Twisted Metal: Black
Even now, I play "Twisted Metal 2" every so often to challenge
myself on the hardest car combat level in video game history,
Holland on Hard setting. It's awesome, isn't it? Trying
to take down 10 other cars in a plain open field...that's the good
With "Twisted Metal: Black", after suffering through the
atrocious "TM3" and "TM4", you get a game that is now without peer,
taking the mantle of "TM2" and then progressing the genre to another
level. The story of each character in "TM:B", the atmosphere
of each level, the lighting, the music, the everything is just pure
evil, and I love it. It helps that the car combat is
spectacular, and the game moves so fast that it makes "TM2" cry in
shame. Each vehicle has enough intricacies to make beating the
game with each one a ton of fun; with all of the vehicles plus
special characters, you've got like 15 cars to choose from, and
besides Mr. Grimm (once again the character you use to show off the
size of your cojones), all of them always have a good shot of
winning the level.
Level design is amazing this time around; I still can't figure
out which level is my favorite, but Drive-In Movie is probably
close. Offline multiplayer is quite good, but I never got "TM:B
Online" to work correctly, so I don't know how good or bad that
add-on really is. The sound effects are incredible, and being
able to watch the movies of each character after you have beaten the
game with said characters is cool, too.
You can't go wrong with this game if you love car combat or
action games. Also a member of the Greatest Hits collection,
so pick it up if you haven't already.
Rating: Opening Weekend
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience