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Transformers: Devastation’s combo-heavy gameplay trailer is the footage we deserve

Could this be the Transformers game that gets it right? No longer burdened by the flabby underbelly of the Michael Bay films and allowed free reign of the cult-classic cartoon, not to mention a slick cel-shaded art design, Platinum Games looks like it is having a field-day developing Transformers: Devastation. After seeing the footage in this latest gameplay trailer, critics could call it just another licensed cash-in, but I wouldn’t believe them.

Platinum Games has just the right balance between fun combat and simplistic level design, knowing where the strength of its studio lies: in pure action. Activision’s presser has more.

Long-time Transformers fans know that every single robot-in-disguise has a very specific personality. Grimlock, for instance, probably wouldn’t be described as “neighborly” and Sideswipe isn’t always interested in playing by the rules, but both have a fondness for combat. Optimus Prime, on the other hand, would always prefer a diplomatic solution.

Platinum Games, the developer behind Transformers: Devastation, spent a lot of time trying to match each character’s personality with a complementary fighting style. Bumblebee, for example, attacks faster than any other Autobot, but he sacrifices a fair amount of power. And Wheeljack’s mechanical ingenuity translates into an attack pattern that centers on ranged weapons.

Activision also announced special skins for those who pre-order, gaining access to the characters Nemesis Prime, Red Alert and Goldfire. Three special weapons designed specifically for pre-ordering customers will also be available.

• The Dark Star Saber is a fiercely intimidating blade that radiates waves of dark energy with every swing.

• The Photon Disruptor is an incredibly powerful, shotgun-style weapon that has a short range but deals huge amounts of area damage.

• The twin Golden Hunter is a pair of blaster pistols that causes enemies to drop credits when attacked.

Transformers: Devastation launches on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC on Oct. 6.

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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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