Transformers: Decepticons FAQ by astrangeone

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=                              TABLE OF CONTENTS                              =
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1)  Version History
2)  What's Going On?
3)  Controls
4)  Tips & Tricks
5)  Story Missions
-  Casino Strip
-  Tranquility
-  Qatar Desert
-  Hoover Dam
6)  Challenge Missions
-  Casino Strip
-  Tranquility
-  Qatar Desert
-  Hoover Dam
7)  Cheats
-  Health Regeneration
-  Extra Vehicle Forms
8)  Action Replay Cheats
-  USA & CANADA
-  FRANCE
-  EUROPE
9) Playable Characters
-  Custom Decepticon
-  Barricade
-  Blackout
-  Brawl
-  Megatron
-  Starscream
10)  Wifi
-  AllSpark Wars
11)  Local Play
12)  Glitches
13)  About the Author
14)  Legalese

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=                               Version History                               =
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April 7, 2009 - Updated contact info
September 9, 2007  - Started faq.  Added Tips and Tricks.
September 11, 2007 - Added Story Mission Data (up to Street Brawl)
September 12, 2007 - Reformatted Tips and Tricks, finished adding Controls
September 15, 2007 - Added AllSpark Wars information and Cheats section
September 17, 2007 - Finished Story Missions!
September 22, 2007 - Added Glitches section
September 23, 2007 - Small revisions to Tag Team, Stings Like a Bee, and Ambush
September 25, 2007 - Wrote down some of the Challenge Mission information
September 25, 2007 - Added the XP bar to the "What's Going On?" section
October 10, 2007   - Updated Infinite Energy Cheat with the right information
October 10, 2007   - Added extra stuff to the Challenges Section, reorganized
October 10, 2007   - Added short description of Playable Characters
October 16, 2007   - Added another way to complete the Ambush mission
October 24, 2007   - UPDATED Glitches (Dropping Percentage Problem) with a fix
August 27, 2008    - Found working Action Replay Codes!

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=                              What's Going On?                               =
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Transformers: Decepticons can get very confusing, but at the same time, it's
very intuitive.  Here are some of the explanation for the menus and meters and
stuff - just in case you don't have the manuals!

Sorry for the lousy ASCII art!

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*                                 Top Screen                                  *
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- *************** - (Red)  Health Bar                 [] [] [] [] Threat Level
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- ****************- (Blue) Ammo/Nitro Boost Bar
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                                                     0/100%  Mission Progress

The top bar indicates health and or life status.  Replenish this with health
pickups which are red.  

The bottom bar indicates ammo/nitro boost bar.  Replenish these with blue
ammo pickups.

The threat level bar is four Decepticon symbols.  Raise or lower it by
attacking human forces.  The humans will respond by putting up a greater
attacking force if at max.

The bottom right corner indicates mission progress.  Some missions have it,
some don't.  They usually count the number of items to be destroyed or the
percentage of destruction wrought.

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*                                Bottom Screen                                *
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    \ ---\                                                    (___)  Scan
    /     /  Map (Tap to bring up)                              
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                            -                   -  Radar
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Experience Meter  -                     -
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                                                        [-------]  Decepticon
                                                        [       ]  Symbol
                                                        [       ]  Vehicle/
                                                        [_______]  Robot Mode

The Map shows you information on the terrain, and mission markers.  Gold and
green markers on the map.  (Green progress the story, and gold are mini-games.)

The radar shows you enemies and missiles coming towards you.  Major enemies
are large red triangles, and minor are smaller triangles.  Missiles are white
in color.

Tap the scan button to scan an Earth vehicle form to add to your aresenal.

Tap the Deception symbol to toggle from vehicle mode and robot mode.

The Experience Meter shows you the fractional percentage of experience needed
to get to the next level, plus your current level.  When the maximium has been
reached (Level 20), the yellow bar will say "MAXED" above it.

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*                                 Car Controls                                *
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Accelerate = B Button
Emergency Brake = A Button
Reverse = Down on the D-Pad or L Button
Nitro Boost = R Button [needs to be unlocked]
Fire Laser = Y Button, held down [needs to be unlocked]
Fire Heavy Blaster = Y Button, tap [need to be unlocked]

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*                             Basic Robot Controls                            *
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Jump = B Button
Ground Pound = B, A+Down
High-flying Punch = B, Direction on the D-Pad and A
Melee Attack = A
Pick Up or Throw = X Button (tap twice to pick up and throw)
Fire Heavy Blaster = Tap Y [needs to be unlocked]
Fire Light Blaster = Hold Y [needs to be unlocked]
Strafe = Left/Right on the D-pad when firing weapons
Rotate Camera = L/R Buttons
Center Camera Behind Character = L + R Buttons

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*                                Tank Controls                                *
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Forward = Up on D-Pad or B Button
Reverse = Down on D-Pad or A Button
Nitro Boost = R Button
Fire Heavy Blaster = Tap Y [needs to be unlocked]
Fire Light Blaster = Hold Y  [needs to be unlocked]

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*                              Helicopter Controls                            *
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Fly In Any Direction = Direction on the D-Pad
Descend = B Button
Ascend = A Button
Strafe = L/R Buttons
Fire Heavy Blaster = Tap Y [needs to be unlocked]
Fire Light Blaster = Hold Y [needs to be unlocked]

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*                              Jetfighter Controls                            *
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Afterburners (Fly faster) = B Button
Nitro Boost = R Button
Up = D-Pad Down
Down = D-Pad Up
Strafe = Hold L while press Left or Right on D-pPad
Fire Heavy Blaster = Tap Y [needs to be unlocked]
Fire Light Blaster = Hold Y  [needs to be unlocked]

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*                      Gaining Experience - The Easy Way                      *
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Make sure you have unlocked your heavy blaster in vehicle mode.  Get into a map
with lots of enemies and raise your threat level to four.  Take off in your
vehicle mode before the game throws heavy artillery at you, and keep blasting
the tanks and things that get in your way.  You'd be able to get potshots off
of the slow moving heavy artillery.  Drive by health pickups, and you'd pick
them up.  (Are they magnetic?)

