Twisted Metal: Head-On PSP

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Mar 24, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
Buy On
  1. If you have ever been a fan of the Twisted Metal series, then getting this game is a no-brainer. It's easily one of the best in the series and gives fans pretty much everything they've wanted out of the series.
  2. Head-On is the first top-of-the-line multiplayer game designed for a handheld. It's vehicular combat at its finest. It's satisfying, but will leave you hungry for another bite.
  3. Great graphics, solid and familiar TM game play, and Wi-Fi online. How can you ask for more than that? It's goold old fashioned mayhem at it's best!
  4. It doesn’t deviate far from the typical formula. It doesn’t really need to. With tight controls, impressive graphics, a multitude of arenas and vehicles, and online play, this game is easily recommendable.
  5. 90
    Just fun to play. Fans of the series will be more then satisfied and newcomers will be amazed at how addictive this game is.
  6. It'll keep you entertained for hours and hours, and the multiplayer capabilities truly are an absolute blast. Head-On is completely faithful to the Twisted Metal namesake and does pretty much everything right.
  7. Seeing and playing this game makes me absolutely drool over the prospect of Incognito reviving other classics like "Warhawk," "Downhill Domination" and "War of the Monsters" on the PSP.
  8. Game Informer
    The single-player offering is incredibly fun, and the multiplayer bouts bring limitless depth and couldn't be much more contagious. [May 2005, p.128]
  9. The game takes the thrilling aspects of the finest title in the lineup, "Twisted Metal 2," shrinks it down onto the portable screen and adds some fantastic multiplayer modes to boot.
  10. A colorful cast of characters, a great presentation, exciting shooting action, and support for wireless multiplayer competition over the Internet combine to make this game one of the safest bets you can place when choosing your first PSP games.
  11. The graphics are excellent, and it's a ton of fun to play through some of the best levels from "Twisted Metal 2" in online deathmatch.
  12. Fans of Twisted Metal will be happy to know that the game lost almost nothing in the transition to the handheld platform, since it looks, feels, and plays just like a console iteration of the classic series.
  13. But even without taking the game online, the solo, co-op and head-to-head multiplayer modes are enough to satisfy even the most diehard fans of Sweet Tooth and his crew. For this one, at least, technology trumps originality. Hands down.
  14. PSM Magazine
    The simple explanation for what makes this game rock is that it just plain looks, feels, and plays remarkably like its full-sized siblings. [May 2005, p.84]
  15. For everyone else who has at least one friend with a PSP and a copy of the game, this is a must-own title that will keep you locked in the throes of classic auto-combat until you, your PSP, or you car runs out of gas.
  16. 85
    The online multiplayer is truly a great thing for those who can be successful at it. Unfortunately for the others, it’ll require a good deal of practice and patience with the controls.
  17. The only way you shouldn't get Twisted Metal: Head On is if you're deathly afraid of entertainment.
  18. Pelit (Finland)
    One of the best games in the Twisted Metal series. Controls are a bit sluggish, but driving and shooting works well in short sessions. Net play is also well implemented. [Jan 2006]
  19. 80
    Where as playing Head-On alone has its moments, playing with seven other Twisted friends via wireless connectivity is a blast. Blowing up each other with an onslaught of weaponry from steroid-induced wheels never grows tired. There is no slowdown, and the pace is just as quick as if you're playing the computer.
  20. 80
    In spite of a lacking co-op mode, Twisted Metal: Head-On offers plenty of replay value and classic fun.
  21. 80
    If there's one thing you can say about Head On, it's that it certainly provides you with plenty of game to play.
  22. Cheat Code Central
    With tons of replay value and excellent online play, Head-On is highly recommended for all gamers that want to exercise their right to pursue happiness in the form of destruction.
  23. 80
    It's the kind of thing you really need to see to believe, and once you do you'll notice that a crowd's formed behind you.
  24. 80
    Sure, it may hit a few speedbumps along the way, but the multiplayer appeal can't be denied -- and thanks to the infrastructure support, you don't have to worry about finding local competitors.
  25. It's fast, it's fun, and full of quirky dark humor, over-the-top violence, and honest-to-goodness car-rending amusement.
  26. One of the more downsides to the gameplay is the noticeably long load times. But this does not frustrate players much, as the levels do lasts for quite a while and they offer instant restarts.
  27. Play Magazine
    A burning hot game of TM that's every bit as cool as "Black," Head-On rocks from the outset. [May 2005, p.69]
  28. 1) Real players make the game 10 times more fun. 2) Deathmatching across the continent on your PSP makes you feel like you're from the future.
  29. It is still pretty stunning to me that I can lay on my couch with a wireless hand-held and play total strangers from across the globe.
  30. 80
    Fast, fun, and incredibly playable, it’s an ideal portable game. It looks sharp, and the inclusion of free Internet play is just what the system needs.
  31. The storyline is the same one it has always been and the difficulty is obscene.
  32. The portability of this title increases the fun factor up a few notches, not to mention the online aspect of the game.
  33. Although this may not apply to every PSP owner out there, the WiFi modes, both local and over the internet, are incredibly fun and provide a near endless opportunity for new challenges.
  34. The single-player component is fairly thin, and if you don't have access to a wireless internet connection, you're missing a significant part of the game. Still, it's truly unlike anything you’ve ever played before on a handheld, even if it's just like a game you played a decade ago on a console.
  35. Watch out for the thumbstick here. I found it to be so touchy that I kept getting dizzy as my car turned and circled. Better to use the directional keypad.
  36. Cruising round the same old streets may be starting to lose it's thrill, but taking this baby for a spin on the superhighway shows there's still some gas left in the tank.
  37. If you like the Twisted Metal series, then Head On: Extra Twisted Edition is a no brainer. It’s a great remake with lots of cool extra content. That said, the gameplay is a bit shallow and outdated by today’s standards.

Awards & Rankings

#11 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2005
#22 Most Shared PSP Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. SeanH.
    Dec 21, 2005
    This is an all out great game if you like cars and action. everything they had in all the other twisted metals plus lots more. i strongly This is an all out great game if you like cars and action. everything they had in all the other twisted metals plus lots more. i strongly recommend buying this game! Full Review »
  2. MattR.
    Sep 14, 2005
    1st game bought for the psp and i don't regret it, completed the game with all players twice and still can't stop playin, BUY IT!!!
  3. BMANwatts
    Jun 20, 2005
    Very fun entertaning game.