Twisted Metal 2
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|Twisted Metal 2|
|Developer(s)||Sony Interactive Studios America / SingleTrac|
|Publisher(s)||Sony Computer Entertainment America|
|Producer(s)||David Jaffe, Scott Campbell|
|Programmer(s)||Randy Zorko, Michael Badger, Polly Harris, Steve Poulson|
|Writer(s)||Daniel Bennett Phillips|
Twisted Metal 2 (known on the title screen and in Europe as Twisted Metal 2: World Tour and Twisted Metal EX in Japan) is the second and most successful game in the vehicular combat Twisted Metal series. It was developed by the game studio SingleTrac, published by Sony, and released in 1996 for PlayStation and Microsoft Windows.
The Microsoft Windows version features slightly cut-down graphics compared to the PlayStation version but doesn't require a 3D accelerator video card. It also features multiplayer mode over a modem line or Internet.
In concept, Twisted Metal 2 is a demolition derby which permits the usage of ballistic projectiles. Players choose a vehicle and an arena—or a series of arenas in the story mode—to engage in battle with opposing drivers. A variety of weapons are obtainable by pick-ups scattered throughout the stage. The objective of the game is to be the last remaining player.
2006: Los Angeles is left in ruins and its citizens left to struggle for survival after the conclusion of Twisted Metal, a brutal contest held by Calypso, exactly one year earlier on Christmas Eve. Aboard his airship (running the ticker "CALYPSO RULER OF THE EARTH") in the skies over the destroyed City of Angels, Calypso wonders where the next Twisted Metal will take place; fourteen of the world's best drivers are already assembled to compete for whatever prize they desire.
After defeating Dark Tooth, the winning driver meets with Calypso in New York to receive their prize.
Twisted Metal 2 was both a financial and critical success. The PlayStation version sold 1.74 million copies in the United States alone. The PlayStation version has an aggregate score of 86% on Game Rankings, based on eight reviews. The PC version averages at much lower 50% on the same website, based on two reviews.
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