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*                                Toss the Tanks                               *
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Don't have your heavy blaster yet?  Toss cars and other police cars at heavy
artillery in order to destroy them easily.  The radar shows targeted enemies as
a white cross inside a black circle.

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*                                  Cheap Shots                                *
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Need help downing an Autobot?  Shoot at him, and he should go flying.  Once in
the air, keep shooting and you should be able to hit him when he's stunned.
When he lands, you can melee him for extra damage.  The bosses usually have a
quicker recovery time, so be careful when doing this to a boss.

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*                            Transformers Hate Water                          *
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Got too many little Autobytes impending your progress?  Chuck them in the
closest body of water.  Watch the ammo bar, although, it's depleted when
holding an Autobot.

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In free play, you can explore the area to your heart's content, and also gain
experience from beating up the human authorities!  Remember to press start to
quit level after scanning a new form, or you'd lose it!

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*                                 Casino Strip                                *
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A huge area with loads of buildings and tossable objects.  Rooftops contain
breakable air conditioning sets and communication dishes.  There is an
expressway connecting the two parts of the city together.  There are two sets
of cement blocks - one on the expressway and the other at the end of a block.

You have two starting locations: the Plaza and the Fountain.  The Plaza is in
the middle of town, while the Fountain is slightly to the west.

Cool vehicles include the Import (blue car with yellow top), Police Copter,
News Copter, and boring SUV.

Interesting landmarks include, "Space Needle" tower, highway/expressway, a
Casino with a rooftop parking lot-slash-strip and a Casino with a rooftop
pool.

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*                                  Tranquility                                *
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A huge two parted area, separated by a suspension bridge.  If you haven't
progressed in story mode enough, there will be cement blocks - pass these and
get a chunk of health taken away.

You get four starting locations: the Junkyard, Downtown, Suburbs and the
Museum.  The Junkyard and Suburbs are at different ends of the first section
of Tranquility, while Downtown and the Museum are at the opposite ends of that
section.

Interesting forms in this mission include the Police Copter, Raider (near the
docks in middle of a circle of cargo containers), the crazy cool SWAT Van, and
the school bus.

Interesting landmarks include a mall (with a Blockbuster type logo), a gas
station, the suspension bridge, and a huge parking lot. 

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*                                 Qatar Desert                                *
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A military base and a small village are here.  Loads of enemies that shoot back
in the form of helicopters, tanks, and turrets.  Look out for the two towers
with rocket firing turrets.  The area is marked off with the end of the base
and a couple of the villages.

You can start in one of two areas:  the Village or the Military Base.

Only one scannable form - the normal Chopper.

Interesting landmarks include the airfield, the two turret towers, and the
quasi Russian looking village buildings.

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*                                  Hoover Dam                                 *
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Another massively confusing area, with loads of enemies and some turrets
(especially during some story missions).  Watch out for falling in the water,
it takes a giant chunk of life away.  Breakable rocks, and cacti serve your
health and ammo refill needs.  The area is marked off with two highway
entrances near the NW and Eastern Strips; pass these and a chunk of your health
is taken away.

You can start in four different areas:  the NW Strip, the Eastern Strip, the
Dam Entrance, and the Radio Tower.

Interesting forms include the Attack Chopper, Tricked out Car, and hippie -
ooops, I mean Peace Van.  (Find the Peace Van near the Radio Tower building on
the flat plateau.)

Interesting landmarks include the Dam and lower area, the turbines, the
Sector 7 internal base, and the wedge of cheese "Radio Tower" building.

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*                                   The Rookie                                *
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The prerequiste tutorial level.  You have four yellow markers to collect, the
last one needing to jump to reach it.  Wreck the bus stop that's glowing on
your radar.  Press X to pick up any object.  Throw it with X again, or press
A to use it as a weapon.  Head to the next three markers, using the shoulder
buttons to see them.  The Autobots arrive.  You are quite weak now, so grab
a palm tree to turn them into spare parts.  After you beat them, you level up
and gain the use of your blaster.  A target appears behind you, blast it by
using the shoulder buttons to get it in sight.

An Autobot wearing the chopper guise appears.  Don't bother scanning it.  Just
shoot it.  Head to the target and scan your first alternate form.  Morph into
your car form, and then head to Barricade's location by following the yellow
target markers.

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*                                    Hazing                                   *
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Barricade gives you a mission - kill all the autobots.  Problem is, they are
in hiding.  Flush them out by heading to the destinated location (yellow
marker), and causing as much property damage as possible.  Grab cars or wreck
lampposts.  Four standard Autobots appear.  Use your handy palm tree or
lamppost to scrap them. 

Your first boss then appears.  Bosses have a lifebar at the top of the screen
beside your own.  (It covers the threat meter.)  This guy is cheap, as he has
his heavy blaster with him.  Just keep moving, and keep him in sight using the
shoulder buttons.  Reaqquire your weapon (a lamppost, tree, whatever), and
keep knocking him down.  Easy!

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*                             Beware of the Locals                            *
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Barricade gives you a lesson in human reaction.  Head over to the parking lot,
and waste one of the cars.  Now the police show up, and you get to have some
fun battling the humans.  Melee the three cars, or just stay back and use your
blaster on them.

