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A video game based on the {{Transformers}} franchise, simply known as '''Transformers''', but with the working title of '''Prelude To Energon'''. Released in 2004 and developed by the Australian Melbourne House team, the game is a third person shooter, specifically based upon the ''TransformersArmada'' series, but not taking place within the same continuity. The basic premise is quite simple and not that indifferent from the show; after fleeing the Autobot/Decepticon war on Cybertron, the Mini-cons are located one million years later. Knowing that they could help turn the tide of the war, both factions head to Earth in order to retrieve them. The player has the opportunity to take control of one of three Autobots; Optimus Prime, Hot Shot and Red Alert, as they explore the many environments across the world searching for Mini-cons. Along they way, they meet opposition from the Decepticons. Once found, the Mini-cons can upgrade the abilities of the Autobots and be manually assigned by the player to mix-and-match a whole set of firepower or defensive capabilities.

Despite a few bugging criticisms, like somewhat repetitive game play, the small roster of characters and sometimes high difficulty level, the game was very well received by both fans and critics alike and until ''TransformersWarForCybertron'' was released, was often considered to be the best Transformers game made. It also became one of the highest selling games on the PS2, ranking as the 6th highest selling game at the time.

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!! This game provides examples of:

* AdaptationDistillation
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: You can actually unlock un-aired [=PSAs=] from the G1 series, complete with the Trope Naming CatchPhrase.
* AlwaysABiggerFish: After Megatron is defeated, the scene shifts to a peaceful view of Cybertron, [[spoiler: where Unicron's shadow appears over it]].
* BattleshipRaid: The Mid-Atlantic stage.
* BigBad: Megatron.
* CharacterSelectForcing: Cyclonus is far easier to fight with Hot Shot than the others, due to his alt form being short enough to put him underwater, and thus away from Cyclonus' fire.
* CloningBlues: The new army the Decepticons use in the game are called Decepticlones.
* DegradedBoss: The Heavy Unit is the FirstBoss of the game, and a GiantMook thereafter.
* FrickinLaserBeams: One of Tidal Wave's attacks.
* FriendlyFireproof: You can run over your Mini-con buddies and blast them all you like, it's not gonna hurt them.
** [[WreakingHavok It will send them flying quite a distance, however.]]
* HeyItsThatVoice: Red Alert is not only an Autobot, he's also the [[DigimonFrontier Digimon Warrior of Metal]] and [[FairlyOddParents Timmy Turner's Fairy Godfather]]. His actor, DaranNorris, later gained a recurring role in WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime as Knockout. He's also on [[ActingForTwo double duty]] as Cyclonus.
** [[GIJoeRenegades Tunnel Rat]]'s Unicron; while both GaryChalk and DavidKaye reprise their roles as Optimus and Megatron, respectively.
* MeteorMove: Megatron grabs the player's Autobot of choice, jumps about as high as the rim of the volcano they're fighting in, and piledrives his victim into the ground.
* MythologyGag: There are a number of references to ''TransformersTheMovie''.
** In one of the opening cut scenes, upon Optimus Prime's seeming defeat and the Decepticon victory over conquering Cybertron, Megatron gloats to a helpless Optimus "I would have waited an eternity for this. It's over, Prime!" - The same line [[TransformersGenerationOne the original Megatron]] uttered when he seemingly defeated his Optimus.
** When he first shows up, Starscream tells you to "Prepare for extermination!" - A line most famously used by G1 Devastator.
*** He also uses G1 Starscream's "There's no escape!" and Megatron's "I'll rip out your optics".
** Optimus's words that "Unicron must be stopped, no matter the cost!" are a direct reference to what G1 Optimus said before fighting Megatron the animated movie.
