During my organization’s holiday party this afternoon, one of the guys from the print section brought out his Sony PlayStation and he had all of the old games. There was one, in particular, that took me from “nah, I’ll pass” to “hell yeah, let me get that stick”. That brings me to this week’s moment in the Flashback Friday series: Twisted Metal.
How I first came across this moment? My discovery of Twisted Metal goes back to the Summer of 1996. I had seen the commercial for the game and I was intrigued. My father ended up renting it for me from Blockbuster Video.
What it meant to me then? That was arguably the best 3 days of that summer. Me and my friends played the game for hours the entire time…taking turns duking it out in the two-player duels. I loved the game. It was first vehicular combat game I ever played. I mostly used Pit Viper—the dune buggy that used acid as a secret weapon—as my vehicle of choice. I played with Yellow Jacket sometimes as well because of my fascination with Molotov cocktails back then. I was formidable in all settings but I couldn’t be touched in the Warehouse, especially when I was rocking with Pit Viper. After I learned the unlimited turbo code on Day 2, it was over.
What it means to me now? Today was my first time playing Twisted Metal since 1997ish. Of course, I played with Pit Viper and all of the controls, the way the dune buggy handled…it all came back to me. Wanna know what else came back to me? The fact that I still know the cheat code for unlimited turbo. You damn right…I used it and got a competitive edge today. There have been other games where I’ve played where driving and some semblance of crime went hand-in-hand. Think Driver: You Are the Wheelman. Think Grand Theft Auto III. Think Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. None of them, however, was Twisted Metal. That game isn’t a PlayStation Greatest Hit for nothing.