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Transformers Online CBT Review: A New Overwatch MOBA Born for Action

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If you're here to see some Overwatch review, well, you just got jubaited! Welcome to Transformers Online
 
Tencent announced the close beta test two months before the release of the upcoming Transformer movie The Last Knight, for a wonderful celebration and promotion of the film. In comparison to the last close beta test, the CBT offered a redesign of the abilities of all the Transformers and the combat system, so it’s a pretty huge upgrade. Now an open beta is on stage.
 
(new character Arcee released in open beta)

Before I go on any further about this game, let's begin by asking you this:
 

I want you to tell me which one is Transformers OL and which one is Overwatch?
And the answer is...yep you’re right, I'm not gonna tell you.

Now behold, this is not an Overwatch vs Transformers Online comparison article. This is a first impression review on Transformers Online’s gameplay during its close beta test. I will leave you to figure out what the differences are between the two games on your own...

..for the rest of your life.

Let's take a peek at the specs:
 

Guess what, like any other upcoming Unreal Engine 4 games (Dark and Light, Age of Wushu 2), you need 16gb memory! Haha! RIP memory.
Nah, Tencent just wanted to scare ya xD, I can run this baby on an 8gb toaster alright. Hmm, do you smell something burning?

Characters:

Now, most of the character designs is based on the cartoon version:
 
Bringing back any old childhood memory of yours?
(“Well, I’m too old for this s***!”.) No you’re not! Keep reading!

However, there are a few Transformers that come with both movie and cartoon skins like Optimus and Ratchet. They will eventually release more movie skins for the rest of the… aliens. Yes, it’s a fun fact that Transformers were depicted as extraterrestrial living beings.
 
There’s a preview button on the character screen that allows you to switch the transformation back and forth from bot mode to vehicle mode.

Now, I know what you’re thinking - "I can smash that s*** as many times as I want! That will be enough for the entire gameplay!"
 
Game Modes
 
They have different game modes along with different maps:

Escort, Control Points, Death Match, and Assault. You can choose between Quick Play, Play vs Ai, Competitive Play or Custom Game.

Don’t those options remind you of…
 
Ok, alright, let's not go there.
 
The matchmaking takes about 20 seconds during the close beta . There is a quite number of custom games you can find. So I’d say the player population is fairly good. The open beta would be even better.
 
Prematch stuff:
 
Settings: you can adjust your graphic, sound, and controls. This game has decent amount of options provided like you can adjust low, medium, high, ultra along with other detailed graphic options and decent list of screen ratios.
 
Besides from choosing different skins for your character, you can equip runes to make your character stronger. There’s a rune page, you know, something similar to League of Legends. During the CBT, you can store up to two presets and you choose one of them during the character selection stage before diving into the game.
 
Examples of the runes: Increase in melee attack speed, range attack strength, armor penetration, shield cap, energy pool, energy regen rate, etc.

Gameplay

Classes: 
 
Besides how they are divided into different classes, each character’s strength varies in different range attacks. Some are stronger in long range, short range, or melee attacks, etc.
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