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Send In The Clowns | Twisted Metal Coverage & Super Awesome Giveaway! |

Twisted Metal and David Jaffe.

Two entities that the foggy city by the bay are not ready for. I ventured forth outside my east bay domicile around 2pm with the intention of being first in line. After a very droll BART ride to the city, I arrived at the San Francisco event greeted by a motley crüe of true believers. This should not be without surprise, since Jaffe and the Twisted Metal genre both have a more than loyal following.

I proceed to setup camp seeing as how I’m posted up shop by 3pm and the festivities don’t start until 6pm. Not to worry though – king of PS3 media Jeff Rubenstein – steps into the fray and greets everyone warmly and takes a photo that surely would sweep into the folds of Internet for all time – plus a mention right on the Playstation twitter feed.

Things progress and weird people show up.

Things also escalate when some skinny-jeaned hipster decides that waiting at the end of the line is not cool and precedes to cut in front of the 70+ people that have been standing in line for the past two hours. Suddenly everyone looks to me being the resident big man in line to lay down the laws of line cutting and proper line educate. When was this job title handed to me and why didn’t I get some sort of memo? I saunter to where the perpetrator has nested in line and simply put it to him as such: “the end of line is that way” – gesturing to the end of line that has now wrapped around the corner of Mint Plaza and has grown…exponentially. Luckily for Mr. Black Rim Glasses, he gets the point and takes his place at the rear of the line.

The sun quickly sets in the city and seeing as how the event is being held at the ass end of huge alley – it’s getting cold…and quick. I switch to my long sleeve t-shirt and as soon as my head pops through my San Francisco Giants t-shirt – guess who comes waking around the corner: David Jaffe. My head goes into panic mode, but I’m prepared. Sharpie in hand, mint copy of Twisted Metal: Black in the other – I’m ready to spring my trap.

The following transpires:

Me: Mr. Jaffe, could I bother you for an autograph?

Jaffe: Who should I make this out to?

Me: Ummmm…if you could sign it for me that would be great…

Jaffe: eBay doesn’t care… do they?

Me: No-No…I’ll be giving it away to some lucky person.

Jaffe: Ok then.

Not very exciting stuff, but I guess he doesn’t like to sign would be the point? Afterwards, the party and tourney was nice inside. The setup was all Sony everything, right down to the cameras covering the event. I felt violated by these onslaught of cameras, phones with cameras and cameras with cameras. After a while the excitement wore off and Jaffe had retreated upstairs to the VIP section with all the other bigwigs from Playstation making himself completely unavailable to fans and people just wanting to say hi or share some adoration for his life’s work.

As far as the game goes?

First things first – the controls…yikes! My right hand was cramping up from trying to make my thumb do the electric slide across the buttons. Overall the graphics and detail of the game looks kind of bland and almost looks like it belongs on a PS2 rather than a PS3. The array of weapons are nice though, giving the player the ability to choose their tactic and how they wish to go forth wreaking havoc. And havoc you do wreak: EVERYTHING is destructible. You can go through buildings, houses, flagpoles. Hell, I even think I ran over an actual person at one point. Trophies are apparently quite easy to get because I got 3 just in a matter of minutes.

Where Twisted Metal falls short in some areas, it makes up for it in others. The game offers full customization and the ability for the player to tailor fit the game to their needs, which in this day is usually done by the developer telling/showing you what you’ll be using – instead of giving you an actual choice.

I’m giving this game 3.5 clowns out of 5.


Now…as far as the giveaway:

One lucky winner will receive both items:

1 Twisted Metal Branded Backpack
1 Mint black label copy of Twisted Metal: Black signed by David Jaffe!!

I will shoot video of the raffle when i draw the lucky persons name. One entry per person.

Just leave a comment and tell us who your favorite Twisted Metal character is!

Good luck!!

  • Great coverage Foobear! Looks like it was a fun night. I’ll agree the controls take some getting used to. Even for myself who have been playing twisted metal since the PS1 days. It took some getting used to again after not playing TM:Black for many years. But now I’m back in the grove and I’m loving it. Can’t wait!

