David Jaffe Manages ‘Twisted Metal’ Expectations

Jan 12, 2012 by  

Twisted Metal to Include a Download Voucher for Twisted Metal Black

Outside of the PSP release of Twisted Metal: Head-On and its re-release, the last game in the core Twisted Metal franchise came over a decade ago with Twisted Metal: Black on the PS2, a game that earned rather positive reviews. Needless to say, it’s been a long wait for the franchise to return.

Twisted Metal was originally scheduled to debut in October but was delayed until this February where it sits oddly perfectly with a Valentine’s Day release. As the weeks count down, Eat Sleep Play game director David Jaffe wants to make sure your expectations aren’t too high for the game’s campaign.

Jaffe’s tweets over the last week haven’t been the most positive. He talked about sales numbers needed to turn a profit (1-2 million units sold at full price), his mixed feelings on the cover art being just “good enough” and potentially the most alarming, trying to set (read: lower) expectations for what players will get with Twisted Metal. Read for yourself:

“Twisted Metal does indeed have a 1player and split screen co-op campaign! BUT to keep expectations in check, know this: the bosses are super cool, I think the stories/cutscenes/game fiction is really very cool, and the campaign is more varied than any other TM we’ve ever made BUT if you go in expecting a campaign the likes of BATMAN:ARKHAM CITY, SKYRIM, GEARS OF WAR, KILLZONE 3, etc… you will be sorely disappointed. The game- I feel- is well worth the asking price BUT that’s for folks who love the MP (local same couch 2-4 player split screen or online MP (1 player full screen online, 2 player split screen online)… If you are buying the new TM ONLY or MOSTLY for campaign, might I suggest a rental? Again, not knocking our campaign- it really is the biggest and most varied one we’ve ever done- but just want to set expectations and be super clear that the heart and soul of the title is all about the MP. I feel I have to do that in this day and age of MEGA MASSIVE super amazing games that have campaigns like Batman, Uncharted 3, and Skyrim. But with all that preamble, this is the best Twisted Metal game- bar none- we’ve ever done and I am insanely proud of the game and the Utah and Sony Santa Monica teams!”

So, if you don’t like multiplayer, Twisted Metal isn’t worth the asking price. Again, at least he’s honest. There are quite a few other games over the last few years that have strong multiplayer component but short or weak campaigns (looking at you, Homefront). To his credit, Jaffe’s very active in responding to community and fan questions and being honest, and he does make a valid point about it being very difficult to compete with the likes of last year’s best titles in terms of campaigns or stories.

None of the Twisted Metal games have been sold on their stories, so perhaps this isn’t alarming at all. They’ve always been about the car combat and this game we can say from first-hand experiences, delivers that in spades. If you dig Twisted Metal, you’re really going to dig the new Twisted Metal.

Despite having dated graphics and as we know now, perhaps not a worthwhile campaign, Twisted Metal easily made our list of top 25 most anticipated games of 2012 for exactly the reason Jaffe explains, the multiplayer. We played it at a Sony holiday event and that was the game that we spent the most time on. Let’s just hope the multiplayer is comprehensive in offering varied modes and replayability.

We can appreciate the old school style of the game – no 3D or motion control gimmicks – and we can most certainly appreciate Jaffe’s desire to not have the game force Online Passes on users. And of course, we here at Game Rant always love local co-op which this game supports with 4-player splitscreen.

If the game is a hit, expect more characters through DLC and perhaps a PS Vita version down the road. If you do purchase Twisted Metal, it comes with a voucher for Twisted Metal: Black although it’s not in HD and does not include multiplayer.

Twisted Metal is scheduled to speed onto the PS3 on February 14th.

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Source: David Jaffe

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  1. Yep cant wait. Good thing the fiance is getting dental work on valentines day!

  2. This game was supposed to be on the PSN but word got out and they decided to make it a Retail Game and tried to convince people to buy it as such.

    I was convinced, I love Twisted Metal.

    Now they say that the single player campaign, which I have been worried about since it has only 3 characters, is not the reason to buy this game.

    Ok, you convinced me, I won’t buy it. Stupid to take out all of the characters anyway.

    • He’s only being honest. It doesn’t make fiscal sense to buy a game for only half of its contents. If you just want to experience the story then obviously rent it. You’d probably never pick it up again anyway.

      However, traditionally fans have played TM for the competitive multiplayer against buddies on the couch, and now with enhanced technologies since the original we’re able to take on the world.

      I feel you’re taking Jaffe’s comment entirely out of context, Dante. He’s said elsewhere that the story for the new TM is more engaging and better than any of its predecessor’s. Less characters does not mean a lesser story at all.

      With past games, the stories were comprised of little snippets of cutscenes with a very simplistic outcome at the end. The outcome being the contestant receiving a prize, but there were so many characters involved that most of them felt like afterthoughts. This way, the team can devote more time to a few individuals and the overarching story itself.

      As for multiplayer, most people would refer to the characters by their vehicles anyhow. Like if you asked the name of TM’s iconic clown, most would call him Sweet Tooth. Not knowing that Sweet Tooth is the ice cream truck, and the driver’s inherent name is Needles Kane. This way, you’ve got 3 different sides vying for domination and any faction can control any vehicles based on each individual’s play style, or simply to mix things up and keep it fresh.

  3. “And of course, we here at Game Rant always love local co-op which this game supports with 4-player splitscreen.” This game has 4 player local coop? I have serious doubts. http://community.us.playstation.com/thread/4662145

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