Twisted Metal multiplayer and gangs detailed at Sony presser

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 14 April 2011 17:57 GMT

During Sony’s press event this week in California, Twisted Metal producer Zack Wood told attendees that not only would some classic characters return in the series, but that greater detail would be give to their back stories as well.

Speaking with GameFront, Wood also revealed that although there is a single-player portion to the game, it would be “much more multiplayer-centric,” this time around, and this was verified by the fact that three multiplayer modes were on hand for the press to play around with at the event. The modes were all team-based, with each team playing as a different gang.

Four gangs are present in the game: the Clowns, the Dolls, the Holy Men and the Skulls, and each one has a Twisted Metal Character heading it up. The Clowns follow Sweet Tooth; the Holy Men follow Preacher; the Dolls follow Dollface and the Skulls follow Mr. Grim.

Modes revealed at the presser were Deathmatch, Last Man Standing, and the firm’s newest creation “Nuke.”

“Nuke is more of our tactical game mode,” explained co-producer Chad Cox. “It really adds another layer to Twisted Metal Multiplayer. It’s like a twisted version of capture the flag.”

In Nuke, each team takes a turn defending a particular landmark, such as a statue. The other team is tasked with destroying it with a nuclear bomb. Some team members “man guns near the base of the statue,” while other drive around defending or attacking as the mode progresses. Players can kidnap a team member guarding the statue, and fling them into a rocket launcher which triggers the bomb. What follows, is a giant nuclear explosion, obviously.

In Last Man Standing, extra lives are shared via a pool for team members, and only allots so many deaths before each player becomes mortal. What this entails, is forcing the team to design tactics which will benefit the whole rather than “skilled individual players.” Communication and cooperation between each team member will be a must.

New weapons have also been added to the game, and apparently, Cox’s favorite of the lot is the sniper rifle: “I really like the sniper rifle. It’s our first ever one-hit-kill weapon,” he said.

The way this particular rifle works, is by forcing the payer to stay “locked on” to an opponent for an extended period of time. The longer you are locked onto an enemy, the more damage the bullet will do, and if you have them in your cross-hairs long enough, the headshot instantly eliminates your enemy.

Cox added that in multiplayer, there are “unlocks as you gain experience,” and players will be “rewarded for playing a lot online.”

No single-player modes were revealed at the event, however, as Eat,Sleep, Play is remaining a bit tight-lipped regarding that aspect of the game for the time being.

Twisted Metal is out October 4 for PS3, and an extended trailer for the game was released earlier in the day.

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