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*                              Robots in Disguise                             *
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Tranquility.  Barricade informs you that he has tracked an Autobot to this
city.  Problem is, he's in hiding.  Head to the first target marker in a human
shopping mall and scan or blast all four cars to recieve another target marker.

The next marker is directly North from you.  Jump down from that raised parking
lot, and cross the street.  Again, scan or blast all the marked cars.  This
time, try not to raise the threat level.  

The next target marker reveals an Autobot!  You have one minute to wreck that
Autobot into little pieces.  This time, you can use a combination of lamppost
melee and light blaster fire to tear him into wet slag.  Shoot the police cars
if you need health pickups.

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*                                The Diversion                                *
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Barricade asks you to create a distraction while he locates Bumblebee.  Fine.
Drive over to the marker, and you have four minutes to raise your threat level
to three.  Easiest way to do this is to head behind the small building
surrounded by gold trees and shooting all the police cars you have there.
Also shoot any human police that arrive on the scene.

Now, you have to maintain your threat level.  Keep destroying police cars, and
grabbing health pickups.  Occassionally chuck some civilian cars into the
police cars to reduce damage taken by bullets.  Keep it up until you do 50000
worth of damage.  Just focus on cars and you'd be fine.

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*                              Stings Like A Bee                              *
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Ah.  As Barricade, chase down Bumbleebee.  Don't bother shooting the mute 'Bee
in car form, as very little damage occurs.  Focus on driving, especially turns.
Bumbleebee is very fond of sharp turns.  If you need, slow down at any
intersection, and use turbos liberally.  After the first few turns (Left, 
slight left, and right turn.), he'd stop and transform.  Do the same, and
injure him with a handy lamppost.  

The Bee takes off again, after a quarter of his life is gone.  Chase him some
more, and Barricade notices that Bumblebee isn't trying to outrun him.  Watch
out for being trapped behind houses...and don't worry, he follows the road.
The 'Bee stops again, and you get to whittle him down to half-life before he
takes off again.

After a short driving sequence, you finally trap Bumblebee.  You get a new
health bar too!  This time, he unleashes a ton of firepower at you, so don't
grab your melee weaponary.  Use your blaster and your heavy blaster if you
have it, and keep strafing left and right.  Use your shoulder buttons to keep
that 'Bee in your target reticle.

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*                                    Decoy                                    *
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As yourself, ignore the copters, and head to the marker.  It's a scannable
helicopter.  Scan it, and head out to the airfield's target marker.  Blast the
five jets into little bits before heading out.  For even more damage, you can
ram the jets in your helicopter form.  Blow up five of the defending
helicopters, and watch out for the heavy weaponary of the tanks.  Now blow up
five of the tanks.  (Beige color with a turret on top.)  If you need health,
the helicopters are the best way to get some.  If you need more tank targets,
transform and head to another part of the base.

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*                                Blackout At Qatar                            *
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You have three and a half minutes to destroy five satellitic dishes.  Transform
and head to the one on your right.  It's on a tower, so be careful.  Destroy
the rest.  If the turrets are bothering you, hide behind the communication
dish.  The turrets will blast the dish for you.  Quickly transform and fly off
before the missiles can hit you.  Conserve health, because you don't have a
regenerating bar for the next part.  Don't destroy any turrets, as it makes
your threat level higher.

Now comes the hard part.  The timer's ticking with 2 and a half minutes to
scan five buildings.  Fly to the edge of the square of the buildings
surrounding your first target.  (Near the tower with the turret.)  Land and
scan quickly.  Don't bother taking out any targets, unless it's the tanks.  Now
land on the roofs of the next targets for easy scanning.  (You can also go 
between some buildings and look up to scan the target.)

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As Brawl, your goal is to stop the miltary vehicles from reaching the marker.
Watch your radar for enemies and stray vehicles (big triangles!) attempting to
run from you. You can do a nasty amount of damage by ramming the tanks, when
you run out of ammo.  Nitro boost to reach the stray tanks.  The tanks will at
first appear in groups of three, and be gradually reduced to singles attempting
to escape.   Blow up fifteen of these to finish the mission.   

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*                            Ratchet Retailelation                            *
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Autobots appear to try to stop your rampage.  You take on Ratchet, and Blackout
and Brawl take out the rest.

Ratchet appears with three copter buddies.  Ignore them unless you need health.
Kill him with a barrage of missiles, and try not to melee him.  The copters are
easily taken care of with light blaster fire.

The Easy Way:  Nuke all four aircraft bunkers on the combat field.  These are
large white buildings that have a life meter to them.  They are scatterred in
the four corners of the airfield.  Nuke them first, and then take out Ratchet.

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*                         Torching the Welcome Wagon                          *
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In copter form, knock out four turrets.  Watch out for the police copters and
other things.  And don't get knocked into the water.  You have 3 and a half
minutes to take out the whole set of defenses.  The turrets are sticking out
slightly thanks to the docks.  You have another set of four turrets to deal
with in Tranquility's city center.  They are atop buildings and surrounded by
one attack copter and a police copter.  (White and green helicopters.)

The timer resets after, with five minutes and four new turrets to take out.
These are easy, take them out with missiles and melee.  The turrets usually
drop health after being wrecked anyhow.

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*                                 Code Breaker                                *
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An easy level.  As Brawl, pick up all four turrets.  Toss them to deploy them.
I like a turret at each corner of the generators.  You can lose as many as half
of the turrets (four) and still win.  Also, you can help out by blasting with
your heavy blasters, just don't exit the combat area for too long.  Watch the
radar when fighting a group of enemies, and let the turrets handle the severely
damaged enemies.

