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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 Darkside
Twisted Metal PlayStation Boss battle
Twisted Metal PlayStation Truck jumping over the ramp.
Twisted Metal PlayStation Falling from the top of the building.

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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 (935)

Critic Reviews

Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation Dec, 1995 37 out of 40 92
Game Players PlayStation Jan, 1996 90 out of 100 90
Electric Playground Windows Nov 10, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Game Revolution PlayStation May 24, 2002 B+ 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) PlayStation Dec, 1995 81 out of 100 81
GamePro (US) PlayStation Feb, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Video Games PlayStation Dec, 1995 72 out of 100 72
IGN PlayStation Nov 26, 1996 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Jul 27, 2000 B- 67
Super Power (Sweden) PlayStation Feb, 1996 67 out of 100 67


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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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