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Twisted Metal capitalizes on the very things that have made it a stand out for the PlayStation for so many years, yet again. The dark and “twisted” reality that is the game’s backdrop still melds well with the over-the-top vehicular combat in a way that feels unique to this game, and familiar for fans of previous games. February 15, 2012 3.5

Twisted Metal Review

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Twisted Metal capitalizes on the very things that have made it a stand out for the PlayStation for so many years, yet again. The dark and “twisted” reality that is the game’s backdrop still melds well with the over-the-top vehicular combat in a way that feels unique to this game, and familiar for fans of previous games.
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Twisted Metal is the longest running franchise for Sony’s PlayStation brand.  It’s a franchise that introduced competitive console gaming outside of the realm of sports titles and fighters back in a time when online play was a pipe dream on consoles.  That being said, gamers got their kicks from forming split screen rivalries, passing the controller back and forth between buddies to get their multiplayer fixes.  Well times have changed, and while Eat Sleep Play’s latest Twisted Metal offering isn’t their first online affair, it might as well should be.  Harnessing the power of the PlayStation 3, this latest game allows for the best realized version of Twisted Metal that has ever graced a console, if just for the wealth of options available to the player in this online era of gaming.

As its predecessors, Twisted Metal revolves around the over-the-top world of deadly vehicle based competition, where a mixed bag of contestants put it all on the line to win a single wish from the mysterious figurehead, Calypso. This trip into the world of Twisted Metal is a bit different than others.  Instead of the traditional every man for himself approach, the developer has opted to use factions, with leaders being popular characters from previous games.  Sweet Tooth, Doll Face, and Mr Grimm take center stage in the single player portion of Twisted Metal, and they’ll have henchmen along for the ride.

Telling the story of each faction, and their leader, you’ll progress through an increasingly difficult landscape of objectives.  From traditional deathmatch, to more rules oriented affairs, Twisted Metal offers a great deal of variety in the gameplay department in its single player portion.  It’s also the best place to learn the lay of the land and how to effectively use the wide assortment of weapons at your disposal.  Driven by cinematic cutscenes, Twisted Metal does have a story behind it, eventhough series creator David Jaffe would have you believe otherwise.  There are some moments throughout the campaign that’ll leave you scratching your head, and a few holes in the otherwise interesting plot, that’ll feel pretty familiar to fans of the previous games. Twisted Metal offers the same dark sensibilities as previous titles, but is probably best realized with the current generation hardware.

Alot of the fun in Twisted Metal derives from the sheer wealth of options that you have.  Customization will allow you to not only select your starting vehicle, but back-up vehicles and their weapon load-outs.  These can be called on mid-match if your health gets low, and are accessible via a garage found somewhere on the map.  If you can make it there, you’ll give your vehicles a chance to repair, and give yourself a new lease on life with a fresh vehicle.  While you start out with a pretty nice set of starting vehicles and weapons to choose from, you’ll also earn powerups along the way, which can be used depending on personal customization preferences.  Powerups and ammunition caches are found throughout the game’s maps and it’s imperative that you walk the line between offense,defense and supply gathering if you want to win.  That’s Twisted Metal in a nutshell really, but with chaotic and fast paced gameplay, devious rule-sets placed on the players, and other variables found in Twisted Metal, it never really feels that simple.

There’s no doubt that the game benefits from the raw power of this generation of consoles when comparing it to other Twisted Metal releases.  Maps are large and expansive, there’s a ton of destruction, and there’s just a lot more to see and do in each area than ever before.  Environments range from rural settings, suburban locales, and even a stadium that changes landscapes on the fly with traps at every turn.  With each map being quite large there are plenty of nooks and crannies to explore, giving you ample opportunity to find those perfect getaway spots or places to corner your competition.  Learning the maps and lay of the land is best suited for the early levels in the single player portion of the game, but this edition of Twisted Metal is all about online multiplayer.

There’s really nothing quite like Twisted Metal in the online multiplayer world today.  A handful of developers have tried the car combat thing, but none have seemed to nail it in the way that Twisted Metal does.  Again, it boils down to the sheer wealth of options for players.  Between the wide array of starting vehicles and the standard and optional weapons that are available on all, there are a lot of variables that can mix up surprising results on the field of play.   Plus, playing against human opponents is always more fun than playing against A.I.  Again, in the multiplayer arena you’ll find there are a good amount of game modes to choose from whether you are a lone-wolf style player, or tend to gravitate towards team based games, there’s definitely something for everyone in Twisted Metal.  Much like guns are balanced in other online affairs, Twisted Metal relies on a delicate balance between slower more heavily armored vehicles, and faster more nimble yet weaker vehicles. For the most part, balance in the game feels spot-on.  Of course, you’re going to feel the pain of your weaknesses if you choose to travel to the extremes of each class, whether that be limited mobility or what feels like little to no armor.  But whatever your playstyle is you’ll find something for you in the car classes of Twisted Metal.

