Twisted Metal

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Dark combat racing game that is extremely violent and gory.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 8 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

No positive messages can be taken away from this game. TWISTED METAL is an extremely violent and gory game that focuses on combat racing -- to the death. Players are encouraged to destroy other vehicles with missiles, machine guns, chainsaws, and flamethrowers. You can even run over screaming pedestrians if you want. Live-action cut-scene sequences show decapitated bodies and bloodied serial killers.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No good role models. Your intent is to compete in this deadly game of demolition derby -- as characters such as Sweet Tooth (the serial killer clown who graces the cover of the game), Doll Face, and Mr. Grimm -- all of whom partake in this over-the-top competition. You might not be as evil as Calypso, the twisted character who created the Twisted Metal contest, but these playable characters are not good role models, either.

Ease of Play

There will be a learning curve to master vehicle control and combat at the same time. This game can get very tough to juggle these simultaneous tasks. But the game starts off with instructions on how to play, and there's some information in the manual that ships with the game. Controls are also quite responsive, too.


This game contains extreme violence. Heavily focused on vehicular combat, the game requires you to use your vehicle like a weapon to destroy others in the Twisted Metal competition, as well as use flame throwers, machine guns, missiles, chainsaws, and other weapons. Story sequences with real actors are also violent, bloody, and gory, with potentially disturbing imagery such as a woman bleeding to death on the street, someone holding a decapitated head (and bloodied saw in the other hand), a serial killer stabbed in the face with scissors, and more. 


The game contains strong profanity, including "f--k," "f--kr," "motherf--ker," "s--t," "a--hole," and others.



There are signs, billboards, and marquees in the game, but they're promoting fictitious brands. But parents might like to know one of the publicity stunts to promote this game: Consumers who registered at with either their Facebook or Twitter account in mid-February vied for the chance to shoot at a truck located in the desert via their computer. The gun in front of the truck is hooked up to a webcam and a server.


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.


User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 18+-year-old Written bydaddy60000 August 19, 2013

NOT FOR KIDS horribly violent and gorey

SAY NO!!!!!
Adult Written byErnesto M January 25, 2013

Fun but just pointless

This is just by far a sweet game for ADULTS not kids. The game is about 4 what appear to be mentally illed characters "If you played Twisted Metal Black yo... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 September 1, 2019

The vehicular combat racer is back better than EVER!!!

Twisted Metal is a long running series of vehicular combat. This reboot of the series is improved in many ways. The story is deeper and more gruesome. Violence... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byAliphulupus January 18, 2013

good game..

This game is for older teens(15+)
The game only has blood in cutscenes and when you run over pedestrians on the street.
There is alot of language in the rap son... Continue reading

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?

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