Twisted Metal
FAQ/Walkthrough
PlayStation
written by: David "Zoop" McCutcheon
e-mail: zoopnova@aol.com
date: 03/07/04
version: 1.5

this document is Copyright 2003-2004 David McCutcheon. The only websites 
that may host this document are GameFAQs.com, IGN.com, Honestgamers.com, 
and Neoseeker.com. If you have a fan site and wish to use the guide, 
please e-mail me so we can clarify with my regulations. If you're a web-
run business, please send e-mail to the following address: 
zoopnova@aol.com. We will discuss such matters in private. Thank you.


~ Revision History ~

~ 1.5 ~
Just updated copyright info, and the disclaimers to a "friendlier" 
version.

~ 1.0 ~
Started this baby in the middle of October. Wanted an easy project, as 
I'm bored. Already wrote an in-depth on Twisted Metal Black, so I 
thought I'd go all out on the original. Enjoy.



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                            ~!~NOTE~!~
If you need to find a certain something in the guide, press and hold 
Control (Ctrl) and press the F key. Type out the word you are looking 
for, and search. If you're too lazy to do this, don't bother e-mailing 
or IMing me. Thank you.

Table of Contents:
I.      Introduction
 Ia.     Contact Me
II.     Story
III.    Controls
IV.     Driver Profiles
V.      Vehicles
VI.     Stages
VII.    Weapons
VIII.   Cheats
IX.     Credits
X.      Disclaimer


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  :::  :::  :::  :::   SECTION I. - INTRODUCTION    :::  :::  :::  :::
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Hello gang! Your good friend Zoop here, telling you that I am not 
shutting down shop! Despite rapid rumors that are circulating, I am not 
going to stop FAQ writing, and I thought that proof was needed. Despite 
recently being hired by IGN.com to write strategy guides professionally, 
I wanted to prove to my readers, friends, and the occasional stalker 
that I will not quit writing! Slow down? Maybe. Quit? Of course not!

In this FAQ, you will find everything in a tidy little order. In the 
Introduction, I will name off where everything is, and update my readers 
on what is up with me. Hey! You're reading this now! In the Contact Me 
section, you will be informed on how to... well, contact me. Next up is 
the Story section, which was taken from the original instruction manual. 
Thanks Sony! In the Controls section, you will receive a full list of 
controls on the PlayStation controller (dual shock matters not, as this 
was one of the earlier PlayStation games). In the Driver Profiles 
section, I will give a paragraph per driver. In the Vehicles section, I 
will list the stats, as well as the pros and cons to each vehicle. In 
the Stages section, I will describe the best hiding spots, easy retreat 
locations, and more to help you defeat every enemy! The Cheats are 
exactly that. The Credits are for those that have helped me, and the 
Disclaimer is legal yarble.

If you have any feedback, please e-mail me. I tend to answer every e-
mail I get, unlike most FAQers, and try to help you out in the best 
possible ways, unless your questions are answered in the FAQ. So try 
looking through the guide before sending anything my way!

Keep it real,

  -David "Zoop" McCutcheon



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  ***  ***  ***  ***    SECTION I.a - CONTACT ME    ***  ***  ***  ***
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If you need me for anything whatsoever that IS NOT covered in the guide, 
and that means SEARCHING THE GUIDE by pressing Control and F together 
and typing out what you are looking for, and then hitting enter. But as 
long as it has to do with the game. Sorry, but I don't feel like hearing 
about how cute your kitten is if I don't really know you, yanno? 
Actually, kittens are cute... Ahem. You can contact me via e-mail, or 
sometimes IM. I check my e-mail several times a day; so don't hesitate 
if you have a question! But please read the long paragraph below my 
contact info.

E-Mail address: ZoopNOVA@aol.com
AIM: Zoop NOVA

Please only e-mail me if it's something you do NOT see in the guide. Try 
to look for it; if it's not there, feel free to e-mail me. 

If you don't know how to e-mail me, just simply bring up a new, 
unwritten mail (this varies with different services. It should say 
"Write Mail" on the button, though) and write out my e-mail address. For 
the subject, copy and paste this: Twisted Metal PS1 FAQ. In the body of 
the mail, write whatever you like, even hate mail! Just one request: 
Only e-mail in English. Any foreign language e-mails will be discarded. 
Sorry, I'm not smart enough to know a second language. I don't care what 
you send, but positive feedback is always nice. But if you're into the 
hate mail thing, I can dig that, too.



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This is taken directly from the instruction manual. Thanks to the 
writers of the instruction manual for this information.

