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Twisted Metal has been released on PS3 and been provided for us to preview/review by the publisher.
Believe it or not we are still playing it. Here are some extracts of what we made of it in chronological order:
"Twisted Metal PS3 is a bewildering, chaotic load of old nonsense for the adolescent metalhead in your life. Pee-ow! BOOM!.."
- Story Gamer (Tue, 07 Aug 2012)
Twisted Metal promises a very different kind of wacky race, featuring tricked out cars with rocket launchers, bombs and machine guns. Oh and if all else fails, you can always lean out the window with a shotgun.
Clowns, Dolls, Skulls, and Preachers sound like an unlikely set of names for gangs, but these are the factions that make up the playable characters in Twisted Metal (ed: sounds like Timesplitters 2 to me). In this game you will take to a series of deadly arenas in heavily modified vehicles and use a combination of ramming, weapons and traps to take out all of the other competitors.
It features a strong singleplayer element, with a separate storyline for each of the four playable characters. Each of these stories reportedly has three possible outcomes, depending on your progress during the singleplayer campaign.
However, it is the Multiplayer where Twisted Metal will likely most come into its own, promising a four player split-screen game mode and up to 16-players online. It will be interesting to see if the game allows a mix of split-screen and online play as with the excellent multiplayer options in Uncharted 3 (PS3).
Twisted Metal has a long legacy of titles with the Playstation, but it will be nice to see this complete reboot of the franchise giving new players the chance to experience some reinvented vehicular carnage.
Twisted Metal is currently planned for release on the Playstation 3 on February 17th 2012.
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