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6:00 PM on 02.14.2012

The DTOID Show: Max's Twisted Metal Review

One of this week's biggest, and most anticipated releases is Twisted Metal. Jim Sterling's a die-hard fan of the series, and he gave his thoughts on the newest iteration in his review right here. On the other hand, I've neve...

Max Scoville


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.






Review: Twisted Metal  photo
Review: Twisted Metal
by Jim Sterling

Twisted Metal 2 is one of the greatest videogames to ever grace the original PlayStation, and that's an undeniable scientific fact. Though my personal relationship with the series has been a spotty affair, my love for TM2's inimitable blend of sadistic humor and car-on-car violence has carved a bloody hole in my heart, one that's remained gaping for years. 

A new Twisted Metal for the PlayStation 3 has been a long time coming, and arrives not a moment too soon. However, while it remains at heart a classic example of vehicular battery, its misinformed attempts at modernization cause a little concern.

The latest chapter in the series, from Eat Sleep Play, indicates that some franchises really ought to stick to what they know. 

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7:54 AM on 02.07.2012

Twisted Metal dev hit with layoffs, David Jaffe leaving

[Update: Jaffe has responded to today's news, confirming that layoffs were had, but addressing talk of casual development by saying, "I have zero plans to make games like FARMVILLE and ANGRY BIRDS. I never said what I was doi...

Jim Sterling

3:30 PM on 01.27.2012

David Jaffe invites YOU to a Twisted Metal Tournament!

Upon the news that a new Twisted Metal game was coming out, many gamers couldn't wait to sink their sweet teeth into it. Well, if you live in or near San Francisco, you will have the opportunity to check out this game next...

Jesse Cortez



Twisted Metal: A different kind of multiplayer game photo
Twisted Metal: A different kind of multiplayer game
by Samit Sarkar

Unless you count the continued popularity of Mario Kart, we’re a long way from the ’90s heyday of car combat games. Modern multiplayer combat primarily concerns games in which people shoot each other, but David Jaffe, Scott Campbell, and their team at Eat Sleep Play are aiming to amend that phrase to end with the words “with cars.” They’re working on a new Twisted Metal title, the first original one to hit consoles since Twisted Metal: Black launched on the PlayStation 2 a decade ago.

Twisted Metal differs from shooters in more ways than the “shooting people while driving” part. In some respects, it’s more accessible than those games; in others, it’s even more impenetrable.

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Damn: Twisted Metal delayed to early 2012 photo
Damn: Twisted Metal delayed to early 2012
by Dale North

David Jaffe says that they're going to miss the date of October 4, and that Twisted Metal has to be pushed back. They need time to polish the title, he says.

"Thing is, you gotta trust me when I tell you that – with this extra time for tuning and polish – the game is going to be so much better than it already is." 

From this fall to early next year is a long-ass delay for polish and tuning, wouldn't you say? Still, Jaffe puts it nicely so you can appreciate that he's doing it for you. I believe him.

"Most importantly, we plan on treating you – the kind folks who play our game (and pay our bills) – like the VIPs that you are," Jaffe wrote on the PS Blog. "You only deserve our best and we appreciate your understanding as we take a little more time to guarantee that our best is what we deliver."

Judging from the times I've played it this year game is already rockin', so I trust they are doing something really important with this extra time. If that 3 or more months is truly polish time, this is going to be the shiniest game ever made.

There is some good news, though: Twisted Metal will be playable at both PAX Prime and Gamescom 2011.They be showing off a brand new level called Thrills & Spills Amusement Park, and new mode Team Hunted will also be debuted. Bonus: there will also be some free Sweet Tooth masks given away.

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9:20 AM on 07.25.2011

Twisted Metal now an 'HBO serial killer' with an M rating

Remember when Eat Sleep Play was aiming for a T-rating for the upcoming PlayStation 3 Twisted Metal? It's given up that plan; the game will now ship with an M-rating. "Without the blood," Eat Sleep Play's David Jaffe told a c...

