The Autobots and Decepticons are back in action via a cool new SRPG from Coatsink. I recently had the opportunity to play Transformers: Battlegrounds and I'm impressed so let's dive a little deeper into what to expect for the upcoming release.
The first thing that I noticed while playing Transformers: Battlegrounds is just how genuine of an experience it is. For starters, it features a large cast of characters including Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Windblade, and plenty of devious Decepticons; some of which I didn't even recognize. As if that's not cool enough, the voice cast is excellent and as far as I know, all of the actors are the same ones that portray the characters in the animated series. Meanwhile, the visual style is surprisingly bright and colourful with authentic albeit simple character models that really pop. This aesthetic may put off more mature fans of the franchise who would prefer a grittier presentation but it'll definitely appeal to kids and the young-at-heart. For the record, I enjoyed the visuals and I'm looking forward to seeing what they look like on my TV. Plus, there are 4 unique environments to fight within that each feature their own selection of battle maps.
I know what you're thinking; how does it play? Well, Transformers: Battlegrounds is typical of a turn-based SRPG and it incorporates a cover mechanic that's similar to the one in XCOM. However, Transformers: Battlegrounds is much less demanding gameplay-wise although it features an impressive collection of distinct mechanics that help set it apart from similar games. For example, as you fight, you'll fill an Energon gauge that can be used to deploy a special attack by using 50% or 100% of your Energon. You also have an array of skills that use up different amounts of action points so choosing the best course of action can still provide a hearty challenge.
Transformers: Battlegrounds also distinguishes itself as a promising SRPG by boasting accessibility and variety. One interesting decision is that attacks are guaranteed to hit which should take a lot of frustration out of the equation. That being said, status ailments are still inflicted with chance so there's still some level of unpredictability. You'll also be able to control a variety of Autobots who each possess their own unique skill set and movement capabilities so becoming accustomed to how they handle is a big part of the fun. Speaking of variety, there seems to be at least a few mission types such as standard matches, survival missions, and boss fights. Oh, and it's cool that you can mow down fences, streetlights, and other objects by simply running through them which is oddly satisfying to watch.
Transformers: Battlegrounds releases on October 23, 2020 (which is also my birthday) for Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam so look forward to battling Decepticons via an accessible, unique, and fun-filled SRPG formula.