** The only weapon capable of hurting Unicron in the game is the Matrix Cannon. In the movie, Unicron was destroyed by the Matrix Of Leadership.
** Unicron's FamousLastWords in the game upon being destroyed are the exact same words he uttered upon being destroyed in the original film; "Destiny... You cannot... Destroy... my destiny!"
** After Unicron is destroyed and Cybertron restored to peace, "T'il all are one!" is spoken by Optimus.
*** Optimus might also say that when you choose him in the Character Selection screen.
** Ultimately, one of the game's weaker points was recycling about 50% of their dialog from TransformersTheMovie.
* NoWaterproofingInTheFuture: One of the most blatant examples ever. Get into water as high as your character's head-level and your health and energy bars will drop like a stone.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: While the show ''tries'' (with hit or miss results) to show that the Autobots' Minicons are friends while the Decepticons' Minicons are slaves, the game skips over all of that, making it seem to the uninitiated that the game is all about who can enslave more 'bots first. [[http://ps2.ign.com/articles/512/512473p1.html At least one review has noticed this.]]
* SaveTheVillain: Optimus tries to do this with [[spoiler: Megatron, when the latter is about to fall into the lava beneath his platform, but Megatron refuses to be saved and allows himself to fall]]. Which is a reference to his death in ''TransformersArmada'', where he lets himself fall into Unicron's black hole.
* SceneryPorn: Stages tend to be expansive and beautiful, and will usually have at least one very high vantage point to show that off.
* TheStarscream: Starscream in this game is actually more along the lines of his traditional character than the [[TransformersArmada specific version he is based on]]. For instance there's this exchange when Optimus demands Megatron's location so they can finish the war.
-->'''Optimus Prime''': This is the end Starscream. I want Megatron!
-->'''Starscream''': Then get in line.
* UnitsNotToScale: Averted with Tidal Wave.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: What you get when you cross unsuspecting enemy Mooks, expansive mountain terrain, and a tractor beam?
** So here you are on one side of a large clearing or empty chamber. On the other side, a group of unsuspecting Decepticlones. [[CarFu Go ahead, you]] ''[[CarFu know]]'' [[CarFu you want to]]....
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Demolisher was planned to play a sizable role, but he was dropped from the plot entirely.
** The game was also planned to have had a sequel based upon ''TransformersCybertron'', which was a few months into development, but then [[ExecutiveMeddling Atari moved the studio onto another project]], which cancelled the sequel.
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A video game based on the {{Transformers}} franchise, simply known as '''Transformers''', but with the working title of '''Prelude To Energon'''. Released in 2004 and developed by the Australian Melbourne House team, the game is a third person shooter, specifically based upon the ''TransformersArmada'' series, but not taking place within the same continuity. The basic premise is quite simple and not that indifferent from the show; after fleeing the Autobot/Decepticon war on Cybertron, the Mini-cons are located one million years later. Knowing that they could help turn the tide of the war, both factions head to Earth in order to retrieve them. The player has the opportunity to take control of one of three Autobots; Optimus Prime, Hot Shot and Red Alert, as they explore the many environments across the world searching for Mini-cons. Along they way, they meet opposition from the Decepticons. Once found, the Mini-cons can upgrade the abilities of the Autobots and be manually assigned by the player to mix-and-match a whole set of firepower or defensive capabilities.

