Fall of Cybertron Tomorrow/War For Cybertron Today

The fourth best Decepticon. Can you correctly identify which I believe to be the top three?

I suspect Peter Cullen could tell me he’d just murdered my mother, eaten my cat in a sandwich and set fire to my feet and I’d feel impossibly comforted, just so long as he did it in his Optimus Prime voice. It’s that and many more giant robot-based, entirely unbreakable associations with childhood joy and wonder which means I’m excited to a slightly alarming degree about the sequel to a distinctly average action game. Launch trailer below, and, perhaps more usefully, some details on how to make the previous game, War For Cybertron, a whole lot less bland.

Ad hominem swipes aside, I returned to Transformers: War For Cybertron last week to refresh my memory ahead of this week’s Fall of Cybertron, and it did seem more peppy than I’d remembered it to be.

What helped hugely with that were three mini-mods that unlocked the framerate and FOV, which were otherwise clamped down to a sluggish 30fps and stifling tunnel vision respectively, brightened up some of specular highlighting, sharpened textures and upped physics effects, and introduced anti-aliasing (instructions at that last link do work despite being for a completely different game). Bit of a fiddle to get it all in there, but once done it was done and resulted in a game that didn’t feel like anywhere near such a sombre, treacly trudge. Couldn’t stop the final boss fight from being a waking nightmare, of course.

As a high-speed robo-action game with what were now reasonably dramatic and crisps vistas, Cybetron became a far more agreeable tourist destination. I encourage you to check those tweaks out if you already own the game, they do make a surprising degree of difference for such weeny alterations. Here’s a screenshot I took with everything on – click for a 720p version. Can’t turn the colours up, sadly, but it’s a lot sharper and more distinct.

Hopefully Fall of Cybertron PC will be spared such sins – with the PC port having been passed to a dedicated second dev rather than being left as an afterthought for High Moon, my hopes are fairly high. As for the game itself, the recent console demo didn’t suggest a huge departure from WFC but did seem a bit more high-budget, while the wide range of promised characters would seem to imply greater variety. Anyway! VERY DRAMATIC launch trailer below. Unlike WFC, it has colours, which I’m very excited about.

In a break from miserable, pointless, monopolising tradition, the PC version of Fall of Cybertron in the UK looks as though it will be available day and date, via Steam, with the US release tomorrow. Stinky console-folk will have to wait until Friday. Who would have thought Activsion, of all people, would be the ones to get with the digitally-distributed, no-oceans times, daddio?

Now, who wants to buy me a Masterpiece Soundwave? Go on, they’re only £150 including postage.


  1. Dominic White says:

    That SMAA injector is a lovely piece of work. Used it in a whole bunch of games. It’s a post-processing AA effect that looks almost as good as 4xFSAA but has about a quarter of the framerate cost.

    link to mrhaandi.blogspot.fr

    The fact that it’s free and widely available technology makes it all the more baffling that a lot of games coming to PC have first-gen post-processing AA that effectively blurs the entire image.

    • Alec Meer says:

      yeah, it’s pretty hot. FXAA seems to be replacing everything lately at the moment, I guess cos of console support, but this looks a lot nicer.

  2. Smarag says:

    I definitely prefer gameplay over graphics, but the models do looks pretty shitty.

  3. Mashakosha says:

    Soundwave has to be in your top 3. Maybe Wreck-Gar and Grimlock as the other two?

    • Alec Meer says:

      1) I said Decepticons
      2) *Wreck-Gar?* Good grief, next you’ll be telling me Wheelie’s cool.

      • Lemming says:

        Some of my favourite dialogue from the first game (obviously, apart from all of it) is the banter between Starscream, Thundercracker and Skywarp.

        Oh, and:

        1. Soundwave
        2. Soundwave
        3. Soundwave

  4. MerseyMal says:

    Thanks for the article, Alec. Have this game in my Steam pile of shame.

  5. dontmakelemonade says:

    Giant robot/car things have never looked so good!

  6. YogSo says:

    1- Soundwave
    2- Galvatron
    3- Devastator

    • Alec Meer says:

      2/3 right, 1/3 in the right place.

      • Dunbine says:

        Clearly, Megatron. Is there really anyone out there who actually prefers Galvatron to Megatron?

        Edit: Apparently, I stand corrected.

        • YogSo says:

          I always thought Megatron looked like an ugly old woman, so any change to him was for the better, imo. But I’ll concede that the gun transformation was better than Galvatron’s ‘cannon’.

        • mondomau says:

          Megatron over Galvatron? Please:

          a.) Galvatron was voiced by Leonard ‘pure gravelly-voiced awesome’ Nimoy in the movie*.
          b.) He straight up murders that whiny little bitch Starscream upon his return to the Decepticons.
          c.) He transforms into a space gun. A space gun.

          ’nuff said.

          *That’s right, the movie. There was only one movie and it was made in the 80s.

          • Dunbine says:

            Wow, a lot of love for Galvatron around here. Maybe it’s a British thing?

            Anyway, for me Galvatron and his ilk of “the” movie corresponded with the end of my childhood love affair with the Transformers, so besides being an ugly purple guy, he does nothing for me (with the significant caveat that the Nimoy thing is admittedly pretty cool. But, c’mon, Orson Wells in his last role? That trumps Nimoy.)

            Besides, he killed Starscream, my favourite. That takes a few decades to get over.

        • BellyFullOfHell says:

          Possibly because in the UK we got the best Transformers story ever in the form of Target:2006. The US comics and stories seemed really ropey in comparison.

    • Rei Onryou says:

      1. Shockwave
      2. Galvatron
      3. Soundwave

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    Buzko says:

    Soundwave, Laserbeak and Ravage?

    Megatron, Astrotrain and Shockwave?

    Thundercracker, Devastator and Bruticus?

    • Surlywombat says:

      Astrotrain is perhaps the best character created in fiction in the history of anything ever. I mean its a steam train that turns into a robot AND A SPACE SHUTTLE.

  8. StarchildHypocrethes says:

    1. Starscream
    2. Soundwave
    3. Blitzwing

  9. Dunbine says:

    For me:
    1. Starscream
    2. Rumble
    3. Blast Off (an odd one, but I played him in the old Transformers MUSH back in the 90s).

    Next runner up is Swindle.

  10. McDan says:

    1. Soundwave (of course)
    2. Galvatron
    3. Shockwave.

  11. TsunamiWombat says:

    1. Soundwave
    2. Starscream
    3. Optimus (or megatron, if it has to be a decepticon)

  12. MonkeyMonster says:

    Yoinks! Bish Bash Bosh

    1. Jetfire/Skyfire
    2. Blitzwing – I had him
    3. Hotrod

  13. wererogue says:

    1. Wrong
    2. Wrongo
    3. Wrongy

    It’s clearly a trick question, since Starscream is the best Decepticon.

  14. StAUG says:

    Is this better than War for Cybertron? I got that on PS3 and it was shithouse.