    Favorite character is Sweet Tooth.

    But I also like Mr. Grimm, Axel & Calypso (I know not really a character, but part of the TM universe).

  • Cheeto

    Good stuff Foobear. Having played the demo, there are many things I agree with, the controls weren’t one of them! There is a controls option in the menu with three different sets to suit your style. As for the graphics, they are a bet outdated. I’ll pass on the giveaway, but I certainly enjoyed the read. Thnks mate.

  • Sweet tooth is the icon 🙂 Nice job man.

  • My review of the event would have consisted of Doll face and latex.

  • Great report Foo! I’d have to go with Sweet Tooth. Clowns are disturbing as it is, but having him participate in this sick, sick universe just makes it even better.

  • Fun write-up — thanks for attending the event! As for my pick, I have to go with Outlaw 2 (Jaime Roberts), the hawt cop.

  • Sweet Tooth isn’t his name ):< I like Calypso. So did you get him to do a sound bite?

  • Great read! My fav is Axel for sure…

  • My favorite character is definitely Sweet Tooth! I really consider him an iconic character for PlayStation. Twisted Metal is so much fun. As for the reveal of the PS3 game back at E3 2010 at Sony’s press conference, I believe it’s one of my favorite reveals of all time. That ice cream truck was epic, along with that guy in that Sweet Tooth outfit. I wanna drive that thing myself & mow down some b******! I’m looking forward to this game when it releases. Oh, & I guess it releasing on Valentine’s Day here in the U.S… I guess I’ll show my love for games & Twisted Metal.

  • L/L

    Axel all the way. Fack tweet tooth!

  • Everyone picking Sweet Tooth is disqualified 😮 Including Tosh.

  • I have to agree with foobear, the controls were so difficult to grasp when I played the demo. And my favorite character is Sweet Tooth as well

  • Oly

    Glad to see you had a good time!
    But next time don’t wait in line.. We’ll get you in as press 😎

    Favorite character is Axel.

  • Now……..Why can’t there be anything cool like this where I live at on the east cost. >.<

    But, I am glad to hear you had a good time Foobear. 😛

  • Now, obviously everybody loves Sweet Tooth, but since ‘obvious favorites’ aren’t my thing, my favorite besides our fun flaming funnyman, is Pizza Boy from TM4, “I’ll make you shiva when I deliva!” *Sawblades to the face* :3

    He always makes me hungry though… >.> Still my favorite. lol

  • nice super jealous that you were able to go to cool event and have fun with it.
    my favorite character was always Mr.Grimm

  • Sweet Tootj is the legend of Twisted Metal

  • Awesome coverage, wish I coulda been there. As to my favourite character; Either of the Roberts Siblings, proud owners of the Outlaw, my favourite TM vehicle. .w.

  • ZFM12

    Very Nice Coverage Foo!! Mr. Grimm has always been my Favorite!! I can still remember using his Skull Attack in the Good Old Days AHH Memories ^_^

  • Nice coverage! Jaffe let the fans down! boo

  • wolfkin

    I really like the look of Dollface I just don’t know her. Is she new? I’m gonna go with Mr Grim or Axel as my favs…ok fine.. I’ll pick

    1. Axel
    2. Mr Grim
    3. SweetTooth.

  • wolfkin

    the default controls int he demo (as I haven’t played online just the tutorial) seem to be ok.. the controls weren’t that complex it was everything else.. I had no idea what those missiles were or how most of them worked. plus they seems to have a bit of flexibility with the controls. I didn’t bother I figure I’ll stick with classic but there were (what appeared to be drastically) different schemes.

  • as with any new game it takes a few rounds then the controlls rock. you need those triggers to hammer each missle fast lol i can drop 4 players in like 30 secs. the games epic. Comes out on my birthday <><>

  • i’ll be posting an update for this giveaway within the hour.