Twisted Metal (PlayStation)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
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User Reviews

In many ways - the most ambitious in the series. Kyle Levesque (621) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.4
Overall User Score (25 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
There is nothing else like this game! Where else can you throw napalm out of an ice cream truck, smash into Diablos and run over pedestrians. With a choice of 12 vehicles --- all of which vary in armor, weapons, speed and agility --- any gamer, including myself, will never get bored. The control, which is very precise and clean, varies from vehicle to vehicle, as do the endings. Any game with Molotov cocktails, exploding cop cars and napalm ice cream cones has got to be good!
GameFan Magazine
The single most important aspect of Twisted Metal is it's original theme. Dashing madly across inner city streets and suburbs, bent on destruction in an ice cream truck, no less, is just the coolest. Rolling up on people's lawns, cutting through parks, leaping into storm drains and pulling into convenience stores is pure genius. You can go anywhere in TM. PS 3-D is where it's at and this game goes there with ample force and deep gameplay.
Game Players
There's no doubt that Twisted Metal is one of the best Playstation games available and a great addition to any library, however I would like to have seen longer levels and slightly improved gameplay, I suppose that's what we should expect from the inevitable Twisted Metal 2.
Video Games & Computer Entertainment
If it'd had link capabilities, it would have been a solid "10". While two-player mode is still fun, it would have been a lot cooler if you and a friend could both partake in the same eight-car seek-and-destroy, battle royale. Undoubtedly, one of this year's top ten games.
Mega Fun
Wow, bei Twisted Metal gibt es Autoschlachten nach bester Mad-Max-Art. Dabei sollte man das Spiel wohl nicht als ernst gemeintes Rennspiel oder dergleichen beurteilen, sondern als Ballerspiel mit Fun-Komponente. Falls das Game dem einen oder anderen solo auf die Dauer doch etwas fade wird, bietet vor allem der Zwei-Spieler-Mode, der mit Splitscreen sehr gut spielbar ist, den absoluten Duell-Spaß. Es ist einfach herrlich, dem Kumpel in einer Seitenstraße aufzulauern und ihm dann mit Raketen die Stoßstangen wegzuballern. Außerdem sind beim Duell alle Szenarios anwählbar, die dank überzeugender Details durchweg realistisch wirken. Auch die ungewöhnlich große Auswahl an Karren bietet noch viele Möglichkeiten (mein persönlicher Favorit ist das Taxi). Einziges Manko ist höchstens, daß Twisted Metal im Ein-Spieler-Modus aufgrund der sechs Level relativ schnell durchgezockt sein könnte.
Game Revolution
Once you get the hang of it, Twisted Metal has terrific playability. Even after you've solved it with one vehicle, there are still 11 more to go, so the game doesn't lose all interest after one sitting. There is also the 2 player option where you can duel with your friends.
Just Games Retro
The only thing the first Twisted Metal really lacked was expanded multiplayer. While only six levels does make the single player campaign short, the challenge at higher difficulties along with the diverse characters definitely make it worth playing much more than once. Overall, a pretty awesome freshman effort. Later entries in the series would start to stray from the path more than iterate on this one, but the first game is definitely one of my favorite PS1 titles.
GamePro (US)
Despite it's flaws, this twisted game is fun. If you can overlook the graphics break-up, take Twisted Metal out for a test drive.
The game's only downfall is that it's just too short. The game can be completed in just a couple of hours. However, the two-player split-screen combat mode more than makes up for the one-player mode's lack of length. Over all, a solid game.
Super Power (Sweden)
Tristast av allt är dock livslängden. Banorna är visserligen varierade och originella men ack så få. Det behövs inte så många dagars spelande innan en normalbegåvad bilskrotare sett allt, hittat allt och vunnit allt. Sedan är det slut. För Twisted Metal är inget spel man återvänder till i första taget.
The Video Game Critic
But the biggest problem with Twisted Metal is its frame-rate. Even in the single player mode, the choppiness makes it difficult to maintain control. The control scheme is well-designed, and the head-banging music is not bad. Audio effects include a distinctive signature sound for each vehicle - so you'll know who hit you. Twisted Metal was a truly innovative title that begat a long, popular series.