Developer: Eat Sleep Play |
Publisher: SCEA
Players: 1 to 4 Player Game |
Release Date: 02/05/08 |
Genre: Action

Since the introduction of the first PlayStation, the Twisted Metal series has brought countless hours of fun and excitement to gamers all over the world. Twisted Metal: Head On first appeared on the PSP as the true sequel to Twisted Metal 2. The game was very well received and fans of the franchise were thrilled to play it on a portable system. However, the longing for another console version of Twisted Metal soon began and Sony enlisted David Jaffe and Developer Eat Sleep Play to bring the magic to the PlayStation 2. While the end result isn’t perfect, fans will be very pleased.

At first glance, Twisted Metal: Head On Extra Twisted Edition will not look very visually appealing. It must be pointed out that this is an upgrade from the PlayStation Portable version released back in 2007. Unfortunately when porting titles to a more powerful system, unless the graphic engine is completely redone, the visuals will only become a “higher resolution” version of the original. Fortunately the graphics aren’t horrible but don’t expect this to break new ground graphically.

Okay, so the graphics are only slightly better than the PSP version and I can probably pick up this game on the PSP cheaper. So why would I want to buy the PlayStation 2 version? The big reason is due to the bonus content that Eat Sleep Play put into the game and three bonus levels not found in any other Twisted Metal game. This bonus content also includes a very interesting documentary that shows the true ending to the original Twisted Metal that got changed before release.

One glaring mistake in the PS2 remake of Twisted Metal: Head On is the lack of multiplayer options available to the player. The PSP version of the game included ad-hoc and online multiplayer support. But on the PS2 version, the only thing you will find is support for local multiplayer only. That means it is split screen or nothing. Back when the PlayStation 2 first launched, this would not be a big deal. However, we live in a world that fully expects all of our games to be playable online. And with the PSP version already online, I do not understand why some type of online support couldn’t be included for the PlayStation 2.

Despite these issues, the gameplay is pure Twisted Metal goodness. And after playing the game on both the PS2 and PSP, I can safely say that Twisted Metal: Head On plays much better on a real controlller. Even with all of the problems this game brings, I still have to recommend it to fans of the franchise. While I am rating this game as no more than a rental, if you are a big fan, you will probably want to purchase it instead. But even. with a $19.99 price tag, I myself only see the majority of players getting a few days of fun out of this one. But as one of the game’s easter eggs makes clear, we may soon see Twisted Metal 3 on a PlayStation 3 in the near future… Until then, rent this game for the bonus content, and play the PSP one for online play.

By Kaleb Rutherford – 04/08/08
ESRB Details: Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence

Screenshots for Twisted Metal: Head On Extra Twisted Edition