list of characters is confirmed (and some rumored) to be in the game:

Autobots: Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide, Jetfire, Air Raid, Silverbolt, Warpath, Sideswipe, and Arcee.  Omega Supreme is in the game, but not playable.  Jazz is available for Escalation mode by pre-ordering the game from Best Buy.  Zeta Prime will be another non-playable character in the game.

Decepticons: Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave, Brawl, Skywarp, Thundercracker, Breakdown, Barricade, and Slipstream.  Trypticon (the big dinosaur bot you see in the trailer) is in it but non-playable. [Update 4]  Laserbeak, Rumble, and Frenzy show up too, but not playable.  You play against them.   Shockwave will be playable in Escalation mode to those who pre-order the game from Gamestop, and same goes for Demolishor when pre-ordering from Amazon.com.

Below you’ll find pictures of many of these characters as they’ll be seen in the game:

(but you can find pictures of every character at this newer blog post)

Optimus Prime (about to unleash his axe)

Megatron (with his mace)

Bumblebee

Starscream (concept drawing)

Soundwave

Shockwave

Ironhide

Ratchet

Omega Supreme

Trypticon

Brawl

A Toyline has been confirmed to go along with the game.  Toy pictures for Optimus Prime and Megatron can be viewed here and Bumblebee on the cover of Transformers Collectors Club can be viewed here.

The most recent trailer for the game can be viewed below.

Do you feel a must-have classic Transformers character is missing from the above list?  Are you happy with the current list of names?  Surprised by any?  Sound off in the comments section below.

UPDATE: According to this post on Seibertron.com, Jetfire, SilverboltAir Raid (aerialbots), and Breakdown (stunticon) are characters in the game.  Omega Supreme is also confirmed.

UPDATE 2: New gameplay video trailer at http://www.gametrailers.com/video/exclusive-gameplay-transformers-war/62342 This brings up more rumored characters, such as Laserbeak, a Quintesson, Sideswipe, Scorponok, and Ultra Magnus.  Only time will tell.

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.

Spike TV’s Video Game Awards (VGA) Winners and Trailers

Spike TV’s Video Game Awards 2009 was held Saturday evening, Dec. 12.  Although the winners of each category may be controversial to some, some of the trailers and/or announcements made at the conference were quite exciting.

One of these announcements was that Green Day: Rock Band is in the works for 2010.  The best part is that the entire track list from this stand alone game will be exportable (for a $ fee, we’re sure) to play in Rock Band 2 for xbox 360 or PS3 owners (sorry Wii owners).  Here’s hoping they’ll include their Dookie album in the game…

The new Halo: Reach trailer was revealed, showing off multiple spartans, including female ones, and one spartan with a skull painted on his helmet.  You can view the trailer below:

Some of the winners from SpikeTV’s 2009 VGA’s were as follows:

  • Best Action Adventure:  Assassin’s Creed 2
  • Studio of the Year:  Rocksteady Studios (who did Batman Asylum)
  • Best Team Sports Game:  NHL 10
  • Best Individual Sports Game:  UFC 2009 Undisputed
  • Most Anticipated Game:  God of War 3
  • Best DLC:  Ballad of Gay Tony (for GTA IV)
  • Best Downloadable Game:  Shadow Complex
  • Best RPG:  Dragon Age Origins
  • Best Shooter:  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Best Mulitplayer:  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Best Handheld:  GTA China Town Wars
  • Best Fighter:  Street Fighter IV
  • Best Driving Game:  Forza 3
  • Best Original Score:  Halo 3: ODST
  • Best Soundtrack:  DJ Hero
  • Best Music Game:  The Beatles: Rock Band
  • Best PC Game:  Dragon Age Origins
  • Best Wii Game:  Super Mario Bros Wii
  • Best PS3 Game:  Unchartered 2: Among Thieves
  • Best Xbox360 Game:  Left 4 Dead 2
  • Best Graphics:  Unchartered 2: Among Thieves
  • Game of the Year:  Unchartered 2: Among Thieves

We were happy with Marty from Bungie getting recognized for best original score for Halo 3: ODST and happy that CoD: Modern Warfare 2 earned two awards.  They deserved that.  But we have to wonder about the best Xbox 360 game winner.  And where was Trials HD?  Why weren’t they even nominated for Best Downloadable Game???  That’s not right.  Dana White from the UFC must be very happy with his organization’s win.  We can’t help to wonder if the people who vote for the games in a video game awards show on Spike TV would be biased towards voting for a game that has a show on that station (UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter)… hmm.