"You can remember that night as clear as this one. Six months ago, 
somewhere between midnight and morning, your computer signaled an 
incoming e-mail on United Internet System. When you saw the name of the 
sender, CALYPSO, your eyes glazed over with visions of your greatest 
fantasy, your ultimate desire. And then, when you read the message, you 
knew that this dream was within your grasp. The message, flashing in 
red, simply said: WILL YOU DRIVE?

Once a year, the legendary Calypso, a man who dwells beneath the streets 
of LA, holds the TWISTED METAL competition. The contest takes place all 
around the Los Angeles area and calls upon vehicles of every kind to 
battle to the death. The one driver still alive at the end of the night 
is granted any request---any prize he asks for. There are no limits on 
price, size, or according to some, even reality.

Your special invitation from Calypso has given you the chance to do 
battle in Twisted Metal. This is where all of your skills, all of your 
luck, and all of your guts, are put to the test. This is where life and 
death decisions occur every instant. This is where the Grim Reaper lurks 
around every corner, waiting to strike. And this is where the ultimate 
dream can come true. Welcome to the big time... WELCOME TO TWISTED 
METAL!"

For your information, the actual winner of the first Twisted Metal 
Competition is Outlaw. This further progresses into Twisted Metal 2: 
World Tour's storyline.


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Directional Pad Up ----------------------- Acceleration |
Directional Pad Down -------------------------- Reverse |
Directional Pad Left ------------------------ Turn Left |
Directional Pad Right ---------------------- Turn Right |
Start Button + Left -------------- Toggles HUD Displays |
Start Button + Up ---------------- Toggles HUD Displays |
Start Button + Right ------------- Toggles HUD Displays |
Select ------------------------------------------ Pause |
R1 Button ------------------------------ Toggles Weapon |
L1 Button ------------------------------ Toggles Weapon |
R2 Button ------------------ Machine Guns (Can Overheat)|
L2 Button --------------------------------- Uses Weapon |
Square Button ---------------------------- Acceleration |
X Button ----------------------------------- Sharp Turn |
Circle Button --------------------------------- Reverse |
Triangle Button --------------------------------- Turbo |
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Here you can find a list of short profiles containing the license plate 
IDs and personalities of the drivers of the playable vehicles in the 
game. List is A-Z, as always. Enjoy.


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/                      A N G E L A   F O R T I N                      \
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License Plate ID: GN4HYR
Vehicle: Pit Viper

For your information, Angela has the same last name as Jennifer Fortin, 
one of the 3D Graphics Designers from SingleTrac Entertainment. As the 
same exact way as her Pit Viper plays, Angela Fortin is a spunky broad 
that is out for one thing in the Twisted Metal competition: the money. 
The moolah. The dough. The c-notes. The cash money. Whatever you call 
it, Angela wants it... or does she? Merely wanting wealth out of any 
wish that could suit your fancy seems shallow...


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License Plate ID: TRSTNO1
Vehicle: Crimson Fury

For your information, Agent Stone was used as a name the third time 
around in Twisted Metal Black. That Agent Stone controlled Outlaw, as 
sadly, Crimson Fury did not appear in the game. Agent Stone is on an 
absolute top secret mission from out of nowhere, and plans on retrieving 
the same exact data that Warthog's Commander Mason is looking out for. 
Interesting plot twist.


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/                     B R U C E   C O C H R A N E                     \
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License Plate ID: DRYVBY
Vehicle: Thumper

For your information, Bruce Cochran (minus the "E" at the end) was a 
tester for the game at Sony. Bruce Cochrane is a young street punk from 
the city of Los Angeles, and he is out to get rid of the madness in his 
neighborhood. So what better way to stop violence than join in the 
Twisted Metal competition and cause MORE destruction? 


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License Plate ID: TYMTRPR
Vehicle: Road Kill

The driver to Road Kill, Captain Spears, comes from the future. He 
wishes to take back all of the pain and suffering he caused his troops 
from his past, which is our future, I suppose. Regardless, Captain 
Spears is on a mission to extinguish the guilt that has been burning him 
alive ever since the terrible incident occurred.


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/                      C H A R L I E   K A N E                       \
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License Plate ID: ORTOLMN
Vehicle: Yellow Jacket

Charlie Kane plays a major part of the storyline in the Twisted Metal 
series that streams secretly through the next two installments of the 
series (Twisted Metal 2 and Twisted Metal Black). Charlie Kane has 
entered the competition looking for his son, who vanished nearly 20 
years previous. Once he wins the competition, he intends to find his 
missing boy...


