Twisted Metal: Head On
Sony is bringing the Twisted Metal series to the handheld in an explosive way! Hands-on preview right here...
Back in the day I rented the first Twisted Metal for the PSone and thought it was pretty phat, though certainly glitchy as hell. It provided some cheap thrills and I respected the Sony and Incognito Entertainment entry in the vehicular combat genre.
However, time has not been kind to the series which, aside from the great Twisted Metal Black, somewhat veered off course. Thankfully, Incognito Entertainment is back at the wheel again with Twisted Metal Head-On for Sony's PSP system, and the game goes back to its roots, providing non-stop thrills and an extreme amount of destruction.
There's really a lot to love about this game, starting with its fourteen vehicles, driven by some of the more famous characters from the series as well as some you may not be too familiar with. Everyone's favorite sadistic clown Sweet Tooth has returned with his well-armed ice cream truck, but so has Mr. Grimm, the motorcycle riding skeleton nutball. There's also a tricked-out police cruiser driven by Sgt. and Cpt. Roberts, the hearse-loving Shadow, and many more. There are enough different vehicle types in the game, all of which handle differently, so you'll be able to find one that suits you.
Naturally, the whole point of getting these good folks together is to watch them blast the hell out of one another. The game includes twelve destructible environments that take place in such places as Paris and a sports complex. The France-inspired locale in particular is very cool, complete with an Eiffel Tower that you can blast to smithereens, but that's by no means the only object that can be destroyed. You can also barrel through trees, crush park benches, and take out statues, with all the explosions looking great!
I digress though. You haven't dropped yourself into these detailed arenas to see who can run over the most benches. You're here to kill one another by any means necessary, and Twisted Metal Head-On definitely delivers a high level of insane vehicular mayhem. You can use machine guns, rocket launchers, and a host of other effective weapons, all of which are effective in making things go BOOM!
Visually, the game more than holds its own. All of the cars and the environments are excellently modeled, and the game's intro movie is this cel-shaded masterpiece that just sings on the widescreen PSP. As corny as this will sound, seeing is definitely believing.
Of course, this game's biggest feature is its wireless multiplayer. You can and up to seven other maniacs can dismantle one another, and everything runs as smoothly as silk. No lag was seen in the multiplayer matches I played, and it turned out to be a very fun, chaotic time!
Based on what I've played, Twisted Metal Head-On is shaping up to be a pretty awesome experience. It's loaded with all sorts of vehicles, levels, and items to pick up, and we look forward to playing it once it follows the PSP launch on March 24.