Platinum Games' Transformers Devastation has finally been released, and it's taken a lot of people by surprise. It's an entertaining Generation One Transformers title that looks just like the original cartoon series. If you're interested in taking the plunge and want to know how to get the most out of the game – especially at higher difficulty levels – stay tuned.
Energon Cubes and Credits
Credits and Energon Cubes can be earned by pretty much doing everything in the game. Smash enemies, destroy cars and generally do what you're asked, and credits and Energon Cubes will be garnered in the course of battle. Just make sure you break and destroy everything you can – because both can be found in just about any breakable object.
While melee weapons play an important part of the game, oftentimes you need to use ranged weapons to be able to take down enemies who are flying above you, or are off in the distance. The game does have an auto-aim option, but if you have it on, you might notice that it doesn't always seem to target the enemy. On top of that, some weapons have recoil effects which further compromise auto-aim.
We recommend that you use manual aiming, or if you really want to use auto-aim, ensure that you constantly re-center your reticule by pressing L1 or LB so that you can precisely aim your ranged weapon.
Basically, pressing those buttons auto-aims, but then you can finesse the reticle my moving it manually. Get into the habit of pressing L1 or LB repeatedly as you fire your ranged weapon so that you're constantly aiming at your target. This is the best method of targeting enemies, particularly with weapons that have a lot of recoil.
Keep an eye out for hovering circular switches, which you can hit to reveal an item cache, or further switches that will eventually lead you to one. Take note – they don't remain active for very long, so once you hit one, quickly look around for the next switch or item cache and tag it immediately. If you don't do it quickly enough, the chain will reset, and you'll have to start over at the main switch.
You can activate switches with both melee and ranged weapons – and sometimes you'll need to use a ranged weapon because you won't be able to close the gap quickly enough to hit it with a melee weapon before it resets. So be prepared to use a combo of both melee and ranged weapons to complete the sequence.
Combos are listed in the pause menu. It's important that you know all the combo options, because you need to be able to counter everything enemies throw at you. For example, if you're attacking an enemy, look out for the flash that indicates it's about to attack you. If you're about to execute a combo that ends in a vehicle attack, you might instead want to change that to a different one that doesn't end in a vehicle attack.
Vehicle attack combos usually have a short delay when you use them to attack. The moment you press R1 or RB to initiate a vehicle attack, you're unable to dodge until the attack animation is complete. That's when an enemy can swoop in a hit you, which can sometimes have fatal consequences. It's therefore imperative that you keep a close eye on the situation, and gauge when an enemy is about to attack you, and instead wait for them to do so and dodge them before executing a combo move.
So bottom line, use combos smartly, and don't just mash the combo button.
Repair Kits are very useful for replenishing your health when it's low. What you need to be careful of, however, is waiting too long before using one. When your character's health bar runs out, it will go through a death animation during which time it cannot be healed – but you can still use a Repair Kit. This will waste it, and your character will still die. Therefore keep an eye on your health, and ensure that you only use Repair Kits at a time when you're not likely to get hit and killed.
If you want to create the best weapons in the game, you need to use weapon synthesis. We've created an article specifically about this to help you out. If you're interested in reading more about it, click on this text.
At the start of the game, you can't select a playable character, and instead play specific characters, starting with Optimus Prime. When you get far enough into the game – which doesn't take long, fortunately – you're able to select the Autobot you'd like to control at the start of each level.
Each Autobot fights a little differently, and each one has its own unique abilities – and we'll be covering those in an upcoming article that we'll link to from here.