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*                                Reinforements                                *
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Ha ha ha!  Another easy level.  Just make sure you are in a form that can fly.
You have two minutes to reach the first landing site.  The Autobots will be in
hiding, so look on your radar to find it.  (They are usually hiding in a side
street.)  All landing sites after the first have one minute to find.  All the
Autobots will be pretty weak, so easily eliminate them, and don't worry about
the time limit - you won't have one when fighting.  You have 3 Autobots to kill
in this manner.

Now, you get an idea to distract the Autobots by injuring Bumblebee.  Chase
him in Chopper form, and ram him until his life meter gives out.  The 'Bee
should have a police escort, so you can waste him as well.  Unfortunately,
your weapons aren't working in this chase...so you'd have to hit the 'Bee
six times before he faints.

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*                          Communications Breakdown                           *
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As Brawl, take out three heavily guarded communication dishes.  Go up the hill
to your left to find them.  Brawl's light blaster should be enough to deal with
the three turrets guarding each dish.  Look out for walking into the range of
each of the turrets when disposing of one.  Strafe!

Blackout drops off some bombs to take out the dam with.  You must pick up each
bomb in robot form, and take it to each marker.  The humans will get in your
face in this level, so if you need some health, take out the cars or the rocks
where you wrecked the communication dishes.  You have four markers, so do the
farthest one first, as you'd get the most damage from walking so far.  Return
to the bombs in tank form, as it's faster and you'd get less damage.  When you
drop off the third bomb, an Autobot takes off with your last one.  Chase him
down in tank form, and blast him a new one.

Now you have four tanks coming your way.  You have to grab one and bring it
to the point.  Lead them in your tank form to the location, then transform and
grab one.  You should be able to make it without getting knocked down.  You may
have to get their attention first by shooting one.  (You have 3 and a half
minutes to get this done!)

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*                               Cover Your Six                                *
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As Barricade, your objective is to take out a whole base.  Drive to the target
marker, and the mission will truly begin.  This base will spawn enemies like
aircraft and tanks to take you down, so watch yourself.  Shoot the aircraft and
tanks down, and then melee the buildings.  Your progress is indicated on the
bottom screen in white.  If you need health, just keep shooting the human
vehicles.  Once you reach 60% of destruction, tanks will arrive on the scene.
Keep your cool, and blast them.

The white buildings spawn the tanks and aircraft, while the towers spawn the
lighter vehicles.

Two Autobots appear.  These two are easy targets, so just keep shooting them
and they should go down.

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*                                  Tag Team                                   *
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As Blackout, you have two choices.  If you are of high enough level, wipe out
all turrets before you pick up Barricade.  These are the only enemies in the
mission and they don't respawn even after you grab Barricade.  (You can ignore
the turrets on the water, as I find that they can't reach you after you've
passed them.)  Make sure you take out the turret on the building with the tower
- it's your target.

Or you can wing it through the level, and randomly change altitude to avoid
incoming missiles.  (You can see missiles on radar as a moving white dot.)

Now, blast the radio tower into oblivion.

As Barricade, find the control room.  It's marked in yellow on your radar.
Be careful not to get locked in the nooks and crannies, the tanks and crap will
conspire to try to take you out, while you get out.  The big circular hole at
the beginning is instant death, so chuck your first few enemies into the hole
to get rid of them.  As usual, health pickups are found after blasting enemies
or just breaking breakables.

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*                              Megatron's Return                              *
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As yourself, protect Megatron as he comes out of his deep freeze.  You have
three and a half minutes to take care of the humans attempting to kill Lord
Megatron.  When you reach the 1 minute mark, the tanks will disappear, and you
will have to deal with nosy little Autobots.  Melee them and make sure Megatron
survives.

Make sure you choose a form with lots of armor and attack power.  I like the
Attack Chopper.  In fact, you can get the Attack Chopper in this level.  Just
before the dam, head to the left, and you'd find a little alcove with the
American flag and some jets and the Attack Choppers.

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*                                 Get the Chip                                *
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As Blackout, take out the entire convoy before they leave the map.  If even one
leaves, you fail the mission.  You can use all your tricks here, like grabbing
tanks and shooting them from behind.  Ram them if neccessary.  A random tank
will drop Megatron's chip, pick it up and fly it to the target marker.

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*                                   Ambush                                    *
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Megatron gets shot off the bridge into the dam.  Watch out for the water!  This
level is misleading - your objective is to destroy all five turrets preventing
you from leaving the area.  As soon as you destroy one, two Autobots appear to
help try to stop you.

Continue blasting the turrets, but DON'T TRANSFORM.  You'd get shot the moment
you do.  You can ignore the Autobots if you wish, and only shoot them when they
really get in your way.  (You can fail the mission by timing out with about
five minutes.)  The Autobots appear in teams of two to try to take out Lord
Megatron.

After the cutscene, you chase down Jazz and the fight between Jazz ensues.
This Autobot is a fast son of a Cybertronian, so look out for his missiles and
light blasters.  For some reason, he only shoots at you, instead of taking you
out with hand-to-hand.  If you need health, transform and head to the top of
the stone bridge.  You have breakable rocks and cacti to refill your health.
(And Jazz usually doesn't see you.)

The Cheap Way (To Beat Jazz):  Jazz jumps around a lot.  Head back over to the
dam area, and avoid missiles.  He should accidentally jump into the water and
kill himself.  (At least Megatron doesn't have to waste energon crystals on 
Jazz!)  Actually, when I did this, Jazz landed on the side of the Dam with the
entrances to the base.  I flew away, hoping to get some health pickups - and
flew back to find Jazz suspended in midair above the water.  He wasn't moving
just making his sounds, I just went into jet mode, and shot him to death with
my heavy blaster.

