Another year, another Transformers flick from "Mr. Explosions" himself, Michael Bay.
While we enjoyed the first film to a certain degree, we’ve lamented how lackluster the following two sequel films have been. With a new leading man in the human savior of Earth role, the inclusion of the awesome Dinobots and some exciting trailers, we’re going to go out on a limb here and say Transformers: Age of Extinction might be a decent box-office spectacle.
Before you make a move to the theaters for this latest robots vs. robots romp on the big screen, you’re going to have to prepare for it the right way. In order to truly experience the explosive action, deep backstory and signature robots of the Transformers franchise, you’ll need to play these 5 games.
GAMERS, ROLL OUT!
Transformers: War for Cybertron
If you’re going to start off playing a few Transformers games, then you gotta start with the best. High Moon Studios had the enviable task of creating a truly awesome game that did right by the long history of the Autobots/Decepticons war. Thankfully, the studio made a surprisingly quality 3rd-person shooter that featured a who’s-who of classic Transformers. Playing on both sides of the war led to players getting to roll out with Optimus Prime, Air Raid, Megatron, Rumble and many more classic characters. The strong single-player campaign, Conquest multiplayer mode and fully realized planet of Cybertron makes War of Cybertron simply the best.
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
Once you’re done getting the full backstory on the war between the two Transformers factions, you’ll enjoy understanding the fall of their beloved planet. The campaign changes things up a bit by giving you specific bots to take control of during each proceeding mission. The same solid 3rd-person gunplay and fun multiplayer modes from this game’s predecessor returns, plus some new Autobots/Decepticons make an appearance. Now you’ll get to run around a nearly destroyed Cybertron with Grimlock, Kickback, Ultra Magnus and more. You’re going to want to pick up this game for the Dinobots level. Trust us.
Transformers Armada: Prelude to Energon
Better known simply as Transformers on the PS2, this incredibly fast-paced shooter takes it plot from the Armada animated series. With three selectable Autobots (Optimus Prime, Red Alert and Hotshot), you’ll run around some wide levels and blast some Decepticon junk into nothingness. The implementation of Mini-Cons added a cool wrinkle to the game that allowed you to equip your bots with special abilities. This is one of the more slept-on releases in the Transformers series. Do yourself a favor and find a copy of this underrated shooter. Get rid of Megatron and make sure the Mini-Cons are safe from his wrath.
DreamMix TV World Fighters
So this Japanese-only, crossover franchise fighter’s roster is beyond weird. Konami, Hudson and Takara grouped up their best characters and threw ‘em into a melting pot of 3D battles. Your choice of selectable faces include – White Bomberman (Bomberman), Simon Belmont (Castlevania), Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid), Yugo (Bloody Roar) and more. So what does this game have to do with Transformers, you might ask? Well, you can totally kick everyone’s ass as Optimus Prime (Convoy in Japan) and Megatron. It will feel real good when you get to stomp on dudes faces with the two most badass “Robots in Disguise.”
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
In order to get properly ready for the 4th Transformers film, you’ll need to adopt the latest past-gen/next-gen console release – Rise of the Dark Spark. High Moon Studios wasn’t commissioned to develop this game, but it’s clear to see that the look and feel of their two past games have been adopted here. The world that exists within the games and the films have officially been mashed together, so both version of your favorite Transformers are present. Escalation mode is back, and the 3DS version is a cool strategy-RPG spinoff title. Recover the Dark Spark, then go see some stuff blow up in Age of Extinction.
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