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On Christmas Eve of 2005, demonic Calypso is organizing his tenth annual Twisted Metal car combat deathmatch contest on the streets of L.A. Whoever wins gets to make one wish and Calypso has to grant it, but usually with a sinister twist.

Director:

Michael D. Jackson

Writers:

David Jaffe (creator), Mike Giam (creator) (co-writer)
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Charles Lance Charles Lance ... Calypso (as Lance Simco)
Aimée Leigh ... Hot Chick (unconfirmed)
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On Christmas Eve of 2005, demonic Calypso is organizing his tenth annual Twisted Metal car combat deathmatch contest on the streets of L.A. Whoever wins gets to make one wish and Calypso has to grant it, but usually with a sinister twist.

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Action | Crime | Fantasy

Certificate:

T

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

High Octane See more »

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The original name for the game (and series) was "High Octane". In addition, the endings were originally to be full motion video, as opposed to the text-based endings in the final game. The endings were filmed but not used, and a few vary in the details between the video and text versions. See more »

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Originally featured live action videos for the endings and Apocalypse 9 battle but they were cut for being too violent. See more »

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A Good Start
7 December 2019 | by jeremycrimsonfoxSee all my reviews

Yeah, while the first Twisted Metal may be inferior compared to the sequels it spawned (especially Twisted Metal 2: World Tour and even Twisted Metal: Black). However, back in the day, this was well received.

The story for this is on Christmas Eve 2005, Calypso holds his infamous Twisted Metal competition in the city of Los Angeles. The single-player mode has you fighting through six stages as one of the twelve selectable vehicles, from series icon Sweet Tooth to low rider Thumper to the forgotten Pit Viper. The first level, Arena Duel, starts you off easy, as it's a one-on-one fight, but future levels, based around locations in Los Angeles, has more opponents, with Assault on Cyburbia having a whopping eight opponents. The goal of the single player mode is to beat all the levels, as well as the final boss, Minion, who is the winner of the Twisted Metal before this game's.

The graphics were one of the many complaints critics had alongside the length of single-player mode, but this was released back when the PlayStation launched, I can overlook it, as back then, 3D graphics and polygon models were not perfected (as seen in games like the original Virtual Fighter, which was released in arcades two years prior to this game). Each vehicle is a different type, and has different strengths and weaknesses (Mr. Grimm has a power special weapon and high speed and handling, but low armor, and Warthog has high armor, but low speed). The controls are pretty good, as the d-pad allows movement of your vehicle and the shoulder buttons are used to switch and fire weapons as well as fire machine guns. There are a lot of weapon pick-ups in the game, some only appearing here (like the oil slick and spikes) while others would be reworked into Advanced Attacks used in the sequel (mainly the Rear Missile, Freeze Missile, and Catapult).

Sadly, the story and endings are all text. There were ending movies, but they were axed due to an employee being offended by the violence and sexual content (although Jaffe would later said they would have hurt Twisted Metal). However, it is a good game, as the single player campaign is fun, and there is a two player mode for you to take on a friend.


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