Transformers: Dark of the Moon First Look PreviewBy Jake Gaskill - Posted Mar 10, 2011
High Moon Studios gave us our first look at its upcoming movie tie-in prequel Transformers: Dark of the Moon during GDC 2011. The major focus the developers took with the game was that they didn't want it to be a typical "see the movie, play the movie" kind of title. Instead, they wanted to create a unique experience that combined their passion for the franchise with the lore of the Michael Bay/Transformers universe.
As such, Dark of the Moon is actually set between Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and the upcoming Dark of the Moon feature film. It tells a standalone story that stands alone from the movies, but is also tied in directly to the overall narrative, and will set up the events in the upcoming flim. Also, the game will take place in a single campaign, and will jump between autobots and decepticons. Each level will be designed specifically to fit with the personality and capabilities of each transformer.
The biggest new addition to the gameplay this time around is called Stealthforce, and it's nothing like what it sounds like. It basically allows players to transform into a hybrid state between robot and vehicle in which the player has access to weapons while in vehicle form, eliminating the need to completely transform out of vehicle mode to take down enemies. The transition between states is just as fluid and cool looking as ever, and having this third state to shift into means you'll be seeing those animations a lot, and that's just fine by us.
The rest of the combat seems pretty straightforward, although we were assured that there would be plenty of variety in terms of what types of transformers you'll have access to, which should lend itself to a nice mix of combat styles and approaches. For instance, in our demo we saw Bubblebee, Ironhide (a brawny GMC truck), Soundwave (an ultra-sonic-packing satellite), Starscream (a rocket power fighter jet complete with aerial combat sequence), a gimped Megatron, and Laserbeak (a robotic bird with flapping mechanical wings who pals around with Soundwave). Obviously, variety is something players won't have to worry about.
In keeping with the global scale of the Bay flicks, Dark of the Moon will take place across a wide range of locales from tropical settings to a bombed out Detroit to underground military bases and more.
The multiplayer in last year's Transformers: War for Cybertron was surprisingly well received, but we unfortunately weren't given any details regarding what players can expect this time around. Hopefully, we'll know more about that soon enough.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon wil be available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii, DS, and 3DS this summer.