Twisted Metal Review

Twisted Metal (Available exclusively for PlayStation 3)
ESRB Rating: M
Players: 1-16
Genre: Shooter
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: Eat Sleep Play
Release Date: February 14, 2012
PSN: Online Multiplayer

Parent Talk: Twisted Metal is rated M for mature, for ages 17 and up, by the ESRB because of intense violence, strong language, blood and gore. The gameplay and cinematics also aren’t kid-friendly, so leave them out of this.

Plays Like: The previous Twisted Metal games and other vehicular combat games.

In 1995, Sony’s PlayStation was fresh on the scene and young designer David Jaffe had a vision for a vehicular combat game that became one of the platform’s early successes.  Fast-forward to today and David’s back with a new team, bringing the PS3 a genre everyone thought was long dead. How did this resurrection turn out?

The Great:

It’s ‘95 again! TM reminds us why the 90s were awesome. I rented everyTwisted Metal game back then.  The series got stale after a while, but it’s always fun to destroy cars with ridiculous guns. Nothing much has changed and that’s good, very good.

The Good:

+ Multiplayer. Hardcore fans will want this to head online immediately to prove themselves. This is especially thanks to leaderboard support. It runs smooth, and will be what keeps you coming back.

+ Split-screen!  If you have actual friends, enjoy everything TM offers at home. This is awesome because most franchises now ditch split-screen, and the campaign can co-op’ed, I don’t care for single-player shooters (Jaffe refers to this genre as a “shooter”), and I never expected a Twistd Metal game to be playable with a friend. Granted, my PSX (PS1 for your uninitiated) memories are not that good, so this could have been the case. I also never played Black, but whatever, Twisted Metal supports co-op and it’s a blast. Add a few beers and pizza, and your weekend is planned.

+ Twisted Metal Black. The game comes with a download code for it, which is perfect for noobs like me who never played it.

+ Solid campaign. You’re consistently given new challenges to keep things fresh. There’s mission variety, with most revolving around deathmatch objectives. There’s the occasional race as well, and chapter-end bosses. It’s all-around excellent.

+ The controls. They’re complicated at first, but the action heats up when you finally grasp them.

+ Presentation. The live-action cutscenes look fantastic and story keeps you hooked… to an extent.

The So-So:

+/- The plot. The Sweet Tooth portions are sick and make you want to keep seeing what’s next. However, I watched everything again while sober and noticed it wasn’t all as well-made as I thought. It’s debatable, but I think the story is lacking, especially for Grimm and Lady Doll. The conclusion to the third chapter leaves much to be desired. This isn’t terrible, as I think a story for a game like this is pure bonus, but I’m sad it went downhill after a promising start.

The Bad:

– For multiplayer. If you don’t like online competition, TM won’t keep your attention. The campaign lasts around four to five hours, give or take a few. There’s only three chapters, and not much incentive to return after you’ve seen every cut-scene.

The Lowdown: 

Twisted Metal is awesome for online and splitscreen multiplayer; you can toy for hours on end and have fun. If that isn’t your shtick, you might want to pass or go for a rental. Be warned while renting that playing online requires a paid pass. For everyone else, Twisted Metal is a great tribute to the 90s. It’s a blast to play with a friend, just don’t expect a long ride.

Final Score: 8.5/10