"Mario Kart" may be the old chestnut for many gamers when it comes to vehicle-based battle modes, but the more mature-themed "Twisted Metal" series is not without its dark, explosion-riddled and occasionally disturbing charm. The newly released trailer for the PlayStation 3 follow-up -- called simply "Twisted Metal" -- that was first announced last year at E3 captures all of those things, and in the process it also delivers a release date for the long-awaited sequel from industry firebrand David Jaffe and his Eat Sleep Play development studio: October 4.
There's not a whole lot more to say about the game at this point. The new trailer -- the bits of gameplay it features, anyway -- looks a whole lot more impressive than what was shown at E3 last year. There's also a giant black marble in this one, which is immediately awesome for reasons that aren't entirely clear.
"Twisted Metal" is one of the oldest PlayStation franchises, but it has been notably absent in recent years. The last game in the series to be released was "Twisted Metal Head-On: Extra Twisted Edition" in 2008, which was itself a port of the 2005 release "Twisted Metal: Head-On" for PlayStation Portable. I think fans all over are in pretty strong agreement that some sort of follow-up is long overdue.
A fair few details have been revealed so far, including an assortment of returning characters/vehicles, a handful of new ones -- including the helicopter, Talon, seen in this trailer -- and a competitive online game called Nuke Mode, in which players must kidnap the opposing team's leader in order to turn it into a nuclear missile used to destroy a giant statue held by the opposition. I think that's how it works. Clearly, the same bizarre, dare I say even twisted, (groans) sense of humor will be on full display in the October sequel.