Earlier in the week before the VGA’s, a new Transformers game was announced.  The game is called Transformers: War For Cybertron.  The game is based on the war(s) between the Autobots and Decepticons before they traveled to Earth.  So, the vehicle modes will be cybertronian, not Earth-based, and you won’t be seeing any humans.  Will this game be coinciding with the new Transformers cartoon that will eventually be showing up on Discovery-Hasbro’s new channel?  No one really knows but rumors will likely be around the interwebs.  You can see the teaser trailer below:

Are you excited about any of the new trailers?  Any winners from the VGA’s that surprised you?  Let your voice be heard below in the comments section.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen — Plot Holes? or not?

 

Transformers RotF

When Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen came out in theators in the summer of 2009, it was widely criticized for having a plot that one could not follow or that didn’t make sense.  Now that the movie is out on BluRay (or DVD), people have been able to watch it again.

So… are there plot holes?  Or can they be explained?

SPOILER WARNING (if you haven’t watched the movie)

Transformers RotF - All Spark splinter

1.  How come there were two pieces of the All Spark?  I thought at the end of Transformers 1, Optimus Prime only pulled one shard from Megatron’s chest.  In Revenge of the Fallen, the All Spark shard is the one protected in the military hide-out that Ravage (jaguar decepticon) and his Reed-Man bot steals.  The other All Spark piece, referred to as the sliver, was found by Sam at home.  It was a piece that was stuck to his wool hoodie from the first movie.

2.  Why didn’t Sam Witwicky (Shia LeBeouf) use the All Spark sliver that he gave to Mikaela (Megan Fox) to revive Optimus Prime?  In the first movie, we see that the All Spark was able to give Frenzy (the little guy who transformed into a CD player) his body back and give life to electronic machines/devices (cell phone, xbox, etc).  Similarly in Revenge of the Fallen, we see the sliver gave life to small kitchen appliances like the cappaccino maker, phone, blender, etc.  We never see the All Spark give life to a large machine.  We know it didn’t bring back Bumblebee’s legs at the end of the first movie.  We know the shard didn’t bring back Jazz to life.  From these observations, the All Spark sliver or the All Spark shard do NOT have the ability to bring back a large transformer to life who was dead.

Yes, the sliver is used on Jetfire, but he was NOT dead.  He was in some type of “stasis nap”.  He mentions how without Energon, the transformers deterioate.  He likely went in this “stasis nap” to preserve himself.  The sliver re-awakened him.

2.  How come Megatron was “revived” by an All Spark shard when it was the All Spark that “killed” him in the first movie?  I’m confused.  The full All Spark is too much power to be absorbed by a Transformer.  Sam overloaded Megatron at the end of Transformers 1 by putting it into Megatron’s chest.  It did knock Megatron out.  However, whether he was dead or not is speculation.  Our feeling is that Megatron was in some type of stasis-lock.  “The Doctor”, a.k.a. Scapel (the little microscope decepticon), is obviously an expert on how Transformers work and the history of the symbols of the ancient Transformers.  His knowledge of the All Spark was probably also superior to others.  Put these facts together, and it’s no surprise he knew how to get Megatron out of the stasis-lock using parts (and possibly the “spark”) from another constructicon and the All Spark shard.

Transformers RotF - Scapel (The Doctor)Transformers RotF - constructicons at bottom of the ocean (Mixmaster, Long Haul, Rampage)

3.  When the decepticons descended in the ocean, the Navy said there were 5 decepticons.  At the bottom one of them was killed for parts (for Megatron’s revival), but when they ascended, the Navy said there were 6 decepticons.  Isn’t 5 minus 1 plus 1 = 5?  Most people forget that “The Doctor” came out of Ravage’s mouth at the bottom of the ocean.  Therefore he was not detected when Ravage and the constructicons descended to the ocean.  We can assume that he did show up on radar on the way back up.  This accounts for 6.

Transformers RotF - Grindor

4.  How did the Helicopter guy (Blackout from Transformers 1) get revived?  It’s not Blackout.  He’s a little more white-ish and his name is Grindor.  Yes, it could have been explained better.  The proof lies in the toy made of the guy.  Apparently it’s a clone of Blackout or decepticon of the same size who chose the same alt. mode as Blackout.  (More on clones later on in this article…)

Transformers RotF - The Fallen

5.  Why didn’t the Fallen show up earlier?  First of all, he was old like Jetfire.  You’ll notice that on the Nemesis (the crashed ship on Mars), the Fallen is attached to some stuff.  He likely was resting trying to keep himself “healthy” due to the lack of Energon.  Secondly, he was waiting for Optimus Prime to be killed since only a Prime could match up against him.

