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This article is about the Japanese PS2 game. For the English PS2 game, see Transformers (Melbourne House).
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My CG cinematic sequences are about as good as your in-game graphics!

The Transformers: Call of the Future (also known under the name Transformers: Tatakai (Assault)) is a Japanese video game for the Sony Playstation 2 based on the Generation One Transformers series. It was developed by Winkysoft and published by Atlus on October 30th, 2003. After choosing a side, you can take a squad of three Transformers on action missions, gathering numerous new troops along the way.

Even though all of the dialog in the game is in English with an option to set all of the text in the game to English as well, this game was never released in America. The two most likely reasons are Hasbro's lack of involvement with the title, and the game's apparent unanimous panning by critics in Japan.

You know things are messed up when Megatron's voice actor pulls off a better Peter Cullen than the actor who plays Optimus Prime.

Gameplay

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Optimus prime as he appears in the game

The invisible wall seems to have disappeared. Looks like we can't get rid of that wall unless we take care of all of them.

Optimus Prime

Gameplay consists of punching and kicking your way through canyons, hillsides, and roadways where legions of cloned opponents await you. There is very little in the way of creative gameplay and everything gets very repetitive very fast. The environments are very small and closed in, so don't expect to go roaming around on any wayward adventure. You're there to duke it out with the enemy, and that's it.

Setting

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Title for Transformers: Call of the Future

The game's story is set explicitly in (Japan's version of) the The Transformers cartoon continuity, referring to the events of several episodes specifically.

It is (presumably) set in 2003, the year it was released, but also features characters from an alternate future which branched off late in the year 2010 (after "Starscream's Ghost" and "Webworld", but before "The Return of Optimus Prime").

There are some oddities; several Headmasters are present among the 2003 Transformers, and while their existence was not a secret per se, it is odd to see them this early in the timeline.

Story

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Shockwave's reign of terror and destruction!

In the year 2010, Shockwave, who has grown disgruntled with Galvatron's abusive leadership, discovers the Zel Quartz on Zel Samine. Realizing that it is a power source even greater than the Heart of Cybertron,[1] Shockwave implants the Quartz into himself. He stages a one-robot coup and becomes the leader of the Decepticons...until the surging power load fries his systems and he malfunctions, running amok. He destroys much of both the Autobot and Decepticon armies and eventually destroys Cybertron itself before setting out to raze many innocent planets.

Unable to stop Shockwave in the present, Rodimus Prime allies with the Quintessons to send an elite cadre back in time to destroy the Quartz before Shockwave discovers it.

In 2003, both the Autobots and Decepticons detect an explosion caused by the arrival of visitors from the future over Zel Samine and send teams to investigate. Both sides lose contact with their teams. The Autobots send another team consisting of Optimus Prime, Wheeljack and Jazz to investigate, but their shuttle crashes, and Wheeljack learns that an abnormality in Zel Samine's sun causes electromechanical systems to malfunction and drains them of their power. The Decepticons likewise send Soundwave and Starscream (with Megatron arriving later by Space Bridge, a very bumpy ride).

The Space Bridge malfunctions, causing significant damage to the Decepticon ship. The Decepticons lure the Autobots away from their own shuttle in order to steal their supply of energon and use it to repair their own shuttle. Afterwards, both sides skirmish over a series of local power sources, including the wind-power facility on Mount Jaad, the Ranpas Geothermal Plant, and the Mongan Hydroelectric Power Station. Along the way, both sides encounter members of their missing reconnaissance teams.

Both sides also encounter their counterparts from the future: the Autobots Rodimus Prime, Kup, and Arcee; and the Decepticons Galvatron, Cyclonus, and Scourge. Galvatron reveals his identity to Megatron, but lies to him about the Zel Quartz, claiming he rules the universe in the future and it is part of an Autobot doomsday weapon that must be destroyed.

