Twisted Metal isn’t doing too badly on Metacritic at present, with a 79 Metascore and an 8.6 User score. However, once the novelty factor of having Twisted Metal back wears off I can see both scores dropping wildly.
The problems with this game in particular – bad voice acting, poor graphics, no plot, unrealistic physics – are one thing (or several, in fact), but the issues run deeper than that. Twisted Metal is a game from a bygone era, and it doesn’t belong in 2012.
That isn’t me being snobby, but the genre of car combat feels out-of-date, the visuals are woefully outdated, and something about it just feels very off. It’s as though the last five years never happened.
Some people will love Twisted Metal on the PS3. Franchise fanboys, obviously. And those who value gameplay above all else and can therefore blank out all the missteps and mistakes. The rest of us will remain thoroughly underwhelmed and switch back to playing Call of Duty or Skyrim forthwith.