While I’ve played some games multiple times, such as Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando and Resident Evil 4 & 5, the one I’ve spent the most time on is Twisted Metal: Black. It has such an extreme level of content there’s reason to play it through time and time again. When starting, you get to choose which of a handful of characters you want to play. Each of them has their own 10-level story with three cutscenes specified to each character. The narratives are so interesting and dark they all need to be experienced, which requires beating the game as each character, which really isn’t a chore. As you play, you literally notice everything you need to go back to and explore, and the levels are actually somewhat branching, so you can sometimes pick which levels are going to be the ones you play to make it through the ten stages of the tournament. There’s just a ton to do off the bat.
In the first level, Zorko Bros. Junkyard, not only are you getting accustomed to the controls, but exploring and unlocking as you fight. For instance, you can shoot down a giant restaurant mascot to get on top of a weapon meant to crush you, which allows you to ride higher and get more weapons. If you shoot the airplane from the sky, it’ll crash into a warehouse, allowing you to enter a new section under the building where you shoot a control panel to unlock yet another character with his own car and own story. Boom! More stuff to do! Then, in the first level, you can figure out how to use a stationary airplane as a shield while you manage to use its built-in guns. There’s also a car crusher, a few healing stations that can be used a limited number of times and everyone gives killing you more priority than the bot cars. It may sound unfair, but it keeps the player engaged. Every level has at least a few secrets to discover as well as new characters stashed away in new places.
For a Twisted Metal fan, this has everything. All the classic characters are there, including Minion, Sweet Tooth and Mr. Grimm. Their stories overlap, as do their fates. These scenes were actually so intense certain segments were toned down to avoid an AO rating, plus a few executives thought the scenes went a bit too far, but don’t let that deter you. The gameplay in the US is fully uncut and what was removed was minimal. The UK version actually had all the cutscenes removed and still got an 18+ rating.
I personally would like to see the game remade, and I’d buy it, despite the fact I’ve already played through the game at least three times with each character, so 36 times, and that’s excluding the multiplayer disc, which kicks the game up to 15 available levels. You can get this game on PSN as a downloadable classic. That and if you want to play something in a similar vein, there’s David Jaffe’s Drawn to Death, which is made by the same creator and will free-to-play on the PS4, as it’s coming out later this year.