Sorry your review is a bit off CVG
This is an amazing game even if your not a Transformers fan, the weapon and character level up system is a great idea making progression feel like a real achievement considering how weak you first start out as. Also because the stats are carried over a second and third playthrough enable you to look for collectables easier without getting your backside handed to you.
The level design is more open, theres some great exploration elements to find hidden blueprints and weapon storage lockers/audio logs and everything makes you feel like your on a large world like Cybertron.
The attention to fans is second to none from the great one liners quoting episodes to the names of the achievements which are mostly the names of Generation 1 US and UK comics, the fact that they quote ROBOT MASTER shows these are real fans not Michael Bay wanabees. Also when you find the lever that transforms and dances like carlton from fresh prince of bell air you will cry with laughter, but theres so many other things to enjoy as well like how JAZZ moves, talks and especially transforms and Shockwave is in there too so golf claps all round.
The multiplayer is simply out of this world, most people on it are useless however and completely lack any notion of teamwork when it comes to escalation which is the real jewel in the crown of the game, however with a mic and the ability to tell people what to do makes for a great evenings play.
Conquest mode and capture the flag are also highly entertaining, the mode where you have to return life sparks to your base is kinda neat but nobody right now is playing it
A lack of co-op campaign however is a serious mistake, its what made the first game so stunning and its why this game is not as good overall but even without it its still one of the best releases of the year along with games like Kingdoms of Amalur.
This game should not be compared to Gears of War, the comparison CVG mentions comes from the fact that they both feel clunky, with Transformers however this feels right because they are huge bulky robots, Gears just feels fat and ugly and sorry to offend but is rubbish compared to this, although Horde mode on Gears is something Transformers should have completely robbed lol lol lol. If you have to play this game from cover then your just bad at it, the energon shields and combat drones help you wipe out the enemy without ever having to run away.
Overall if your a fan of Transformers this is a solid 9/10 because of the quality of the game, the longevity due to multiple playthroughs and the stunning escalation modes and the fan attention it recieves, if you just like third person shooters then its a solid 8 if your playing it on your own and an 8.5 if playing escalation etc online.
On no planet in any universe is this game in the 7's, my advice for everyone is to put down FIFA and COD for 5 minutes and go try something cooler and more fun right now.......... Thats an order!!!! lol lol
I would have waited an eternity for this............ It's over Prime!!