Game music of the day: Twisted Metal 2

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May 18, 2010

Game: Twisted Metal 2

Song: Los Angeles Theme

Composer: Sandra Geary and Scott Turner

Above: Los Angeles Theme from Twisted Metal 2

When Sony entered the videogame race, I frequently heard people wonder aloud what kind of franchises it would tie up for the PlayStation. With no Mario, no Sonic, no exclusive, long-lived characters to exploit, what would lure us in over and over? For the first few years, Twisted Metal was that dangling carrot. Specifically part two, which improved on the semi-busted original with more vehicular violence and an even crunchier soundtrack.

The LA theme is actually the first level in this globetrotting tour of destruction. It serves as the perfect primer for not just the opening shots, but the mood of the entire game. Something about the slow open, with just the sound of squealing tires before the main tune kicks in always got the room pumped. Still love listening to it to this day.

Each level took place in a different country, though Paris is arguably the most famous of all Twisted Metal arenas. I'd like to think this is partly because of the rockin' version of Frere Jacques heard above.

So what's up with Twisted Metal? Why has it been wholly absent this entire console generation? Despite ongoing rumors that David "God of War" Jaffe is working on a PS3 edition, the dev insists he has nothing to do with it and not to expect an announcement this year. One day...


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  • cracker33 - May 18, 2010 10:25 p.m.

    Oh yes. I love this soundtrack.
  • crumbdunky - May 18, 2010 11:24 p.m.

    As a UK gamer(who, like all my local gaming buddies has NEVER even seen a copy of a TM game-it's almost like it never existed here in England!)I always find it amazing how you US guys seem to think TM was so very important to Playstation getting going. Here it wasn't any kind of big deal and until seeing people talking about TM Black on PS2 a while back I'd forgotten the series ever existed. I recall seeing a semi impressed review of the first game in a games mag way back when but couldn't find a copy no matter how I tried at that point. After that, seriously, the franchise never again registered in any real sense until this gen's clamour for a TMPS3! As it never got off the ground in the EU(as I understand it didn't do anything big outside of the NA scene) it just seems a bit mad when you guys refer to it in such glowing and reverent terms. Did the sim stylings of GT do the job over here? Jaffe says that TM was too brash and loud for the more subtle tastes of the EU and Japan and even the US's little copycat Britain! Any new one, hew claims, will have to be VERY different but looking at these clips I find myself a bit surprised the series never got pushed /accepted over here as, personally, I'd have liked a go at least! A lot of my mates feel the same and we wonder if it was a marketing decision because not one of us can remember any kind of campaign here, can't recall it being stocked in stores or seeing ANY ads on TV ore in magazines at the time. We also wondered if Jaffe's uinaware of the lack of advertising in the EU and think it could well be that it was decided the gameas weren't for us without many of us actually having much chance to see or buy into the series when it started. I can't, anyway, think of a similar case to this one and would be astounded if other UK gamers recall any bigger stirrings when TM was launched(or indeed any of it's sequel games for that matter)than we do. There's over ten of us that have been gaming together since school days(and we're all in our mid thirties these days so SHOULD easily remember)and not one of us has ever played or seen a copy of a TM game in the flesh in our lives! This being the case is t not odd you saying it's a saviour of the PS brand?Or is it truly the unique occurrence it appears to be that, for whatever reason, only managed to be synonymous with Sony's consoles in one territory? Whatever, I think most of the stuff I've seen woud go down with UK/EU gamers pretty well. I don't imagine it would ever be as big over here, mind, but it's my view that it hasn't even been given any real chance. A bit like EA blaming Wii owners for DS:Extraction not selling bvery well when they KNEW they had made a short game, made a rail shooter when everyone wanted a TP view like the proper DS had on PS360, that they didn't bother advertising and that they still expected this Wii game with no demo to walk off the shelves at FULL retail price for a game you'll only eve play once in all likelihood! Ea blaming Wi owners may be the same as Jaffe thinking EU gamers don't get the less than sophisticated attitude of TM when, if everyone's experience is like mine, none of us ever played the games in our lives to set up any opinion! I'd go as far as saying most of us never knew it existed til a few of us saw it online and enjoyed those cutscene back story bits they did so well(or seem to have, anyway)for TM Black. I think it's staggering that a franchise so vital on one side of the sea went ignored and unnoticed on the other. Puzzles the life out of me when I think about it too hard!
  • Jayler - May 19, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    you can say what you want, these games were great. loved everyone of em
  • Aeleys - May 19, 2010 7:02 a.m.

    what about the title music? lol... oh and crumbdunky TM did come out in england, i have PAL versions of all the TM's.granted my TM 1+2 are not in original cases, as they where given to a family member of mine when they worked for Sony... maybe i just got lucky and they are rare?
  • FreekinIdiot - May 19, 2010 8:51 a.m.

    @crumbdunky What are you talking about?? I'm from England and bought original versions of TM 1 & 2. As my memory serves me they well both so popular. I absolutely LOVED those games, followed by Vigilante 8...great memories!
  • philipshaw - May 19, 2010 9:30 a.m.

    I love this game and you picked my 2 favourite tracks from the game. Thanks
  • AfricanWoolf - May 19, 2010 12:13 p.m.

    Walked straight to shelf. Took Twisted Metal 2 off of it. Busy re-installing. :-P
  • sleepy92ismypsn - May 19, 2010 8:29 p.m.

    Twisted Metal was my first game and I bought and loved every game in the series. Twisted Metal 2 was the greatest of the series and my favorite playstation 1 game, and yea all the games had some pretty bad ass music and not something you here every day in a video game. I hav got to learn some of them on guitar one day. David Jaffe is my favorite game developer, I loved every TM and God of War game. I think if david jaffe was apart of more of them and single trac would have kept the series going strong after 2 it would have been a more beloved series and we would've already seen 2 twisted metal games come to the ps3 by now. i think the same could be said for crash bandicoot and naughty dog. I consider Twisted Metal one of my favorite series and if David Jaffe confirmed that eat,sleep,play are working on a Twised Metal game for the ps3 it would move to my top anticipated game. but after reading his interview in the june 2010(i think)issue of egm he was talking about the online modes and it sounded a lot like his new game is going to be a fps. I am very sad about this but all hope is not lost that the next game after that could be Twisted Metal. I hope his new game does well, I know I'll be getting it.
  • StickyLungs - June 16, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    Once the wailing butt rock kicked in, my memories all came back. I forgot how much a part of me this is. I totally remember this song. Thank you.

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