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/                   C O M M A N D E R   M A S O N                    \
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License Plate ID: UESUVA
Vehicle: Warthog

For your information, Commander Mason has the same last name as 
Technical Direct (SingleTrac Entertainment) Mike Mason. Commander Mason, 
the driver to the army tank Warthog, is out on a personal mission from 
the United States Government to find a missing item from a recent plane 
crash in the Arizona desert sea. Considering the mission is from the 
United States Government, and it was from a crash in the middle of the 
blazing desert, I think we can all realize what this relates to...


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/                       D A V E   &   M I K E                        \
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License Plate ID: KILRGRN
Vehicle: Hammerhead

Despite the major pot reference as a license plate, the duo of Dave and 
Mike are not complete boneheads in any regard. After all, they did 
manage to steal a gigantic monster truck, and not just any drug abuser 
could pull that one off. Dave and Mike simply joined in on the Twisted 
Metal competition for the thrill of the kill. In a monster truck. Boy, 
these high school dropouts give us a bad name.


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/                           M R .   A S H                            \
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License Plate ID: STNSPWN
Vehicle: Darkside

Who knows exactly who or what Mr. Ash is, per se, but we do know that he 
has, at the very least, come from the depths of Hell to claim his prize 
after the hard-earned victory over the other competitors. What exactly 
are his motives for entering the tournament? Just look at his picture 
and you can tell that it will not be a pretty picture in the end.


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/                         M R .   G R I M M                          \
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License Plate ID: SOLTAKR
Vehicle: Mr. Grimm

Mr. Grimm is both the name of the motorcycle that is driven by the man, 
and the man that is driven by the motorcycle. Think of Ghost Rider, only 
as the actual Grim Reaper, and you have Mr. Grimm. Now what would the 
Grim Reaper want with entering a contest where he has to kill the people 
AND take their souls? Well, I guess he does that already, now doesn't 
he?


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/                       N E E D L E S   K A N E                       \
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License Plate ID: ISKREEM
Vehicle: Sweet Tooth

Needles Kane is the main character of the Twisted Metal franchise, and 
is a very disturbed young man. Escaping from the mental ward, Needles 
Kane is out to win the competition in hopes of regaining the ultimate 
prize that will likely set his mind at ease, at least for the moment: 
his best friend. Just who, or what, is Mr. Kane's best friend...?



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License Plate ID: DHEDGIE
Vehicle: Spectre

For your information, Scott Campbell (in real life) is the producer of 
this game, as well as quite a few other SingleTrac/Incog Inc titles. As 
the license plate and picture suggests, Scott Campbell is as dead as a 
doornail, and he's looking to find himself upon winning the Twisted 
Metal Competition. Only you can decide if Scott's (literal) dying wish 
can come true or not.


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License Plate ID: DOWNTS
Vehicle: Outlaw

Sergeant Roberts has entered the elusive Twisted Metal competition bent 
on one thing, and one thing only: Stopping it from continuing. Once 
Outlaw wins the competition, he intends to put a stop to Calypso's grip 
on the City of Los Angeles, and to definitely put a stop to any future 
Twisted Metal tournaments from ever happening in the upcoming years.




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Here is where you can find a full list of the playable vehicles in the 
game, and their stats, as well as the pros and cons. From A-Z, enjoy!