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*                                Street Brawl                                 *
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Brawl Versus Ironhide!  The match of the century!  This boss battle is pretty
brutal, unless you know all of his vocal cues.  (Ironhide is the only Autobot
with a clearly defined pattern.)

"I'm sending you to the scrapheap!"  =  Ground Pound..

"Prepare to get recycled!"  =  Ground Pound...

"Kiss your chrome goodbye!" = Another punch.

"I'm going to put you in permanent neutral!"  =  A punch.

"You're messing with the wrong Autobot!" = A missile barrage!

My strategy for taking on Ironhide?  Run away from him in tank form, until you
hear his ground pound and his "Ugh!" and his icon on the radar stops moving.
Melee him with a few punches, but watch out as he recovers pretty quickly.
For health, run over trees and lampposts and you'd get it.  Don't bother
shooting Ironhide, as his armor's pretty thick.

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*                            Starscream's Betrayal                            *
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This mission is a pain and a half to complete.  You start off as Starscream in
jet form.  You need to chase down an extremely nimble Bumblebee, as he leads
you on a merry chase.  Fly low to the ground, and slow down when he approaches
any intersection.  Use turbos on straightways, and look your your radar.  When
the chase reaches the docks with the maze of cargo containers, fly a bit higher
to watch Bumblebee's movements.  (You have ten seconds to try to catch up, if
you lose him.)  By the end of the docks, you should have reached a airplane
hanger and a gap in the fence.  Take off after him, and continue flying low,
as he's on the highway now.  During the straight stretch, you will have to
strain your turbos to keeps him in your sight.

Now the 'Bee stops.  Just melee him to death and prepare for the real fight.
After the cutscene, Blackout and Barricade show up to confront Starscream.  You
end Blackout's life immediately, but Barricade tries to take you in for
treason against Big M.  

Barricade only has one attack that you have to watch out for.  He says "I'm
taking you in for treason!"; then he loops around in a tight circle and rams
you.  It knocks you back and takes a ton of health off the meter.  Transform
and fly off when he does this.  You can refill health from breakables in the
city, just fly off the parking lot and get it.  Make sure you come back if
the "Exited Combat Area" sign clicks on.

*******************************************************************************
*                              Sibling Rivalry                                *
*******************************************************************************
As yourself, you confront the traitor Starscream.  He sends out a bunch of
drones to try to finish you off.  You have 1 minute to take out 25 drones.  He
takes off again, and you have to fly to the next marker.  (If not flying, you
can take the highway, but jump off the bridge when you are about parallel to
the target market.)  You have 2 minutes to do this.

Land, and he sends more drones after you.  You have 1 minute to take out the
same amount of drones.  Just sit in place, and rotate using the L/R buttons.
Use your rapid-fire light blaster.  Starscream takes off again.

Follow him across the water and across the highway.  (You have 1 minute to do
this.)  The yellow marker is in the middle of a residental area.  Land, and
you have to take out 5 Autobots in 2 and a half minutes.  He takes off soon
after, and you alert Megatron to that fact.

Optimus Prime arrives on the scene.  As Megatron, your goal is to wreck him.
Keep randomly jumping and firing heavy blasters at him.  Don't bother with
trying to melee Prime - he stands still and cannot be knocked down.  His
heavy missiles take out a huge chunk of health - so try hard to avoid them.
Prime's missiles come in a stream of three, so count carefully, and strafe left
and right just as his streams end.  (Don't bother picking up health with Prime
on your tail.)

===============================================================================
===============================================================================
=                                Casino Strip                                 =
===============================================================================
===============================================================================

*******************************************************************************
*                               Final Showdown                                *
*******************************************************************************
As yourself, your goal is to weaken a AlllSpark holding Starscream enough so
that Lord Megatron can take him on.  Starscream stands pretty much still, so
you can hide behind the cube statue to avoid his missiles or scale a building
to get away from him.  He has two attacks - one standard heavy missiles and
one blue-ish close combat ray.  After each attack, he will try to reorient to
continue blasting you.  If you have a huge form (eg. SWAT Van, 'copter), you
can try to jump over him.  Melee Starscream in the back about four times to get
him to drop the AllSpark.  Wait until he walks close to the AllSpark, then pick
it up and melee him with it.  (The AllSpark appears on the radar as a big red
triangle and it shoots a giant yellow beam into the air.)

Starscream then takes to the air.  Megatron arrives to crush his little
traitorous chassis, and the battle begins.  You'd have to catch up with
Starscream using Megatron's nitro boost in jet form.  Starscream lands in three
places on the rooftops.  His first landing site is a small ledge with a few
air conditioning units on top.  His second is a long strip of roof with that
red billboard on it.  His last is the worst - on top of a tall building with a
human helicopter shooting at you.  Just continue circle strafing Starscream
using heavy blasters to finish him off.  You can also collect health, once he's
landed on any roof - destroy lampposts and cars to get it.  Make sure you
listen to the sound, and take off after Starscream transforms back into jet
mode.  (If you can fly well enough, you can take off a good chunk of
Starscream's health by pelting him in the back with heavy blasters.)  You can
lose the mission if you lose sight of Starscream, so listen!

===============================================================================
===============================================================================
=                              Challenge Missions                             =
===============================================================================
===============================================================================
Play challenge missions (mini-games) by accessing them from the main menu or
going to a Gold target marker in a free play map.  They range from breaking
stuff, to driving, to killing Autobots and to throwing stuff.  You can unlock
more by getting gold medals in existing challenge missions.