Pursuing stories of items that may be the Zel Quartz, both sides clash over the Gem of Mystery at the Lazalt Ruins, a superhard mineral in a drill bit at Karzite Mine, and a giant crystal formation at the Atalstan gem mine. None of those leads pay off, but the planet's central archive includes reference to a "Zel Stone" which is part of the ELTA power transmission array, matching descriptions of the Zel Quartz exactly.

Both sides stage a climactic confrontation at ELTA (which is either destroyed or kept intact, depending on the winner) to capture the Quartz. After the battle is done, Starscream, who has overheard Galvatron and Cyclonus discussing the Quartz's true nature, rushes in to steal the Quartz for himself, jetting off into space with it.

Unbeknownst to Starscream, the physical structure of the quartz requires the atmospheric and electromagnetic properties of Zel Samine to maintain its integrity. Because he has fled into space rather than installing the Quartz on the planet as Shockwave had (and thus protecting it), the Quartz immediately degrades and becomes powerless. Outside of the atmosphere, exposed to the effects of Zel Samine's star without the Quartz's power to protect him, Starscream drifts powerless, left to contemplate his mistakes.

Their own timeline averted, the future Autobots and Decepticons vanish into sparkles of light, and Optimus Prime and Megatron are left to contemplate what they've learned from the experience.


Autobot Story

In the year 2010, Shockwave, who has grown disgruntled with Galvatron's abusive leadership, discovers the Zel Quartz on Zel Samine. Realizing that it is a power source even greater than the Heart of Cybertron,[1] Shockwave implants the Quartz into himself. He stages a one-robot coup and becomes the leader of the Decepticons...until the surging power load fries his systems and he malfunctions, running amok. He destroys much of both the Autobot and Decepticon armies and eventually destroys Cybertron itself before setting out to raze many innocent planets.

Unable to stop Shockwave in the present, Rodimus Prime allies with the Quintessons to send an elite cadre back in time to destroy the Quartz before Shockwave discovers it.

In 2003, both the Autobots and Decepticons detect an explosion caused the arrival of visitors from the future over Zel Samine and send teams to investigate. Both sides lose contact with their teams. The Autobots send another team consisting of Optimus Prime, Wheeljack and Jazz to investigate, but their shuttle crashes, and Wheeljack learns that an abnormality in Zel Samine's sun causes electromechanical systems to malfunction and drains them of their power. The Decepticons likewise send Soundwave and Starscream (with Megatron arriving later by Space Bridge, a very bumpy ride).

The Space Bridge malfunctions, causing significant damage to the Decepticon ship. The Decepticons lure the Autobots away from their own shuttle in order to steal their supply of energon and use it to repair their own shuttle. Afterwards, both sides skirmish over a series of local power sources, including the wind-power facility on Mount Jaad, the Ranpas Geothermal Plant, and the Mongan Hydroelectric Power Station. Along the way, both sides encounter members of their missing reconnaissance teams.

Both sides also encounter their counterparts from the future: the Autobots Rodimus Prime, Kup, and Arcee; and the Decepticons Galvatron, Cyclonus, and Scourge. Galvatron reveals his identity to Megatron, but lies to him about the Zel Quartz, claiming he rules the universe in the future and it is part of an Autobot doomsday weapon that must be destroyed.

Pursuing stories of items that may be the Zel Quartz, both sides clash over the Gem of Mystery at the Lazalt Ruins, a superhard mineral in a drill bit at Karzite Mine, and a giant crystal formation at the Atalstan gem mine. None of those leads pay off, but the planet's central archive includes reference to a "Zel Stone" which is part of the ELTA power transmission array, matching descriptions of the Zel Quartz exactly.

Both sides stage a climactic confrontation at ELTA (which is either destroyed or kept intact, depending on the winner) to capture the Quartz. After the battle is done, Starscream, who has overheard Galvatron and Cyclonus discussing the Quartz's true nature, rushes in to steal the Quartz for himself, jetting off into space with it.