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=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=|Darkside|=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
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Statistics\_______________________
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Special Weapon Power ---------- * |
Speed ------------------------- * |
Handling ---------------------- * |
Armor --------------------- ***** |
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 P  \    - Wonderful in close combat.
  R  \   - Can destroy multiple vehicles at a time.
   O  \  - One of the few great ramming vehicles.
    S /  - Can take the most damage in the game before blowing up.
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 C  \    - Very slow, and cannot escape enemies when needed.
  O  \   - Lackluster Special Attack.
   N  \  - When against fast vehicles, they can easily get away.
    S /  - With how large it is, it's easy to hit walls, etc.
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=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-|Crimson Fury|-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
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Statistics\_______________________
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Special Weapon Power --------- ** |
Speed --------------------- ***** |
Handling ------------------ ***** |
Armor ------------------------- * |
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 P  \    - The fastest vehicle in the game.
  R  \   - Best handling in the game to escape everything. Literally.
   O  \  - The perfect "Hit And Run" vehicle.
    S /  - Can escape ped fire if your health is low due to speed.
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 C  \    - High speeds can cause terrible impacts if crashed.
  O  \   - Special Attack suffers from maxed Speed and Handling.
   N  \  - Easily crushed by ramming.
    S /  - Hard to control with choppy frame rates, at times.
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=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=|Hammerhead|=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
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Statistics\_______________________
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Special Weapon Power ------ ***** |
Speed ------------------------- * |
Handling --------------------- ** |
Armor --------------------- ***** |
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 P  \    - Ramming Special Attack is the easiest to pull off.
  R  \   - Special Attack is amongst the best in the game.
   O  \  - Armor can withstand close and long ranged combat.
    S /  - Great against Minion.
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 C  \    - The weak speed will allow even the lightest of cars to kill.
  O  \   - Special Attack can easily be wasted by accident.
   N  \  - With low health, you can easily die from ped fire.
    S /  - Not good against crowds of vehicles, despite holy armor.
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=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=|Mr. Grimm|=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
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Statistics\_______________________
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Special Weapon Power ------ ***** |
Speed ---------------------- **** |
Handling -------------------- *** |
Armor ------------------------- * |
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 P  \    - Toughest Special Attack in the entire game.
  R  \   - One of the fastest vehicles in the game.
   O  \  - Can escape tough situations with ease.
    S /  - Perfect in long ranged combat.
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 C  \    - Weakest armor in the game.
  O  \   - Bad at closed-in combat.
   N  \  - With low health, you can easily die from ped fire.
    S /  - Difficult to connect with Special Attack.
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=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=|Outlaw|=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=--=-=-=-=-=-=-=
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Statistics\_______________________
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Special Weapon Power -------- *** |
Speed ----------------------- *** |
Handling --------------------- ** |
Armor ---------------------- **** |
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 P  \    - The ideal beginner's vehicle.
  R  \   - Enough speed to hold its own against fast cars.
   O  \  - A good Special Attack that can be used easily.
    S /  - Perfect in mid range combat.
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 C  \    - Confusing Special Attack.
  O  \   - Bad at distanced combat.
   N  \  - Bad handling can amount to trouble when escaping.
    S /  - Better in groups than one-on-one.
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=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=|Pit Viper|=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
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Statistics\_______________________
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Special Weapon Power ------- **** |
Speed ----------------------- *** |
Handling --------------------- ** |
Armor ----------------------- *** |
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 P  \    - A very good Special Attack.
  R  \   - A very good overall vehicle.
   O  \  - Very little, and can escape ramming situations.
    S /  - Has enough speed to slip by enemies in large areas.
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 C  \    - Very difficult to connect with Special Attack.
  O  \   - Bad at closed-in combat.
   N  \  - With low health, you can easily die from ped fire.
    S /  - VERY vulnerable to ramming, when hit.
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=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=|Roadkill|=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
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Statistics\_______________________
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Special Weapon Power ------ ***** |
Speed ---------------------- **** |
Handling -------------------- *** |
Armor ------------------------- * |
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 P  \    - The vehicle is fast enough to get out of tight spots.
  R  \   - A good overall vehicle.
   O  \  - Moderate Special Attack can be put to good use.
    S /  - Really good for both ranged combats.
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 C  \    - Bad handling makes for tough positions to be put in.
  O  \   - Has a rough time against heavily padded vehicles.
   N  \  - Despite good armor, is vulnerable to ramming.
    S /  - Difficult to connect with Special Attack.
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=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-|Spectre|-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
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Statistics\_______________________
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Special Weapon Power ------- **** |
Speed --------------------- ***** |
Handling ------------------- **** |
Armor ------------------------- * |
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 P  \    - Special Attack can go through walls.
  R  \   - A very devastating speed freak vehicle.
   O  \  - Can escape tough situations with ease.
    S /  - The unchallenged vehicle in long ranged combat.
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 C  \    - One of the weakest armors in the game.
  O  \   - Bad at closed-in combat.
   N  \  - Easily destroyed when rammed by larger vehicles.
    S /  - Very weak when faced with multiple enemies at a time.
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=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=|Sweet Tooth|=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
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Statistics\_______________________
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Special Weapon Power ------ ***** |
Speed ------------------------- * |
Handling ---------------------- * |
Armor --------------------- ***** |
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 P  \    - A terrific Special Attack.
  R  \   - One of the best solo attackers in the game.
   O  \  - Average rammer, for a big vehicle.
    S /  - Strong against ramming.
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 C  \    - Cannot escape easily at all.
  O  \   - Bad at closed-in combat in groups.
   N  \  - Awkward controlling with both sluggish speed and handling.
    S /  - Difficult to connect with Special Attack.
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=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-|Thumper|-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
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Statistics\_______________________
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Special Weapon Power ------ ***** |
Speed ---------------------- **** |
Handling --------------------- ** |
Armor ---------------------- **** |
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 P  \    - A great, well balanced machine. Possibly the best.
  R  \   - One of, if not the, most effective Special Attacks.
   O  \  - Speed is good enough to outgun the big boys.
    S /  - A sure-fire when in closed-in combat.
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 C  \    - Mediocre handling may prove a problem with the Special.
  O  \   - This lowrider is prone to ramming from the side.
   N  \  - Has trouble catching up with Spectre/Crimson Fury.
    S /  - Difficult to connect with Special Attack.
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=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-|Warthog|-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
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Statistics\_______________________
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Special Weapon Power -------- *** |
Speed ------------------------- * |
Handling --------------------- ** |
Armor --------------------- ***** |
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 P  \    - Amazing armor that can withstand a lot of ramming.
  R  \   - Special Attack is unique and useful.
   O  \  - Very effective against Minion.
    S /  - Very good for ramming enemies.
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 C  \    - Very bad speed that can barely get away from Darkside.
  O  \   - When your health is slow, it's hard to escape from anything.
   N  \  - Bad handling can set you off is awkward positions.
    S /  - The perfect target for vehicles such as Pit Viper.
ŻŻŻŻŻŻ


