Twisted Metal is a car combat game that rebooted Sony’s long-running Twisted Metal series.
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Story & Themes
Twisted Metal recounts the dark and largely tragic stories of Sweet Tooth, Mr. Grimm, and Dollface, three contestants in the Twisted Metal tournament. The tournament is run by Calypso, a disturbed man who challenges his players to destroy one another using a variety of lethal weapons. The three protagonists all wish for something from Calypso, and he grants their wishes, but each one has an unexpected consequence that leads to the character's downfall. Sweet Tooth, intent on finding his daughter, discovers she is dead and ends up joining her in the coffin. Mr. Grimm attempts to rectify past tragedy in his life, but his actions ultimately set the exact future events he hoped to avoid into motion. Finally, Dollface wants to be a successful supermodel after suffering permanent injuries in a car accident, and when she wishes to be on the largest runway in the world, Calypso transports her to an airplane runway where she is killed by a landing plane.
The game requires some multitasking to juggle both the combat and driving aspects of the game. A quick tutorial at the start introduces these controls to the players, but it's up to them to learn and master them.
Violence Twisted Metal is excessively bloody, with the goal being to destroy the cars and characters of contestants in the tournament. Weapons like flamethrowers, guns, and chainsaws are used to decimate enemies, and players can also run pedestrians over if they choose. Live-action sequences depict a variety of graphic and disturbing content, such as a woman holding a severed head and a serial killer being stabbed in the face with scissors.
Strong Language The game contains strong language, with words like "f*ck" and "sh*t" appearing in dialogue.
The game supports up to sixteen players in online competitive matches.
- Which character's story did you sympathize with the most? Why? Do you think any of them deserved the ending they got?
- Does Twisted Metal's extreme violence bother you? Is it realistic, or do you feel detached from it?