Summary: Twisted Metal 2 is one of the greatest videogames to ever grace the original PlayStation, and that's an undeniable scientific fact. Though my personal relationship with the series has been a spotty affair, my love for TM2' s inimitable blend of sadistic humor and car-on-car violence has carved a bloody hole in my heart, one that's remained gaping for years. A new Twisted Metal for the PlayStation 3 has been a long time coming, and arrives not a moment too soon.
Excerpt: It’s been a long wait for fans that have been patiently waiting for the chance to bask in the explosions, gunfire, carnage, and high-speed action that is the Twisted Metal series. Over a decade ago, Black gave the series a dark and gritty new look, and after Head-On changed things up again in 2005, it’s nice to be back to the dark and twisted world of Twisted Metal. This is one of the granddaddies of the modern combat racing genre.
Excerpt: The PlayStation brand is closely tied to a lot of big-name games, but it hasn’t been tied to many of them for quite as long as Twisted Metal. The gritty car-combat series – which stars a bunch of crazies in heavily armed vehicles who massacre each other for a chance at a wish from a dark trickster god – has been with Sony’s consoles since their earliest days.
Pros: Huge amount of variety to play around with, Story campaign hides a ton of hidden extras, Nuke is a cool addition to multiplayer
Cons: Multiplayer feels sparse next to campaign, Races tend to hinge on just picking the fastest car, The difficulty, if you prefer to breeze through games
Conclusion: As a package Twisted Metal stands very much as a singular vision of David Jaffe and Eat Sleep Play. It revels in its uncompromising nature and harkens back to the series’ roots, which go back as far the PlayStation itself. For some this will be enough; it mixes in enough new elements such as the fully functioned multiplayer modes and mixtures of new vehicles / weapons to keep fans happy for a long time, but for those outside the circle there is little that beckons you...
Excerpt: Twisted Metal is currently the oldest franchise that is exclusive to the PlayStation brand that is still running to this day. The series’ first instalment was released way back in 1995 on the original PlayStation, which has been followed by numerous sequels over the years. Despite the simple title, the newest instalment is a fresh game and is in no way a remake.
Conclusion: Twisted Metal never escapes the fact that it feels completely old and archaic. The premise is timeless, and there should always be room for a game of mindless destruction, but the execution is poor here. If you're a fan of the series, you'll undoubtedly find some enjoyment, but for everyone else Sweettooth's adventure is pointless. Basic mistakes and the willingness to punish players at every given opportunity makes this a disappointing and forgettable product.
Excerpt: Twisted Metal has always been a unique beast among games, essentially creating the car-combat genre back in 1995, and is Sony’s longest-running franchise. While there has been the occasional imitator, Twisted Metal practically owns the genre, being comparable to only previous entries in the series—most notably Twisted Metal 2 and Twisted Metal: Black .