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=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=|Yellow Jacket|=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
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Statistics\_______________________
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Special Weapon Power -------- *** |
Speed ----------------------- *** |
Handling -------------------- *** |
Armor ----------------------- *** |
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 P  \    - Talk about average. Everything is rounded out.
  R  \   - Fast enough to escape danger.
   O  \  - Special Attack is unique and worthy.
    S /  - Rams decent, for a mid-sized vehicle.
ŻŻŻŻŻŻ

____
 C  \    - Average, average, average. It excels in nothing.
  O  \   - Not the best vehicle in solo combat.
   N  \  - With low health, you can easily die from ped fire.
    S /  - Difficult to connect with Special Attack.
ŻŻŻŻŻŻ



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  :::  :::  :::  :::     SECTION VI.  -  STAGES     :::  :::  :::  :::
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     |                        [stage one]                       |
     |                       A  R  E  N  A                      |
     |                    [one on one combat]                   |
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     |                                                          |


The Arena is a very small and linear stage where there is not much room 
to run, and definitely not a lot of room to hide. The best strategies 
for this tiny stage reside in hiding behind the big crates that fill the 
battlefield, and picking up as many weapons as possible to save a little 
bit of effort in the next stage. The enemy will likely strike you after 
you strike him/her, so take advantage with an early bombardment on the 
villain.


     |                                                          |
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     |                        [stage two]                       |
     |                     W A R E H O U S E                    |
     |                   [three on one combat]                  |
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     |                                                          |


Since there are three enemies in this stage for you to fight, you will 
have to eliminate them slowly, and separated from the pack. Much like a 
stealthy hitman, your job will be to spot them out when they are on 
their own, and slowly wear them down from scratch. If you are a small 
vehicle, try collecting some firepower and search around the town for an 
opponent. You will need to use a "Hit and Run" tactic, where you rush 
forward, blasting away at them, and make a quick 180-degree turn. Repeat 
until your health is low, or you've defeated the enemy.

As for you bigger vehicle hogs, you will find that it is easy to attack 
the enemies separately here, as well. The sooner that you eliminate each 
vehicle, the better, and focusing your attention onto one enemy is a lot 
easier for the simplified kill than focusing on two enemies. While 
certain stages, such as the next one, are rather filled with enemies, 
this stage has four vehicles including you. Catching them in bundles is 
a slim to none chance, anyway.

As for atmospheres, I suggest using a nullified version of searching the 
outer walls of the area. The streets are big here, and you are isolated 
from the city itself, which is a great way to catch vehicles in solo 
patrol mode. If you need to go into the city for health, I'd suggest 
making the retreat near the movie theater area, as there tends to be 
less traffic here. Try taking alley shortcuts to reach destinations, as 
well.


     |                                                          |
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     |                       [stage three]                      |
     |                       F R E E W A Y                      |
     |                    [five on one combat]                  |
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     |                                                          |


The Freeway is a very awkward stage in general, yet one of the best in 
the entire game that is hard to put into words. As you start the stage 
off, you will have a vehicle that will want to play chicken with you. 
Destroy it as fast as you can, as you will have four more enemies to 
fight soon after this.

The thing to remember regarding the Freeway level is the fact that it is 
hard to find enemy vehicles in large groups, which is very good, in most 
cases. The most dangerous vehicle on the course, universally, is 
Darkside. Between the constant freezing and ramming, especially if you 
are a smaller vehicle, you will be in constant danger around Darkside. 
With how hard the health recharge stations are to find in this one, save 
him for last if he is one of your opponents.