Despite a few bugging criticisms, like somewhat repetitive game play, the small roster of characters and sometimes high difficulty level, the game was very well received by both fans and critics alike and until ''TransformersWarForCybertron'' was released, was often considered to be the best Transformers game made. It also became one of the highest selling games on the PS2, ranking as the 6th highest selling game at the time.

----
!! This game provides examples of:

* AdaptationDistillation
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: You can actually unlock un-aired [=PSAs=] from the G1 series, complete with the Trope Naming CatchPhrase.
* AlwaysABiggerFish: After Megatron is defeated, the scene shifts to a peaceful view of Cybertron, [[spoiler: where Unicron's shadow appears over it]].
* BattleshipRaid: The Mid-Atlantic stage.
* BigBad: Megatron.
* CharacterSelectForcing: Cyclonus is far easier to fight with Hot Shot than the others, due to his alt form being short enough to put him underwater, and thus away from Cyclonus' fire.
* CloningBlues: The new army the Decepticons use in the game are called Decepticlones.
* DegradedBoss: The Heavy Unit is the FirstBoss of the game, and a GiantMook thereafter.
* FrickinLaserBeams: One of Tidal Wave's attacks.
* FriendlyFireproof: You can run over your Mini-con buddies and blast them all you like, it's not gonna hurt them.
** [[WreakingHavok It will send them flying quite a distance, however.]]
* HeyItsThatVoice: Red Alert is not only an Autobot, he's also the [[DigimonFrontier Digimon Warrior of Metal]] and [[FairlyOddParents Timmy Turner's Fairy Godfather]]. His actor, DaranNorris, later gained a recurring role in WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime as Knockout. He's also on [[ActingForTwo double duty]] as Cyclonus.
** [[GIJoeRenegades Tunnel Rat]]'s Unicron; while both GaryChalk and DavidKaye reprise their roles as Optimus and Megatron, respectively.
* MeteorMove: Megatron grabs the player's Autobot of choice, jumps about as high as the rim of the volcano they're fighting in, and piledrives his victim into the ground.
* MythologyGag: There are a number of references to ''TransformersTheMovie''.
** In one of the opening cut scenes, upon Optimus Prime's seeming defeat and the Decepticon victory over conquering Cybertron, Megatron gloats to a helpless Optimus "I would have waited an eternity for this. It's over, Prime!" - The same line [[TransformersGenerationOne the original Megatron]] uttered when he seemingly defeated his Optimus.
** When he first shows up, Starscream tells you to "Prepare for extermination!" - A line most famously used by G1 Devastator.
*** He also uses G1 Starscream's "There's no escape!" and Megatron's "I'll rip out your optics".
** Optimus's words that "Unicron must be stopped, no matter the cost!" are a direct reference to what G1 Optimus said before fighting Megatron the animated movie.
** The only weapon capable of hurting Unicron in the game is the Matrix Cannon. In the movie, Unicron was destroyed by the Matrix Of Leadership.
** Unicron's FamousLastWords in the game upon being destroyed are the exact same words he uttered upon being destroyed in the original film; "Destiny... You cannot... Destroy... my destiny!"
** After Unicron is destroyed and Cybertron restored to peace, "T'il all are one!" is spoken by Optimus.
*** Optimus might also say that when you choose him in the Character Selection screen.
** Ultimately, one of the game's weaker points was recycling about 50% of their dialog from TransformersTheMovie.
* NoWaterproofingInTheFuture: One of the most blatant examples ever. Get into water as high as your character's head-level and your health and energy bars will drop like a stone.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: While the show ''tries'' (with hit or miss results) to show that the Autobots' Minicons are friends while the Decepticons' Minicons are slaves, the game skips over all of that, making it seem to the uninitiated that the game is all about who can enslave more 'bots first. [[http://ps2.ign.com/articles/512/512473p1.html At least one review has noticed this.]]
* SaveTheVillain: Optimus tries to do this with [[spoiler: Megatron, when the latter is about to fall into the lava beneath his platform, but Megatron refuses to be saved and allows himself to fall]]. Which is a reference to his death in ''TransformersArmada'', where he lets himself fall into Unicron's black hole.
* SceneryPorn: Stages tend to be expansive and beautiful, and will usually have at least one very high vantage point to show that off.
* TheStarscream: Starscream in this game is actually more along the lines of his traditional character than the [[TransformersArmada specific version he is based on]]. For instance there's this exchange when Optimus demands Megatron's location so they can finish the war.
-->'''Optimus Prime''': This is the end Starscream. I want Megatron!
-->'''Starscream''': Then get in line.
* UnitsNotToScale: Averted with Tidal Wave.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: What you get when you cross unsuspecting enemy Mooks, expansive mountain terrain, and a tractor beam?
** So here you are on one side of a large clearing or empty chamber. On the other side, a group of unsuspecting Decepticlones. [[CarFu Go ahead, you]] ''[[CarFu know]]'' [[CarFu you want to]]....
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Demolisher was planned to play a sizable role, but he was dropped from the plot entirely.
** The game was also planned to have had a sequel based upon ''TransformersCybertron'', which was a few months into development, but then [[ExecutiveMeddling Atari moved the studio onto another project]], which cancelled the sequel.
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7th Oct '12 6:03:36 PM Grobi
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* HeyItsThatVoice: Red Alert is not only an Autobot, he's also the [[DigimonFrontier Digimon Warrior of Metal]] and [[FairlyOddParents Timmy Turner's Fairy Godfather]]. His actor, DaranNorris, later gained a recurring role in TransformersPrime as Knockout. He's also on [[ActingForTwo double duty]] as Cyclonus.

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* HeyItsThatVoice: Red Alert is not only an Autobot, he's also the [[DigimonFrontier Digimon Warrior of Metal]] and [[FairlyOddParents Timmy Turner's Fairy Godfather]]. His actor, DaranNorris, later gained a recurring role in TransformersPrime WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime as Knockout. He's also on [[ActingForTwo double duty]] as Cyclonus.
16th Aug '12 12:08:26 AM Shotoman
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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: While the show ''tries'' (with hit or miss results) to show that the Autobots' Minicons are friends while the Decepticons' Minicons are slaves, the game skips over all of that, making it seem to the uninitiated that the game is all about who can enslave more 'bots first. [[http://ps2.ign.com/articles/512/512473p1.html At least one review has noticed this.]]
7th Jul '12 1:58:04 PM Sheora
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Despite a few bugging criticisms, like somewhat repetitive gameplay, the small roster of characters and sometimes high difficulty level, the game was very well received by both fans and critics alike and until ''TransformersWarForCybertron'' was released, was often considered to be the best Transformers game made. It also became one of the highest selling games on the PS2, ranking as the 6th highest selling game at the time.

