Metal: Head-On doesn't take you anywhere you haven't
already been in the Twisted Metal universe - although
you can now take Twisted Metal anywhere in your
world thanks to the portability of the PSP.
could think of Head-On as a kind of "Best
of" version with a few new tracks. It's
not entirely original as it features many classic
characters and vehicles engaged in the time
honored, arcade tradition of vehicular combat.
An incredible army of outrageously customized
vehicles including jeeps, tanks, RVs, ice-cream
trucks and a front-end loader are prepared to
single-player story mode is not very long but
it's packed with secrets and unlockables. It
can take you a while to find all of the secret
characters and portals which will transport
you to a variety of mini-games. At the successful
conclusion of each match you will be awarded
various upgrades for your efforts. The more
destructive and aggressive you are the more
stuff you'll acquire. New attacks, better armor,
more powerful weapons and higher jumps are some
of the upgrades you'll receive. You'll keep
them for as long as your drive stays alive so
you've got a vested interest to keep from getting
killed. And as we all know, death is the name
of the game in Twisted Metal.
makes a decent single-player mode but the multi-player
and co-op modes allow you to have your cake
and eat it too. If you're not planning on getting
into the multi-player modes then don't even
plan on buying this game. You'll get through
the single-player mode in an hour and even if
you go after most of the unlockables you will
have completed all your objectives at the end
of the day. Multi-player is where it's at. The
two-player co-op mode is heads and shoulders
above the single-player mode.
features eight multi-player modes including
the obligatory Deathmatch which includes a number
of options to vary the gameplay to different
players' tastes. The vehicles smash, crunch,
twist and explode as they drive into one another,
are forced into walls or on the receiving end
of a missile or other destructive device. The
weapons are relatively easy to use thanks to
the automatic tracking and they do make quite
a mess. The environments aren't heavily detailed
but they are interactive and destructible.
up a game is incredibly easy and I was lucky
enough to be able to connect quickly and get
playing. I was able to get my hands on the PSP
early thanks to my job as the local high tech
reporter and it was a weird feeling playing
with other players in the world who were just
like me, lucky enough to be standing on the
brink of new technology and finding a group
to share the feeling with. And then promptly
trying to kill them. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! [Evil laughter].
such sparse environments the game doesn't suffer
from any lag or slowdown. The controls are tight
and the gameplay is solid. It's packed with
action and senseless violence. Of course this
game wouldn't be Twisted Metal without the twisted,
dark humor which is expressed in the cutscenes,
the characters, the vehicles and the weapons.
The voiceovers are over-the-top camp. You can't
take them seriously but that's the whole point.
The sound effects are good, the music rocks
and the explosions will really rattle your earbuds.
With tons of replay value and excellent online
play, Head-On is highly recommended for all
gamers that want to exercise their right to
pursue happiness in the form of destruction.