Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
Developed by Edge of Reality
Published by Activision
*We Must Retrieve the Dark Spark*
Rise of the Dark Spark starts after the events of Dark of the Moon with Optimus Prime, Bumblebee & Drift witnessing a purple meteor hurtling to the earth. After investigating they find an ancient Cybertronian relic known as the Dark Spark which gives the user the ability to bend the universe and its inhabitants to their will. After defeating the Mercenaries guarding it, the Autobots encounter and fail to stop the Bounty Hunter; Lockdown from stealing the Dark Spark. The perspective then changes to Cybertron which continues the continuity of the Cybertron Series of games. On Cybertron, Megatron sends Soundwave, Starscream & Shockwave to find the Vault that contains the Dark Spark to wipe out all of the Autobots for good however in a last chance attempt, Optimus rallies the Autobots including Jazz, Cliffjumper & Ironhide to name a few in a final stand against the decepticons for their home.
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark is a third person shooter/Action Adventure title set in the Transformers Universes of both the Cybertron series created by High Moon Studios and the Movie series created by Micheal Bay. The game allows you to control either an Autobot or a Decepticon depending on the campaign mission in the game however each Transformer has their own distinct features such as the vehicles they can transform into such as Optimus who can transform into a Truck and Grimlock who can transform into a Dinosaur however each character also has unique skills such as the ability to grapple or the ability to summon a decepticon drone to assist you in battle. Each character has 2 primary weapons in the game however these weapons can be switched out at certain points in the game such as when you encounter a weapon laying around on the floor or when you come across equipment stations where you can choose from the variety of weapons you unlock as the game progresses aswell as upgrading them. You can also equip boosts to your character in the form of hacks which give your characters exp. boosts however make the game slightly harder such as only giving you a shield for every enemy you kill or making the enemies generally tougher; Another Boost comes in the form of different skills which you unlock as you level up in the game that allow you to gain more exp by performing multiple combos to get a kill multiplier aswell as other different skills such as summoning attack and medic drones. The game also has a decent leveling up system which spans across both single player and multiplayer modes which not only makes your character more powerful but also unlocks special boxes which unlock multiple goodies for your disposal such as multiplayer characters, weapons, hacks, skills and credits to name a few. The Multiplayer is also quite fun and while it can be done solo its highly recommended to play with others. Rise of the Dark Spark only has one multiplayer mode called Escalataion which plays like a typical wave survival mode where you have to survive against swarms of cpu enemies from the opposing side of whichever faction you chose. All in all, The gameplay for Rise of the Dark Spark is on par with the other Cybertron titles.
The Sounds of Rise of the Dark Spark are ok however they do sometimes sound like generic pieces of music used in other futuristic action/sci-fi video games out there. The voice acting of Rise of the Dark Spark is brilliant with the ever so talented Peter Cullen reprising his long running roll as Leader of the Autobots; Optimus Prime aswell as many other talented voice actors including Troy Baker (Jazz/Jetfire/Kickback), Nolan North (Bruticus/Cliffjumper), Travis Willingham (Onslaught/Sideswipe) and Fred Tatasciore who reprises his role as Megatron. All in all, The Music is Ok but the Voice Acting is fantastic.
The graphics in Rise of the Dark Spark are decent with the sharp imagery really sticking out on the locations and transformers themselves however (Bear in mind I was playing on PS4) at times the visuals looked as though they had been downgraded to a PS3 version of the game which was disappointing.
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark is a game worth replaying quite a bit of the time as the more you level up through playing the game; The more goodies you unlock such as different characters, weapons and more. In addition to this the game has multiple objectives you can complete and have to in order to get full trophy percentage/gamerscore and some of these can be difficult; Especially a mission in which you must rescue Cliffjumper without the use of any turrets. This adds a challenging element to the game and makes the game worth replaying.
All in all, Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark is a fantastic entry in the Transformers game series and is a worthy successor to both the Movie games and the Cybertron games. The game has loads of memorable and less memorable transformers characters to choose from and the difficulty of trying to accomplish all the tasks for trophies/achievements gives the game a lot more difficulty making this a generally good game.
My Score = 8/10
- Great Story
- Fantastic Voice Acting
- Great Gameplay
- Enjoyable Multiplayer
- Nearly every customizable feature
- Plenty of Replayability
- Sometimes feels like Generic Third Person Shooter
- Graphics sometimes feel downgraded
- Music is not too memorable
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark is available now from all good retailers. Thanks go to Activision for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let me know what you thought of the review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Reddit & YouTube.
Review by Matt McNamee