While it had an original soundtrack and did not in fact contain any licensed music, my memories of Twisted Metal 2 are just Rob Zombie’s “Dragula” on repeat.

In fact, it wasn’t until the fourth game in the series that “Dragula” makes an appearance and only still in one level. Yet here we are with images of a crumbling Paris and the burning Mona Lisa and the sounds of burning witches ringing in my ears.

Twisted Metal 2 was released for the PlayStation on Halloween 1996 in North America. Following up the car combat game that nearly launched with the console, game director David Jaffe’s Twisted Metal 2 took players around the world to major landmarks.

The game removed some characters from the game’s roster but added in a few more who would become not only fan favorites but series’ staples, such as Axel, the man strapped to giant tires who graced the cover of the game.

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Twisted Metal 2 built upon the original title’s story, in that the creator of the Twisted Metal contest, Calypso, takes the madness and destruction worldwide. Again, succeeding in this contest and surviving to the very end will grant the champion one wish.

As is Twisted Metal standard, the wish granted won’t always pan out the way that the contestant might have wanted. For example, Calypso might twist a character’s words in order to punish them over rewarding them. When the character Outlaw 2 confronts Calypso over the death of her brother by launching him into space at the end of Twisted Metal and states that she wants to see her brother, Calypso gladly launches her into space to join him in death.

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My brother and I got our PlayStation for Christmas and the original Twisted Metal was one of the games that came along with it. We really quickly fell in love with the game and I don’t think I realized there was a story to the game for a while as we just fought each other over and over.

When the sequel was released, we developed our own meta game within the game itself. We would reward one another points for who could strip the Statue of Liberty the fastest when we played in New York. In Antarctica, the better of us was the one who could survive the falling platforms of the giant iceberg we rode atop.

I recall many a night where we would just comb each and every inch of the levels in Twisted Metal 2. I feel like we discovered every secret in the game and all of the small touches that the developers added in.

When we weren’t playing together, I would slowly make my way through each of the character’s stories. I loved seeing the tricks that Calypso played on the characters and seeing how clever the twists would become as I completed the final boss over and over again.

The game has since been made available as a PSOne Classic on PS3, PSP and PS Vita. I returned to it a few years ago for the first time in some years and while it wasn’t pretty, I was impressed with how much the game still had to offer. Not every stage was as fun as I remember and some of the characters were definitely not as cool as my 7 year old counterpart had thought, but Twisted Metal 2 is still a rad, fun multiplayer game.

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Joe is the creator of The Free Cheese. He eats a lot of pizza and takes thousands of pictures of his pugs Oswald and Earl every day. He has a disorder that causes him to believe that he is Batman and his favorite video game is Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

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