Zero Punctuation: Twisted Metal

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XDravond:
Oh another fracking "use old name on new game" thing like Yahtzee said before "thats not confusing"....

And Twisted metal sounds like it should come with a 6 pack of beer or a voucher for free vodka bottle depending on where you live... ;)
But that might twist the targeted audience group somewhat...

Well that and you could no longer sell it to 18-20 year olds in the U.S.

I'd just make it a voucher for free chips.

"What's good enough for the Catholic Church is good enough for you." That's so funny, because it's true.

I can't really tell if he enjoyed playing it...really all I know is that I should play the tutorial and not use a wide screen tv.

Game has a solid competitive multiplayer and a good alternative to the fps corridor shooting. Reason enough to get and the game is fairly balanced so long as your team knows how to take down talons.

Don't worry Yahtzee, just hide under the sheets and everything will be alright, mate.

My tutor worked on Wargasm. It sucked.

So, basically it's a remake that happened solely to cash in on the newer PS3s' inability to play the older games someone might otherwise pick up from the used game shop? That's the impression I got from the video.

blurredplacebo:
was the hi res version of the video very aliased/jagged for anyone else?

I don't know what you mean by "hi res", but the regular video that I as a non-subscriber watch looked very poorly upscaled from a lower resolution, yeah.

Near the video's end I was thinking "Wait... he's lamenting on the game's unnecessarily limiting the audience??"

By the end of it, I was thinking "Yeah.. there we go!"

Twisted Metal is extremely fun online, when you can connect to someone that is...

@0:32 Down with that sort of thing!

(I've been waiting for an excuse to say that.)

Personally I like the idea/atmosphere of Twisted Metal, even if I'm pants at it. I just had to prioritize games so I haven't picked this one up yet, though I probably will eventually.

I honestly do not think killing children is a big deal (in a game), and indeed it's good in a game going for a sort of horroric atmosphere not pulling the punches. I tend to see "Twisted Metal" as being a sort of 80s horror movie thematically, more than really a child of the 90s where they started to chill out. Though truthfully I still think they pull more punches than they should... of course that's somewhat justified simply by the fact that you can only get so detailed and graphic from a vehicular point of view.

As far as Clown-O-Phobia goes, I don't have it, but know a person who does. Personally to me I think the problem with clowns is the whole "trying too hard" thing. It comes from getting too close a form of entertainment that seems like it's best enjoyed from a distance at say a circus or whatever. In general when your looking at a clown and can see them clearly as a person, and an entertainer who is overacting and trying to be funny/nice-nice in that kind of outfit the deception/act can come accross as kind of creepy. It's easy to insert malevolent motives behind the outward appearance. I also suspect this is why killer clowns make such a great movie trope, something that is appealing from a distance (I have enjoyed a number of shows by troupes of clowns) that can have the opposite effect when looked at closely.

That said, I do think that there are clowns who deserve a bit more respect, it's an art form, and takes a lot of work to do at a high level. The guy who just wears the costume at birthday parties is a bit differant from the guy who performs at say a circus, carnival, or other show who has in many cases had to master all kinds of tumbling, acrobatics, and other things to perform all those silly seeming moves without killing themself, especially in coordination with other people. I've read some stuff about it.

ZZoMBiE13:

OuendanCyrus:
And I thought I was the only one who has a fear of clowns.

Actually many many people are afflicted with Bozophobia. It's a hard life to live, especially when your kids love McDonalds.

I wonder how the original designers failed so miserably to create an appearance that was amusing and comical.

There's something I've never thought of....the first clowns....off to wikipedia.

turantuhedgehog....
Yahtzee, Sonic team is going to steal your ideas.
Trademark it quick!

Man this game series really slipped my mind! Never heard of it until now.
...
Good to know that I didn't miss anything particular brilliant :P

But I don't think Yahzee's hatred of children is healthy... he definitely has to play more "my little pony" or something like that...

I agree with Yahtzee on traffic laws. Humans shouldn't have the right of way because they're smaller than cars! That's the way it should be! And I too would rather hug a tarantula-porcupine than a human child!

I wouldn't have caught that Divine Comedy reference had I not been reading the aformentioned poem over the past month or two.
OT: I was interested in this when I first saw it, but I don't have a PS3. Oh well. Maybe I'll play one of the old ones.

