Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
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A good Transformers game has good transforming and good robot-blasting. Rise of the Dark Spark has neither.
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.
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.
While far from the worst Transformers game, Rise of the Dark Spark's interesting ideas are eclipsed by bland action and frustrating design.
A shameless cash-in attempt is only redeemed by passable cooperative multipayer
Rise of the Dark Spark is a colossal failure
Offering no more than meets the eye, Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark is just a shallow, frustrating, and incoherent third-person shooter.
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.
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.
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.