There are two sections to the Freeway: the finished section, and the 
section you can reach through the unfinished section. There are several 
different ways to find enemies, but considering this level is often 
confusing for the casual gamer, try following your map to find your 
targets, and remember that if it seems you should be finding them, you 
may even be on the wrong road then. Best of luck.


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     |                        [stage four]                      |
     |             R I V E R   P A R K   R U M B L E            |
     |                    [six on one combat]                   |
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     |                                                          |


This is much like the Warehouse level, in which it takes place inside of 
a large portion of the city. There are several things of note here: the 
bridge, the ice rink, the sewer creek, the hidden alleyway, and more. If 
you are a light vehicle, do not get too caught up in all of the action 
in the middle of the city. If you are going up against a few medium 
vehicles or a few large vehicles, you can screw yourself up by simply 
getting into the heat of the battle. Need I mention that health recharge 
stations are a lot more rare in this stage than in the Warehouse?

If you are a bigger vehicle, this stage should be a field day! Just 
search the inner city, or near the bridge exits for some trouble in 
groups. You should encounter a couple of vehicles in a pack, fighting it 
out amongst them. Lay waste to their petty games, and their petty lives, 
by ramming them several times as you catch them off-guard. Bigger 
vehicles definitely hold an advantage over the smaller ones in this 
stage.

As for the atmospheres, there are several areas that you can use to your 
advantage. The most notable hiding places include the alley in one of 
the buildings where you go unnoticed by vehicles around 80% of the time, 
although take note that the pedestrians can still shoot you. Use this 
only when hiding from vehicles. There is the creek somewhat near the 
bridge that has a few weapons inside of it, as well.

     |                                                          |
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     |                        [stage five]                      |
     |                    ASSAULT ON CYBURBIA                   |
     |                   [eight on one combat]                  |
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     |                                                          |


This easily has my personal vote as the most innovative stage in any car 
combat game ever created. Now that we have that out of the way, allow me 
to say that this stage is still massive by today's standards, much less 
in the release of 1996. Now, for those strategies again...

For the lighter, smaller vehicles, you may like to try running and 
gunning down your enemies one at a time. Since your armor is weak, it 
will take a VERY long time trying to fight more than one enemy at a 
time, especially considering how many enemies there are. You will find 
yourself outnumbered, otherwise, and having to run to one of the many 
health recharge stations in the stage.

As for you big vehicle lovers out there, you can play your cards either 
way, although it is best to follow my advice given to the small vehicle 
players. Hey, even your big asses can get dominated at certain points in 
the level. Big vehicles do their best in the suburbs area of this very 
large stage, as to where the lighter vehicles do the best on the highway 
portion of the stage. Gotta love the view there, too. Mid sized vehicles 
do exceptionally well in the combat zone area that is seemingly out of 
place in this stage.

Speaking of which, inside of that combat zone area is a very nifty 
hiding spot. Just drive up to the side of the ramp near a corner, and 
slowly position yourself to drive onto the platform itself. You can hide 
from enemy missiles here, even the homing ones. As for the highway 
portion of the level, the roads zig-zag at parts, so bigger vehicles not 
only get outrun by the fast ones, they also lose more speed zig-zagging, 
as well. As for the inner suburbs, they are straightforward for any kind 
of battles, hence why the bigger vehicles have a field day there. This 
is an easy stage to be so large and filled with enemies.

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     |                        [stage six]                       |
     |                         ROOFTOPS                         |
     |                   [three on one combat]                  |
     |              [battle with Minion afterwards]             |
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     |                                                          |

The area that you start the stage off in is a pure death hazard with how 
small the width is, so quickly go up the ramps to the main area where 
the very large black glasses structure. Direct your attention to it 
first, shooting it with your machine guns and Fire Missiles, if needed. 
If you are a bigger vehicle, ram into it to bust it open, and leave it 
be afterwards.

There are three enemies in this stage, so you can quickly eliminate a 
couple of them in die-hard combat right up on top, on this same 
platform. They will come to you, where you can blast them to Hell and 
back from here. If you need health, fall down below into the room where 
you just destroyed the glassed-in area, and go to the health recharge 
station.

Go through the tunnel here to break the glass window, and fall onto a 
rooftop with a ramp. Go up the ramp and zoom across to the next rooftop. 
Destroy the final vehicle here. Go NOT attempt to push the vehicle off 
of the rooftops, as it rarely ever works. With all three vehicles blown 
up, you only have one battle left to fight, and that is with Minion, the 
last boss.

