|Violence, Blood and Gore
| The Good
Immense areas to battle it out
Numerous gameplay modes
A variety of unlockable characters and arenas
Excellent enemy A.I.
| The Bad
Harsh learning curve
Not meant for kids
Think of Twisted Metal like Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars.
In the original game, Twisted Metal had a lot of potential
and good things going for it. By TM2, the series was strong
and was doing things right. But, by TM3, Twisted Metal had
turned bad. In TM4, Twisted Metal was as weak and bad as possible.
With Twisted Metal Black, though, the series has made a triumphant
return. The premise is the same as before. The evil Calypso
has gathered a handful of insane and perverse people to drive
vehicles of death in a tournament. Whoever wins will get their
To see downloaded video clips of TMB is to not even get a
glimpse of what is involved with this game. Possibly the most
depraved and intense car combat game ever to be created, this
game will easily run you through the ringer before letting
you go. This game is dark and every battlefield feels like
your driving through the gates of Hell.
This game runs at 60fps with no problem. The only time it
might dip is on 4 player when an element of the environment
gets blown up. What is really impressive is that so many little
things are done right and well that the whole package comes
together. Car lights illuminate the surroundings. Weather
effects are impressive. Driving through the Junkyard, you
might find yourself in a deluge that will reduce visibility
and the snow in the Snowy Roads level is also extremely effective.
The numerous levels (with many to unlock) vary in size, but
most are huge and packed full with secrets and places to hide,
or duke it out. On the first level alone you can jump on top
of a crusher, shoot down a plane to access a hidden underground
tunnel and break into the building by jumping through the
windows. In later levels, you can run into or destroy buildings,
cars and even pedestrians.
And it's not just the gameplay that's polished. The interface
of the menu, with the Matrix-like 3D effects, is beautiful.
The original music is well done and paced out excellently.
When you manage to find a place the hide, the music falls
into a passive, dark lull, but when the heat is on, all hell
breaks loose sonically. All around, the music is as strong
as the visuals. This is definently a game you'll want your
sound turned up on, if not for the music, then to be able
to hear your enemies blasting their way to you.
With a Story, Endurance, Challenge and various multiplayer
modes, TMB offers a lot to do and a lot to redo. With numerous
characters, stages and even movies to unlock, you'll be spending
a grand amount of time playing. And unlocking items is not
as easy as finishing the game with one character. You have
to find hidden areas just to locate black boxes to unlock
these additions, rewarding you for digging around and looking.
Probably the best part of this game is the challenge. While
the learning curve is steep and you'll find yourself getting
killed often early, once you pick up the scheme of the weapons
and the arcade-style car physics, it can be a real blast.
Even with a good handle of the battle scheme, you'll find
yourself spending around 30 to 45 minutes to complete a stage.
The enemy intelligence is outstanding. They execute sneak
attacks and run away when severly damaged. At times, you might
think they were being controlled by real people.
TMB is the best car combat game to come out - hands down.
This is the pinnacle, and when the online capability comes
out, this game will be even better. One point of note, though.
This game is NOT for kids. It all but screams four-letter
words at you. Even with the blood removed from the game, it's
excessively violent and anti-social. It's one of those games
that might be later blamed for road rage. If you're above
that kind of social blame, then pick this up, enjoy it, live
it, marry it... You get the point.