Video games based off movies and TV shows are usually sad train wrecks. These two somehow manage to make it to their destinations on time.
‘Transformers: War for Cybertron’
Console: Xbox 360/PS3
Children of the ’80s rejoice. Transformers are back, but this time without the hackneyed hand of Michael Bay. “Transformers: War For Cybertron” acts as a prequel of sorts for the original cartoon series. It features many of the original characters and their voice actors. The presentation is through the roof, allowing play as either a heroic Autobot or a dastardly Decepticon.
The action is fast, frenetic and allows you to transform on the fly. It’s clear that a lot of love was poured into this license.
‘Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4’
Console: Xbox 360/PS3/Wii
Company: Warner Bros.
The books that taught dorky kids how to read and the movies that taught cool kids how to pretend to read are back. This game turns Potter and the gang into toy building blocks and takes them through the events of their first four years at Hogwarts. It’s a loving homage to the series and a game that fans can really wrap their, um, wands around.
The game plays a lot like “Lego Batman,” “Lego Star Wars” and the rest. You control a bevy of franchise characters, fight enemies and collect Legos — lots and lots of Legos. “Potter” skirts some of the repetition issues that plagued previous Lego titles via engaging puzzles and an engrossing spell system. Add to that cooperative multi-player, familiar locales and over 100 characters to collect, and you’ve got one heck of a reason to empty out your Gringotts checking account.