'Twisted Metal' Delayed To 2012

Twisted Metal

"Twisted Metal" is one of the most anticipated PS3 games of the holiday season. Too bad it's not coming out in the holiday season anymore! The game was once scheduled for October 4, but the game has been delayed to early 2012, according to a posting on the official PlayStation blog by co-director David Jaffe. Guess what? This is a good thing.

I realize that this news will come as a disappointment to many, but the delay of a high-profile game like "Twisted Metal" means the holiday season is now slightly more manageable when it comes to huge games coming out. "Batman: Arkham Asylum," "Battlefield 3," "Gears of War 3," "Skyrim," "Modern Warfare 3," "Uncharted 3," "Zelda: Skyward Sword," "Resistance 3," "Assassin's Creed: Revelations." Every one of these is likely going to be a must-buy (or at least a must-try) title, so by having another game move out of this time frame, we get more time to enjoy the titles we have.

It also means that early in next year will actually have decent games, instead of being a vast wasteland of nada. "Mass Effect 3," "The Darkness 2" and now "Twisted Metal" are scheduled for that timeframe, with one or two more delays probably coming in the next few weeks. Sticking all the awesome games in a 3 month period sucks for everyone, so spreading the love is good news.

It's also a good thing as, when I saw "Twisted Metal" at E3 a few months ago, there was still plenty of work to be done. The controls felt overly complicated and there were plenty of glitches. It was fun, don't get me wrong, but more time means more polish and more polish means better games.