Unbeknownst to Starscream, the physical structure of the quartz requires the atmospheric and electromagnetic properties of Zel Samine to maintain its integrity. Because he has fled into space rather than installing the Quartz on the planet as Shockwave had (and thus protecting it), the Quartz immediately degrades and becomes powerless. Outside of the atmosphere, exposed to the effects of Zel Samine's star without the Quartz's power to protect him, Starscream drifts powerless, left to contemplate his mistakes.

Their own timeline averted, the future Autobots and Decepticons vanish into sparkles of light, and Optimus Prime and Megatron are left to contemplate what they've learned from the experience

Decepticon Story

Starscream and Soundwave are in the shuttle, which has crash-landed in a cave on Zel. Megatron is absent, as he is on the Space Bridge. There were many instabilities in the route, but they believed it would work. However, when they tried it again, the Space Bridge was broken. Starscream, not wanting to wait for repairs, decides to go where Megatron was supposed to be and find him.

However, when they arrive at his estimated rendezvous point, there is no one there. They are a bit confused, but nevertheless, Starscream decides to pass the time and make himself new leader of the Decepticons. At that very moment, Megatron appears from out of nowhere. He announces that he went off-course, but found that the Autobots were here as well. Megatron then calls Optimus, Wheeljack, and Jazz, and announces that the Decepticons will arrive at their shuttle to destroy them once and for all. However, Wheeljack warns him that they will have to deal with him first. Starscream is confused as to why Megatron alerted the Autobots to their attack. Megatron just states that the Autobots won't try anything tricky if they fight fairly. He then asks if Starscream would like to become an Autobot, as he believes Starscream doesn't trust him. Starscream refuses, stating he'd "rather die". He also suggests that they pick a team and formation for the attack, and Megatron agrees.

Their initial progress across the planet is hindered by an invisible wall, however. Within its confines, they encounter Ironhide and two other Autobots. After the Autobots are defeated, the invisible wall disappears, and the Decepticons realize the direct causal connection: Defeat Autobots, and the invisible walls go away. Following more skirmishes, they encounter Wheeljack. After a long battle, he loses and withdraws, and the trio continue their route.

However, they see a mine field, possibly made by Wheeljack. They manage to get through the it safely, scrap some Autobots and look good all at the same time.

After traveling a great distance, they encounter Optimus Prime. This leads to a long, tough brawl for the Decepticons, but they manage to defeat Prime and the Autobots. Megatron is on the verge of destroying Prime, but the Autobot retreats. Megatron is outraged, but decides to take the energon cubes instead.

Soundwave and Megatron later discuss their views on a U.F.O. Soundwave asks Megatron if he has felt something particularly odd since arriving on the planet. Megatron acknowledges he has, and Soundwave relates the unusual events that have occurred since arriving there. It's almost as if something was trying to cause them problems, so he made a study of the planet. According to his findings, the planet's sun is very dangerous to Transformers. It is constantly beaming electro-magnetic rays which can harm them greatly and cause their energon to evaporate when they are at high altitudes. To complete the repairs on the shuttle, they need to get some energy.

The Decepticons decide to go to the Jaad wind power plant. Starscream believes the mission to be absurd and a waste of time, but Soundwave explains it is not. He also notes the Autobots are already there, but Starscream says this will be no problem: He'll just blast them away. Soundwave, however, shows Starscream how a real subordinate should behave. Starscream eases off for now, believing he'll take care of Megatron soon enough. Soundwave suggests they select a team and formation for the mission.

They head for the power plant. Along the way, they encounter the Autobot Headmaster Brainstorm. Brainstorm retreats after they defeat him and a lot of other Autobots, but once the Decepticons arrive at the main station, they also encounter Hound. They then defeat him and take all the energy. While leaving with it, they encounter the Decepticon Headmaster Snapdragon, part of the exploration team. He joins the team, much to Megatron's enthusiasm. If the player goes through a second time, however, they encounter Weirdwolf, instead.

