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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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