Fighting Minion is no walk in the park, especially on the hard 
difficulty. Starting the battle off, fall into the hotel area again like 
before, and blow up all structures with the machine guns. Collect all of 
the weapons, and equip the Power Missiles. When Minion falls in with 
you, unload all of your Power Missiles into him, followed by all of your 
Fire Missiles. Retreat through the hall and to the next rooftop. Unload 
all of your Homing Missiles into him here, and retreat up the ramp and 
to the rooftop, where you should collect weapons and fall back in the 
hotel. 

Repeat this process again three to four times to defeat Minion, and beat 
Twisted Metal! Watch your ending, and be merry.



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  :::  :::  :::  :::    SECTION VII.  -  WEAPONS    :::  :::  :::  :::
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Here is where you can find a complete list of weapons, including what 
each of them do! Your vehicle can hold a max of 30 assorted weapons at a 
time. Enjoy.


CATAPULTS
----------\
These little suckers will send your opponents flying into the air. They 
can be placed by laying them down in the back of your vehicle, in the 
middle of the road. These bad boys are best used when being chased by a 
fast foe, such as Crimson Fury, to give them a bit of a boost. Slam on 
the brakes as they fly over you, and attack them with a nice assault of 
Fire/Homing Missiles.


DROP MINES
-----------\
The Drop Mines are decent in damage, yet very hard to make a direct 
connection with your target. After a short while, the Drop Mines that 
you will have laid on the road will simply disappear. The best time to 
use them is when luring enemies away from an area, and dropping them as 
they follow directly behind you.


FIRE MISSILES
--------------\
The most common of all of the weapons in the game that have the word 
"Missile" in them, you will gain several Fire Missiles throughout your 
trip in the game, and they remain as one of the most effective weapons 
in every stage. This is a perfect weapon to use in order with the Freeze 
Missiles, as you can freeze your opponent, and waste away your entire 
stock of Fire Missiles into them with some Machine Gun fire, to boot.


FREEZE MISSILES
----------------\
The Freeze Missiles are the ideal weapon if you have a bunch of Fire 
Missiles to unload on an opponent, especially if you are playing as a 
smaller vehicle in the game. These missiles will freeze an opponent's 
vehicle in its tracks, allowing you to unload other ammo into the 
vehicle, get away from the vehicle, or a combination of both.


HOMING MISSILES
----------------\
The Homing Missiles are very effective for those types of gamers that 
just simply cannot aim with a crap. Not to mention the fact that they 
are very effective in a damage standpoint, as well, doing seemingly as 
much damage as the Fire Missiles. Perfect for unloading on a group of 
unsuspecting vehicle while hiding in alleys or in obscure places. Sadly, 
the Homing Missiles are quite scarce throughout the game.


MACHINE GUN
------------\
This is your default weapon throughout the game that can be used in 
unlimited amounts into your opponent, or into those pesky pedestrians 
with rocket launchers and such. Be warned, however, as your Machine Guns 
can overheat if you use them for too long. This isn't too bad, however, 
you cannot use your Machine Guns for a few seconds until they cool off 
from the constant fire.


OIL SLICKS
-----------\
This weapon is a cult favorite amongst original Twisted Metal heads, as 
it serves no real combat purpose, and it lets out a very... ghastly 
noise. Either way you go about it, the Oil Slicks are best used when a 
huge enemy, such as Darkside, is on your tail. This will make your 
opponent slide out of their grip. It is also pretty fun to lay some down 
and slide through it.


POWER MISSILES
---------------\
The Power Missiles are THE weapon of choice against the final boss, 
Minion. If you are wishing to destroy the demon lord's servant himself, 
you will need to save up your Power Missiles to use against him. These 
things are highly powerful, adding up three to five times the damage of 
your basic Fire Missile. Of course, use these only to start off a fight, 
unless it is Minion, in which you should blow him back to Hell, 
regardless.


REAR FLAME
-----------\
Much like the Rear Missiles, the Rear Flame is a flame that will ignite 
through the back of your vehicle, hitting any vehicle that is riding 
your bum. The best strategy to use with the Rear Flame is to load'er up 
if you are in the midst of being chased by a fast vehicle like Crimson 
Fury, or try backing up into a frozen vehicle and letting the flames 
loose.


REAR MISSILES
--------------\
The Rear Missiles are one of the many weapons that were ditched in the 
sequel to Twisted Metal and brought back in as the form of a button 
combination, and for good reason; the Rear Missile is one of the many 
barely used weapons in the game. Albeit useful, it is awkward to aim and 
connect. The times when the use of this weapon comes into play are an 
awful lot like the weapons that you can lay out: right when an enemy is 
directly on your tail.


