Twisted Metal: Head On: Extra Twisted Edition Hands-On

This Twisted collector's edition will surely appeal to your rotten sweet tooth.

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"In 2003, work began on Twisted Metal: Harbor City... But on March 13, 2005, six key members of the Harbor City team were killed when their plane crashed following a celebratory skiing trip in Colorado...

On March 13th, 2007, two years to the day of the plane crash, a note arrived at the offices of Sony Computer Entertainment...

The note pleaded with Sony to allow the public to play the last works of the deceased team members. The note was signed with the names of the six deceased team members..."

So begin the lost levels from Twisted Metal: Black 2, found in the upcoming collector's cornucopia, Twisted Metal: Head On: Extra Twisted Edition for the Sony PlayStation 2. Maybe the story is true, and maybe it's Scooby-Doo, but either way, it's about time our PlayStation 2s played host to another haunting from Twisted Metal. Boo!

Okay, enough with the rhymes. Here are the details. For 20 bucks this February 5, you'll be able to purchase a port of Twisted Metal: Head On (originally for the PSP) that contains several "lost" levels from Twisted Metal: Black 2; a lengthy and awesome developer documentary featuring the entire history of the Twisted Metal series as told by David Jaffe, Scott Campbell, and other team members; a crazy minigame in which you run through a madhouse as Sweet Tooth while collecting bits of trivia and concept art; as well as all of the live-action endings of the original Twisted Metal (which have never been seen before), and finally, with a little unlocking, you'll be able to discover the identity of the next project from this illustrious team. Will it be Twisted Metal 3 for the PlayStation 3? Only time, and the Internet, will tell.

Oh yeah, did we mention this was all on one disc for 20 dollars? Aside from all of the crazy extras that alone make this game worth buying, the best part of this Extra Twisted package is that, like a haunting ghost-written letter, it reminds you of how awesome Twisted Metal is. Seriously, when was the last time you thought about this series? Do you remember flipping 180-degree turns and firing off perfectly timed rockets into your rivals' windshields? Do you remember freezing enemy cars and then dumping gallon after gallon of napalm on them as if you were God and they were Gomorrah? What about the intricate level designs, with their giant, destructible set pieces and crazy jumps? Do you remember this? How could you have forgotten?

Are you ready, Grasshopper, for this dangerous journey?

Let us jog your memory. Twisted Metal: Head On was a short but sweet dose of car carnage for the Sony PSP. Like Twisted Metal: Black before it, this game was one of the most anticipated and celebrated launch games for a Sony system. Not only did it feature the high-octane vehicular manslaughter that the series is famous for, but it was also the first Twisted Metal playable online. When you see Head On running on the PS2, you'll wonder what the heck Sony was thinking in porting this game up; it looks awful. But after just a few minutes of play, you won't simply understand; you'll wonder why they waited this long. Hopefully, the answer is that they're teasing our sweet teeth and priming us for a new Twisted Metal for the PS3.

In the meantime, Head On and the lost Black levels will provide hours of thrilling entertainment. Though the Black levels look much better, we actually favor Head On due to the higher concentrations of weapons in the various stages. Then again, the set pieces and explosions in the Black levels are much more spectacular.

In addition to all that gameplay, which we understand will eventually unlock some awesome secrets, you can also play the Sweet Tooth level. Evidently, there would've been levels in Twisted Metal: Black 2 where you could run around as Sweet Tooth himself, causing who knows what havoc. In Extra Twisted, you'll simply collect pieces of interesting trivia (did you know Twisted Metal 2 was originally planned as a hovercar game?) as well as concept art. This is definitely worth a quick look.

This is why people are afraid of clowns.

Then there's the video documentary that really outlines exactly how the series came together (the idea occurred to the developers when they were sitting in LA traffic). This is a surprisingly well-done video feature, and worth watching even if you aren't a diehard Twisted Metal fan. Finally, there are the cut endings. According to the video documentary, Jaffe was an aspiring filmmaker before he became a game developer, and these endings represented his opportunity to fuse the two passions into several sick cinematics. Unfortunately, they were deemed too crude and rude by the dev team in Utah (pansies!), so they were left on the cutting-room floor.

That's a shame, because they're awesomely bad. They're like short Troma films with less oozing puss, more bikinis, and porno-quality acting. They aren't remotely worth the 20 dollar price tag by themselves, but they're some of the best (and worst) bonus material we've ever seen.

So what are you waiting for? Oh, that's right, you're waiting for Twisted Metal: Head On: Extra Twisted Edition to crash into store shelves on February 5.

