Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark

Rating Summary

Based on 36 critic reviews
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45

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4.9 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2014

A good Transformers game has good transforming and good robot-blasting. Rise of the Dark Spark has neither.

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8 / 10
Jun 29, 2014

But then, low-level disappointment hangs over Rise of the Dark Spark in a constant fog. It is, at best, a functional shooter that asks little of the player and offers the bare minimum in return. Though it pains me to say it, if there's to be another Transformers game to coincide with the inevitable fifth movie, a little of Michael Bay's bullish mayhem would go a long way in livening up this increasingly dull formula.

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3 / 10
Jun 29, 2014

A terrible backwards step for Transformers games, and a movie tie-in so cynical it tries to cut corners by ripping off its own predecessors.

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Jul 1, 2014

While far from the worst Transformers game, Rise of the Dark Spark's interesting ideas are eclipsed by bland action and frustrating design.

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5 / 10.0
Jul 2, 2014

A shameless cash-in attempt is only redeemed by passable cooperative multipayer

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4.5 / 10.0
Jul 2, 2014

Rise of the Dark Spark is a colossal failure

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4 / 10
Jun 26, 2014

Offering no more than meets the eye, Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark is just a shallow, frustrating, and incoherent third-person shooter.

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4.5 / 10.0
Jul 1, 2014

If you're a die-hard fan of the Transformers film series, I would recommend picking up Rise of the Dark Spark when it's heavily discounted (like, under $10) with a group of friends just to play Escalation. As a side note, the Wii U version doesn't have Escalation mode -- so just avoid buying it altogether.

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Jun 30, 2014

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark feels like a game rushed just to coincide with the movie's release, which ultimately led to a disappointing follow-up to a great game series.

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5 / 10.0
Jul 7, 2014

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark isn't an awful game, but it's a long way short of the bar set by High Moon.

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