Excerpt: Years ago, Sci’s Carmageddon broke open the car combat genre that up until then hadn’t really had much attention. After the initial release of Sci’s hit, several publishers tried to do better (including Sci with sequels to their original) but none of them ever really did create the same feeling and gave as much fun as Carmageddon itself. Up until now that is.
Excerpt: At first glance the title Twisted Metal: Black may seem a bit odd, but there couldn't be a better description for the overall look and attitude of this game. SCEA even went as far as to send the game to me in a black popcorn bag filled with black licorice and black popcorn, which I haven't sampled yet.
Excerpt: I definitely think Chi nailed it when he said that Twisted Metal: Blacks strengths lie in its refinement, rather than in anything innovative. To cut right to the chase, the game becomes quite boring within only a day or two. After getting it home, I sat down and devoted a few hours to immersing myself in the experience. Like Chi, I was initially wowed by the extremely slick and gruesomely stylish visuals in the interstitial portions of the disc.
Excerpt: The Twisted Metal videogame franchise has seen its highs and lows. After five attempts in six years, file the series' latest entry, Twisted Metal: Black , under the 'semi-got-it-right' category. This is a distinction normally reserved for the annual updates of EA Sports titles, but it's also applicable here because the most enduring characteristic of Twisted Metal: Black isn't its innovation, but its refinement.
Excerpt: Think of Twisted Metal like Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars. In the original game, Twisted Metal had a lot of potential and good things going for it. By TM2, the series was strong and was doing things right. But, by TM3, Twisted Metal had turned bad. In TM4, Twisted Metal was as weak and bad as possible. With Twisted Metal Black, though, the series has made a triumphant return. The premise is the same as before.
Pros: Immense areas to battle it out, Numerous gameplay modes, A variety of unlockable characters and arenas, Excellent enemy A.I.
Excerpt: There's basically two things that can happen to a 'series' of games. Either the sequels get better - or they get worse. Twisted Metal: Black takes the Twisted Metal series to a whole new level. The 'Black' in the name refers to a character in the game, the dark mood of the game, and the theme song, 'Paint it Black', by the Rolling Stones .
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: As one of only two online titles currently available, Twisted Metal: Black Online is certainly worth a try, if for no other reason than to justify the purchase of a shiny new Network Adapter.
Excerpt: One of the trickiest aspects of online play is coming up with engaging, creative gameplay that captures your audience’s attention. Every gamer who ventures online has gotten used to the standard Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, or other variants of competition typically offered, forcing some outstanding aspect or quirk of design to stand out of the crowd. Even harder, the single player and online components often seem to be designed separately from each other.
Excerpt: TMB is the return to the shadow days of Twisted Metal; back when the series had more in common with movies like Seven and Silence of the Lambs than with an Abbot and Costello horror comedy. It is dark. It is menacing. Face it, this game is evil incarnate. Don’t believe me? One videogame journalist confided in me that he couldn’t play it anymore; it was giving him nightmares. (Hi Zach! Hope you are sleeping better!