Seems out of place. Games like this are rather... Dated. Maybe 10 years ago it would have worked.

Being a Twisted Metal fan, I was somewhat disappointed with it. The biggest problem with the game is that the whole thing seems to have been undertested.

I can't comment much on the multiplayer because I rented it in the first week. This was when the multiplayer was broken and, by broken, I mean "Duke Nukem Forever broken". Since the game needed an online pass and I was just renting, that didn't bug me. It's been patched since then so it is actually possible to get an MP match. However, it is a symptom of the undertesting. (And I find it difficult to believe David "I don't believe in large betas" Jaffe when he claims innocence on this.)

This affects the single-player as well.

On the Mr. Grimm race, if you don't hit the hill when leaving town correctly when you're driving at it, you won't make it up the hill.

On the Dollface boss fight, when you start the round, there is a good chance that one of the escort limos will ram you before you can even move. If you're in a light-medium weight vehicle, this will send you sailing off the cliff with a 50% health penalty. (The Dollface fight is difficult and in a largely tedious way.)

As has been said, the cars will all come after you which (to me) isn't a problem in the Juggernaut/arena fights. However, when you're in a race event and half of the cars + Road Boat (He has a magnet on his car that, if he hits you, he'll turn around and fire you towards the back of the race which, on average, drops you from 3rd to 11th place) are attacking you while the front 5 stroll their way towards victory, that becomes less a question of skill and more a question of luck and maining the fast cars. In fact, the races are pretty much where the difficulty spikes occur as the game simply isn't made for racing.

The list goes on. But is it bad? Well, not really. There is actually a lot of good here and there is a solid foundation for a sequel if they removed the races (does anyone actually like those?), and did a lot more testing before release. In many ways, calling it Twisted Metal is appropriate as the first game was ok but the series really took off with the second game. Obviously, given that it didn't really do that well in sales, whether this iteration of Twisted Metal gets a sequel is probably up in the air.

As for whether you should buy it, I would say the question hinges on whether you were a fan of the series. If you are, it's probably worth $30. $40 if you're really into multiplayer. If not, then rent it and see if the multi does it for you and/or you can get past Mr. Grimm's events without screaming.

Never appealed to me this one, probably because I'm not a fan of mindless games. In terms of multiplayer there are other games out there that are better for a drunk night in!

Funny review none the less!

Wait, about the last sentence in the credits, "your car's mom" - should it be "your mom's car" or is his version also okay? I am confused and utterly looking too much into this.

What I really got out of that was this:
You ain't gonna park in Yahtzee's parking space and live to tell about it.

It might be because I'm already a huge Sony fanboy and have played most of the other Twisted Metal games but I didn't find the controls all that bad. The only time I had a problem with them was on the checkpoint race before the final boss.

Kind of surprised there wasn't a Kid Icarus review today but this was was definitely over-due. Also surprised that Yahtzee has done as many 3DS reviews as he's done this far. Twisted Metal does sound pretty good but I have to catch up on all of the old ones.

Well this was a surprise, albeit a positive one.

I have always had a soft spot for the Twisted Metal games, especially in regards to it's dark humor. That being said, I haven't really followed the series since Twisted Metal 2, so I can't really comment on how it has evolved since then, other than that Twisted Metal Black apparently attempted a take the series in a darker and more serious direction, something that this new iteration seems to have somewhat adopted. All in all, the game looks immensly fun and it seems to pretty much be a direct descendant of Twisted Metal 2. As such, it should be right up my alley.

Also, what's with all the spider references this week? A recent traumatic experience perhaps?

The bit about the Stanley Kubrick ferris wheel had me laughing my ass off. Also, I'm glad to hear that other people liked Carmeggedon (or however it's spelled). I played it constantly when I was younger, but hardly any of my current gamer friends have played it...or even heard of it.

So they wasted a horror plot with a paints on head reatarded destruction gameplay...

"So a man gives in to a long-repressed dark side and butchers his own family as they plead to the man trapped inside and then YAY GOOFY RACING GAME."

I spat out my drink all over my homework.