I'd just put the name of the challenge mission, then the amount needed to get
a shiny gold medal in it.  (I may be missing a few, so I'd need your help.
Please refer to the About the Author information for contact information.)
You will be credited for your submissions.

*******************************************************************************
*                                 Casino Strip                                *
*******************************************************************************

Name of Mission:  Urban Removal
Score: 39

Name of Mission:  Swing Batter, Swing
Score:  14364

Name of Mission:  Losing It
Score:  1:01.16

Name of Mission:  Trash the Place
Score:  57850

Name of Mission:  Toss It
Score:  1121

Name of Mission:  Fly High
Score:  ???????

Name of Mission:  Roadblock
Score:  ???????

Name of Mission:  Orb Dash
Score:  ???????

Name of Mission:  Time Trial
Score:  ???????

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*                                  Tranquility                                *
*******************************************************************************

Name of Mission:  Hold Out
Score: 1:54:80

Name of Mission:  Vandalism
Score:  0:46.33

Name of Mission:  Melee Mayhem
Score:  12260

Name of Mission:  Drone Clean-Uo
Score:  25

Name of Mission:  Final Orb Race
Score:  1:06.23

Name of Mission:  Traffic Light  Smash-Up
Score:  ???????

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*                                 Qatar Desert                                *
*******************************************************************************

Name of Mission:  Orb Challenge
Score:  ???????

Name of Mission:  Jumping The Dunes
Score:  1308

Name of Mission:  Sweating It
Score:  27:49:13

Name of Mission:  Collecting Orbs
Score:  ???????

Name of Mission:  Groups of Three
Score:  ???????

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*                                  Hoover Dam                                 *
*******************************************************************************

Name of Mission:  Everything Must Go
Score:  1740

Name of Mission:  Dam Race
Score:  0:34.68

Name of Mission:  Own The Drone
Score:  33

Name of Mission:  Survivor
Score:  22:09.27

Name of Mission:  Destruction List
Score:  1:32.50  [Jenn - via email]

Name of Mission:  Collect Them All
Score:  0:38.52

===============================================================================
===============================================================================
=                                    Cheats                                   =
===============================================================================
===============================================================================

Cheats are unlocked by way of earning Wifi tokens in the AllSpark Wars.  The
cheats range from extra jumping power to extra vehicle forms to exploding
everything.  A description of how to earn them follows.

Cheats are activated and deactivatived in the main menu.

Name of Cheat:  Health Regeneration
How to Unlock:  Earn MAX experience through battle and challenge missions
What Does It Do?:  When playing as your custom Decepticon, you can slowly
regain health through time.

Name of Cheat:  Armagedden Mode
How to Unlock:  Beat the game once
What Does it Do?:  Everything turns explosive!

Name of Cheat:  Character Select
How to Unlock:  Beat the game once.
What Does it Do?:  Allows you to access freeplay as Brawl, Starscream,
Megatron and Barricade!

Name of Cheat:  Suicidal Civilian Cars (Crazy Cars)
How to Unlock:  Earn 500 WiFi tokens
What Does It Do?:  Computer controlled cars will ram you at high speed, even
if you are in vehicle form.  Increases difficulty of game ten-fold!

Name of Cheat:  Infinite Energy
How to Unlock:  Earn 1000 WiFi tokens
What Does It Do?:  Infinite blue ammo bar, means you can shoot heavy blasters
at will!

Name of Cheat:  Super Jump
How to Unlock:  Earn 2000 WiFi tokens
What Does It Do?:  Allows you to jump farther and whatnot.

Name of Cheat:  Top/Down View
How to Unlock:  Earn 3000 WiFi tokens
What Does It Do?:  Allows you to view the action from a different camera angle

===============================================================================
===============================================================================
=                          Action Replay Cheats                               =
===============================================================================
===============================================================================
*******************************************************************************
*                 Transformers: Decepticons (USA and Canada)                  *
*******************************************************************************
Game ID:  AFYE 86f6202b

Infinite Life & Weapon Energy
(Your bar still goes down in the "survival" mini-games)
520DAC50 E8BD8070
020DAC54 E5902134
020DAC60 E580213C
020DAC6C E5902138
020DAC78 E5802140
020DAC80 E5802040
D2000000 00000000

Experience Code
(Tap R to be -1 experience to next level!)
520DAC50 E8BD8070
020C9158 E5906008
020C9174 E5905004
02024D54 E7920100
020C9168 E1A04000
94000130 FEFF0000
020C9158 E5905004
020C9174 E5806008
02024D54 E7924100
020C9168 E2446001

All Vehicles and Characters Unlocked
0203152C E3A00001
02031530 E8BD8038

Disable The Timer
(Useful in Mini-games and even some missions!)
PRESS SELECT TO TOGGLE ON AND OFF!!!!!!
520C7A20 E5902018
94000130 FFF70000
020C7A24 E082200E
020C7A30 E082200E
D1000000 00000000
94000130 FFFB0000
020C7A24 E1A00000
020C7A30 E1A00000
D2000000 00000000

Crazy Npc
(NPCS act suicidal!)
PRESS SELECT TO ENABLE, START TO TURN OFF!!!!
520D6CB4 E3A0175A
020D6CB0 EBFF8AB4
520A68A4 00000001
523FDFFC 00000001
020D6CB0 00000000
D2000000 00000000
94000130 FFF70000
023FDFFC 00000000
D2000000 00000000
94000130 FFFB0000
023FDFFC 00000001
D2000000 00000000

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*                    Transformers: Decepticons France                         *
*******************************************************************************
Game ID:  AFYF 45b6979c

