I've never played a Twisted Metal game, I actually have enjoyed the Viglante 8 game on the original Playstation as well as the 3rd game on Xbox Live Arcade, now with the announced Birthday sale, i am a bit interested, although i will admit i only want to spend a little bit of money, so I'll probably buy a PS1 Classic Twisted Metal game, how are they similar to Viglante 8, what's so good about this particular series? Someone care to get me interested?
Vigilante 8, itself a spin-off to Interstate '76 for the PC, entails car combat. It's the same concept, only I'm sure Vigilante 8 presents the combat stylistically different than the Twisted Metal series does.
What Twisted Metal has done from the beginning is that the game hands you an array of different cars driven by different personalities. Each individual who drives the car must total all other cars in the level throughout each stage. The ultimate goal is to clear all stages to get the campaign's ending, where a wish is granted by the championship's host Calypso.
With Calypso giving each driver their wish, it's presented in a comedic/darkened tone in various games. Sometimes the story is done through live-action whereas in others there's a cartoonified visual. Twisted Metal's gameplay itself contains everything in its arsenal from missiles, to ice beams, to vehicle specials. If you were to play Twisted Metal 2, for instance, Mr. Slam (a lifter) is the only one who can grab cars and smash them on the ground.
If you like feuding against other cars in the Vigilante 8 game then you may as well find Twisted Metal's style to have its own rewards. Everyone who plays Twisted Metal usually finds their own story and characters to be a favorite. Axel, for example, is a man without arms sandwiched between two giant tires. Would this level of craziness peak your interest? There's only one way to find out.
You should probably add though that the latest installment (sometimes stylised TMX) moves away from the character based vehicles of every single TM before it (save for TMBO).
In this game there are 4 character drivers (3 with single player stories) who may drive any of the 17 vehicles featured in this game.
The vehicles themselves don't have back stories but the 4 drivers do with some small story elements for the 4th character The Preacher.
Also it is of worthy note to point out that the 'tournament' mode in TMX is somewhat different with less emphasis on the single character winning the game.
Instead each driver is head of a faction and takes on the other faction leaders and their minions including a huge boss specific to each faction.
The general gameplay stays faithful to the classic TM formula but there are some drastic (though welcome to some) changes in the form of new cage match battles, combat races and Juggernaut mini boss fights.
This is not a troll response.
If your going to get into TM you might as well start here because TMX is quite a departure from previous games in the franchise and it's possible that you and other new players will prefer one style of gameplay over another.