The main Single Player Campaign in Transformers Prime: The Game
takes a couple of cues from recent console entries. You control the main Autobots and play through missions highlighting their skill sets. The amount of variety between the heroes isn’t massive – so no Jazz grappling hook levels – though there’s enough of a difference to keep things interesting.
If you aren’t a regular viewer of the show, the plot is confusing, at least at first. All you really need to know is Megatron is trying to revive a big time follower of Unicron, and you need to stop him. Ultimately, the story is just shepherding you through the game’s levels, which are the main attraction. Levels are linear and involve fighting packs of Decepticons, though how you approach each fight will differ based on your Autobot. For instance, Bumblebee’s levels are built around his speed and ranged combat abilities, so you’ll spend most fights weaving through cover in shootouts. Optimus, on the other hand, is a flat-out brawler, leading to more melee fights.
During levels, you can also look for artifacts, which unlock extras in the gallery. Another bit of replay value comes from level rankings. At the end of each level, you are graded based on how much damage you took, how many collectables you found, and other parameters. High ratings are for more than just show; snagging a high rank will unlock multiplayer goodies.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to check out the multiplayer components with real humans, so I can’t speak on whether or not they’re worth your time. All I can say is that three match types are available -- Brawl, Energon Match and Emblem Match – and that each mirrors familiar multiplayer match types. Brawl, for instance, is Deathmatch while Emblem Match is a capture/ control match type.
For as much as Transformers Prime: The Game’s levels offer, there isn’t a whole lot to the game in terms of length. I was able to get through most of the game in a few short sittings. Higher ranks are a big draw, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t replay a few areas in pursuit of an "S" rank, but players who aren’t into rank chasing or multiplayer may not get their money’s worth on the campaign alone.