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Twisted Metal

aka: High Octane, Urban Assault

Description official description

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.


  • ツイステッドメタル - Japanese spelling

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Credits (PlayStation version)

54 People (48 developers, 6 thanks) · View all

Designed by
  • Sony Interactive Studios America
Published by
  • Sony Computer Entertainment America
Designed and Developed by
  • SingleTrac Entertainment Technologies
Executive Producer
Associate Producer
Assistant Producer
Created and Designed by
Vehicle Sketches
Dashboard Photography
Calypso Actor
Calypso Photographer
QA Manager
Lead Tester
Very Special Thanks to:
[ full credits ]



Cut content

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

Working titles

The game was originally called High Octane, but this was changed due to Bullfrog's game Hi-Octane. The next suggestion was Urban Assault until it finally was named Twisted Metal.


  • EGM
    • December 1995 (Issue 77) - Game of the Month (Playstation version)
    • February 2006 (Issue #200) - named #130 out of 200 of the "Greatest Games of Their Time"
  • Game Players
    • 1995 Holiday Edition (Vol. 8, No. 13) - Best Original Soundtrack of the Year

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  • MobyGames ID: 4857


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by rockydil.

PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita added by GTramp. Windows added by Infernos.

Additional contributors: Sciere, Alaka, Parf, Big John WV, DreinIX, Victor Vance.

Game added August 30th, 2001. Last modified June 4th, 2023.