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Twisted Metal Box Art
System: PS3
Dev: Eat Sleep Play, Inc.
Pub: Sony
Release: February 14, 2012
Players: 1 – 16 online, 1-4 local
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Violence
Burning Rubber And Nuking The World
by Angelo M. D’Argenio

Twisted Metal is one of those relics of the 90s that everyone remembers fondly, even though it probably wouldn't hold up to today's standards. Sure, a multiplayer four-man vehicle-based battlefest was fine for local games, but today we routinely play online games of sixteen or even thirty-two members per side, which would dwarf the paltry four-player battles from Twisted Metal's past. Since Twisted Metal has always been about the multiplayer, the game needed to be overhauled for its upcoming 2012 release—and what an overhaul it is! David Jaffe and the rest of the team over at Eat Sleep Play have turned this once dead franchise into a multiplayer experience that might be able to rival some of the big-name shooters on the market right now.

Twisted Metal is one of those relics of the 90s that everyone remembers fondly, even though it probably wouldn't hold up to today's standards. Sure, a multiplayer four-man vehicle-based battlefest was fine for local games, but today we routinely play online games of sixteen or even thirty-two members per side, which would dwarf the paltry four-player battles from Twisted Metal's past. Since Twisted Metal has always been about the multiplayer, the game needed to be overhauled for its upcoming 2012 release—and what an overhaul it is! David Jaffe and the rest of the team over at Eat Sleep Play have turned this once dead franchise into a multiplayer experience that might be able to rival some of the big-name shooters on the market right now.

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And speaking of heavy vehicles, a huge eighteen-wheeler has been revealed. The truck can take a lot of punishment, but it isn't the best at dishing it out. What it can do, however, is heal other vehicles on the field. All they do is drive up into it from behind. (That's some awesome Knight Rider stunting right there.) Not only will their vehicle be shielded by the tractor trailer's beefy exterior, but the driver will climb up to the top of the truck to control a mounted turret, giving it extra firepower.

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In addition, vehicles won't be stuck on the ground in the new Twisted Metal. Players will be able to hop in to a new helicopter, which sacrifices hit points and fire-power for a maximum amount of mobility. The helicopter will even have a towing magnet that will allow you to pick up another car, weapons intact, and fly it around the map to rain carnage upon everyone below.

Teamwork seems to be the name of the game this time around. Trucks will have an easy time going toe to toe with a car, but a swarm of bikes will shred it to pieces. Meanwhile, bikes might have a hard time bringing down a helicopter, but a tank or any vehicle with a homing weapon can shoot it out of the air while someone else distracts it.

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Teamwork will also be key in many of the new game modes. While classic game types like Deathmatch will be returning, the development team is adding a few new modes that put a Twisted Metal spin online multiplayer. Nuke Mode is one such mode, where you have to capture an enemy leader from inside the enemy's base, drive him back to a nuclear missile silo, then stay around the base long enough so that your army of peons can strap the enemy leader to a nuclear missile and launch it at a towering statue that looms over your opponent's headquarters. It's one part capture the flag, one part king of the hill.

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When you first start up this new Twisted Metal, you will have a limited amount of cars, weapons, and factions to choose from. However, as you win battles online, you gain XP and level up, unlocking more stuff. Apparently the new Twisted Metal is taking a page from Call of Duty, allowing you to get progressively better weapons and rewards the more you play online. The development team hasn't yet revealed details on what these weapons and reward are, nor have they even confirmed that the game will be using loadouts or anything similar, but the presence of XP has been confirmed by Jaffe himself.

There are several other features that have been leaked over the past few months. For example, the game will feature multiple control schemes, one of which will mirror the exact control layout of the original Twisted Metal games. Online leaderboards have also been confirmed, as has a full story mode and single-player suite. There are still a few bugs; numerous outlets have reported frame rate drops, game crashes, and broken menus, but Jaffe has continued to assure us that this will all be fixed by the game's launch. We still have half a year to go before the game finally comes out, so we can certainly look forward to more big announcements.

Cheat Code Central will continue to keep you updated on every Twisted Metal story that breaks. Either way, this game will certainly deliver a whole lot more than four-player local multiplayer.

By Angelo M. D’Argenio
CCC Contributing Writer


Game Features:

  • Multiple vehicles to choose from.
  • Insane game modes let you nuke the world.
  • Gain XP to build your perfect vehicle of death.
  • Online mode confirmed.


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