* AwesomeMusic: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=4LALfYOMk6c The Humbling River]] is atmospheric, dark, moody, powerful, and perfect for the first trailer in the darkest Transformers game ever created.
** The game itself has great tracks as well.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: [[spoiler: The Lever Transformer that appears during Jazz's chapter. You attempt to use a lever, it transforms into a robot that dances around for a minute, a door behind it (containing a lot of Energon shards) blows up, and it transforms back into a lever.]]
* DemonicSpiders: ''Shotgunners''. Fast, heavily armored, and more than capable of getting up in your face and executing you with a point-blank shotgun blast before you even know what hit you.
** And that's to say nothing of the Guardians in Cliffjumper and Starscream's levels. Identifiable by their gray plating and green lights, they rove about looking for an enemy to blast. The best way to kill them is to cloak (there's a reason they only appear when you're playing a character with that ability) and sneak up behind them, then perform a quick execution attack. But if you draw their ire, then welcome to ''die''. They transform and pummel you with a brutal series of blasts more than capable of smashing your shields before you even know what's happening, and even if you re-cloak, it becomes very difficult to get them to go back to their docile form. They're killable, but it's an endeavor. Taking on one is antsy but doable, but taking on a squadron of them is suicide, full stop. And yes, they will chase you into different rooms. Thankfully, they can't follow Cliffjumper into the vents nor can they follow Starscream if he flies off.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Metroplex was able to pull this off do to being a giant OneManArmy [[spoiler: and crushing Megatron]]. Grimlock was practically designed to be this with, being every bit as much a badass in the game as the lead planned for him to be.
* EvenBetterSequel: It takes everything that worked in ''War for Cybertron'' and refines it into a more narrowly focused thrill ride that puts you into some amazing set pieces. While ''War'' had a decent story, the co-op campaign forced them to generic-ize the characters and their abilities. This game actually puts you the the controls of a specific character and you get some very dynamic experiences because of it.
* GameBreaker: The Thermo Rocket Cannon with its firepower and lock-on/homing abilities, so much so that the first patches to the game nerfed it.
* GeniusBonus: The Earth in the holograms does not show a contemporary Earth. It's in the process of forming individual continents as Earth really was at the time of the dinosaurs.
* HellIsThatNoise?: The voices coming from the Insecticons.
* {{HSQ}}: Metroplex in the new trailer, just ''wow''.
** In-game, [[spoiler: Megatron prepares to destroy the Ark, but Metroplex has none of that and ''pulverizes'' the Decepticon leader.]]
** Preforming an execution on an [[GiantMook insecticon]] [[MonsterMook bruiser]] while in Grimlock's dino form, which has him pick the thing's head off, and keep in mind these are are bigger than he is while he's in robot mode.
*** That's almost tame compared to how he can [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice execute]] [[KillItWithFire a Leaper]].
** Let's be honest: you'll be stuck with an expression of awe for about half of the game. What happens is simply epic.
* ItsTheSameSoItSucks: Not in the sense that it's like War For Cybertron, but like the video game tie-in of Dark of the Moon, which had single-player levels that "focused" on making the playable Transformers unique. Hopefully, High Moon will manage to cure this problem.
** To note, it was the removal of co-op that got to most people.
** The same could be said for some the tie-ins with WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime.
*** Although some folks changed their tune when they learned that said tie-ins would result in the Dinobots appearing in Prime.
* MemeticMutation: '''"METROPLEX HEEDS THE CALL OF THE LAST PRIME"''' and variations of it have become popular with Transfans.
* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler: When Optimus sees that Megatron is as desperate for energon as the Autobots, he proposes a truce to resolve their mutual problem. Megatron refuses, [[NeverMyFault blames Optimus for everything]], and insists that [[ItsAllAboutMe he alone]] is Cybertron's future, swearing to kill Optimus and the Autobots.]]
** Shockwave's experiments cross this, as he surgically rips apart and rebuilds whoever he experiments on.
*** To make it worse, he keeps them functional and aware while he tears them apart and rebuilds them. While most of the Dinobots seemingly don't remember, [[AndIMustScream Grimlock does]].
* MostAnnoyingSound: "Hurry Grimlock, Snarl can't take much more of this!" It wouldn't be so bad if not for the fact that he says that almost '''every''', '''singe''', '''time''', Snarl loses health. Also, Sharpshot's taunts whenever Grimlock takes damage, which is likely intentional.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Opinions on Optimus Prime's new design are mixed at best. Megatron's have been slightly better received, though.
* TooCoolToLive:[[spoiler: Metroplex]].
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The trailers (VGA World Premiere and E3) are by DigitalDomain. One of the effects studios of the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movies. [[Film/TronLegacy It's kind of expected]] [[Film/RealSteel from these guys]] [[Film/TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo at this point]].
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