Discussion

31 comments
cypher787
cypher787

hey remeber when twisted metal didnt completely suck you know when twisted metal 2 came out and that was the last good twisted metal game they made

GTAfan0000
GTAfan0000

whoa! i'm, like, a Twisted Metal FREAK!! I'm gonna HAVE to buy this game! i swear, if i go 2 more days without this game, i think i'm gonna die!!!!! that's how good Twisted Metal is!!!!!!!!!!! and since Twisted Metal is goin' to the PS3 now, i've got to have one of those too!!!!! yea, uh, that's about the only reason i wanna get a PS3. bcuz of Twisted Metal. TWISTED METAL R0CKZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TWiSTEDmerc
TWiSTEDmerc

I'm going to be checking this game out in the next week or 2 but I have just stumbled upon bigger news for Twisted Metal. The game will be making a brand new debut on the PS3, www.ign.com will have it under their NEWS header for now , and I am reheating the question of getting a PS3!!!

monkey304
monkey304

Umm... Editor, Twisted Metal 3 came out years ago (as did 4, both were awful. Thanks 989 Studios, RIP) But a Twisted Metal 5 for the Playstation 3 would be nice.

Briantb_2008
Briantb_2008

I've been waiting a while to see and play another twisted metal. Hope theres more to come

slimdave21
slimdave21

The graphics look horrible but its what I have come to expect from the Playstation 2... Looks like a fun new Twist Metal though. I cant wait to play it.

ClassicPlayer
ClassicPlayer

My PS2 (which I have had when it first came out, the original) doesn't play anything at all. I might get it, but I have one question. Will PS2 games that are online, work on the PSN for PS3?

Pazy160
Pazy160

This is definately a must buy, I doubt it will be online (fingers crossed) but regardless of that Twisted Metal is an amazing game, even just against the CPU. Ill be asking for it on my birthday if its in the UK :D

Crunk_God187
Crunk_God187

screw sweet tooth dark side was ten times cooler in twisted metal one and on that note what about dark tooth can you play as him

smerlus
smerlus

I can't wait... $20 well spent

Cruven
Cruven

dear d_love "Are you kidding me? The original PS1 Twisted Metal looked better than this crap, and this is PS2!! I'd like to see the lost Black levels, but the rest looks like garbage... (oh and BTW, i loved TM1, TM2, & TM:Black)" Graphics dont make the game Love Cruven

weirdbob
weirdbob

all hail sweet thooth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

d_love
d_love

Are you kidding me? The original PS1 Twisted Metal looked better than this crap, and this is PS2!! I'd like to see the lost Black levels, but the rest looks like garbage... (oh and BTW, i loved TM1, TM2, & TM:Black) Peace

BrUnOdeFeNiX
BrUnOdeFeNiX

I'm wainting this version because I don't have the another one.

Ash_Korsair
Ash_Korsair

twisted metal is one the best franchises ever. why halo when u can do this? why killzone when u can do this? why the hell wave with a stupid wiimote when u could be wreaking havoc with a transforming ice cream van? why the hell isnt there a ps3 version announced? and why do i use why so much????

Azwhtknight
Azwhtknight

Twisted Metal is one of the first games I played on the PS 1 and I have loved the series ever since. I am definitely getting this game if for no other reason than to get a last fix of the original style games before they move it into a different direction for the PS 3. The fact that it is only $20 and comes with loads of bonus material is simply AWESOME!

angelic
angelic

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TwistedMetalFan
TwistedMetalFan

I can't wait for this to come out, I'm a huge Twisted Metal fan(if you couldn't tell by my name) I'm mainly geting it for all the extras. I already paid this game off at Gamestop, so I can't can go to Gamestop of February 5th and get it as fast as I can so I can go home and play it! Can't wait!

summer_star17x
summer_star17x

looks sweet. gotta add this to my twisted metal collection

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

Twisted indeed! Gotta love the series ...

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

Twisted Metal is teh only reason why I bought a PSP. IT was the only reason why I wanted a ps1, it's why I was stoked when I got the ps2 and black came out! This series pwns! And it's the only reason why I have ever even bothered with a Sony system. I can't and will never get enough of this game. I'm buying this, I'm loving this, and I'm praying to many various gods that they make more of this!

arikkot
arikkot

best deal ever for 20$!!!!!!!!!!

manicfoot
manicfoot

I love twisted metal so much :) does anyone know if this is coming to Europe?

interpolred
interpolred

This is a great deal any way you look at it, and it's a great way for those who don't have a PSP to play this game. All the bonus material makes the package worth it!

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

looks unfinished, oh well, i have not been a big fan of the twisted metal fan, but it looks ok

icytower
icytower

I could care less about the graphices, the game is $20, I would pay that just for the lost levels, documentary & cut scene endings. I WILL be picking this game up the day it is released.

DannyDumbass
DannyDumbass

ill buy this game just to let them know im waiting for a new twisted metal on the ps3 before i consider buying the system. if they announce a release date on a new game, that will be the same day i buy a ps3

galerian86
galerian86

It is a PS2 game you know. What did you expect?

Warlypwnage
Warlypwnage

looks like a good deal but the graphics do look terrible.