Excerpt: If Motor Mayhem had been released just a month or two ago, it would have been able to ride high on the rather sparse list of titles headed for the PS2. Sadly, Motor Mayhem will be dwarfed by the inky black shadow of Twisted Metal: Black, a game that on nearly every level simply outdoes it. That's not to say it's a bad game, quite the contrary, it's just that there's something quite a bit better that's bound to be sitting on the same shelf only a couple feet away.
Excerpt: Whoever over at Infograme's marketing department thought that Motor Mayhem should be released within a week of Twisted Metal: Black's release needs to be demoted to a customer service agent. Motor Mayhem is one of those "wannabe" games, much like Vigilante 8 was. It's not only half-assed on Infogrames' part to release a car-combat title on a console that's got the greatest car combat series on it, but pretty much every developer who's thinking of developing a car combat...
Summary: Motor Mayhem is different enough that it will appeal to those gamers who have an interest in the car-combat genre or aren't excited about the new turn for the morbid that Twisted Metal has taken.
Excerpt: Aw, yeah! I love the feeling of checking out screenshots, thinking a game looks okay, and firing it up to see more than I bargained for. I sometimes wonder if high expectations cause publishers to make rash choices about development teams, or push a game to market that just isn't ready. I think we all have seen the latter to be true, but in the case of a franchise like Twisted Metal, I wonder if there's a case to be made for the former.