But yeah, I agree on the weird juxtaposition of tone. Really, if this thing is supposed to be a modern equivalent to wacky races, wouldn't an equally wacky tone be better? Idk, maybe I'm just tired of the DARK AND EDGY in games everywhere. Especially since most people's interpretation of "dark and depressing" translates into liberal usage of the word fuck.

count me in on the stanley kubrick wheel of doom's maiden voyage

Grahav:
So they wasted a horror plot with a paints on head reatarded destruction gameplay...

*retarded and also you are aware that there are 7 other games in the series correct?

It's weird everyone complains about the races, I never had a problem with them after an attempt or two to learn the track. Still, they are a weak point once everyone starts gunning for you, so maybe tone that part down if they make a #2. But I think the multiplayer is brilliant, it's almost anti-COD simply by virtue that you can play in the game for more than a couple minutes before you die.

Steve the Pocket:
So, basically it's a remake that happened solely to cash in on the newer PS3s' inability to play the older games someone might otherwise pick up from the used game shop? That's the impression I got from the video.

My PS3 can play PS1 and PS2 games no problem.(the few perks of an early adopter) Not much reason to do so though other than making a trip down memory lane. Most games don't really hold up once you remove the Nostalgia goggles. (2D games like Legend of Mana are obvious exceptions)

I haven't played the game yet so I can't comment on the accuracy of the review but I think that there has been an excessive use of metaphors lately that is becoming too distracting from the points you are trying to describe.

FallenMessiah88:
Well this was a surprise, albeit a positive one.

I have always had a soft spot for the Twisted Metal games, especially in regards to it's dark humor. That being said, I haven't really followed the series since Twisted Metal 2, so I can't really comment on how it has evolved since then, other than that Twisted Metal Black apparently attempted a take the series in a darker and more serious direction, something that this new iteration seems to have somewhat adopted. All in all, the game looks immensly fun and it seems to pretty much be a direct descendant of Twisted Metal 2. As such, it should be right up my alley.

Also, what's with all the spider references this week? A recent traumatic experience perhaps?

Twisted Metal 2 is still the raining champion. Although this game is the closest they've gotten though. Still a lot of wasted potential. I think they gave up after doing the Sweetooth "mech" special because a lot of the others were kinda lackluster (sometimes recycled, like the Gatling gun turret special).

TM2 still had much more diverse and, for lack of a better term, awesome character/gameplay design. I still remember getting smashed up by Mr. Slam, a construction vehicle, while Twister, an F1 car, was barreling down as a literal tornado only to be intercepted by Grasshopper's suicide jump, a freakin Dune-buggy.

Cars here aren't as diverse although the semi-trucks are a nice touch. They all practically have 0 personality since a) some look the same, b) some have the same specials (unheard of in TM2), and c) you can just interchange between 3 drivers/factions i.e. no real face/persona to the car.

TLDR Good game. Not as awesome as Twisted Metal 2 though.

The doll face race is 'easy' if you konw how to do it.

Obviously having the nice 'crimson' car you 'just' unlocked is key. (theres a reason they hint at using it)

That said, there are two keys to that particular race to make it 'easy mode'.

First, don't turbo from the start line. that nice red car you get? doesn't need it... for anything.
Second, get to 3rd or 4th place, purposely stay back.

Take out the guys in front of you. Big time, take them the hell out! you can easilly take out the 'other' fast cars like you, fairly fast before they get to a health power up.

Second?
Land Mines.
Triangle + Down arrow = Super Mines, Spam the hell out of those suckers, any enemey that gets near them, will be blow off course.
Lay them on jumps? You screw them up HUGE.

Thats about it really.

However, if you maintain second all the way, You can follow the guy in 1st, DIRECTLY to where the hidden 'final check point' is at. Destroy him before he jumps aboard.

thats really the only tricks about it you need to know.
Aside from crimson fury doesn't need to use Turbo to make it across ANY of the jumps. THe other cars? They'll fall if they don't turbo, or if you don't activate it soon enough.

Father Time:

ZZoMBiE13:
I passed on this game. As much as I loved TM in the 90s, it just felt like that's where it belonged. But whatever. If people enjoyed it then more power to them. I decided to spend that money on another throwback; SSX. And no children are murdered in SSX so there's that.

Are you saying child murder wouldn't improve a snowboarding game? Weird.

on that note how about a game where you get to kill shaun white repeatedly while snowboarding behind Sweet Tooth.

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