Eat Sleep Play’s Twisted Metal will have its demo made available to the public today. Here is where I convince you to try it and why the demo is important.
Let’s face it, when people say “competitive online multiplayer” they mean First-Person Shooters. It’s the big genre right now and it looks like it’s not going away anytime soon. If you’re wondering how all this relates to Twisted Metal, it’s because the FPS genre is so richly saturated and so prevalent that people are getting fatigued as it occupys almost every IP and online component.
I admit, my viewpoint might be skewed a little since I have very fond memories of playing Twisted Metal back on the PS1. Mind you, this was split-screen and this was a time when playing online via your consoles was literally unheard of. Yeah, nostalgic heartstrings might be tugging a little but what I do know is I’m quite tired of playing the same competitive FPS over and over with different coats of paint.
Twisted Metal is in a unique and daunting position of showing players that there are other competitive multiplayer games – ones that don’t involve looking at guns from a first-person perspective. Granted, Twisted Metal’s vehicular carnage can be compared somewhat to an FPS, but it’s still vastly different.
For one thing, you won’t control a single person with a first-person view, rather a car that most likely won’t turn on a dime and will be controlled with the obvious mechanic of mastering accelerating, braking and steering – that in itself is a big departure from how we control FPS’.
In saying all of this, it doesn’t mean Twisted Metal will be a surefire success. While I am fatigued by FPS’, that doesn’t mean most people are. The game and its mechanics can work against it. Sure, there are a lot of Twisted Metal fans out there but what about the new demographic the game will undoubtedly attract? FPS fans might miss the usual FPS tropes they’re accustomed to. They might find the game too hard, controls too cumbersome or find that they simply want enemies to drop dead with a few bursts from their weapons.
What I do know is we should go into the demo with an open mind and don’t presume that we’ll know how to play it because we’re used to playing Call of Duty, Battlefield and its ilk. In doing that, we’re setting ourselves up for a letdown or frustration.
Keep in mind that this is simply the multiplayer demo we’re talking about. We haven’t even discussed the single player component the game’s shipping with – and that’s been the franchise’s selling point since its inception.
Also of note is that the game will implement the Online Pass system – yes, the same Online Pass I talked about yesterday.
Whatever reception Twisted Metal receives, I’m just glad that the people at Eat Sleep Play and David Jaffe are man enough to reboot the franchise and even release a demo in this cutthroat landscape.
Twisted Metal will be out this coming February 14th exclusively for the PS3. The demo is out today for US PSN users.