TWISTED METAL® Small Brawl™ Delivers a Mischievous Twist To Car Combat on the PS one™ This Holiday Season

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. - 07/17/2000

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today the release of TWISTED METAL® Small Brawl™ exclusively for the PS one™ and PlayStation® game consoles. Developed by Incog Inc. Entertainment and designed and produced by Sony Computer Entertainment America, Santa Monica, TWISTED METAL: Small Brawl adds an innovative twist to the successful Twisted Metal franchise. The sixth game in the best-selling series, TWISTED METAL: Small Brawl reinforces Sony Computer Entertainment America's commitment to develop high quality, core franchise titles for the PS one. Featuring a mischievous crew of strangely familiar characters in remote control vehicles, TWISTED METAL: Small Brawl combines the dynamic gameplay of the earlier Twisted Metal titles with a completely new look and feel that will appeal to a broad audience this holiday season.

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TWISTED METAL: Small Brawl is designed and developed by the creators of Twisted Metal 1, Twisted Metal 2 and most recently, Twisted Metal: Black. When the original Twisted Metal game was released in 1995, the development team was credited with perfecting 3D car combat in next generation videogaming. Twisted Metal 2 was released in 1997 and remains one of the best-selling games of all time, with more than 1.9 million units sold in North America to date. Overall, the Twisted Metal franchise has sold more than five million units in North America, making it the best-selling car combat series ever.

"We are delighted that the imaginative minds of the original Twisted Metal team have created TWISTED METAL: Small Brawl for PS one," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "TWISTED METAL: Small Brawl follows in the footsteps of the Twisted Metal series as it continues to raise the standard of car combat. This latest release reaffirms our commitment to the original platform, as we continue to increase the software library and bring key franchises to the PS one."

With a newly designed look and feel, TWISTED METAL: Small Brawl promises a lighter mood but the same intense gameplay. Controlling a crew of defiant little terrors who have seized a stash of remote controlled cars, players will navigate recklessly through environments such as an abandoned movie theater, bowling alley, sand box, kitchen and anywhere else they can wreak havoc. Using an imaginative artillery of inventive weapons, these pint-sized characters prove to be dangerous adversaries as they strategically knock down anything in their way. Whether they are launching ricochet bombs towards oncoming rivals, detonating opponents with flaring firecrackers or hurling flaming doll heads at their enemies, these unruly rascals mean business and will not be taken down without a fight.

TWISTED METAL: Small Brawl showcases 16 remote controlled cars, each with unique handling, physics and special moves. The game spans 11 different interactive environments throughout which players can destroy virtually any object in their path. An intuitive weapon system assists novice players, while allowing skilled gamers to perform difficult combo moves, expanded special moves and intricate defense maneuvers. TWISTED METAL: Small Brawl features improved graphics, including richer textures and higher polygon counts per vehicle, an enhanced level of detail allowing visible damage to be displayed on vehicles, an increased number of obstacles throughout the levels and improved vehicle design. Opponent artificial intelligence (AI) has also been refined, designed to create heated rivalries and vengeful vendettas amongst players. A variety of play modes are available, including single-player, two-player head-to-head, two-player free-for-all and two-player tag team.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated TWISTED METAL: Small Brawl "T" for Teen. For more information about the ESRB visit http://www.esrb.org/.

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