Transformers: War for CybertronPC, PS3, X360/$39.99-$59.99/June 22
Whether your source of Transformers lore is the classic 1980s cartoon or the live-action flicks, you know all too well of the battles that the Autobots and Decipticons waged on Earth. The question is, how did it all begin back on Cybertron? Well, wonder no longer, because that's the plot of Activision's latest third-person robot blast-fest, "Transformers: War for Cybertron."
The game's single-player mode is actually split into two full campaigns... one where you control the Autobots and one for the dastardly Decepticons. Throughout the story, you'll encounter a cavalcade of familiar faces including fan favorites Megatron, Optimus Prime and Soundwave. If the battle becomes too much for you and your AI-driven partners, just have your friends pick up their controllers and wage war together. If your friends decide to quit playing, they can drop out as easily as they joined, allowing the AI to once again take over their roles on the battlefield.
Multiplayer modes are also available, allowing you to create your own Transformer with its own chassis, class, weapons, skills and add-ons. As you gain victories in combat, your robotic character will grow, gaining new skills and abilities. Familiar modes of play include the ever-popular Deathmatch and Conquest, while newcomers Code of Power and Countdown to Extinction add to the online fun.
Media Link: "Transformers" airs Saturday, June 26, on TNT.
TNA Impact: Cross the LineDS/$29.99/June 22
Hulk Hogan is back and ready to dole out the leg drops and body slams as you attempt to dominate the ring one last time. If the Hulkster and his shirt-ripping antics aren't your cup of tea, try out any of the other legendary wrestlers available in the game, including Sting, Mick Foley and Kurt Angle. Game modes include just about everything from basic exhibitions to more complex and story-driven modes such as Bound for Glory and Victory Road. In Bound for Glory, you must relive all of the infamous TNA drama as you make friends and enemies. In Victory Road, you'll fight alone or in pairs with the single hope of rising to the top.
With the many shoddy wrestling titles that plague discount bins everywhere, it's hard to believe a portable version of the sport could contain any depth of play or vast roster. Thanks to the dedication of SouthPeak Games, it looks as if "TNA Impact: Cross the Line" may change how you feel about the genre.
Media Link: TNA Wrestling airs Thursday, June 24, on Spike TV.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times