Transformers: Dark of the Moon- Stealth Force Edition
Finally, a Transformers game solely focused on vehicular mayhem. Wait...what?
It sounds crazy: a Transformers game that prevents you from transforming. What's more, a Transformers game focused on vehicular combat. That's the premise behind Activision and Behaviour's Transformers: Dark of the Moon- Stealth Force Edition for 3DS. While it looks impressive, the decision to prevent fans from turning Optimus Prime from a truck into a hulking robot (and back) may cripple the game's appeal.
Stealth Force Edition features an original story that serves as the prologue to the upcoming Michael Bay film, detailing the origins of Shockwave, Megatron's Decepticon assassin.
That said, and from what we've heard, players cannot transform into a robot and plow through opponents. Instead, they'll complete 18 vehicle based levels filled with high octane combat as one of seven playable characters, including Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, Ironhide, Soundwave and the 3DS/Wii exclusive character, Lockdown; there are four Autobots and three Decepticons.
From there, they'll waste the competition using a plethora of weapons, defense systems and advanced targeting capabilities as they dodge enemy fire through a variety of unique locales, such as North America and a Siberian military facility.
It certainly has potential, but we can't help but feel that Stealth Force Edition seems unfinished. The fact that the franchise tagline is "robots in disguise" drives home that point.
On the flip side, the publisher's decision to focus on one facet of play instead of shoehorning additional content into the game may pay dividends down the road, so long as the missions are enjoyable. Of course, the lack of multiplayer (even locally) is a huge letdown.
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon- Stealth Edition debuts June 14. Expect a review shortly after its release.