TIRE SPIKES
------------\
These little things can be used just like any other weapon that you can 
lay out from the back of your vehicle, except they will not even damage 
the enemy, just merely slow them down. I suggest only keeping a couple 
of these things in your inventory as last ditch efforts to get away from 
an enemy that is following you while you have low health. They are 
otherwise utterly useless.





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  :::  :::  :::  :::    SECTION VIII.  -  CHEATS    :::  :::  :::  :::
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The cheats in Twisted Metal consist of passwords that you can enter at 
the password screen, located under Options after you have selected your 
vehicle. Here are the passwords...


INVINCIBILITY
-------------
Square, Triangle, X, Blank, Circle


UNLIMITED WEAPONS
-----------------
Triangle, Blank, Square, Circle, Circle


HELICOPTER VIEW
---------------
Circle, Circle, Triangle, X, Blank


NON-MINION ROOFTOPS
-------------------
Triangle, X, Circle, Square, Triangle


FIVE VEHICLES IN ARENA
----------------------
Square, Triangle, Circle, Square, Square


START IN THE WAREHOUSE
----------------------
Circle, Triangle, Square, Circle, Circle


START ON THE FREEWAY
--------------------
X, Square, Square, Circle, Triangle


START IN RIVER PARK
-------------------
X, Triangle, Square, Circle, Square


START IN CYBURBIA
-----------------
X, Square, Triangle, Triangle, Triangle


START ON THE ROOFTOPS
---------------------
Square, Triangle, X, Circle, X



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  :::  :::  :::  :::    SECTION IX.   -   CREDITS   :::  :::  :::  :::
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Major thanks and kudos to Ceejay at GameFAQs. Thanks for all of the 
awards you've given me over the past year, as it is very encouraging. 
You're a hell of a webmaster. Also much thanks and love to my ghetto 
homeboy, Stephen Ng. This guy is terribly, terribly brilliant. What's up 
with "Eliminate down," anyway? And thanks to Chris Carle for giving me 
an opportunity at IGN Guides. I'm lovin' it! Check out Simpsons: Hit & 
Run, Freedom Fighters, and soon-to-be SSX3 over at IGN Guides, as they 
are more first three attempts.

All of the love and patience in the world goes to my girlfriend, Valerie 
Meerschaert. She puts up with me and the time it takes to make these 
silly FAQs and such. Although she won't allow me to play Disgaea in 
threats of breaking my arms. Oh well. Love you, Vally.

Thanks to Jen Langston, my girly friend. She is like the moon. Or a 
rainy cloud to make you feel like you're not the only one in existence 
on a crappy night. You're wonderful, hun. I doubt I could've ever 
reached this status without you. Thanks for the years. Mwa!

Special thanks to the guys over at TMAlliance.com, whom I got the cheats 
off of. If you need to know ANYTHING about Twisted Metal, the guys at 
TMA have got you covered. The developers of the games even drop by to 
say "Hi" sometimes. Friendly folks, they are.

Ohhh yeah, my GameFAQs crew. Thanks to Devin Morgan, Chad Steele, Tom 
Hayes, Brian Sulpher, Gobicamel, Colin Moriarty, Andrew Schultz, 
Happybuddha311, Andrew Testa, The Admiral, CVXFREAK, Vegita, Snow 
Dragon, Kain, BoboTheClown, SubSane, StarFighters76, Dan Gordon, 
Warhawk, krustster (omghi), AlaskaFox, Hang Me, Matt Hulbert, me frog, 
Masamune3, and many more. This is a specific thanks to you guys, as 
you're all sticking with me to the end with your support. I appreciate 
the positive response, but I did not leave for attention, hence no 
"Going Away" topic. You can still catch me on AIM, as you know, and I 
honestly thank you from the bottom of my heart for your ongoing support 
for my decision. Right now, the FCB is pure negativity, and my heart 
needs to be set on things that are more important than rumors regarding 
my personal life. I may return one day, and I hope you understand. In 
the least, this should prove to all of you that I will continue FAQing.

Oh, and go listen to the new Ben Folds EPs that you can find at 
awarestore.com. Go! 



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  :::  :::  :::  :::    SECTION X.  -  DISCLAIMER   :::  :::  :::  :::
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This document is Copyright 2003-2004 David McCutcheon. It may not be 
reproduced nor retransmitted in any form. It may not be altered, 
published, sold, given as an incentive to buy, etc. without advance 
permission from the author. Violation of the above terms can and will 
result in a lawsuit. Thank you.