All Normal Cheats Available
(Unlocks non-action replay cheats!)
1217384C 000007FF

All Levels Unlocked
(Areas and other stuff)
92173848 FFFE0000
D9000000 02173848
D4000000 00000001
D6000000 02173848
D2000000 00000000

All Characters
92173848 FFFD0000
D9000000 02173848
D4000000 00000002
D6000000 02173848
D2000000 00000000

All Missions
92173848 FFFB0000
D9000000 02173848
D4000000 00000004
D6000000 02173848
D2000000 00000000

All Vehicles
92173848 FFDF0000
D9000000 02173848
D4000000 00000020
D6000000 02173848
D2000000 00000000

Infinite Ammo/Life Energy
92173848 FFF70000
D9000000 02173848
D4000000 00000008
D6000000 02173848
D2000000 00000000

Infinite Energy
92173848 FEFF0000
D9000000 02173848
D4000000 00000100
D6000000 02173848
D2000000 00000000

Slow-Motion
Press SELECT & UP
94000130 000003BB
92173848 FFEF0000
D9000000 02173848
D4000000 00000010
D6000000 02173848
D2000000 00000000

Normal Speed
Press SELECT & DOWN
94000130 0000037B
92173848 FFEF0010
D9000000 02173848
D4000000 FFFFFFF0
D6000000 02173848
D2000000 00000000

Unlock G1 Starscream
620ADC40 00000000
B20ADC40 00000000
00000004 00000001
D2000000 00000000

Autobots & Decepticons Vehicles
Press L and R to before accessing the Vehicle List to Toggle
620ADBB4 00000000
B20ADBB4 00000000
B000000C 00000000
94000130 FDFF0000
00000008 0000000A
0000001C 00000000
D1000000 00000000
94000130 FEFF0000
00000008 00000054
0000001C 00000001
D2000000 00000000

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*                         Transformers: Decepticons Europe                    *
*******************************************************************************
Game ID:  AFYP e03a6127

All Levels Unlocked
92172A94 FFFE0000
D9000000 02172A94
D4000000 00000001
D6000000 02172A94
D2000000 00000000

All Characters Unlocked
92172A94 FFFD0000
D9000000 02172A94
D4000000 00000002
D6000000 02172A94
D2000000 00000000

All Missions Unlocked
92172A94 FFFB0000
D9000000 02172A94
D4000000 00000004
D6000000 02172A94
D2000000 00000000

All Vehicles
92172A94 FFDF0000
D9000000 02172A94
D4000000 00000020
D6000000 02172A94
D2000000 00000000

Infinite Ammo/Life Energy
92172A94 FFF70000
D9000000 02172A94
D4000000 00000008
D6000000 02172A94
D2000000 00000000

Infinite Energy
92172A94 FEFF0000
D9000000 02172A94
D4000000 00000100
D6000000 02172A94
D2000000 00000000

Slow Motion
Press SELECT & UP
94000130 000003BB
92172A94 FFEF0000
D9000000 02172A94
D4000000 00000010
D6000000 02172A94
D2000000 00000000

Normal Speed
Press SELECT & DOWN
94000130 0000037B
92172A94 FFEF0010
D9000000 02172A94
D4000000 FFFFFFF0
D6000000 02172A94
D2000000 00000000

All Normal Cheats Available
(Unlocks non-action replay cheats!)
12172A98 000007FF

Character Runs Faster
2207D305 0000001C

Unlock G1 Starscream
620ADC2C 00000000
B20ADC2C 00000000
00000004 00000001
D2000000 00000000

Autobots and Decepticons Vehicle Select
Press L or R to toggle
620ADB94 00000000
B20ADB94 00000000
B000000C 00000000
94000130 FDFF0000
00000008 0000000A
0000001C 00000000
D1000000 00000000
94000130 FEFF0000
00000008 00000054
0000001C 00000001
D2000000 00000000

*******************************************************************************
*                             Extra Vehicle Forms                             *
*******************************************************************************

Name of Vehicle:  Generation 1 Starscream
How to Unlock:  Either earn 2500 WiFi tokens or download the Transformers: DS
trailer at Target stores.  (North America only)

Name of Vehicle:  Funky Bus
How to Unlock:  Connect to the AllSpark Wars server for the first time.

Name of Vehicle:  Love Cruiser
How to Unlock:  Earn 250 WiFi tokens

Name of Vehicle:  Stunt Car
How to Unlock:  Earn 750 WiFi tokens

Name of Vehicle:  Scout Car
How to Unlock:  Earn 1500 WiFi tokens

Name of Vehicle:  Construction Car
How to Unlock:  Beat the game once!

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*                            Cheap Trick in Freeplay                          *
*******************************************************************************
Got a high threat level?  Need a health boost right this cycle?  Press "Start"
to bring up your vehicle form change menu, then select "Confirm".  Cancel your
action with a B button press, and you are back in the game with a full health
bar and no threat level!

===============================================================================
===============================================================================
=                             Playable Decepticons                            =
===============================================================================
===============================================================================
Custom Deception:  You!  You are quite mutable, and can switch vehicle forms at
will.  I find that the Chopper and bigger forms have better firepower and
better armor, while the faster cars have weaker armor.

Barricade:  A black tinted Decepticon with horns on his head.  He turns into a
police car.  He's a pretty fast SOB, but is pretty weak.  Use his heavy blaster
to turn Autobots into swiss cheese.

Blackout:  A metallic grey chopper who turns into a tall Decepticon with his
rotors strapped to his back.  Slightly stronger than Barricade, and can some
what take more hits than Barricade before popping out of vehicle form.

