Ah, Twisted Metal. The Playstation classic that has introduced the planet to a new genre, vehicular combat. This was the 1st video game I ever played along with Tekken and Crash Bandicoot. But where to begin with Twisted Metal. I think I will start with the 1st game, which was the one I started with. I was 3 or 4 at the time and I found this classic:



It was then that I found myself a unique gaming experience, but I had no idea how to play so I just assumed it was a racing game. Boy, was I wrong when my dad showed me that there were weapons to use and I immediately knew that I had to destroy the opponent to win in the Arena stage. I thought I beat the game with Darkside (I beat the game 1st with Darkside), but I found out that I had an entire game ahead of me. I fought through the hordes of enemies in the game to get the ultimate prize, one wish granted by the mysterious Calypso who hosts the tournament. Then I managed to get to the rooftop stage and good lord was it hard. 1st off, you could die by just falling off the rooftop (You don't say), so you had to make sure you centered yourself with the buildings. Second off, the physics were a bit floaty (but not as bad as Twisted Metal 3's engine, I'll get to that game later). You had 3 enemies to fight here, but it's not over yet when you defeat them.




You then had to fight the champion of last year's tournament: Minon, the Cadillac Gage Textron LAV-300. He had access to every special weapon in the game, so he could possibly spam Sweet Tooth's Napalm Cones, Mr. Grimm's Soul Spawn, and Thumper's Flamethrower. I managed to prevail against him and get my ending for Darkside:


Believe it or not, there were live action endings, but they were cut due to the fact that they were incredibly cheesy, they used the prototype title (Twisted Metal's in-development title was High Octane), and the budget was very low. We got to see them in Twisted Metal: Head On Extra Twisted Edition for the PS2.

Here are the live action endings:



So next time, we will look at the sequel of this masterpiece.