8-bit Dreams: Twisted Metal: World Tour

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8-Bit Dreams is a semi-regular feature here on Faux, where we take a look back at the undisputed legends of gaming; the console classics that shaped the platforms we know and love today. This time we look at the Playstation vehicular shoot-em-up Twisted Metal: World Tour.

In concept, Twisted Metal is a demolition derby that permits the usage of bombs, machine guns, mines, nuclear weapons and a variety of “off the wall” projectiles. Players choose a vehicle and an arena—or a series of arenas in the story mode—to engage in battle with other drivers. The last driver alive is the winner.

Although each individual game features its own storyline, they all revolve around the same basic theme: a vehicular combat tournament called Twisted Metal is presented to prospective participants with the promise of granting the contest’s winner any single wish they so desire from mysterious host, Calypso.

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I have fond memories of this game’s multiplayer. It’s one the first games I had on the Playstation, and one of the first Playstation games I owned that swung me towards multiplayer rather than single player – in the same way that I buy Call Of Duty games or Halo games now; mainly for their mulitplayer modes. It was the sheer choice of weapons, diverse locations and unpredictabilty of both each vehicles ability and the computer A.I. – was I going to be locked in a machine gun fight sheltering behind broken pieces of the Eiffell Tower or was I going caught in some napalm whilst pounding along a strip of highway?

The entire Twisted Metal series never takes itself seriously, the characters are off the wall and are straight out of a deluded childs nightmare – a deformed man with huge tyres strapped to his arms, an insane clown that drives an ice cream truck around, Calypso’s ex wife who apparently died in an accident years ago that was brought back to life by demons….yep….its not exactly grounded in reality. This is also evident in the level design and all the included “special finds” in each level – the ability to blow up the Eiffel tower from a hidden set of bombs or a secret base in the head of the Statue of Liberty.

I’ll admit, Twisted Metal is a very cheesy franchise, the graphics are pretty terrible and each game does very little to expand on the last – but as mentioned before the sheer playability and depth of each game’s multiplayer make it a must play for retro gaming nerds. You can get a good idea of the gameplay from the video below.


CREDIT: ERASER GAMING

With 7 games released so far and an 8th announced at this year’s E3 conference, it is the Sony Playstation’s longest running exclusive franchise. The first game was released in 1995, and has been running on the console for over 15 years, its closest competitor on the console is Gran Turismo which has enjoyed a 13 year exclusive run on the console. Twisted Metal looks to be going nowhere, here is the trailer for the latest version due to be released early next year.