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Let's be honest: we know this is a port, but you're getting an awful lot of stuff for only twenty bucks. And considering the fact that most of the content packed onto the disc is fun to play, there's really no reason for a Twisted Metal fan to miss this one. Those of you new to the car combat genre may find it a little eccentric, but we assure you that driving around at breakneck speeds and firing missiles out of a truck is very satisfying. Ultimately, we'd like to think of Extra Twisted as a pretty sweet deal -- especially if you're a Twisted Metal junkie.
The Video Game Critic
Considering its budget price, Twisted Metal Head-On is an absolute steal for gamers looking for some explosive action. Head On. Apply directly to your Playstation 2!
When it comes to intense vehicular combat, there's Twisted Metal, and then about a dozen posers. In other words, if you want the best possible action experience featuring crazy vehicles equipped with ridiculously insane weapons, you know where to turn. It came as fantastic news to all TM fans when we learned a new installment would soon arrive on the PlayStation 3. But rather than wait around for that, why not try out Twisted Metal: Head-On: Extra Twisted Edition for the PS2?
Game Informer Magazine
A port of last year's Twisted Metal: Head On for PSP, Extra Twisted Edition sadly lacks that game's online multiplayer and lags behind Twisted Metal: Black (which came out in 2001) graphically, but there's a lot of fun here for only $20.
Even though the graphics aren't the greatest and there's nothing new about the actual gameplay, Twisted Metal: Head On: Extra Twisted Edition is still incredibly fun to play. Playing through both very brief story modes made me really jones for a PS3 Twisted Metal, so go out and buy this title, if only to encourage Sony to do up a proper new-gen Twisted Metal title!
Twisted Metal: Head On--Extra Twisted Edition is an entertaining compendium that's lovingly conceived and composed. The gameplay's as wicked as ever, and the price can't be beat. The entire package transports you to an earlier videogame era, and you get the real feeling this is the last Twisted Metal of its kind. Maybe it's time to pull the PS2 down off the blocks for one last run.
But two of the best Twisted Metal games were also limited to just two players. And though a full-fledged sequel would’ve been better, it’s hard to argue with the upgrades. When is the last time you’ve played a port that contained more than a graphic difference?
While the game could've easily been a classic with better graphics and online options, Twisted Metal Head-On: Extra Twisted Edition is still worth checking out. It hauls all kinds of ass with its various content, its behind-the-scenes goodies and, obviously, its insanely fun car combat. Since Twisted Metal for PS3 won't be out for awhile, you'll want to spend some quality time applying Head-On directly to your console.
Cheat Code Central
Twisted Metal: Head-On: Extra Twisted Edition brings all the best bits of the Twisted Metal series and loads it all into a memorable bargain title. This is a must buy chapter in the series for Metal-heads and those few unfortunates that have yet to experience the power and fun of the series. For everyone else, you could probably hold-off because gameplay hasn't substantially changed. However, the game will only set you back $20 and it is more than worth the price of admission. The Extra Twisted Edition is chocked full of new content and extras, but it still feels like a nostalgic stroll down a very fun memory lane.
Entertainment Depot, The
Twisted Metal: Head On - Extra Twisted Edition is well worth the money for both the gamer that is enjoying the previous generation on a budget and for those that have upgraded to the current Sony standard. The AI could have been tweaked to be a bit more aggressive, ridiculously overpowered boss aside, but that’s the only problem with the gameplay. The graphics won’t wow, but the extras certainly make up for it. Fans of the series will get a kick out of all the included bonus material while everyone else will enjoy the fantastic car combat.
At the end of the day Twisted Metal Head On: Extra Twisted Edition is a must have for fans of the series. The sheer amount of content squeezed onto the disc is easily a steal for fans and for those of you not yet tainted by the twisted greatness of this once beloved franchise there has never been a better time to jump in. If you are looking for a great PS2 title or simply cannot wait to get your hands on the next chapter in the series Extra Twisted Edition offers up a nice round of foreplay for anyone with a love for sadistic clowns.
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Overall, I’d say that Twisted Metal: Head On - Extra Twisted Edition is a great buy for both long-time and new fans to the series. The hardcores will get a lot out of the extras, while new ones can learn about its history and gain a lot of knowledge about the series. The main Head On game is fine - it’s not the greatest entry in the series, but it’s worth playing if only to see what some TM 2 levels would be like on the PS2. Its replay value is hurt slightly compared to the PSP version as it lacks online play, so if that’s important to you, you might want to just stick with that version. For everyone else, there’s a lot of well-crafted and enjoyable content here for a mere $20.