A full featured set of online additions like global leaderboards and functional lobbies complete with the ability to chat with fellow lobby dwellers round-out the incredible suite of options on the multiplayer front.  It’s as full featured as any other multiplayer game on the market, and offers all the features that you would expect from a self-proclaimed multiplayer-centric affair.  Play just a handful of rounds and its hard not to get sucked into the world of Twisted Metal almost instanteously. The game will have you leveling up, earning XP, and even bonuses like new vehicles, weapons, skins and more. Whether you’re playing with friends or going it alone against the crowd on PSN, it’s hard not to have a good time with Twisted Metal… when it’s working that is.

It’s one of the biggest problems that we’ve found with the game so far.  Online connectivity is hit and miss for the title, and with multiplayer being such a big draw for Twisted Metal it’s hard to stomach it being nearly completely broken at this point.  But as said above, when it works, it’s fun and their nothing like it on the market today.  Hopefully these issues are ironed out as soon as possible.  Outside of the technical hiccups on the multiplayer front, it’s hard to fault Twisted Metal for much, as it draws on many of the great things that made the historic games in the franchise so good.  But, some of the new inclusions that Eat Sleep Play included in the single player portion of the game, just don’t work very well.  Rules based modes within the confines of the story really break up what could be a monotonous single player portion, but some of them work better than others.  Namely the racing style modes, which are nearly as broken as the netcode at this point.   Boss Battles, another new inclusion in the game, feel somewhat out of place.  And while they are epic and cinematic, they are a mixed bag.  At many times you’ll feel like you completed one just by chance, and not by skill. None of these “problems” really feel like they take the fun out of the core gameplay of Twisted Metal, but feel more like imperfections than they do fun stoppers.

Twisted Metal capitalizes on the very things that have made it a stand out for the PlayStation for so many years, yet again. The dark and “twisted” reality that is the game’s backdrop still melds well with the over-the-top vehicular combat in a way that feels unique to this game, and familiar for fans of previous games. On the assumption that Sony and Eat Sleep Play will get their online act together in the coming days, it’s hard not to recommend this to anyone that enjoys the trappings of some friendly online chaotic action. Because Twisted Metal has it in spades…when it’s working that is.

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  • Luke

    Fun stuff, picked it up at redbox already, might buy it when the used price gets cheaper..

  • BabyJezus

    Good Luck…has online pass.

    • Allen

      So does all EA games and coming Activision games on Xbox. Pay for internet, the only one’s in the world that have to pay for online play and now you get to pay for online passes too. Look in the mirror for that ass wipe.

    • Andrew

      Allen he was replying to Luke saying it would be better to get the game new as opposed to used and paying the extra for online pass. He didn’t even say he had an Xbox and I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t.

    • Allen

      He’s a hateful xbot as seen from the other page. Total troll.

      But thank you; things have lightened up in the last couple days and I’m starting to not be so angry. But I’ll never let the xbots forget how much a scam xbox is. I let up because people just kept saying all I do is copy/paste. Fine if that’s true but that copy/paste is a $hit load of facts about how xbox sucks from head to toe and that everyone else everywhere else has everything bigger, better & at a lower cost.

      Sorry Andrew; I think you are one of the most respectable peeps out there; I’ve got lots of xbot friends and don’t really have an issue with any xbox gamers; just xbox. But peeps are such fanboys that it ruins it for everyone. Take care and came on Andrew.

    • Andrew

      That’s fine Allen, I got no problem with you not liking Xbox just don’t hate on us. But yeah this guy in this case though was just telling the guy not to pick it up used, which I would agree. On any system or game that requires an online pass don’t pick up used because it’ll probably cost you more than buying it new.

    • Allen

      I saw that after you pointed it out. I should have put my first comment on Greedy Sony down below.

      The online pass is better than playing for online play in my opinion. Reason being is that new games come down in cost so fast (except Nintendo) and that since big names like EA and Activision are doing it too; it’s just the future of console gaming and possibly is Xbox’s fault and those who support them. Perhaps it was needed and just part of evolution; online gaming on PC didn’t include the user interface a console counterpart does.

      Anyways online pass is more directed at getting some of the profit the used game market generates than trying to make the consumer pay for online play.

    • BranchofLight

      @Allen

      You may want to look up how to use a semi-colon.

    • Allen

      Thank you Mrs. Lockston. I hope I still get an A in your class.

      Thys is th fking enternet fk u

  • Luke

    Yeah, psn pass really screws up redbox and gamefly rentals

  • GreedySony

    Oh it has online pass? Why all Sony games have online pass? And why does it have online pass if online doesn’t even work? I will not buy…

  • Luke

    The pass is annoying, but I’m okay paying a little extra to support sony and their exclusives. I’d rather have them make some profts and not go bankrupt

  • Tuck

    You do realize psn costs sony millions to run, just on security and customer support alone. MS may definitely be overcharging for live, but you bragging about saving a couple dollars a month while sony is looking at bankruptcy is kind of sad.

