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Twisted Metal 2: World Tour

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Released: 1996

Genre: Racing

Format reviewed: PlayStation

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Developer: Sony Interactive Studios America / SingleTrac

Submitted by: Rob Blanks

There isn't many games that let you vandalise The Louvre and the Eiffel Tower but Twisted Metal was certainly the only one I can remember.  And even better was the carnage you could create with a friend in tow.

Each of the dozen or so combatants featured their own unique vehicle and custom weapon meaning that you could identify who was persuing you on the map and how high the danger of encountering them was (especially Mr Slam in his JCB).

All of the tracks were littered with secrets to discover such as blowing up the Statue of Liberty, and it was fun just experimenting with what you could do and get away with.  A personal highlight is driving on top of the Tokyo Subway Train on the last stage and watching as you collide with anyone foolish enough to try and find you!

The mix of driving and all-out guns blazing action was a great mix and it even mangaged to throw in a fun story which involved the winner being granted any one wish to come true.  Naturally things didn't usually work out for the champion and a gruesome twist was put in their conclusion which made completing the game with every character a worthwhile experience.