It Would Be Like Call Of Duty, But You Would Only Control A Leg

It Would Be Like Call Of Duty, But You Would Only Control A Leg

Would you play a multiplayer video game in which you only controlled one limb of a character, while your friends controlled the others? What if, I asked a developer of a Transformers game, it was Devastator’s leg?

Don’t expect to play the role of Scrapper or Mixmaster any time soon.

While multiplayer gaming is huge in video games, while team-based multiplayer has been popular for years, and while Kotaku was recently told that this summer’s Transformers: War For Cybertron game will have some sort of currently unannounced, crowd-pleasing competitive multiplayer modes, you probably won’t be teaming up with friends so you can play as a leg.

This is not a random suggestion nor a bizarre omission. In the mid-1980s, Hasbro’s Transformers toy line evolved from a collection of robots that turned into vehicles to a collection that included six robots that could merge into a bigger robot. The Constructicons were a bulldozer, a cement mixer, a dumptruck and other acid green vehicles that, aside from transforming into Decepticon robots, could merge into the mighty Devastator.

If you’re going to get serious about a multiplayer mode in a Transformers game, then why not let six players on a squad merge into Devastator?

Matt Tieger, lead designer of the War for Cybertron games, said that this is an idea his team has thought of, but it doesn’t seem like it would ever work. Consider the gamer who would play as the Mixmaster of Scrapper, the Constructicons who formed Devastator’s legs. Said Tieger: “They guy who is the kneecap, what does he do?”

What, indeed, would the leg guy do? Other than walk? Maybe it wouldn’t be fun. Devastating.

For what will actually be in the War For Cybertron games – which we’re told, only include robots that turn into a vehicle; no triple-changers, no Headmasters and probably no Pretenders – check out last week’s eyes-on previews of the console and DS games in action.



  • Transformers Generation 1 Combiners are the best thing ever invented in the history of the world. Predaking being the sickest of the sick.

    • Two words for you….

      Robot Dinosaurs.

      Just kidding…kind of. I still remember watching the first time you see Devistator in the show. I was only about 6 or so. Blew my mind.

  • This is like an issue still going on in the Star Trek Online forums- people who want/demand to be able to play a crewmember instead of captain of the ship, think newbies should be forced to party with other players on an older player’s ship before they earn the right to captain their own, etc.

    I can’t imagine it being fun. At all.

  • I think Mr Waffle has it right, in that no game has yet to offer a co-operative experience of even controlling a single vehicle, let alone the limbs of a character.

    Although i have never played Star Trek online, I think ship to ship combat could work really well. Where different people have different roles and only when they work together are they effective.
    Captain issues orders like selecting desitnations, painting targets, releasing the fighter squadrons and sending out boarding parties. Could also micromanage crew, aka 60% at weapons/40% on repairs.
    Pilot flies the main vessel.
    Gunners would obviously shoot the primary and secondary weapons, and aim for the targets painted by the captain.
    Figher Pilots would partake in the dog fights between smaller ships, trying to defend the main vessel, could have different classes of fighter ships for added variety.
    Boarding Parties would lead the assault once boarded an enemy vessel, allowing for close quaters corridor shoot outs, much like most standard FPS’s and attempt to plant bombs or even take over the enemy vessels.
    Boarding repellers would obviously defend against such things, while also having other tasks/secondary weapons to operate.

    I think somthing like that layout would really encourage people to work as a team, because everyone would be filling a role that they personally enjoy.
    Really good at twitch FPS shooting? Be on the boarding parties.
    Like controlling the battlefield? Be a captain.
    Like flying? Be a pilot.

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