Twisted Metal 4
|a game by||989 Studios|
|Editor Rating:||7/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||7.2/10 - 5 votes|
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The good news: 989 went back to the drawing boards and has given us a better game than the previous offering that was Twisted Metal III. The game engine plays and feels very much like the first two offerings from Singletrac. Gone are the constant and annoying flip-overs from III (although the programmers over compensated for this a bit by having the cars flip back a little too quickly). The arena designs are better this time around as well. They have a lot of variety, are interesting for the most part and are full of secrets. Finally, the new remote weapons are a nice addition to the arsenal. Everything seems to indicate that this is the best Twisted Metal yet, but unfortunately, that is not the case. So what's the bad news? The game speed varies from extremely fast (almost too fast in the one-player game) and smooth to choppy and slow. The graphics themselves are a step down from the nicer-looking TM III. Once in a while, you can get your car stuck against a wall, and it won't become unstuck until you get smacked by an opponent. Also, some of the levels are way too big, leading to prolonged periods of inactivity while you're trying to locate some machine gun fodder. Sure, this is better than TM III, but do we really need another car combat game? The genre's getting old on the PS...let's let it retire until PS2.
TM 4 is better than last year's game. They fixed the roll-over problem as well as other control issues. The environments are bigger and more interactive as well. You can blow up objects to reveal secret passages and special weapons (great fun). Even so, it's no Rogue Trip. Things that hurt it: Create-a-car is too limited, it takes too much to kill enemies, and vehicles occasionally get hung up in walls (glitch). On top of that, multiplayer is a bit boring at times.
I don't understand why this game is updated and rehashed every year like it's a sports game. The first two were fine! I never got into Twisted Metal before, and number four didn't do anything to convince me that I'm missing out. Multiplayer is no fun with any more than two players, and the cars are so small that you can hardly determine what's a weapon and what's a power-up. If you've played Twisted Metal before, this is all-too familiar territory.
Having driven in a real demolition derby, you would think I'd appreciate this a little more. Yes, Twisted Metal 4 has all the tweaks that we screamed about last year, but for me, it's still the same old game. This series, which goes on its fourth anniversary this year, is becoming seriously stale. Deathmatch has always been the main staple of [Twisted Metal] (/games/twisted-metal/), but not even that could salvage an otherwise hackneyed formula in TM4. Please, introduce something new!