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Every year, a mysterious man named Calypso sends e-mails to renowned drivers, inviting them to compete in a tournament called Twisted Metal. The conditions of the tournament are anything but ordinary: opponents fight each other in armored vehicles with mounted weapons. The winner receives an audience with Calypso, and is granted a single wish - a wish without limits, be it money, power, or even our reality itself. In 2005, the annual tournament is held again in Los Angeles, and twelve drivers, each with his own agenda, have come to compete to death.

Twisted Metal is a vehicular combat game. The player selects one of the twelve available drivers and takes part in the competition. In the one-player story mode, the player must progress through six combat stages; all the opponents must be destroyed in order to win the race. In the two-player co-op mode, players choose a battlefield and control two cars in an attempt to get rid of the competition.

All the vehicles are equipped with two mounted machine guns; though relatively weak, they have unlimited ammunition. Other weapons can be picked up by driving over them during the races. These include fire and homing missiles, land mines, tire spikes, and others. Each participant has a life bar, which can be replenished by entering a specific area on the stage.


Twisted Metal PlayStation Battleground selection
Twisted Metal PlayStation Truck jumping over the ramp.
Twisted Metal PlayStation Introduction
Twisted Metal PlayStation Controls

Alternate Titles

  • "Urban Assault" -- Second working title
  • "High Octane" -- First working title
  • "ツイステッドメタル" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

In many ways - the most ambitious in the series. PlayStation Kyle Levesque (932)

Critic Reviews

Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation Dec, 1995 9.3 out of 10 93
GameFan Magazine PlayStation Dec, 1995 91 out of 100 91
Game Players PlayStation Jan, 1996 90 out of 100 90
Electric Playground PlayStation Nov 10, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Electric Playground Windows Nov 10, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Game Revolution PlayStation May 24, 2002 B+ 83
GamePro (US) PlayStation Feb, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Just Games Retro PlayStation Feb 27, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games PlayStation Dec, 1995 72 out of 100 72
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Jul 27, 2000 B- 67


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Originally live action videos were filmed and was going to be used, but were cut out. These can now be seen in the PS2 game Twisted Metal: Head-On (Extra Twisted Edition).

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