Soundwave suggests using the energy to repair the shuttle, while Starscream is still thinking about the mission. Megatron is somehow aware of his thoughts, but not their exact content. He notes that Starscream will never catch him sleeping and begins assigning the Decepticons to their next destination—a geothermal power plant. Starscream was complaining that it was primitive and, because it's underground, he can't fly within the facility. Then, Laserbeak returns and Soundwave reports that the Autobots are taking up defensive positions around the plant. Megatron decided to select the team and stop the idle chit-chat.

When they arrived, Megatron was surprised at the power. Unfortunately, the door up ahead was locked. They had to destroy the Autobots and blast the generator. They finally done so, but after a while, they encountered Grotusque. They defeated him, he retreated, and they moved on, and Megatron insulted him as ugly. Hey, who can blame him?

The more they continued fighting the Autobots, the closer they got to the main generator. And the closer they got, the more damage they would take due to the magma. They finally made it to the generator, but then encountered the Monsterbot, Doublecross. They defeated him and began to take the energy from the generator. Then, Blitzwing arrived and scoffed at them that it took them too long to get here and joined them. If the player is here a second time, they find Skullcruncher, instead.

They managed to draw out all the energon cubes, but unable to program as much energy as planned. Soundwave apoligized, but Megatron told him that it was Starscream's fault, as he was doing something with the energon cubes, but Starscream denies it. Then, Laserbeak returns and Megatron notices the resemblences between him and Starscream, such as the ability to fly and the colors. He also pointed out that Laserbeak is very loyal. It was also Laserbeak who informed to Megatron about Starscream's activities. Starscream dismissed this and went to get the energon cubes and repair the ship for a while. Megatron also warned him that his temper/fuse is the shortest in the universe. Megs thought to himself that he might have Starscream destroy Optimus Prime.

Now, their next objective was to go to a hydroelectric power station. Now it was Soundwave's turn to complain. He, knowing that the Autobots had taken defensive positions around the plant, asked for a less well-guarded person for the job. Megatron was dismayed, believing that he was afraid and knowing that the stronger Autobots like Prime would not be at there. He ordered to send the troops out and never hear anything like this again. He then called back to the time they arrived on Earth. Starscream remembered this and decided to teach those tin-minnows another lesson. They chose their team and formation.

They had to get through the forest first, though. And the fog was very dense. Nevertheless, they made their way through and, on the way, defeated Highbrow. They finally arrived at the power plant and defeated some Autobots. It took a long time, but they reached the main power station, but were stopped by Bumblebee. They easily defeated him and took most of the energy. Then, they found Astrotrain and he joined the team. If the player goes a second time, they will find Mindwipe, instead.

Later, Soundwave admits he was wrong to critisize the plans and Megatron suggested he shut up and listen to him, from now on.

Later, Laserbeak reported that the Autobots had made contact with the UFO. The Decepticons were in trouble now, but Megatron didn't realize this. They sent a team to their rendezvous point to stop them!

Unfortunately, when they arrived, no one was there. Just then, Rodimus Prime appeared. Rodimus was surprised, but remembered it was from this era. Megatron recognized it as Hot Rod, but realized it wasn't. Rodimus remembered that he doesn't know him yet and introduced himself and told he was from the future. he warned that if he destroyed all the Autobots in this era, he wouldn't be parting on friendly terms. He defeated him and asked some questions. But at that moment, a figure which looks like Megatron in a few ways appeared and blasted Rodimus. It was revealed to be Galvatron. He noticed the face resemblance. Galvatron was about to explain, but Rodimus escaped. Galvs and Megs were furious, as Megatron needed information. Galvatron knew it was the UFO. He asked him to take him and his companions to the Decepticon Headquarters and then, they could talk.

Note: The boss is different during the second attempt. Instead, the player faces an army of Megatron clones, made by Wheeljack. After the battle, Wheeljack retreats and drops a capsule. Later at base, the Decepticons discuss the whole ideal and the future Decepticons rejoins the player and Soundwave explains that the capsule contains a message from the Quintessons, in that they were being slaughtered by an Autobot possessing the Zel Quartz. This somehow unlocks Dark Hot Rod.

