Twisted Metal: Small Brawl

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Twisted Metal: Small Brawl
Twisted Metal - Small Brawl Coverart.png
North American cover art
Developer(s) Incognito Entertainment
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Distributor(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Director(s) Steve Ceragioli
Producer(s) Mike Batholomew
Linda Jo
Designer(s) Dave Goodrich
Artist(s) Lori M. Hollifield
Lee Wilson
Martin Mercer
Steve Ceragioli
Writer(s) Steve Ceragioli (stories)
Mike Giam (stories)
Dave Goodrich (stories)
Benjamin Harrison (stories)
David Jaffe
Scott Campbell
Composer(s) SCORPIO Sound, LLC (Mike Reagan and Gregory J. Hainer)
Riptide Music, Inc. (additional music)
Series Twisted Metal
Platform(s) PlayStation
Release date(s)
  • NA November 26, 2001[1]
Genre(s) Vehicular combat
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Distribution CD-ROM

Twisted Metal: Small Brawl is a vehicular combat video game developed by Incog Inc. Entertainment and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation. It was released on November 26, 2001.[1]

Twisted Metal: Small Brawl is the sixth installment in the Twisted Metal series of video games.

Gameplay[edit]

An example of gameplay in Twisted Metal: Small Brawl

Twisted Metal: Small Brawl is a vehicular combat game in which the player takes control of one of twelve unique remote control vehicles. While in control of a vehicle, the player can accelerate, steer, brake, reverse, activate the turbo, turn tightly, toggle between and activate weapons using the game controller's d-pad, analog sticks and buttons.[2]

Development[edit]

Tentatively titled Twisted Metal Kids during production,[3] the game was announced under the title at a press event for Twisted Metal: Black in Santa Monica, California on March 2, 2001.[4] The official title of Twisted Metal: Small Brawl was revealed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on May 16, 2001.[5] The game utilizes a physics engine based on what was used in Twisted Metal 2: World Tour.[6]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 57.12%[7]
Metacritic 51/100[8]
Review scores
Publication Score
Electronic Gaming Monthly 3.5/10[9]
Game Informer 3/10[10]
GamePro 2.5/5 stars[11]
GameSpot 6.5/10[12]
GameZone 5.5/10[13]
IGN 4.5/10[14]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 2.5/5 stars[15]

Twisted Metal: Small Brawl received middling to negative reviews from critics. Trevor Rivers of GameSpot concluded that "some will immediately be turned away by the graphics and others by the more childish design, but if your PlayStation is still kicking, you might want to check it out."[12] Play Magazine speculated that "this must be where Martha Stewart's evil siblings reside."[16] The Badger of GameZone noted that the graphics felt "very unfinished" and the changes included in the game "[lacked] any real depth".[13] Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine said that the game "isn't a bad game by any means, but it feels like a definite step in the wrong direction."[15] GamePro said that the gameplay was "laboriously slow" and that "there's no real sense of speed."[8] Mark Fujita of IGN remarked that the game's graphics, sound, gameplay and level design were all worse than previous Twisted Metal titles, criticizing the graphics as "appalling" and the menus as "horrendous".[14] Kraig Kujawa of Electronic Gaming Monthly cited the "plumber's ass that sticks out from underneath the sink in the kitchen level" as the best feature in the game, while Shane Bettenhausen warned that "series veterans won't be impressed", and Christian Nutt dismissed the game as "a slapdash, sloppy and unimaginative retrofit."[9] Andy McNamara of Game Informer remarked that the game "doesn't even live up to the first four PSX titles in the series."[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Twisted Metal Small Brawl for PlayStation - Technical Information". GameSpot. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ Instruction Booklet, p. 3.
  3. ^ Ben Stahl (March 5, 2001). "Twisted Metal Kids announced - PlayStation News at GameSpot". GameSpot. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ IGN Staff (March 2, 2001). "New Twisted Metal Coming to PlayStation - PSX News at IGN". IGN. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ IGN Staff (May 16, 2001). "E3 2001: First Screens of Twisted Metal: Small Brawl - PSX News at IGN". IGN. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ Trevor Rivers (October 26, 2001). "Twisted Metal: Small Brawl Preview - PlayStation Previews at GameSpot". GameSpot. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Twisted Metal Small Brawl for PlayStation". GameRankings. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Twisted Metal: Small Brawl Critic Reviews for PlayStation". Metacritic. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Kujawa, Kraig; Bettenhausen, Shane; Nutt, Christian (January 2002). "Twisted Metal: Small Brawl - Too Many Games!". Electronic Gaming Monthly (Ziff Davis) (150): 232. "Kraig: Thank God for the plumber's ass that sticks out from underneath the sink in the kitchen level. If it weren't for that, this would be a total loss. / Shane: Sony's sanitized take on the classic TM series should please tykes looking for some car combat, but series veterans won't be impressed. / Christian: Small Brawl is a slapdash, sloppy and unimaginative retrofit." 
  10. ^ a b McNamara, Andy (January 2002). "Twisted Metal: Small Brawl". Game Informer (105): 88. Archived from the original on January 21, 2008. Retrieved March 16, 2014. "This game doesn't even live up to the first four PSX titles in the series. It's that bad. I just feel dirty playing it, and Sony should feel worse for publishing it." 
  11. ^ Dan Elektro (November 28, 2001). "Twisted Metal: Small Brawl Review for PlayStation on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 4, 2005. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Trevor Rivers (December 6, 2001). "Twisted Metal Small Brawl Review". GameSpot. Retrieved March 16, 2014. "Some will immediately be turned away by the graphics and others by the more childish design, but if your PlayStation is still kicking, you might want to check it out." 
  13. ^ a b The Badger (December 5, 2001). "Twisted Metal Small Brawl Review - PlayStation". GameZone. Archived from the original on April 17, 2008. Retrieved March 16, 2014. "While we were practically salivating to get started on this title, we spent an hour trying to get past the very unfinished feeling graphics and lack of any real depth to the changes included in Small Brawl." 
  14. ^ a b Mark Fujita (November 28, 2001). "Twisted Metal: Small Brawl". IGN. Retrieved March 16, 2014. "The menus are horrendous, and the graphics are appalling. Come on, when you see a series of games, you expect them to improve, in graphics, sound, gameplay, and level design. In TMSB they're all worse" 
  15. ^ a b "Twisted Metal: Small Brawl". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 147. January 2002. "Isn't a bad game by any means, but it feels like a definite step in the wrong direction." 
  16. ^ "Twisted Metal: Small Brawl". Play: 62. February 2002. "This must be where Martha Stewart’s evil siblings reside." 

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