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The 10 Best Transformers Games of All Time, Ranked

ByJohn Y. White

Sep 2, 2022

at Hasbro Transformers has to be one of the greatest toy lines and entertainment franchises of all time. The titular robots in disguise were at their peak (pun intended) in the 1980s, when the mind-blowing innovation of toy vehicles that could transform into robots swept the world, along with a mega-popular animated television series and a epic movie. Then the franchise had a second wave starting in 2007, with Michael Bay’s blockbuster on the concept. The Transformers The franchise has also spawned many video game spinoffs over the years, some of which are really good. Others…well, they belong in the junkyard. Here are the ten best.

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10) Transformers: Revenge of the Dead

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is the second, and one of the best, games based directly on Michael Bay Transformers movies. It was far from great, but it was competent enough to extend your enjoyment of the movie. it gave you Transformers, and it gave you great destructible environments where you fight as a robot and ride as a vehicle. Multiplayer was actually pretty passable too, although it wasn’t well populated for long.

9) Transformers: Battlegrounds

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While Michael Bay is still manufacturing Transformers movies, the live-action franchise is well past its peak of popularity, and gaming industry heavyweights are no longer interested. Activision’s exclusive license expired at the end of 2017, paving the way for smaller companies to sign modest one-game deals with Hasbro. The best of this bunch is Transformers: Battlegrounds, which is a solid, albeit fairly ordinary, turn-based strategy game that suits the franchise quite well. If you have ever wished for a cross between Transformers and Front Mission, that’s probably as close as it gets.

8) Transformers: Human Alliance

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Believe it or not, Sega has been making small arms games since 1974. Some of them have grown into decent sized franchises, like Lethal Enforcers, Virtua Cop, and House of the Dead, but there have been plenty of them. others, including a lot of crossovers with other franchises. Transformers: Human Alliance is one such title, and it’s very similar to many other Sega small arms games, which is to say it does what it does well, but is very stereotypical. It’s the kind of arcade machine you’ll have fun with more than a few dollars worth of games, but you’re not going to come back to it again and again.

7) Transformers Prime: The Game

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After the first Michael Bay films were eliminated, Activision turned its Transformers sights on other opportunities, with Nintendo platforms providing a natural home for games based on new animated shows that themselves built on the success of films. These DS and Wii versions were consistently, and surprisingly, decent. The only thing Transformers Prime really got was that it figured out that a different individual Transformers suit different play experiences. So while none of Transformers Prime’s playstyles were great on their own, there was enough switching between brawling, shooting, driving, flying, and exploring to avoid let it all get boring.

6) Transformers Autobots/Decepticons

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While PlayStation, Xbox, and PC gamers suffered from Transformers: The Game boredom, Activision took a different, less painful approach to the Nintendo DS. They figured that if Nintendo could simultaneously release multiple versions of the same game with Pokemon and Nintendogs, then they could do the same with Transformers. Splitting the Autobot and Decepticon campaigns into separate products is quite greedy, given that many other Transformers the games include both in the same package. But at least the games themselves were better than Transformers: The Game.

5) Animated Transformers: The Game

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Among the new wave of Transformers Television And Film Franchises, Animated transformers was in many ways the most faithful to the original 80s version. It was colorful, cartoonish, funny, aimed at kids, and had the same great theme music. This game adaptation also benefited from being aimed at a younger audience. While most “adult” games emphasized action and violence, and therefore usually got repetitive fairly quickly, Transformers Animated was more about exploration, puzzle solving, and adventure. It accomplished all of the above reasonably well.

4) Transformers

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In the early 2000s, live-action Transformers blockbusters were still just a twinkle in Michael Bay’s eyes, and the 80s felt like a very long time ago. So when Atari announced that it was working on a Transformers game loosely based on Armada Transformers, the animated series keeping the franchise alive at the time, the collective response from the gaming community was, “Cool, but…why? But then the game came out and it was really, really good. Nothing fancy, but exactly the kind of third-person shooter (with driving bits) that the source material deserved.

3) Transformers: Devastation

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On paper, PlatinumGames and Transformers are a perfect match, and the combination has also worked very well in training. The Japanese super-developer specializes in fast-paced, fun action games with a proud retro streak, and that’s what Transformers needed after too many laborious and clunky movie links. PlatinumGames is also clearly a big fan of the 80s Transformers TV show, comics and toys, and that love shines through every minute of Transformers: Devastation.

2) Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

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Transformers: Fall of Cybertron was pretty much a “more or less the same” sequel to War for Cybertron, which isn’t a bad thing, but does mean it didn’t surpass its predecessor and didn’t took the top spot on this list. There were more weapons, upgrades, and abilities, and level design was changed, all in an effort to make playable characters more distinct from each other. Basically, it was much the same kind of fast and fun third-person shooter as its ancestor.

1) Transformers: War for Cybertron

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While everyone expected PlatinumGames’ take on the Transformers franchise to be good (and you could say maybe it should have been even better than it was), Transformers: War for Cybertron was much more of a surprise. Its release was sandwiched between the second and third Michael Bay films, and players were already suffering Transformers fatigue related to the game. But everyone who played War for Cybertron really enjoyed it. There was nothing exceptional or original here, but it was polished and well-designed, and it never got boring. It’s just a shame that since Activision Transformers license expired, you cannot download War for Cybertron anywhere.