Finally they have done it. Forget the movie games, if you can even call them games. This is where it's at and this is what all Transformers fans should own! Instead of tying themselves down to the movie plot lines, the games developers have chosen to tell the story of the fall of Cybertron. There are hints of G1 everywhere, but most importantly, Prime is voiced by Peter Cullen. So you can get all teary eyed when he says "Autobots, roll out!".
The game uses the Unreal engine, so it has the same look as Gears or Batman. Which is no bad thing. The Autobots and Decepticons have all been re-designed, but they still kinda look like the G1 versions which is awesome.
The game is set before the original Transformers series and animated movie, but during the course of the game you will see plenty of nods to the cartoon. Which had me beaming from ear to ear as I was playing through it.
The controls are easy to get to grips with, clicking down on the left stick transforms your character into vehicle form. At which point your character will go to a default hover mode which is present even in the land vehicles. Pressing L1 will boost you forward and then you will either get aircraft or car controls with the right stick. It probably sounds more complicated than it is, but don't worry because it works perfectly.
There are loads of weapons from machine guns, rocket launchers to mounted guns that can be ripped off and carried a'la Halo.
The single player game is split between Autobot and Decepticon, and you can play them in the order you choose. Both follow the same plotline, but you see it from the two perspectives. I can't fault the plot at all, and I love how you are always playing alongside two other Tranformers, who usually bicker with each other or shout out when they get a kill. It all adds to the atmosphere. The two characters that are with you can also be controlled by a second and third player during co-op.
Multiplayer is really well rounded too. You can play in a "Horde" style game where you have to last as long as you can against wave after wave of enemies, or you can play classic death matches/team death matches etc. There is XP to be earnt in multiplayer and your chosen class will earn new abilities as time goes by which allows you to customize them to your own play style. If you wanna sneak around and stealth you can with a Scout (Which is basically Bumblebee). There are others to experiment with and I'll let you find them out for yourself. I don't know a great deal about what they offer as I have been playing my Scout to death! ;)
All in all I couldn't be happier with this. The single player could have been a bit longer, but just ramp up the difficulty or go hunting for all the Auto/Decep symbols, that should slow you down. Even if you do complete it quickly, the multi-player and co-op options will have you coming back for more. It's great fun, get it, play it, love it!