A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know Twisted Metal is a very violent, gory, and bloody "Mature"-rated game. The game centers on vehicle combat and racing, with numerous types of weapons to use against other players in a deadly demolition competition called "Twisted Metal" -- including missiles, machine guns, chainsaws, and a flying helicopter outfitted with a turret. It's also possible to run over pedestrians and destroy the environment. Live-action story sequences are very graphic, with bloody images of murder and decapitation. The game also has strong profanity.
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What's it about?
From the same creative team responsible for the original car combat game for Sony PlayStation in 1995, TWISTED METAL is dark and twisted tale of the evil Calypso, who puts on the Twisted Metal tournament, and challenges drivers to use whatever they got to take down everyone else -- including multiple weapons of mass destruction. The single-player campaign reprises familiar characters (including Sweet Tooth, Doll Face, and Mr. Grimm), plus it adds live-action sequences to help push the bizarre story along. In fact, gamers will experience separate storylines as these characters and have access to 16 unique vehicles -- from the ice cream truck and souped-up sedans to motorcycles and a helicopter. Along with the co-op mode on one television, there are a number of online modes playable via PlayStation Network.
Is it any good?
For mature players, Twisted Metal is a good game, though it's not a perfect 10. This new spin on the car combat genre adds high-definition graphics, fast and responsive control, more weapons, bigger and more destructible environments, live-action story sequences, challenging boss battles, three endings, and on- and offline multiplayer modes. But on the flipside, many gamers have experienced problems going online to play against each other, be it connection errors or joining one mode (such as Nuke) but finding yourself in another (perhaps Last Man Standing). There are a few other niggles, too, such as only having three characters to play, but overall this game delivers an exhilarating action experience and should be a treat for long-time fans of the franchise. Do take heed to the warning on the front and back of the box for the game's intense violence, blood, and gore, and strong language.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether live-action story sequences -- that is, real actors rather than computer-generated ones -- is potentially more disturbing (or desensitizing) to gamers. Images of bloody death, murder, and destruction can be seen in these video sequences.
What is the impact of extreme violence, as is found in this game? Is this no different than a horror movie or worse because gamers can then play in this world?
- Platforms: PlayStation 3
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment
- Release date: February 14, 2012
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Magic and Fantasy, Adventures
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language
- Last updated: June 20, 2019
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