Twisted Metal was the first game that I had ever played on my PlayStation and has a special place in my gamer heart. Every time I play the next game in the series I always compare it to the original. I find that even if the game is better I still find myself wishing I was playing the original instead. With this game I am torn. Where in some parts I liked the original, others I couldn’t help but think about how much the series has grown and left me wanting more. This game never disappointed me in any way and far exceeded my expectations.
So as far as recommendations go, this one's pretty easy. Twisted Metal fans who haven't already picked up Head-On for the PSP should do so now, and potential double-dippers should consider the improved controls, the five new levels (which are all pretty good), and fewer technical hurdles for multiplayer. Newcomers to the series will find this to be a pretty good entry point.
For under $20 you can't really go wrong with Twisted Metal: Head-On: Extra Twisted Edition, particularly if taking into account the imminent lack of quality future PS2 titles. The budget price actually makes it a bit difficult to score (I'm a sucker for a good deal), and honestly you do get a lot of game and extras even if some of it is recycled. So get out there and twist some metal and keep your fingers crossed for some next-generation TM action.
It is nice to see the Twisted Metal series back in the home console mix with the release of Twisted Metal: Head On – Extra Twisted Edition. After a few years of being tossed around on the PSP developers Eat Sleep Play have brought the carnage filled game back to the aging PS2. Although there are some short comings in this latest game many diehards of this series can overlook this, but newbies to the series may be turned off. The game also comes packaged with an extra disc that contains everything to do with the Twisted Metal series, and this is definitely a cool bonus. Overall I for one believe that the Twisted Metal series deserves a next-generation upgrade, but given the fact that we don't know if or when this will happen, Head On is the perfect tonic to hold anyone over in anticipation that it will.
The Lost Levels, Sweet Tour, series documentary, and slew of bonuses make the package a no-brainer for big fans of the series, and with its low price point, it's worth a look for anyone with a more casual interest. It's nice to see that instead of going the route of a quick and dirty port to the PlayStation Network, Eat Sleep Play and Sony decided to pack the game full of extras to make this a more compelling purchase.
Game Informer Magazine
Twisted Metal makes for a hell of a fun idea. Ignore the realities of how it might work, and revel in the glory of cars mounted with missile launchers and machine guns. This final PS2 installment doesn't move the franchise forward, but it does take us all along for a ride into its past.
When it's all said and done, though, I get a strange sensation, like I've just been wasting time. It's as if I should've been playing this game while riding a bus or waiting on line at the supermarket. Then it hits me - I'm playing a PSP game. From the low-end visuals that lack significant detail or aesthetic value to the average and unexciting audio to the loose controls shared by every car (although slightly improved), the game shows it's age and it's origin. Head On is a three year-old PSP game...
Twisted Metal: Head-On is definitely a fun and addictive title, and the inclusion of four bonus levels is great, but it doesn't necessarily justify buying if you've already played the PSP version. Had the game contained a true story mode, the single player experience would have been better. The exclusion of Internet play is almost inexcusable, however, even if we are talking about the aging PS2 system. Definitely worth a long rental, Twisted Metal: Head-On can be an enjoyable game.
With only a $20 price tag, fans really can't go wrong picking up Extra Twisted Edition. The controls are considerably tighter than those from the game's PSP predecessor, though that's to be expected. The scaled-down multiplayer component is unfortunate (and even a bit baffling), but Extra Twisted Edition more than makes up for it with a cornucopia of fan-pleasing additions and enhancements. In a world increasingly littered with a value-less PSP-to-PS2 ports, Extra Twisted Edition gives players plenty of new reasons to embrace the two-year-old carnage all over again.
The main point is that the game is serviceable if not stellar and comes packed with plenty of extras designed to make fans of the franchise drop dead from sheer joy. It's not great, but if you're into it Twisted Metal: Head-on: Extra Twisted Edition will hold you until the release of a genuine console sequel.
It is a shame to say that Twisted Metal Head-On: Extra Twisted Edition wasn't able to recapture the same great flare that the PSP version had. The extra levels were good, they brought a deeper experience, but the final experience was one that just wasn't as strong as you would hope from a Twisted Metal game.
It isn’t quite fair to attack the game on what it admits are the equivalent of deleted scenes and a blooper reel, but then again, it isn’t quite fair to package such bonuses as if they were a new game. Head On promises all sorts of things: "Never before played levels!", "Never released endings!", "An art book!", "Free downloadable soundtrack! ". It promises everything, it seems, except for a new Twisted Metal game or, for that matter, a novel new cure for headaches.