Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Walkthrough Chapter 1: Uptown – The Dark Spark

How to find the Dark Spark and meet up with Optimus Prime and Bumblebee.

Continue the adventure with Prima’s Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark walkthrough!

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Cybertronian mercenaries are attacking! Head up the ramp to the left and approach the waypoint marked by the blue diamond. Follow the on-screen instructions to take out the enemies ahead, then walk up to the structure (marked by another waypoint) and interact with it. Set your weapons loadout, which at this point only consists of the Neutron Assault Rifle and Electro Bolter for your primary weapon, and the Glass Gas Cannon for you heavy weapon. Choose the rifle if you don’t like to aim, and the bolter if you want more power that requires a bit of precision. 

Objective: Search for the cause of the destruction.

Objective: Find the entrance to the tunnel. 

Head forward and blow up the container on the roof. Jump on top of the roof and head toward the next waypoint marker, then make your way down the canal to the right. Change into vehicle form and take out the truck blocking your path at the end of the canal. 

Two enemies await when you jump down near the end of the canal. Take them out, then destroy the tanker on the bridge above. Use your ability to take them down with relative ease. Two more enemies attack. Take them down as well, then head up to the street above and continue toward the next waypoint. 

Objective: Proceed through the tunnel. 

Several Cybertronial mercenaries attack as you make your way through the tunnel. Your best option is to use your ability on each one. If your ability is down, take cover while it recharges, then attack the next enemy.

When you reach the end of the tunnel, push the subway car out of the way. Continue forward to the next subway car and move it out of the way as well. Go up the escalators and change your loadout at the interface terminal at the top if necessary. Head through the doorway into the open area as you continue toward the next waypoint. 

Objective: Clear the area of enemy forces. 

Head into the open area and look to the left to find a slew of enemies. There’s plenty of cover and the area is littered with health and ammo. If you use your cover and let your abilities recharge, this shouldn’t be too difficult. Be sure to use your melee attack if enemies are close by (it usually takes two attacks to take down an enemy), and try to take down multiple enemies at once with your ability if they’re grouped together. 

Objective: Rendezvous with Optimus. 

Once you’ve taken down enough mercenaries to complete the previous objective, you need to meet up with Optimus. Unfortunately, the enemies don’t stop just because you completed the last objective. These new enemies are more heavily armed than the previous mercenaries. 

Head toward the waypoint and into the adjacent open area, then take cover around the side of the building to the left. The mercenaries will take a position behind the structures in the middle of the area. Keep them all in sight and it’s fairly easy to avoid the missiles that make up their main form of attack. Use your ability and melee (at close range) to finish them off. 

Objective: Investigate what caused the crater. 

With the help of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, take down the remaining mercenaries as you make your way toward the next waypoint. A few more enemies attack as you make your way through the tunnels ahead, but with Optimus and Bumblebee helping, it doesn’t take much to defeat them. 

Objective: Survive until the Relic’s energy field dissipates.

Objective: Retrieve the Ancient Relic. 

When you reach the waypoint, you must stay alive long enough for the energy field to dissipate. You still have the help of Optimus and Bumblebee, which means you don’t have to do too much to stay alive. Move toward the Dark Spark, because once you’ve been alive long enough, you’ll need to make your way over to it. Once the objective changes, reach the Dark Spark to initiate a cut-scene.

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Bryan Dawson has an extensive background in the gaming industry, having worked as a journalist for various publications for nearly 20 years and participating in a multitude of competitive fighting game events. He has authored over a dozen strategy guides for Prima Games, worked as a consultant on numerous gaming-related TV and web shows and was the Operations Manager for the fighting game division of the IGN Pro League.