Best Games Like Twisted Metal

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The Twisted Metal series is known for its gratuitous violence, over-the-top characters like Sweet Tooth, and deadly demolition derby car arena battles.

While there hasn’t been a new entry since the PS3 era, we’re hopeful one of Sony’s studios will revive Twisted Metal with fresh ideas and even better vehicular combat.

In this list, we’ll highlight the best games like Twisted Metal to play in 2021, including the best games similar to Twisted Metal and the best car combat games.

We’ll be updating this list in the future with new titles, so make sure to check back and let us know if we missed any of your favorite games like Twisted Metal!

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Carmageddon has been around for roughly the same amount of time as Twisted Metal but never had the luxury of being backed by a big publisher like Sony.

The latest installment, Carmageddon: Max Damage debuted in 2016 and is a remake of Carmageddon: Reincarnation for PS4 and Xbox One.

In it, players compete in a variety of racing events focused on causing as much destruction as possible by smashing into pedestrians, other drivers, and animals.

The game features an array of upgradeable vehicles modified to wield various spikes, chains, saws, battering rams, and flamethrowers.

If Carmageddon is a bit too chaotic for your taste, Wreckfest is another option that adheres to the traditional demolition derby formula.

Released in 2018, the game is a spiritual successor to the FlatOut series that uses soft-body damage modeling to take vehicular combat to new heights.

In it, you crush, smash, and ram your way to the finish line in various modes where the goal is to come in 1st place or be the last car standing.

This often calls for a careful balance of offensive and defensive plays, including destroying your opponents’ vehicles while guarding your own.

Also released in 2018, GRIP is a fast-paced combat racer that swaps out Twisted Metal’s edgy ‘90s aesthetic in favor of a futuristic sci-fi-inspired setting.

This makes sense when you factor in the game’s driving mechanics, which see you driving upside down on walls, ceilings, and just about anywhere else your tires can go.

While there aren’t any colorful cars or big personalities, GRIP features 30 vehicles of all shapes and sizes, many of which are inspired by antigrav vehicles from Wipeout and F-Zero.

Similar to those in Twisted Metal, vehicles in GRIP are outfitted with ballistic and projectile weapons, ranging from homing missiles to fast-firing machine guns.

Despite its cartoony graphics, Cel Damage is directly inspired by the Twisted Metal series in terms of both story and gameplay.

In it, you play as one of 10 different characters who have been cast for an in-universe cartoon car competition show called “Cel Damage.”

The cartoon theme spills over to combat, with some vehicles sporting wacky weapons like vacuum nozzles and portable holes, chainsaws, and guns.

Additionally, arenas are littered with power-ups that grant limited use items such as freeze rays, giant springs, and nuclear bombs.

Diesel Guns is another arcade vehicular combat game whose inception was influenced by the Twisted Metal series.

In it, you control a variety of high-powered death machines with unique stats and weaponry.

The game places emphasis on vehicle and weapon diversity by introducing specific rules; for example, the higher a vehicle’s speed, the more lethal its weapons become.

Additionally, each weapon in the game features an alternate firing mode that players can freely switch between.

Road Redemption is a spiritual successor to the Road Rash series that introduces a couple of changes, most notably a roguelike-structured single-player campaign.

Combat is a mix of both close and long-range, with the player able to grab, kick, and counterattack as well as shoot SMGs, shotguns, and rifles. 

The game also features dozens of melee weapons, including pipes, baseball bats, pool cues, and the occasional wrench.

Every hit in Road Redemption feels meaty and tactile, resulting in gameplay that feels as visceral and addictive as Twisted Metal.

If you’re looking for a unique arena-style game with tons of replayability, Rocket League is an excellent choice that boasts simple controls, car customization, and a thriving online community.

As one of the few online games to offer cross-play support across all platforms, the vehicular soccer game has gained a massive following.

This is great news for fans of Twisted Metal who might have never played it or assumed from its visuals that it was just for kids.

You can even pick up an exclusive Sweet Tooth vehicle if you’re playing on PS4.

Switching from 3D to 2D, Bloody Rally Show looks to combine top-down arcade racing with the hyper-violence of reality TV.

In it, you play as a driver for a show called “Bloody Rally Show,” a racing program set in a dystopian world.

Your goal is to keep viewers coming back by drifting, boosting, and blasting away the competition.

Like Twisted Metal, there’s plenty of gratuitous violence and over-the-top dialogue thrown in to really sell this idea of it being a show.

Developed by Redline Studios and published by Atari, Crashday: Redline Edition is a re-release of the original 2006 PC racing game Crashday.

It features a new UI and a host of graphical improvements that make the now 14-year-old game feel much more recent.

At its core, the game still plays like the original, with players picking their vehicle and entering one of 30 tracks to compete in a variety of races, stunt shows, and wreck matches.

There are seven game modes in total, each focusing on vehicular combat using missiles, machine guns, and straight-up car crashes.

Gas Guzzlers Extreme is another combat racing game that takes a few cues from the Twisted Metal series. 

In it, players start out with underpowered heaps of metal, slowly working their way up to powerful sports cars by winning races and surviving hellish arena battles.

In terms of combat, each vehicle has two weapons that it can swap between to fire either small or big rockets.

Gas Guzzlers Extreme may not have all the bells and whistles you expect in a modern game, but that only adds to its old-school arcade combat racing appeal.

Despite being a narrative-driven open-world game, 2015’s Mad Max actually has a lot in common with Twisted Metal when it comes to its vehicular combat.

When you’re not busy completing story missions, you can just cruise around the game’s irradiated open-world picking fights with rival gangs.

The car combat consists of hooking onto enemy vehicles using a harpoon gun, blowing them up with explosives, and ramming into the driver’s seat at high speeds.

The game also boasts the ability to customize just about every inch of your murder machine through unlockable upgrades and cosmetics.

Considering fans of Twisted Metal don’t have much to hold on to these days, it’s nice to see a game like Destruction AllStars release.

In it, you play as one of many “dangerous drivers” who compete in explosive car-based battles in arenas throughout the world.

There’s the usual fare of turbo boosts, deadly crashes, and massive explosions, but the ability to exit your vehicle and cause mayhem on foot is what sets AllStars apart.

Just pray you don’t get yourself run over before you can make it back to the driver’s seat.

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As a fan of both indie and triple-A games, Justin finds joy in discovering and sharing hidden gems with other passionate gamers. In addition to reporting on the latest and greatest titles, he manages GamingScan’s social media channels.

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