Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is a follow-up/sequel to Transformers: War for Cybertron by High Moon Studios. It uses the original characters from Transformers Gen 1, but changes the story up. Both games take place before the Ark crashes on Earth which makes them prequels to the original 80’s cartoon. Unfortunately they made story decisions to the game which would completely alter cartoon continuity.
If you were a huge fan of the cartoon then some of the changes they decided to make, like Shockwave creating the Dinobots on Cybertron, might bother you a bit. That being said, getting to smash everything in sight as Grimlock is an awesome experience.
High Moon might have realized they were going to upset some fans with certain choices they made, but they made up for it with all the fan service. There were probably at least 10 different quotes I recognized that were the original animated movie.
The graphics and sound are a good improvement on what was already a good start from War for Cybertron. They also made improvements on how open the world feels in some levels. In War for Cybertron I always felt a bit on rails as far as where I could go and when. This game still has a bit of that, but the Starscream level stands out as feeling very open world.
Another great addition is the upgrade system. You can now collect different weapons and upgrade them via Teletraan 1. Once I finally got Megatron’s cannon, I was a destructive force, but once I unlocked all the upgrades I felt unstoppable.
However, it’s not all Roses. This game has some issues with interacting with items. If you are too close to something you need to interact with it won’t give you the option. You often need to stand in an exact spot for it to work.
The story felt a bit disjointed at times. There were a few plot holes that just didn’t get completely resolved, but for the most part you can forgive them because they aren’t that relevant in the end.
The game takes about 6-8 hours to beat which means that if you have no interest in multiplayer you can rent the game and go through it in a weekend. The game was hard to put down so you can go through it pretty quickly.
I hope they create a third game, but I don’t know exactly where they can go from here without completely destroying the G1 continuity more than they already have. If you are reading this site, you should at least give this a game a try, but you probably already know that.