Brawl:  A literal tank, he turns enemies into spare parts at the blink of an
eye.  Unfortunately, he's slower than a frozen milkshake.  Use his light
blaster - his heavy blaster tends to miss targets.  He's also good at melee,
so use that...especially against slow moving targets!

Megatron:  Oooo...the Big Cheese!  The big Kahuna morphs into a Cybertronian
jet instead of his original Cybertronian pistol.  He's fast, and he has full
firepower capabilities.  His heavy blaster tends to track downwards, although.
In Jet mode, you can hover in the air by applying air brakes with the A
button.

Starscream:  A Decepticon who turns into a regular human Jetfighter.  He has
about the same stats as Megatron, except he lacks the firepower that his boss
'bot has.  His light blaster doesn't extend too far away from his body.


===============================================================================
===============================================================================
=                                     WiFi                                    =
===============================================================================
===============================================================================

WiFi isn't that interesting in Decepticons - but it does provide you with a
sense of your skill level in the Transformers online community.  The WiFi
function is called the "AllSpark Wars".

Oh yeah, and if you want, you can link your Game Id with an account on the
Official Transformers Website.  From the main AllSpark Wars menu, head to
"Website Login", and write down your game id.

Head to www.transformersgame.com/ds to and follow the instructions for
registering.  Now you can see yourself on the leaderboards!


*******************************************************************************
*                                AllSpark Wars                                *
*******************************************************************************
The AllSpark Wars pits Decepticon against Autobot in a neverending series of
Challenge missions for control of fragments of the AllSpark.  Every day, you
can download and play a Challenge mission from the server.  You can play
however many times you like, and the total score is uploaded to the server.
At the end of each day (24 hours), the total scores of all Decepticons and
Autobots are tallied together.  The team with the bigger point total gains the
AllSpark fragment.  When all the battles are complete (eg. the cube is
completely filled in with color), the total winner of that AllSpark is
declared.  There are 7 pieces of the AllSpark in total to battle for.

So, what do you get from this?  WiFi tokens, which are used to unlock new
vehicle forms and cheats.  You get tokens just for competing, for winning a
battle, and an astounding amount just for winning control of the entire
AllSpark.

The battles are always Challenge missions - so get cracking on practicing your
Challenge missions!

(I've noticed the Decepticons seem to do better at Challenge missions that
involve destruction or the endurance missions.  Better hope Nintendo keeps
uploading these missions for us!)

===============================================================================
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=                                Local Play                                   =
===============================================================================
===============================================================================

Ah, multiplayer is done DS to DS or local play.  If you have a friend who has
a copy of Decepticons and a DS, then you can play a standard Halo 3 inspired
game of "frag first, ask questions later" or a "get the ball to the target"
type game.

You can access "multiplayer" from the main menu.  Hosts can change rules,
while people who join can't.

*******************************************************************************
*                                    Modes                                    *
*******************************************************************************
Deathmatch - standard, let's rack up as many enemy deaths as possible.  Pits
you as your favorite custom form Decepticon against other players who can use
different machines.  Level is important here, so be careful against your
enemies!

AllSpark Sports - find the AllSpark and bring it to a marker to score.  Look
out for enemy fire, and make sure you have a teammate to protect you!

*******************************************************************************
*                                    Teams                                    *
*******************************************************************************
Teams are denoted by color, with four different colors serving as the marker.
Red, blue, yellow and gray.  In AllSpark Sports, there are only red and blue
teams.  (It's an arrow beside your character name.)

*******************************************************************************
*                              Frag or Score Limit                            *
*******************************************************************************
You or your team wins when they get either 3, 5, or 7 wins to their name.

*******************************************************************************
*                                    Location                                 *
*******************************************************************************
Four locations to choose from, Arena, Power Plant, Docks and Cybertron!  I like
to play deathmatch mode in Cybertron, lots of hiding spots.

*******************************************************************************
*                                     Rules                                   *
*******************************************************************************
Toggle between "normal", "vehicles only" and "robot only".  Make it harder or
easier for people who don't like using cars or robots.

*******************************************************************************
*                                 Choose Robot                                *
*******************************************************************************
Once unlocked (beat the game), you can battle others with your favorite famous
Decepticons or your original character.

===============================================================================
===============================================================================
=                                    Glitches                                 =
===============================================================================
===============================================================================

*******************************************************************************
*                            The Color Test Glitch                            *
*******************************************************************************
Sometimes, when jumping or doing a ground pound, the game doesn't process
graphics correctly.  Instead of a cratered patch or a damaged floor, there is
a bunch of dots that resemble a color test pattern on your television at night.
Fortunatey, it's annoying but not terminal.

*******************************************************************************
*                        The Dropping Percentage Point                        *
*******************************************************************************
Sometimes, shutting off the game when in a mission (either story or challenge)
without quitting causes a few percentage points to be lost.  This is a very bad
thing that can't be remedied, save for starting over with a new file.  It
usually happens when you replay a Story Mission through the menu, instead of
playing through normally.

Make sure that you always quit a mission.

***UPDATE:  You can fix this glitch, if you remember in what location you were
when you turned off the game.  (Casino Strip, Tranquility, Quatar Desert or
Hoover Dam).  Head into freeplay mode (after you've beaten the game), and
select the location that you were in.  For example, I quit during the
Communications Breakdown level - so I'd head to the Hoover Dam.  You should
see a green icon (a story mission?).  Play it, and beat it, and you'd continue
with the story.  Continue through the rest of the missions to restore your
missing percentage points.

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=                                About The Author                             =
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*waves*  Yeah, it's me, astrangeone.  I'm a 24 year old walking cliche.  I plan
to write more faqs for some games I find are impossible or just really really
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