Twisted Metal: Head-On Reviews (PSP)
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Portable Review (Aug 08, 2005)
You really can’t go wrong in picking up Twisted Metal: Head-On, unless you absolutely despise the series. It can offer enjoyment to pretty much anyone. With tons of secrets and an awesome multiplayer mode, this game will be hard to put down until you’ve seriously played it out. Being one of the first games out for the PSP, this one is definitely impressive and should not be overlooked by anyone.
Game Informer Magazine (May, 2005)
The bloodthirsty serial killers that gave Twisted Metal: Black such a terrifying face have been incapacitated and locked away safely behind bars. Rather than creating another game loaded with shock-value, such as seeing a hapless bystander impaled on the hood of a preacher’s car, developer Incog Inc. has retreated to the glory days of the series and has forged a sequel that feels like the true successor to Twisted Metal 2.
4Players.de (Aug 31, 2005)
Das lauwarme Fired Up kann einpacken, denn hier geht es um alles oder nichts, die Freude am Ballern oder den Frust über einen schrumpfenden Energiebalken. Head On macht alles richtig und wurde zudem sogar komplett eingedeutscht, bietet auf Dauer aber zu wenig, um Sologamer bei der Stange zu halten. Ich hätte mir deutlich mehr Waffen, mehr Arenen und mehr Spielvarianten gewünscht. Im Multiplayer sieht die Sache dafür ganz anders aus, denn hier reicht die Fülle an Optionen immer wieder für eine schnelle Runde. Vergesst eure PSP nicht, wenn ihr aus dem Haus geht: Twisted Metal gehört unbedingt auf den Wunschzettel, wenn ihr euren Freunde zeigen wollt, wann Schluss mit lustig ist!
GameLemon (Sep 30, 2005)
Head-On is a strong launch title that will surely quench the thirst of the kill ‘em all crowd…at least for an afternoon. If you want a fun, shallow, and mindless shooter, pick up Head-On. If you’re looking for a deep introspective experience, we suggest you contact your local yoga studio.
GameSpot (Mar 18, 2005)
We can't prove it, but we're pretty sure that the Twisted Metal series has had a lot to do with Sony's successes in video gaming. Specifically, the original car combat classic was one of the first great PlayStation games 10 years ago, and 2001's Twisted Metal: Black was one of the first, best showcases for the PlayStation 2. It's true that the series has had its ups and downs during the past decade, but it's back in top form again for the launch of Sony's latest game system. And while Twisted Metal: Head-On might have been shrunk down to fit onto the sleek new PSP, it has lost none of its charm and none of its bite. A colorful cast of characters, a great presentation, exciting shooting action, and support for wireless multiplayer competition over the Internet combine to make this game one of the safest bets you can place when choosing your first PSP games.
MAN!AC (Sep 30, 2005)
Amis haben Geschmack: Während bei uns die "Twisted Metal"-Reihe kaum Beachtung findet, erklomm auch der neueste Serienableger in den USA kurzfristig die Software-Chart-Spitze. Und das zurecht. Rasante, mit bunten Effekten versehene Optik, vielseitige, bizarre Missionen, zahlreiche charmante Minispiele und die aparten Mehrspieler-Modi verhelfen "Twisted Metal: Head-On" an die Genre-Spitze. Auch unzählige Geheimnisse, intelligente CPU-Gegner sowie knackige Endgegner lassen Konkurrenten wie "Fired Up" alt aussehen. Zu einem Hit reicht's nicht ganz: Trotz verschiedener Schwierigkeitsgrade überfordert "Twisted Metal: Heads-On" Einsteiger. Die gerappelt volle, nicht ideale Tastenbelegung bremst den Spielspaß unnötig.
Game Informer Magazine (May, 2005)
With a solid soundtrack and more than adequate graphics, Twisted Metal Head-On is like putting a Playstation classic in your pocket, and it's hard to find anything wrong with that.
G4 TV: X-Play (Jul 26, 2005)
One of the best launch titles for the PSP, Twisted Metal Head-On takes the series back to its roots with excellent results. Fast, fun, and incredibly playable, it’s an ideal portable game. It looks sharp, and the inclusion of free Internet play is just what the system needs. If more PSP games come out with such an expansive array of on and off-line abilities, the system is sure to gain a foothold.
Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM) (May 06, 2005)
Like every red-blooded American man-boy, I can feel the hairs on my arms bristle at the sights and sounds of destruction. So while I tried my best to resist yet another Twisted Metal game, the pyrotechnic demolition of Head-On wormed its way through my defenses.
1UP (Mar 21, 2005)
The first couple of arenas in the story mode of Twisted Metal: Head-On certainly don't do the game any justice. Big Blue Stadium, the flat, open arena that kicks things off does little to display the game's many virtues, while the follow up level, set in Los Angeles, feels disjointed and lacks the imaginative details that made Twisted Metal Black such a surprise a few years ago. Although superficially quite distracting, if you were to simply dip into the PSP's first Twisted Metal offering, you'd be forgiven for finding it boring and inadequate before dismissing it and moving onto something sexier.
IGN (Mar 18, 2005)
The second Twisted Metal game earned the series classic status, so it's perfectly fitting that Twisted Metal: Head-On looks to its roots for inspiration. For both better and worse, this handheld adaptation of the origin of vehicular combat apes its now distant precursor in more ways than one.
GameSpy (Mar 23, 2005)
Incog and Sony have a long and celebrated past with the Twisted Metal car combat series. The last iteration hit the PS2 and took the action online for the first time -- pretty much pioneering the whole PS2-goes-online thing in 2002. Now with the launch of Sony's new little darling PSP, Sweet Tooth and the gang are back for another bout of vehicular carnage. And it's all good. Really good. The core elements that made the series popular in the first place remain intact, and if you're looking for a fun, fast-paced piece of action for your shiny new PSP, then look no further than Twisted Metal: Head-On.
Gamesmania.de (Oct 31, 2005)
Im Grunde hat sich seit dem Ur-Twisted Metal aus dem Jahr 1995 nicht viel getan. Wie gehabt beharkt sich ein wildgewordener Pulk geisteskranker Autofans in abgedrehten, endzeitmäßigen Szenarien. Immer noch weist der Titel seine inzwischen schon traditionellen Schwächen in Sachen Steuerung und Abwechslung auf und immer noch macht es trotzdem einen heiden Spaß sich auf die morbide Zerstörungsorgie einzulassen. Alleine eher kurzweilig, ab vier Spielern ein Schlachtfest!
Softpedia (Jan 02, 2007)
Twisted Metal: Head-On is beyond any doubt a fun game to play, the kind of production that keeps you busy for a couple of hours. The problem is that, once you'll have finished it, the charm will go away. A couple of multiplayer matches might prolong its lifespan, but nothing lasts forever and the gameplay will soon show its flaws. Can't really compare Head-On to its predecessors without feeling the lack of something new and groundbreaking, but we must however remember the limitations of the PSP console and the genre, as well.
Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 08, 2005)
Twisted Metal Head-On est une assez bonne surprise, misant beaucoup sur le fun et sa jouabilité très accessible et facile à prendre en main. Si vous aimez tirer sur tout ce qui bouge, voilà un titre qui réussira certainement à vous divertir. En revanche, son aspect répétitif pourra repousser pas mal de joueurs, ce qui est dommage.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) (Jun 10, 2005)
You know that kid, the one who always played by himself at recess, crashing Hot Wheels cars into each other? Well, this game is what he imagined, a demolition derby clattering with the sounds of machine-gun fire and industrial demolition, a strange place where cops, army men, and evil clowns seek to murder each other for no particular reason.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Dec 21, 2005)
Apparently if I finish the single-player of Twisted Metal with the skeleton-man-on-a-bike, I'll discover his real reasons for entering the tournament. I don't even have a punchline. I just want to make it stop. I feel like I'm in one of the Americans' secret prisons having my resolve sapped by O'Brien wannabes. You fire machineguns and collect weapon power-ups and then drive around in circles trying to shoot people more than they shoot you.
The Video Game Critic (Nov 21, 2006)
There's still all the frantic car combat action we've come to expect, but this time it's too chaotic, and most of the vehicles handle poorly. There are far too many "portals" integrated into the oversized stages, making it easy to get lost. For all of its faults however, Head On does do a few things right. The machines guns are more effective than in previous games, and there are some enjoyable "crash-up-derby" bonus stages. But in general, Head On will probably not hold your interest for long, and series veterans will feel like they've "been there, done that."