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January 30, 2013

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Areas of Concern


NOTE: This is an old review written before Hawke got demoted---and it's a good argument for why he should get re-promoted.

Hawke: Then why don't you---

Kyle: Because your breath stinks. 

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Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is 2012 video game released for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC. It is the sequel to 2010's War on Cybertron.

And since Hawke is the guy for games I have only played, he is coming along for the ride. Yay......

Hawke: Don't look so excited sweetheart! You might melt your own face off.....

Kyle: Sigh, and I gotta put up with this guy.....

Green is for me, Red is for Hawke. No exceptions. 

Areas of Concern:


Violence:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

All of the violence is between tincans---I mean robots, so that should dissociate it from reality. Unless you are a robot, in which case this game might offend you.

--A lot of punching, shooting, explosions, oil/electricity-spraying, and stabbing occurs, pieces of the robots fall off, and they yell in error.

Pain. It means pain.

Some of the robots short circuit when killed, screaming, and then explode into pieces.

You can also set enemies on fire; they yell and explode.

The stabbings are the most intense, with a few scenes where robots are stabbed several times in rapid succession with cries of pain and oil spraying.

During the storyline, beatings also occur, with robots punching each other in rapid succession, and punching each other against objects. 
--Explosions occur, destroying buildings and robots with wreckage flying and falling down.

--A few instances of moderate violence occur in the storyline:

-A robot jumps in front of a laser gun, and is killed. Some sparks are seen.

-A headless robot is seen standing around, grasping for his missing head, with sparks coming out of his neck.

-A bunch of robots are killed by being punched through the abdomen, getting their necks snapped or blown off, and being thrown on the floor. 

-You can become a dinosaur-like robot, who stomps and slaps enemies with his tail. He can grab enemies in his mouth, and tear them apart or bite them in half, with explosions seen.

-A dinosaur robot bites the arm off a robot, eats it, and then smacks the robot away with his tail.

Sex/Nudity:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

...Seriously?

Language:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

Very Strong Language: Infrequent uses of D**n.
  
Kyle: Hawke is being sarcastic. Just so that you know.

Hawke: Totally being sarcastic.

There are some replacement words for swearing, such as a robot telling you to "Hall assets!", another robot exclaiming "Holy scrap!", and "What the frak!"

Drugs/Alcohol/Smoking:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

Nothing.

Spiritual Content:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

--The robots say stuff like "By the Matrix!" "Thank Primus!" One robot even says he feels another's presence through the Matrix.

Scary Stuff:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy
--Matrix and Matrices are also mathematical in nature, so that's pretty creepy.

Morality:

Abysmal Bad So-so Okay Good Very Good

Robots killing robots. The enemy side fights for domination, but the good side only fights them in self-defense.

The leader of your side is portrayed as a selfless hero, so he may be a positive role model.

Thoughts & Impressions:


What it's about: Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots does battle with the EVIL Megatron of the Decepticons, so that the Autobots can get off the planet.

Stuff explodes.

Quality Verdict: I didn't think much of this game, to be honest.
The game is NOT bad, hear me out. It had a lot of varied environments and it was entertaining to watch, it had explosions and robots rearranging themselves, it was entertaining to watch, it had varied explosions......it was entertaining to environment....entertaining to explode....to watch....had explosions....rearranging robots....

...and that was about all. The game also features an infuriating cliffhanger that answered none of your questions. 

But for what the game was worth, pre-teen boys will sure love to play it. Especially since it does have a lot of characters to play as, and it's never boring.



It's just robots fighting robots. Sometimes it gets brutal, but it's all far removed from reality.

Some may take concern that the game involves "Shapeshifting" robots, as referenced in the title. Be assured that the "Shapeshifting" and "Transformation" isn't occultic in the least bit.

It's like a piece of machinery rearranging itself to act like another piece of machinery.

If the game involved shapeshifting HUMANS on the other hand, that would have been a different story.

So all in all, the game is rated:

Verdict: Average (12+)

For Sci-Fi Violence Between Robots and some Moderate Spiritual References.

Outro:

Hope you guys liked the peek back into the past with Hawke!

Next week, we are going to take a look at a rather famous game as I have been teasing for quite a while now.

You'll see what it is next week. :)

Goodbye for now!   

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