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Release Date(s) (PSP)
NAMarch 25, 2005
EUNovember 4, 2005
Release Date (PS2)
NAFebruary 5, 2008
Developer(s)
Incognito (PSP), Eat Sleep Play (PS2)
Publisher
Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform(s)
PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2
Rating
Teen

Twisted Metal: Head-On is the seventh game released in the Twisted Metal series, developed by Incognito Entertainment and released by Sony for the PSP on March 24, 2005 and for Playstation 2 on February 5, 2008. Twisted Metal: Head-On follows the original story line set by Twisted Metal and Twisted Metal 2, and completely ignores Twisted Metal 3 and Twisted Metal 4. Because of this, and being a direct sequel to TM2, it is often called by reviewers and fans alike, the "true" Twisted Metal 3. Twisted Metal: Head-On is the first game in the series to be completely online-enabled. Not only does it share the distinction of being the seventh game released in the series, but is also the first game in the series to be shipped fully online-enabled.

The PlayStation 2 port of Twisted Metal: Head-On was released under the name Twisted Metal: Head-On: Extra Twisted Edition. It included the cut live-action cutscenes from the first game's beta stages, a concept art booklet, a code for the entire Twisted Metal Soundtrack (excluding TM3 and TM4), the beta version of the unfinished Twisted Metal: Black sequel Twisted Metal: Black 2: Harbor City (named Twisted Metal: Lost in-game) and "Sweet Tour", a 3D platformer that was part of Harbor City before the game was cancelled.

StoryEdit

Twisted Metal: Head-On revolves around the same theme as the previous installments. A man named Calypso holds an annual vehicular combat tournament called "Twisted Metal" with the promise of granting the winner whatever they ask for in the form of a single wish.

Depending on which vehicle you beat the game with, you get an ending involving Calypso and the driver(s) of the vehicle you picked.

ContestantsEdit

This game contains a total of 18 vehicles, 8 are unlockable out of them all. All the vehicles from TM2 (except Minion) return, and Crimson Fury from TM1 makes a return. There are 3 new vehicles as well.

Returning ContestantsEdit

VehicleDriver(s)Description
Roadkill Marcus Kane Marcus Kane returns and enters the contest to get rid of this "nightmare".
Shadow Mortimer Scharf Brought back from the dead, Mortimer Scharf enters wanting to return to his slumber after teenagers vandalized his grave.
Mr. Grimm Mr. Grimm The Grim Reaper himself, he enters in hopes that Calypso can give someone else the job of the Dark Collector.
Sweet Tooth Needles Kane Needles Kane returns this year to the tournament to take Calypso's spot as the owner of Twisted Metal.
Thumper Angel A spoiled girl, Angel wants to make her car bigger, better, and louder.
Spectre Chuckie Floop Chuckie Floop won a car from a radio station and an invitation to Twisted Metal, not knowing what he wants to wish for.
Twister Miranda Watts Miranda Watts, the sister of the driver from TM2, enters in search of her twin sister, Amanda, who went missing after she won the contest last year.
Outlaw Carl Roberts and Jamie RobertsBrother and sister duo Carl Roberts (driver from TM1) and Jamie Roberts (driver from TM2), enter together to end Twisted Metal once and for all.
Grasshopper Krista Sparks After her death in Twisted Metal 2, Krista Sparks is now a spirit, brought back to life by her dad. She enters Twisted Metal, with the wish to be alive again.
Warthog Colonel Hall Colonel Hall enters to acquire an ultimate weapon to rid the world of all evil.

Unlockable ContestantsEdit

VehicleDriver(s)Description
Axel Axel After the events of TM2, Axel had a doctor give him robotic arms on one condition - Axel must enter Twisted Metal again and give his victory wish to the doctor.
Mr. Slam Simon Whittlebone After falling off his tower to his death in TM2, Simon Whittlebone haunted Whittlebone Tower so no one would destroy it. Simon enters to be reborn so he can continue finish his tower.
Crimson Fury Agent Shepard Working for the FBI, Agent Shepard enters the contest to arrest Calypso and end Twisted Metal for good.
Hammerhead Catfish Catfish enters for one reason - he wants to legitimately hunt humans for sport.

Boss/New ContestantsEdit

VehicleDriver(s)Description
ATV Gene Ruttish (Sub-boss, unlockable): Gene Ruttish enters the contest wanting to be a ladies' man.
Cousin Eddy Cousin Eddy (Mid-boss, unlockable): Cousin Eddy has always had a thing for shiny things. He wants a new RV.
Dark Tooth Needles Kane and Marcus Kane(Semi-Final boss, unlockable): Driven by Marcus and Needles Kane, they find Tower Tooth in a field.
Tower Tooth Needles Kane and Marcus Kane(Final boss, unlockable): Driven by Marcus and Needles Kane. Tower Tooth is only playable in Deathmatch mode in the Roman Ruins stage, known as the "Tower Tooth Challenge".

BattlegroundsEdit

TriviaEdit

  • This game has ALL the Twisted Metal 2 characters in it, except Minion. Minion may have been considered, but was probably rejected in favor of Dark Tooth and/or Cousin Eddy.
  • There were several mockup screenshots of Minion in TM:HO posted on fansite Twisted Metal Alliance, before the original TMA went offline. Those pictures are now lost.
  • The majority of vehicles in this game have either gone back to their classic designs, or similar looks. Dark Tooth, however, has a complete redesign, and is no longer the overpowered and upscaled Sweet Tooth.
  • Darkside may have once been considered for this game, but was replaced by Cousin Eddy, as they have similar special attacks.
  • Calypso goes back to sitting on a throne of car parts in this game like in Twisted Metal 1, and Black.

Intro Video and CreditsEdit

Twisted Metal Head-On Extra Twisted Edition - Intro01:38

Twisted Metal Head-On Extra Twisted Edition - Intro

Twisted Metal Head On - Credits02:05

Twisted Metal Head On - Credits

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