The new “Fall of Cybertron” gameplay trailer isn’t really a gameplay trailer, is it?
Recently, a gameplay trailer for the sequel to Half Moon Studio’s game “Transformers: War for Cybertron” was released. War for Cybertron was a game not without faults, but by no means was a bad game. Judging from the trailer to the new game, it doesn’t look like much is going to change.
The trailer, while rather exciting, doesn’t really seem to have much in the way of the “gameplay” department, which is sorta important since this is a gameplay trailer. This seems to be becoming a trend in the video game industry, where a compilation of in-game cinematics are shown and called gameplay, which isn’t exactly very enlightening. Nothing in this trailer gives me the impression that Fall of Cybertron will do anything differently from the original game other than sometimes it’s going to be daytime. That doesn’t really do much to excite your potential players, does it?
Another thing I seem to notice from this trailer is a problem that was very present in the original game and from what I understand was a very common complaint: the Transformers themselves are very muted metallic tones with glowing parts, and the environments are also very muted metallic tones with glowing parts that move around. This was a big problem in the original, where it was very difficult to discern an enemy from an enthusiastic piece of scenery. It doesn’t look like Fall is doing much to change that, unfortunately, with even busier and more colorful environments for me to lose the drones of both factions in. Time will only tell if this issue will be present in-game since the gameplay trailer contains no actual gameplay, but I’m not holding my breath for this to change.
Being a nerd for Transformers, I am hoping that I’m wrong with these first impressions of the “gameplay,” but I can’t help but be cautious and critical when the best Transformers game to come out in years can be easily dismissed as being, as a friend of mine put it, “worth a rent if Blockbuster still existed anymore.” Like I said, time will tell.