Twisted Metal: Head-On: Extra Twisted Edition Preview
The Twisted Metal franchise has been awfully quiet, for some strange reason. Our last console title is currently the only one available on the PlayStation 2 - it is the awesome Twisted Metal: Black. PSP's Head-On was a solid title, but playing Twisted Metal is simply more fun on an actual TV, where the carnage and explosions are larger. So David Jaffe and his crew took the PSP game and overhauled it.
On the official PlayStation blog, Jaffe details some of the features from the PlayStation 2 version. For starters, fans of Twisted Metal: Black will be extremely happy to know the game runs at a full 60 frames per second, as well featuring well improved textures and slightly modified art. On top of that, there's a new level called "Transylvania Castle."
There are four new multiplayer-only maps, and they are based in the Twisted Metal: Black universe. And the game will offer a Sweet Tour mode, where you take control of Sweet Tooth himself and run around levels that were originally designed for Twisted Metal: Black 2 - yes, you run around on-foot.
When developing Head-On Extra Twisted Edition, Jaffe had a specific goal in mind: value. "We wanted people to flip the game box over and be floored by how much cool stuff was inside," Jaffe says. "I love it when I buy a game or DVD and the thing almost FEELS heavier because it's just stuffed with features and bonus content. And that's the experience we've tried to deliver to folks who pick up our new game."
You'll also receive a redeemable code with the purchase of your game, that'll allow you to download a copy of Twisted Metal Symphony - a compilation soundtrack consisting of tunes from TM1, TM2, TM: Black, and TM: Head-On. And Jaffe specifically states that "Rooftops" will appear.
An art booklet called "A Continuous Suicide Of Reason: The Art Of Twisted Metal" will feature concept drawings that date as far back as the original Twisted Metal. A 30 minute documentary called "The Dark Past" details the true history of Twisted Metal, even talking about the complications Singletrac (now Incog. Inc) encountered with Sony, which resulted with two Twisted Metal games (TM3 and TM4) being developed by a team within Sony. Jaffe says the documentary isn't a puff piece, so you'll get the true story, as well as their true feelings on TM3 and TM4.
Finally, Jaffe and his team have thrown in a batch of clips called "The Lost Ending Movies." This is a series of endings that never made it into the original Twisted Metal, and they were written way back in 1995. Funny thing about these clips is that they were live-action movies.
Regarding the end movies, Jaffe states: "Because they were deemed too sexist and too violent, they never saw the light of day. But it's 2008 now and what was once offensive is now just- to most folks- cheesy and charming." So these flicks are on the disc for folks to finally judge for themselves if they are cinematic masterpieces or the final proof of my total lack of talent. I'm sure you'll let me know which."
Best of all, is the price-tag, a mere $19.99 for a package that contains much, much more than the ordinary $60 next-gen game. Hell, even without the soundtrack, documentary, and all of that, $20 is still phenomenal. Twisted Metal: Head-On Extra Twisted Edition (yes, that is the full title) is practically a steal - so make sure you pick up a copy on February. This is one game PlayStation 2 owners will likely not want to miss.
1/14/2008 Arnold Katayev