OMGN: Online Movies & Games Network

E3 2011: Twisted Metal First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman
Subtypes: Opinion, Preview
The popular vehicular combat game is coming back, and it's strong

When it was announced at last year’s E3, Twisted Metal had me very intrigued. Being a fan of the original two games in the series, I was hoping for something similar, along with more modern features, such as online multiplayer. So, when I stepped up to play it one year later, expectations were high. Thankfully, the short time I had with it met most of those expectations.

Twisted Metal

Attendees lined up at Sony’s booth to play the game were taken in groups, so they could all try out multiplayer. The demo was of its highly anticipated capture the flag multiplayer, Nuke. The mode has two teams trying to score as many points as they can during their half of an “inning” (think baseball, but with a disturbing twist). You score by capturing a hostage, then loading him into a nuke and firing it into the opposing team’s statue. The demo had a nice array of some of the vehicles in the game, including franchise favorites Sweet Tooth and Axel. I only got to try a few of the cars, but the ones I did try lived up to expectations.

There is really one word that can describe the multiplayer game play in Twisted Metal: chaos. During the one full inning I got to play, there were constant explosions and destruction. I managed to grab one of the hostages, but I was constantly hounded by the other team. Needless to say, the race toward the nuke, while being chased by countless missiles and special attacks, was a blast. The only issues I saw during the demo involved some lag when it got a little too chaotic. I saw and heard a few other players crash out of the game completely, too. But if they work those minor kinks out, then PS3 owners have a heck of an online gaming experience ahead of them.

Twisted Metal veterans will feel right at home with how the new game plays. You accelerate with the square button (which you can double tap to turbo) and fire and control your weapons with the L and R buttons. I didn’t have enough time to completely figure out some of the special weapons, such as controlling Meat Wagon’s bomb carrying mental patients, but I had tons of fun using them when I did.

Overall, this is shaping up to be one of PS3’s biggest titles of the year, and I can’t wait to play the full version when it releases on Oct. 4.

Comments

Recently Commented in Features

None! Go comment today and be seen.

Highly Commented in Features

None! Go comment today and be seen.