    • Allen

      Tuck the dumb fk

    • Allen

      Any idea why PC gaming has been free online play since the begging of online gaming time? With a console they make even more money.

      You pay for the console – money goes to Sony

      You pay for Games – money goes to Sony

      You pay for your internet already, developers and publishers pay for servers just like it’s always been on PC. If I were going to pay for anything it would be the great free service PS+ offers. Free games, Full Game trials, Free map packs, even more free DLC & huge discounts – way better than even the best pipe dream on xbox live.

      You xbots are so funny, you got freaking nothing…you pay so it just must be better. It must suck being so ignorant about something you are so passionate about.

    • Max

      Pretty sure you’ve stated multiple times Allen that you bought multi-plats instead of UC3 or Ratchet recently, you do not buy DLC, do not have PS+, and you’re probably buying used games. Odds are Sony probably hasn’t even made back the money they lost when you initially bought a PlayStation. .

    • Allen

      Pretty sure I was being honest you dumb fk matha fka. Picked up Uncharted 3 and Resistance 3 thank you. And retard I did buy Killzone 3 too.

  • Tuck

    Well you’re pc comparison might be right if all psn and live offered was online gaming. But there’s a ton of features on psn I’m sure you enjoy that sony covers the expense for. I’d understand you bragging about it if it wasn’t for the fact that sony is in deep financial trouble.

    • Allen

      You’re funny. Thank you for admiting I was right.

      Sony has the benefit of selling the console as well; and again they get money on every game released on their console unlike PC where in terms of video games mostly the developer/publisher make the money on it.

      Have you seen how many Playstation software titles have been sold? It’s in the Billions, with it’s hardware being the most successful of any console.

      Add up all of Nintendo’s the great successful Wii; 2nd best Nintendo NES, then SNES, N64 & Game Cube – those 5 generations (remind you how much Wii still has a lead on 360 and PS3) and it still doesn’t add up to what Sony did in just 2 1/2 generations.

      Over 300,000,000 consoles sold in just 17 years. Do you have any idea what kind of money that is?

      You keep looking at the extream short term and thinking all that matters is in the now and the limited scope in which you can see. Do you have any idea what kind of film studios Sony has and how long they’ve been around? How much they are in Music and electronics and how much each and every one of those has made Billions and Billions of dollars?

      Think of how many dollars they made on each and every one of those software sales in the last 17 years, again Billions of units sold for the PS brand, it doesn’t take very many dollars made per sale to be Billions and Billions thousands of times over again.

      They are going through tough times but their gaming division isn’t. Sony only lost money on the PS3 in the beginning, they took a hit because they were way too ambitious with their quality and features of the PS3. But now it’s leading their profits; Blu ray has a very strong foothold; 3D is growing, video game developers know how to write for PS3 architecture, PSN is extreamly reliable, stable & secure, PS+ has established it’s self as the premier video game lover’s subscription service (any member can tell you how much free and discounted stuff they got) so PS4 is not only a for sure thing but it’s a for sure winner.

      Sure there will be dumb blind loyalsts still but as long as Sony sticks with free online play; along with Nintendo then Xbox will fail hard.

      Bla ha ha, I can see this now. Wii U coming back to hardcore; PS4 releases at $399 and again with free online play. Xbox 720 comes out and xbox falls on it’s big ugly nose, breaking it and spewing it’s filthy infested blood everywhere eventually passing out and bleeding to death the entire generation. As xbox slowly dies off he raises his hand for help but everyone just looks on in disgust.

  • Raven

    I’m pretty sure sony lost money on that console for quite awhile plus they’ve already complained about sales of exclusives, so not much money there.

    No credit, little profits, and cheap fans like you, not a good future for ps4

  • asdf

    so Online Pass is worse than pay to play online fcukin’ idiots!

  • anti-idiot

    Totally unrelated but Allen , and all you BF3 fans/boys on the PS3 , have you played Starhawk ? Because I have been busy playing and analyzing the beta and:
    IMHO, it’s better than BF3(please don’t send me hate messages)
    Flying is actually skillful and dodging missiles and rockets, a challenge.

  • bigjershby

    starhawk thats another ps3 exclusive right? where u build ur own levels ingame and they drop from the sky?

  • anti-idiot

    Not levels but buildings and yes, it’s a PS exclusive. If you wanna join the beta , sign up or login to “gamespot” go under the articles section , and then search for an article which has a heading like’Join Starhawk today!’ I got in through this method(they’ll give u a code ,redeem this in the PS store . U do not need to give your PSN ID . Just your gamespot login info.)

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