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: 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!
Summary: Even though It’s not a full-length title, SCEA and
Incog’s Twisted Metal: Black Online is available to owners of the PS2 Network
Adaptor for free with an enclosed coupon. TM:BO extends the popular series
online, with several death-match modes that allow for plenty of carnage and
destruction. Like the other games in the series, the action is typically fast
and manic with loads of cool power-ups and weapons, making this online title
perfect for console gamers.
Conclusion: Setting up a new account is simple and the interface is efficient and intuitive. What really impressed me is that when I switched to dial-up (thanking heavens for my broadband provider’s free 20 hours a month of dial-up service) and joined a game everything was smooth and glitch free. In a weekend of heavy dial-up play, I had few disconnects or serious lag issues. Hosting games made the problems completely non-existent.