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Despite a few bugging criticisms, like somewhat repetitive gameplay, game play, the small roster of characters and sometimes high difficulty level, the game was very well received by both fans and critics alike and until ''TransformersWarForCybertron'' was released, was often considered to be the best Transformers game made. It also became one of the highest selling games on the PS2, ranking as the 6th highest selling game at the time.



* EnsembleDarkhorse: Red Alert gained a bit more popularity following the release of the game.



* GoddamnedBats: The beast-like drones you first encounter in the second Amazon stage: About as fast as you are, have the nasty habit of throwing you around in close combat, and have a gun-disabling ranged attack that they're smart enough to fire about a second after their ''previous'' shot has worn off.



** In one of the opening cutscenes, upon Optimus Prime's seeming defeat and the Decepticon victory over conquering Cybertron, Megatron gloats to a helpless Optimus "I would have waited an eternity for this. It's over, Prime!" - The same line [[TransformersGenerationOne the original Megatron]] uttered when he seemingly defeated his Optimus.

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** In one of the opening cutscenes, cut scenes, upon Optimus Prime's seeming defeat and the Decepticon victory over conquering Cybertron, Megatron gloats to a helpless Optimus "I would have waited an eternity for this. It's over, Prime!" - The same line [[TransformersGenerationOne the original Megatron]] uttered when he seemingly defeated his Optimus.



* SceneryPorn: Stages tend to be expansive and beatiful, and will usually have at least one very high vantage point to show that off.

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* SceneryPorn: Stages tend to be expansive and beatiful, beautiful, and will usually have at least one very high vantage point to show that off.



* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: Averted. The game is actually pretty dang good.


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7th Jul '12 1:56:08 PM Sheora
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* UnitsNotToScale: Averted hard with Tidal Wave.

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* UnitsNotToScale: Averted hard with Tidal Wave.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Demolisher was planned to play a sizeable role, but he was dropped from the plot entirely.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Demolisher was planned to play a sizeable sizable role, but he was dropped from the plot entirely.
6th Feb '12 4:04:35 AM philipnova798
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* HeyItsThatVoice: Red Alert is not only an Autobot, he's also the [[DigimonFrontier Digimon Warrior of Metal]] and [[FairlyOddParents Timmy Turner's Fairy Godfather]]. His actor, DaranNorris, later gained a recurring role in TransformersPrime as Knockout.

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* HeyItsThatVoice: Red Alert is not only an Autobot, he's also the [[DigimonFrontier Digimon Warrior of Metal]] and [[FairlyOddParents Timmy Turner's Fairy Godfather]]. His actor, DaranNorris, later gained a recurring role in TransformersPrime as Knockout. He's also on [[ActingForTwo double duty]] as Cyclonus.
** [[GIJoeRenegades Tunnel Rat]]'s Unicron; while both GaryChalk and DavidKaye reprise their roles as Optimus and Megatron, respectively.
3rd Dec '11 7:52:36 PM wolftickets1969
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* SaveTheVillain: Optimus tries to do this with [[spoiler: Megatron, when the latter is about to fall into the lava beneath his platform, but Megatron refuses to be saved and allows himself to fall]].

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* SaveTheVillain: Optimus tries to do this with [[spoiler: Megatron, when the latter is about to fall into the lava beneath his platform, but Megatron refuses to be saved and allows himself to fall]]. Which is a reference to his death in ''TransformersArmada'', where he lets himself fall into Unicron's black hole.
30th Oct '11 10:22:22 AM captainmarkle
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* HeyItsThatVoice: Red Alert is not only an Autobot, he's also the [[DigimonFrontier Digimon Warrior of Metal]] and [[FairlyOddParents Timmy Turner's Fairy Godfather]].

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* HeyItsThatVoice: Red Alert is not only an Autobot, he's also the [[DigimonFrontier Digimon Warrior of Metal]] and [[FairlyOddParents Timmy Turner's Fairy Godfather]]. His actor, DaranNorris, later gained a recurring role in TransformersPrime as Knockout.
26th Mar '11 4:59:43 PM SAMAS
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* CharacterSelectForcing: Cyclonus is far easier to fight with Hot Shot than the others, due to his alt form being short enough to put him underwater, and thus away from Cyclonus' fire.
15th Jan '11 10:27:47 PM MisterDT
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*** He also uses G1 Starscream's "There's no escape!" and Megatron's "I'll rip out your optics".


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**Ultimately, one of the game's weaker points was recycling about 50% of their dialog from TransformersTheMovie.
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