Title: Twisted Metal
Rating: M (Mature); Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language
Genre: Racing Action
Out on: PlayStation 3
Ever see the music video for Rob Zombie’s “Dragula?” That’s Twisted Metal in a nutshell. Pure chaos, riding in your choice of killing machines. It’s pure entertainment for adrenaline-seeking gamers looking to take out some aggression on CGI vehicles—or on your teammates in multiplayer mode.
If you’re familiar with the original 1995 release, you already know the story. Calypso throws a Twisted Metal tournament with entrants—Doll Face, Mr. Grimm and Sweet Tooth—battling for the chance to win a single wish. Each character comes equipped with his or her very own gang, wreaking havoc on the surrounding suburbs and cities.
That’s about as deep as it gets. That’s fine, though. “Plot” has never been a selling point for the racing action genre, and Twisted Metal isn’t about to start the trend. Instead, the developers from Eat Sleep Play dedicated themselves entirely to gameplay and creating exciting environments to amplify it. This is where Twisted Metal succeeds—masterfully.
The single-player campaign, although fun, is nothing to write home about. Any gamer worth his or her controller can beat the campaign in one day. But again, this game isn’t about storytelling. It’s about adrenaline-fueled gameplay, which is why multiplayer is absolutely the way to go.
Log on and destroy to your heart’s content. Play with your teammates at home, or gang up online and take out the rest of the Twisted Metal universe. Whatever you decide, you’ll be completely satisfied after an hour’s worth of carnage.
See what everyone else is saying about Twisted Metal, and check out our coverage of their “Shoot The Truck” viral campaign.
STACK Gamer Roundup
Celebrating an eccentric kind of action [IGN]
Every single level is loaded with detail [Digital Chumps]
Online issues saved by Rob Zombie music and level design [PSX Extreme]
Favorite Twisted Metal to date [EGM]
Car combat’s explosive return [Game Informer]
The perfect party game [UGO]
A bit rough around the edges [GameTrailers]
Gleeful, pulse-pounding fun [GameSpot]
Not perfect, but pretty strong [Cheat Code Central]
Too much muck to wade through [Joystiq]
Miserable single-player campaign [Destructoid]
Twisted Metal needed to evolve more [G4 TV]