Transformers RotF - Long Haul (or his clone)

6.  How come after the construction vehicles (constructicons) form Devastator, we see some of those same constructicons fighting individually in robot mode?  How are they in two places at once?  Also, how did Bonecrusher (from Transformers 1) get alive again and show up in the desert fighting?  In Transformers lore, there were clones.  In the original 80’s cartoon, there were clones of the decepticon jets Starscream, Skywarp, and Thundercracker and there were insecticon clones.  There were autobots with similar alt. modes too (Bumblebee and Cliffjumper, Sideswipe and Red Alert, Trailbreaker and Hoist, etc…).  So, in Revenge of the Fallen, the multiple constructions must be because of clones.  Same goes for the bot that looks just like Bonecrusher (alt. mode = military “buffalo”).  More evidence of clones is how the Excavator decepticon (Demolisher) in the beginning of the movie (who was killed) is similar to the Excavator who starts Devastator’s transformation at the end of the movie (this Excavator is called “Scavenger” on the toy packaging).

Transformers RotF - Decepticon cannon fodder

7.  Why are there decepticons that look kinda like Megatron near the end of the movie fighting against the US Military?  These decepticons came from the Nemesis and had no need for an Earth alt. mode since their primary objective was to stop Sam from reaching Optimus Prime with the matrix and to steal the Matrix to use it for the machine (in the pyramid) that destroys the sun for Energon.  You’ll recall that Megatron (in his arrogance) never had an Earth alt. mode either.  Remember how in Transformers 1, Optimus, Jazz, and Ironhide look very similar until they scan Earth vehicles for their alt. mode.  This proves that Transformers can look very similar in their “protoform” state before scanning an Earth vehicle.  Furthermore, these decepticon no-name drones/clones are the “cannon fodder” that no movie viewer cares gets killed.

8.  When Sam is trying to get the Matrix to Optimus’ body, why didn’t he just take Bumblebee in Camaro mode?  He did… well, at first that was the plan.  But then Starscream attacked them.  Sam made a plan for Bumblebee to go off by himself as a decoy and the Twins to go off as other decoys.  Meanwhile he and Mikaela went by foot — something the decepticons wouldn’t expect.  He later had Bumblebee take his parents to safety, probably because he cared so much about them being safe.  Probably more so than his own life, one could argue.

Transformers RotF - Skids & Mudflap (the twins)

9.  Why are there Transformers that talk “ghetto talk”?  (The autobot twins)  They are basically autobot kids.  Meaning, they’re young like kids are.  You know how kids/youth will talk in ways adults won’t.  Same goes here with the autobot twins, Skids and Mudflap.  Remember, in Transformers 1, Optimus Prime said the autobots learned Earth’s languages through the World Wide Web.  Skids and Mudflap, being young, must have liked this “ghetto talk”.

10.  Why are all three autobot female bikes called “Arcee”?  The writers of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen orginally intended for the three “Arcee bikes” to combine together.  You can see concept art on the 2nd Bonus DVD or BluRay disk.  This plan was apparently a late scratch.  Toys were made of (currently) two of the three bikes.  The blue one was called Chromia (after a blue female G1 character) and the red one was called Arcee.  The purple one is rumored to be called either Elita One or Flare-up.

Transformers RotF - Matrix of Leadership

11.  The Matrix?  A decepticon that transforms into a girl?  Why are they ripping ideas from other movies?  The Matrix was actually an essential part to the 80’s original cartoon.  In the 1986 cartoon Transformers Movie, the Matrix of Leadership was passed on from Optimus Prime and eventually inherited by Rodimus Prime, a new leader.  So… Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen did NOT steal from “The Matrix” (the movie).  As far as the transformer whose alt. mode was the college girl (played by Isabel Lucas), that also is based on old Transformers lore.  In the late 80’s, when Transformers cartoons stopped in America, Japan continued making Transformers Cartoons.  In “Transformers: Super-God Masterforce” (1988), there were Transformers called Pretenders.  These Pretenders “transformed” into a human-look-a-like mode.  The Alice character in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was inspired from this.

12.  Why couldn’t Bumblebee talk in Revenge of the Fallen?  Wasn’t his voice working at the end of Transformers 1?  Good question.  Haven’t figured that out yet…

Some would argue that so many questions or the fact that some people have to watch the movie twice to figure it all out means it’s not a good movie.  Did those same critics say the same thing about Mission Impossible (with Tom Cruise) or The Lord of the Rings?  Many people had to watch those movies more than once or ask questions to others (like people who had read the Lord of the Rings books), but yet many enjoyed those movies.  You be the judge with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen…

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.