Nick Chester

3:00 AM on 06.22.2010

Jaffe isn't expecting Twisted Metal to be a blockbuster

Twisted Metal is a name hardcore gamers likely all recognize but the series has never had the über-success we associate with major, AAA releases. Series creator David Jaffe knows this and doesn't seem to be deluding hims...

Conrad Zimmerman

5:40 PM on 06.21.2010

Jaffe explains how twisted the T-rated Twisted Metal gets

Fans of Twisted Metal: Black might have been put off a bit upon hearing that Eat Sleep Play were aiming for a 'T' rating with its upcoming PlayStation 3 Twisted Metal game. The studio’s co-founder David Jaffe later turn...

Nick Chester



E3 10: Nuke mode in Twisted Metal is really complicated photo
E3 10: Nuke mode in Twisted Metal is really complicated
by Jonathan Ross

The big "surprise" announcement at Sony's press conference this afternoon was that, contrary to what David Jaffe had posted on Twitter a few months back, he is, in fact, working on a Twisted Metal game. As Sweet Tooth drove his ice cream truck out onto the stage, Jaffe and Sony showed off a bunch of gameplay from the upcoming PlayStation 3-exclusive Twisted Metal.

The trailer starts off with some basic gameplay footage, highlighting a variety of vehicles and showcasing a helicopter, the first air vehicle the Twisted Metal series has ever seen. Most of the video, however, is dedicated to showing off a game mode called Nuke, which is hilariously and ridiculously complicated.

You play as either a member of the Sweet Tooth gang, led by Sweet Tooth, or the Dolls, led by Doll Face. Each team has a giant statue of their respective leader, and your goal is to blow up the opposing side's statue. You don't use regular weapons to do it, though. Instead, you drive around until you find the other side's leader. They're heavily guarded, and are using a mounted machine gun to boot. If you're able to drive over them, you "capture" them, except by "capture" I mean "tie to your car and drag them behind you as you drive back to your base."

At your base is a capture zone. Keep the opposing team's leader in your capture zone long enough, and you sacrifice him to a big rocket launcher you have set up. It's like a normal rocket launcher, except it also spews fire and has a bunch of gears and spikes in it to grind your sacrifice up. Successfully sacrifice the other team's leader, and a missile fires. You then have to guard the missile and make sure your opponents don't blow it up in midair. If you manage to do all this, the missile hits the statue.

You have to do that three times to win the round.

Describing it doesn't really do it justice, so just go ahead and watch the trailer. I have no idea how long these matches are expected to last, but I could see Nuke mode lasting for quite a while. I'm not disparaging it, though -- it looks like a ton of fun. I haven't played a Twisted Metal game since the very first one on the original PlayStation, but there's a good chance I'll be picking this one up.

What do you think? Check out the gallery for the first five screenshots of the game.

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9:40 AM on 04.28.2010

Jaffe won't be at E3, nor will his top secret game

David Jaffe has a secret. The secret is totally not a new Twisted Metal game for the PS3. And he's going to get to keep his secret a little bit longer. The designer has confirmed that neither he, nor his secret -- which ...

Conrad Zimmerman





10:40 PM on 10.06.2009

Game SERIES Debate to the Death! T. Metal VS G. Turismo

Last week's debate will hopefully be a wake up call to those responsible for the Mortal Kombat series' future. The numbers from our microcosm debate poll may show that a small group of people are happy with the series overall...

Tom Fronczak

1:16 AM on 01.02.2008

Game Debate to the Death!
2007 Game of the Year?

In our last debate, we traveled back to a dark time in our lives when we actually, if ever, watched televised wrestling shows. When asked what your favorite wrestling game of all time was, over a hundred votes were cast for d...

Tom Fronczak

1:20 PM on 08.08.2007

David Jaffe confirms three new PlayStation 3 exclusives

David Jaffe doesn't waste time. It's just over two weeks since he left Sony to set up his Eat, Sleep, Play studio with Incognito founder Scott Campbell, and already he has four games lined up for his previous employer's machi...

David Houghton