Transformers: Devastation is a Transformers game whose time has come, mainly because it brings the franchise back to what made it so great in the first place: the larger-than-life, bold, colorful characters of G1 and their personalities. Sure, the fact that it comes to us from PlatinumGames, one of the leaders in hyper-stylized third-person combat certainly helps. Over the weeks since its announcement at E3, details have been slow to trickle out, and we’ve been consuming these details silently, with anticipation for what comes next while we patiently await the opportunity to grab a controller and take command of our favorite Autobots as we wage our battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons.
In the meantime, we’ve had the pleasure to chat with Game Director Kenji Saito at PlatinumGames Inc. and Lead Producer Robert Conkey at Activision, who both graciously took the time to answer our questions about the game. Here’s our interview!
G1 Transformers fans have a few weeks left till they can get their hands on Transformers: Devastation. In prep for this, we’ve been treated to a new trailer showing off the playable Autobots and their over-the-top fighting styles! Interestingly enough, we see multiples of the same Insecticon (Kickback), which could help explain why the Insecticons seem to still be around after being converted to Swoops in The Transformers: The Movie.
We’ve featured The Cybertronic Spree on here before for one of their original songs. Here they return to the most iconic of Transformers songs (outside of the actual theme) with a fun rendition of “The Touch,” which was originally performed by 80s anthem superstar Stan Bush. Released ahead of their second anniversary show, the video shows the band in their element: some kind of weird shiny room where they’re free to ham it up for the camera.
The Transformers cover band The Cybertronic Spree are known for performing the entire soundtrack to the 1986 animated film, The Transformers: The Movie as characters from the film. It’s a sight to behold. Their YouTube videos offer but a small glimpse of what their live act is all about (unfortunately these videos don’t capture their banter and zany antics as well as we’d like – but this fantastic food column about them does).
“Deceptifunk,” if the video is to be believed, was written by Decepticons Soundwave and Rumble (who happen to be members of the band and have seemingly no problem working with Autobots, Spike the human, a Quintesson, and Unicron). And it’s as deceptively catchy as the video is hilarious.
So it’s a song about Soundwave, by Soundwave, and in checking with G1 Transformers lore, the lyrics totally check out as legit. Enjoy!
G1 Transformers fans have a lot of reasons to celebrate this week thanks to some great announcements coming out of SDCC including the news a Transformers: Combiner Wars series from Machinima aimed at an older audience as well as a new trailer for PlatinumGames Inc.’s Transformers: Devastation.
This time we’re treated to a lot more gameplay action and can see how the combat will involve both melee attacks and heavy transformation attacks. Among the transformers we see in action are Autobots Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Wheeljack, and Sideswipe. We get to hear Frank Welker as Megatron, and see Shockwave, some seekers, and a bunch of other Decepticons causing trouble.
For people of a certain age and disposition, the above line will instantly ring with Frank Welker’s menacing rasp from the 1980s Transformers cartoon.
While the franchise’s big bad guy has had dozens of toys representing him over the years, none of them perfectly recreated the original silver centurion we know and love in the cartoon and comic books. This changes with 2015’s Leader Class Megatron.
The Stunticons. Left to right: Drag Strip, Dead End, Motormaster, Breakdown, Offroad.
The Stunticons are what you might get if you infused the cars from The Fast and the Furious with the personalities of the cast of Entourage. Impulsive and violent, the team consists of Drag Strip, Dead End, Breakdown and Offroad, led by Motormaster, a big truck with a purple face who sometimes plays dangerous games of Road Chicken with Optimus Prime.
The four Deluxe-sized team members are all constructed in more or less the same way, since they can form any arm or leg or any Combiner Wars giant. Everyone is extremely possible, and their car-to-robot transformations are mostly easy to understand. Flip out the arms, extend the legs, and pop open the hood to show an impressively sculpted head.
The first two waves of Combiner Wars figures tap into an important part of The Transformers history. In the beginning, the heroic Autobots were the cars who turned into robots, and the evil Decepticons had a small army of jets.
The two factions flipped the convention with these combiner teams. The Aerialbots are sky-high good guys, and the Stunticons are dangerous street racers. They’re also some of the most well-known combiner teams, merging to form Superion and Menasor, respectively.
First released in 1985, they’ve now been resurrected and brought up to par with the quality of design and complexity you’d expect of a Transformers toy 30 years later.
The concept is as brilliant as the execution is adorable. The characters are painted on purple three-sided blocks, with one of their transformations depicted on each side. This makes these pieces more interactive than your traditional painting, as anyone looking at them will certainly want to “play” with them to appreciate all their sides. The Decepticon insignia embedded in their end caps is a nice touch!
More images, and a video of the triple changers below: