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In the end, Twisted Metal 4 is as huge a leap ahead of Twisted Metal III as the second was to the original. While the series hasn't quite reclaimed its former glory, it at least seems to be on the right track.
Twisted Metal 4 is a solid entry into the vehicle-combat genre. Developer's 989 Studios have addressed some of the past negative issues that plagued their first effort -- Twisted Metal III. Unfortunately, there are still some blatantly obvious glitches that should have been worked out before the game's release. However, TM4's positive aspects definitely out-weigh its negative aspects. If you're a fan of the Twisted Metal series but were a bit put off by the third entry, or if you're new to the series and are looking for a fast-paced, car-combat game, rest assured, Twisted Metal 4 will not disappoint.
While the game is highly enjoyable, lets hope this is the last of the series on the PS One. Four games is long run for any series and it's going to take an overhaul to make this series the original masterpiece it once was. Other games in the genre, like Vigilante 8, have eclipsed Twisted Metal in both style and gameplay. This is a nice send out to a great series on a classic console, but lets hope the next generation of consoles can re-invent the franchise.
An improvement over TM3, Twisted Metal 4 is a reasonably fun game. It puts some of the entertainment value back into blowing up over-armed cars. But it still has its flaws. If you already own Twisted Metal 1 or 2 , make sure to rent this one first.
On my part, I think the game has its strengths, and certainly looks good. It has strategy and some good thinking behind it. The graphics are nice and fast, and two-player is still fun (some courses are better than others in terms of frame rate). It's fun to play, if you really get going in it. However, Vigilante 8 feels like a real car combat game. Rent this one, in memorial of Twisted Metal's legacy, and try to see this as a short-term reinvention of the wheel. You may have fun, as I did, but you won't feel a brush with greatness from the once towering Twisted Metal series.
Unfortunately, the main game engine hasn't evolved much, and its pixelated tracks and crude collision detection should have been better. The game has its share of bugs, and I even had to restart a game after getting stuck in a wall. With Twisted Metal 4, the series seemed to be wearing out its welcome.