Beast Wars: Transformers
Transformers eh! The old ‘robots in disguise’? Yes, they’ve been brought out of retirement, given a makeover, and sent off to continue the battle against evil once again.Well, the good ones are battling against evil, the evil ones are obviously battling against good, but I digress.
These ‘new look’ transformers also have new names. In the old days it was the ‘Autobots’ versus the ‘Decepticons.’ Now though it’s ‘Maximal’ versus ‘Predacon’. There is probably some drawn-out convoluted reason for the change, possibly involving aeons of robot battle… or perhaps some marketing exec just decided he didn’t like the old names.
Anyway, for the purposes of the game, the Maximal robots are the ‘good guys’, and the Predacon robots the ‘bad guys.’ Playing for the good guys we have: Optimus Primal (robot who transforms into an ape), Cheetor (who transforms into a crisp… sorry, a Cheetah), Dinobot (a dinosaur) and Rhinox (who transforms into… guess what? A rhino). On the away team are: Megatron (dinosaur), Scorpinok (a Scorpion), Inferno (an ant) and Tarantulus (turns into a spider).
Immediately upon start-up, you need to choose your affiliation, either Maximal or Predacon, and this choice will affect your choice of robots and your mission specifications.
Initially you’ll be able to choose from two missions, giving you a total of four (two for each affiliation) with more missions becoming available as you complete the first ones. Once you’ve selected your mission, you need to choose your robot.
DO YOU HAVE THAT IN RED?
After viewing each transformer’s energy and stats and selecting the most appropriate warrior robot for the task, you’re sent to the drop point to start the mission.
Gameplay takes place from a secondperson perspective – directly behind your chosen ‘bot (oo-er!), in a similar style to MDK and Lone Soldier. As you progress through your chosen mission, you’ll encounter flying… er, ‘things’, gun turrets, natural hazards and of course, enemy transformers. Your ‘bot can run, jump, shoot and transform his way around the landscape, and each transformation mode has a specific use.When in beast mode, for example, you can’t shoot anything, but you run faster and your energy seems to charge up more rapidly.
Doors and energy fields will bar your way, and need to be opened by making use of obvious and not so obvious switches and triggers. Missions tend to have a transformers universe ‘theme’ throughout. For instance in one of the early Maximal missions you must prevent the Predacon’s extraction of ‘Energon’which is damaging the environment. How about that? An environmentally-friendly game!
The main criticism of BeastWars would have to be the difficulty. Even on the easy difficulty, you’ll find your transformer constantly getting blown to bits after about 30 seconds. However, once you’ve mastered not getting killed immediately you’ll find BeastWars Transformers quite an enjoyable romp, although its not in the same league as MDK, not by a long shot! Nothing more than average.