Later, they were talking about the events of the future. He lied about most of it, but revealed that Galvatron is really Megatron's future self. Starscream was very surprised, but Megatron knew he was right. He could feel it. Before Galvatron continued, he told to send Shockwave outside, if he was here. Then, they continued.

Meanwhile, at the Autobot Shuttle, Rodimus and his crew were talking of the events of the future. It was revealed that Shockwave, Megatron's faithful servant, turns traitor. He examines Galvatron and his changes in personality very carefully and becomes a one-robot mutiny, as Galvatron started to lose his athority. Rodimus told Optimus about the story of Shockwave and an item known as Zel Quartz.

Shockwave discovered that a being born on Cybertron would be gained an extra power boost if the Quartz is installed in their body. So, he pulls a "Starscream Move" and makes himself leader of the Decepticons. However, his circuits could not stand the extra power loads and it malfunctioned. He ran amok and was unstoppable! Even the Autobots and Decepticons tried to stop him, but most of them were killed and Cybertron, along with other planets, were destroyed. He would not stop until all the planets were bathed in fire. So the elite of the survivors sought help from the Quintessons. They provided them a shuttle with a TransWarp signature, where they planned on keeping Shockwave from ever finding the Quartz and defeat him, once and for all!

Unfortunately, a disruption in space-time occurred, as a result of the oversize of the crew, and the forces were scattered. They have been unable to contact their comrades. The Autobots had to destroy the Quartz before the Decepticons did. When Optimus asked where it was, .....well, that's the problem.

They don't know. It is called Zel Quartz in the future, but the name in this era is unknown. They told them that it was material for an Autobot Doomsday Weapon. The Decepticons had to get the Quartz before they do. Galvatron agreed and decided to keep quiet about Shockwave and the Quartz' real power for a while, or it shall be harder to get the Quartz for himself when the time is right.

Later, Cyclonus coordinated with Soundwave's information and determined three possible locations and told Galvatron of this. He decided to search them one by one. Cyclonus wondered why they just go through the trouble of finding the Quartz. Galvatron told him that if the truth was told, Megatron would try to take the Quartz for himself and might be able to defeat Unicron, thus erasing Galvatron, Scourge, and Cyclonus from existance. With that, they left to tell Megatron of the possible locations. Unfortunately, Starscream overheard the entire conversation. As he suspected, the future Decepticons were up to no good. However, he decided to keep it a secret, as he will get the Quartz for himself!

The first location was the Lazalt Ruins. Starscream suspected that looters probably stole it years ago, even if it was here. However, Cyclonus noted that they were recently discovered. The structures are thought to be built by intelligent life forms from another planet (not unlike the Vok in Beast Wars and Transformers Animated). There are also rumors that local archaeologists unearthed an unknown crystal known as the "Gem of Mystery". It is a high possibility that it is the Zel Quartz. Confirmation of what Cyclonus says are recent human research. Megatron saw it very familiar to items found in the Andes Mountains in South America. It would not surprise him if such a thing also exists here. The Autobots, however, anticipated them and posted guards. Galvatron suggested a good team, but Megatron notes that this is his era and Galvatron will not give orders. They had a little arguement about the team selection until Soundwave and Cyclonus selected.

The Decepticons make it through parts of the jungle until they encounter the Autobot Headmaster leader, Chromedome, at the ruins' gates. They beat him, but he reveals that in order to progress further, the Decepticons need a key. The group backtracks and soon find Ratchet, who they defeat and gain the key to the ruins. After entering further and further, they find the Gem of Mystery, guarded by Ultra Magnus and Sky Lynx. After a long gruelling battle, the Decepticons obtain the gem and prepare to analyze it. On their way back to base, the group meets one of the Sharkticons, who followed Galvatron from the future to join their ranks. If the player goes through the game a second time, they will instead encounter Apeface.

