Twisted Metal is, shall we say, unashamedly garish and perhaps a little old fashioned. That’s not to say it’s outright bad (as it’s WeView that’s for you to decide anyway), but it’s more that the game is almost the exact antithesis to the sleekness and polish of a lot of the current crop of games.
When Alex took a look at the game he described the game’s interfaces as “heavy metal artwork against a heavy metal soundtrack,” and you have to feel that’s exactly what Jaffe and Eat Sleep Play were going for with the game. It’d be hard to say that Twisted Metal’s ever been toned down and keep a straight face, but set against an industry that seems to have become increasingly slick and refined in its presentation (whilst somehow becoming continuously more bombastic) the game really does stick out.
Alex did note that it takes a while for the game to click – it took him a few plays before he really got it. However, once he twisted his brain around it (pun intended), it’s safe to say that he took a shine to it, calling it “Absolutely, one hundred percent, the dog’s bollocks.” If that’s not enjoyment then I don’t know what is.
Possibly the place where you’ll have to adjust yourself the most is with the game’s controls. With the face buttons bound to such mundane functions as acceleration and braking it may throw many, but Alex notes that once you get used to it it all fits, a phrase that can be used to describe pretty much the whole game.
Normally when I round off someone’s comments about a game I draw from the end of the review, but in this case I’ve plucked a single sentence paragraph from earlier in the text. Why the change? Well I don’t think you can sum up the game better than this:
With mates, this is probably the perfect antidote if you just want to let go and have a little blast of crazy every now and again.
With all of that out of the way, it’s time to start gathering your thoughts on the game. Do you agree that it’s “the dog’s bollocks”, or would you rather make a different anatomical reference? Did you find it a little too loud and brash, or did it simply work for you?
If you feel like sharing the answer to those questions, as well as any other thoughts you have on the game, then all you need to do is drop a comment below. Once you’ve taken care of that remember that you need to attach a rating from the Buy It, Bargain Bin It, Rent It, Avoid It scale, and get everything in by Sunday evening if you want to take part in Monday’s verdict article.