|System: PS2||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Eat Sleep Play||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: SONY||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Feb. 5, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
One other downfall is the lack of an online component that was in fact part of the PSP version. Online battles via the handheld are epic, and this new version misses that element. All in all I would say that the Extra Twisted Edition still gets the nod, however, because the controls are so vastly improved over the PSP version. Moreover, the Lost levels of Harbor City are every bit as good as those of Head-On and the evolved character models are interesting and even edgier. The sheer amount of unlockables and previously unexplored content in both titles is phenomenal. You're really getting two games for the price of a used one with Twisted Metal: Head-On: Extra Twisted Edition.
Moreover, the game modes of Story, Challenge, and Endurance are available to play on both games. For those of you unfamiliar with the franchise, Story mode takes you through arena battles that culminate in awesome boss battles. They are also full of side mission content like a no-weapon destruction derby against taxi cabs. Challenge mode is a battle royal that allows you to set the combat parameters such as the location and the opponents, and then has you battle it out in a free-for-all. The Endurance mode pits you against a never-ending stream of enemies until you finally succumb to the barrage. There is also multiplayer gameplay, but sadly only two can participate at a time. The two player support is a relic that will be shed should the series move forward, but I wish the multi-tap could be utilized with this awesome installment of the series. In the multiplayer mode, you can sign up for a one-on-one Death Match or you can opt for Split Screen Co-Op to take on opponents together.
Twisted Metal: Head-On: Extra Twisted Edition brings all the best bits of the Twisted Metal series and loads it all into a memorable bargain title. This is a must buy chapter in the series for Metal-heads and those few unfortunates that have yet to experience the power and fun of the series. For everyone else, you could probably hold-off because gameplay hasn't substantially changed. However, the game will only set you back $20 and it is more than worth the price of admission. The Extra Twisted Edition is chocked full of new content and extras, but it still feels like a nostalgic stroll down a very fun memory lane.
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