Monday, July 4, 2011

Top 50 Video Games: Number 45

Stats of Import
Platform: Playstation 2
Absurdly Specific Genre: Road Rage
Difficulty: 5
Beaten: Yes. I unlocked Minion and beat the game as every character.

If we are to be overly kind, the Twisted Metal series has a spotty history. For every decent entry, like Twisted Metal 2, there's a game like Twisted Metal: Small Brawl which seems to lose focus on what the series is about. To be clear, the only elements you really need in a Twisted Metal game are interesting cars loaded to the gills with guns and crazy special weapons and crazy, darkly over-the-top characters.

Also, destructible environments
Then the PS2 came along and Twisted Metal: Black descended from the heavens like a psychotic beacon of light. The graphics were miles beyond its predecessors and the music was appropriately creepy (and they even got the rights to "Paint It, Black" which was a fantastic touch). Filling the opponents full of lead, napalm, and whatever else you could get your hands on had never been so fulfilling. I've always had a soft spot for the Twisted Metal series, but Twisted Metal: Black is where the series finally rewarded me for that faith.

1 comment:

  1. This game is fantastic. It's dark and foreboding, and the writing is fantastically horrifying.

    "Paint It, Black" was indeed an awesome choice for ending music. I loved this game so much I beat it with every character.