When a mysterious villain agrees to grant ANY wish you desire, think before you speak!
The original Twisted Metal recently celebrated / endured its 20th birthday, which got me thinking about the series’ ridiculous ending scenes. The idea is that anyone who wins the ‘Twisted Metal’ contest can ask its wrangler – Calypso – for anything in the world. In a completely surprising twist, Calypso twists your words and gives you the ol’ Twilight Zone one-two (so you like donuts, eh? Have all the donuts in the world!).
The first game’s endings are pretty sedate – just a static screen with live-action Calypso staring at your behind a wall of scrolling text. Even though live-action versions were filmed, they were cut from the final version and while they’re pretty weird, they’re also kinda just boring to watch all in a row.
But Twisted Metal 2, hoo boy! Not only was the game itself wayyyy better than the original, the endings were mid-90s, MTV-style motion comic goodness. They’d look right at home on Liquid Television or one of the animated shows like The Maxx. More importantly, they upped Calypso’s.. ahem… twisted sense of humor, which leads to some truly bizarre outcomes.
I watched these things over and over back in the ’90s, and thought they would be a ton of fun to share with the LT team… and you!