Why Twisted Metal PS3 Is Important
I remember first seeing the original Twisted Metal on my friend's PlayStation way back when, and I distinctly recall the words that spilled from my mouth: "holy crap, what is this?!" Then I fell in love all over again with Twisted Metal 2 - still one of my favorite games ever, and I still play it - and I knew right then I'd be a TM fan for life. ...or so I thought. 989 Studios took over for TM3 and TM4, both of which were colossal disappointments in my opinion, and I gave the franchise up for lost. Then, Jaffe and the boys returned for Twisted Metal: Black on the PS2, which instantly resurrected my faith.
Since then, we've only had Head-On for the PSP and PS2 and while it was a super entertaining game in its own right, we really need that PlayStation 3 installment. It began with small hints, like this picture here, and then Jaffe himself confirmed that one of our favorite series would make a triumphant return on the PS3. Jaffe's new studio, Eat Sleep Play, is cranking away on the game even as we speak, and for more evidence as to why we need such a title right now, Jaffe recently spoke about how he may have missed the mark with Calling All Cars. It was fun, but in his quest to relive the glory days of the SNES, he admits to the fact that such a game may not appeal to the new generation of gamers. In other words, things need to keep moving forward; we need edgy; we need "blockbuster;" we need more flash. One can't say this without feeling a slight pang of depressing nostalgia, because we know we'll never be able to reclaim the simple purity of the good ol' days again. But because Jaffe mentioned this, it makes us think...TM PS3 is just the ticket.
Look, we've already had some amazing titles on the PS3. In 2007, we got Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, Heavenly Sword, Warhawk, and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune; in 2008, we got Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Resistance 2, Wipeout HD, and LittleBigPlanet, and in 2009, we'll get Killzone 2, Gran Turismo 5 (maybe), Heavy Rain, and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. But do any of these even remotely resemble something like Twisted Metal? Are any third-party multiplatform games similar? One element of GTAIV might be close, but you get my meaning. Here's the unique principle of TM that not enough people have recognized: it's a concept that appeals to the widest possible demographic; both the casuals and the hardcore can have a blast with it, and provided it's done correctly (and we have immense faith in Jaffe and Co.), it'll be a widely accepted title. A phenomenon, even. Honestly, when I sit down to think about it, I realize that Twisted Metal is one of the most well-respected franchises in history (well, minus TM3 and TM4).
When you say the name to a veteran gamer, a smile will stretch across their face. I promise you that. Nobody will be suspicious or skeptical of a TM for the PS3. Nobody will wonder if it can stand up to the big boys. Nobody will question if it'll be fun. TM has this quality about it, and its original gameplay is exactly what we need right now. Analysts have recently said this recession could impact innovation and fresh ideas, as publishers will be less likely to forward capital to small development houses. Hence, we may be seeing a lot of the same ol' same ol' in the very near future, which is why something original like Twisted Metal needs to step forward and break up the monotony. The situation is perfect: bring us that TM PS3 and I promise the response will be 99.9% positive. Eeeeeeveryone will be happy.
12/11/2008 Ben Dutka