I liked Transformers: Fall of Cybertron but probably for very different reasons than most people. I’ve never seen the Transformers show. My only knowledge of the franchise comes from the Michael Bay movies, and those take place in a kind of alternate universe. Much of the hype and praise for the High Moon developed Transformers games stems from their attention to detail and canonical link to the original cartoon. So how do they appeal to those with no knowledge of the cartoon? As it turns out, Fall of Cybertron might work best as a standalone story. The less you know about Transformers in general, the more dramatic the game becomes.
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron tells a very somber tale. It’s a story about a civil war fueled by such unrelenting hate that it literally drains the planet of its energy, and even as the world falls apart around them, both sides desperately try to kill each other. What makes it so somber is its willingness to kill off major character on both sides of the conflict.