Twisted Metal: Head-On for the PSP was considered to be the sequel to Twisted Metal 2 that had never been, and one of the best gaming options available at the portable system's launch. Forget about that other Twisted Metal 3; Head On expanded upon some ideas from the original games, refined a few others, and blew the dust from some fun that had been missing from the series for quite a while. So, the question is: What does Twisted Metal Head On: Extra Twisted Edition bring to the PlayStation 2 other than a port of a two-year-old game built for lesser hardware?
That question is answered with the amount of bonus content packed onto the disc. In addition to an enhanced version of Head On, you also get three new levels from the heretofore-unknown sequel to Twisted Metal: Black, as well as an on-foot section called the Sweet Tour that puts you in Sweet Tooth's oversized boots for a little trivia and concept-art treasure hunting. And if that still isn't enough bang for your buck, you'll also get a documentary called Twisted Metal: The Dark Past, scrapped ending movies from the first PlayStation game, and an all-new Transylvania level.
However, the core of the package is still Head On, and the gameplay is classic Twisted Metal at its finest. For those who have played the game in its original incarnation, this version is certainly an improvement. It really does feel as if it was made for the PS2; the loose control afforded by the analog nub on the portable version is just a bad memory. All of the special attacks, such as freeze, shields, invisibility, and so on, are easier to pull off without having to quickly switch to the D pad (although that is still an option).
Going from Head On to Lost Levels isn't much of a change aside from the different theme, but if you've played Twisted Metal: Black anytime recently, it might feel a little strange at first because there are some subtle differences in the color-coding system used for weapons and power-ups. The Lost Levels themselves are well designed. The first level, called Suburban Terror, is a strip mall combined with some expansive suburban roadway, and the highlights are a movie theater and bowling alley for you to tear asunder. The second level, Stadium Slaughter, is a large motocross arena surrounded on the outside by some highway overpasses. The real highlight is the third level, Carnival of Darkness, which is a large amusement park. This level has showstoppers that include a huge roller-coaster track that you can fight it out on, as well as a water ride complete with a giant skull that has eye sockets that serve as a set of ramps.