4 reasons why Transformers games basically always suck
In the eighties and early nineties Hasbro tried to develop games. This resulted in some really, really, REALLY, crappy video games. Even when they hired experienced developers to make the games for them the result were still underwhelming. The fact is that in basically the first two decades of the Transformers franchise, there were no decent video games.
A big problem for the Transformers games is licensing. These games are always based on a television series or a movie. The first good game was released in 2004. Transformers Armada: Prelude to Energon was based on the animated series, but all other Transformers games failed to make a lasting impression. Licensing means a minimal budget, a lack of time and a forced release date. This is likely to result in boring gameplay, a lack of creativity and even a buggy video game.
When we are talking about Autobots and Decepticons, we have to realize that their numbers aren’t infinite. In most of the television shows there are just a few characters per season that are important to the story. So when a developer makes an action game based on these robots, he will need to add lots of generic cannon fodder. As we’ve seen over the years it’s incredibly hard to make enemies that are actually fun to fight.
When we talk about Optimus Prime, most gamers over the age of 25 will refer to the Generation 1 version. Most of the games however are based on newer versions of the Transformers so Hasbro can promote their toys. This also gives the development team a very strict deadline. Transformers: War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron were awesome, but very linear games. If only we had a Transformers game developed separate from all other activities by Hasbro.
Maybe that’s why we are so excited about Transformers Devastation. There’s no tie-in with a recent movie, toy or tv-series. It is based on the beloved Generation 1 Transformers and the game is being made by a studio with an excellent reputation. We hope that Hasbro gave Platinum Games the freedom to make the Transformers game we’ve been craving for since 1984.
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