Characters

Below is a list of some of the characters that appear in the game:

Playable Autobots

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Doublecross as seen in the Video game.

Playable Decepticons

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I failed to transform in the TV show

Note: Not all the characters are unlocked when you beat a storyline for the first time; they will only go up to Ultra Magnus and Shockwave. This encourages the player to go back and try again to get the rest. There are also some changes made to the story after beating it the first time.

Non-player characters

Autobots

Decepticons

References to the original series

both Autobots and Decepticons occasionally reference episodes of the original The Transformers cartoon.

  • Considering the possibility that the Autobots were developing a new weapon, Megatron was initially dismissive, but recalled the Immobilizer and Solar Power Tower from the episodes "The Immobilizer" and "The Master Builders" as proof it was not out of the Autobots' capabilities.
  • When learning they will have to battle the other faction at the Monogan Hydroelectric Power Station, which generates energy through dams, Jazz and Megatron remarked it was just like when they woke up on Earth. They referred, of course, to the battle at Sherman Dam in "More than Meets the Eye, Part 2".
  • Jazz claimed he surfed a giant tidal wave back when Cybertron came really close to the Earth, recalling the events in the episode "The Ultimate Doom, Part 3".
  • Obviously, the Transformers who travel back from the future make numerous references to the events that transpired during The Transformers: The Movie.
  • The Quintessons are said to have created the means for the future Transformers to reach the past, which would seem based on their creation of the Time Window in "Forever Is a Long Time Coming".
  • Upon hearing that Rodimus Prime, Arcee and Kup are from the future, Optimus Prime talked about Spike traveling back in time when he entered old ruins and a time machine on Cybertron that saved his life. These are references to the episodes "A Decepticon Raider in King Arthur's Court" wherein Spike Witwicky, Warpath and Hoist traveled through time by means of the Dragon Mound, and "War Dawn" wherein the Kronosphere brought the Aerialbots to the past where they saved Optimus's previous persona Orion Pax.
  • After fighting Optimus Prime clones, the real Optimus states he never thought he'd see another Optimus Prime imposter, alluding to "A Prime Problem" which focused on a Decepticon made Optimus Prime.
  • Considering the story of the Gem of Mystery, a stone of great power that lied within a recently discovered jungle temple, Megatron was reminded of the Crystal of Power which he had found within a temple on Earth in "Fire on the Mountain".
  • During Wheeljack and Kup's talk of the old days, they talked about the beauty of Crystal City. Crystal City appeared in "The Secret of Omega Supreme".
  • While sort of flirting with Arcee, Optimus Prime thought back on Elita One, that he hadn't seen her in a long time and that he missed her. Elita One is Optimus Prime's life partner who appeared in the episodes "The Search for Alpha Trion" and "War Dawn".
  • At one point, Cyclonus noticed that Galvatron had been acting a lot saner ever since coming to Zel Samine and wondered if it was due to Paradius's radiation. It made him think back on times he had visited other places to 'cure' Galvatron, including the planet Torkulon which they visited in "Webworld".
  • At another point, Cyclonus was able to restrain his temper against Starscream's insult by telling himself he would "turn into a pathetic ghost eventually," as per the events of "Starscream's Ghost" and "Ghost in the Machine".
  • Soundwave compared the abilities of the Zel Quartz to the Heart of Cybertron, the gem that powered the Nemesis and was temporarily retrieved in "Microbots".
  • Optimus thinks to himself that there will one day be a final showdown between him and Megatron, (in a way) foreshadowing the events in the movie.
  • When unleashing the two Matrixes, Galvatron is seen to remember it, and despise. Oddly enough, Megatron did not know about the Matrix, but since this is clearly canon to the original series, this might be when he learns about the Matrix, and how he seems to know about it when Unicron summons him.

References

  1. Galvatron believed that with the Zel Crystal he could potentially defeat Unicron himself.

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