The factions, characters, and vehicles of Twisted Metal

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The new Twisted Metal for PS3 brings faction gameplay to the battleground. While developers Eat Sleep Play have only tossed in a handful of recognizable characters, the big emphasis on multiplayer means players can team up and go bumper to bumper, missile to flaming chainsaw with up to four players split-screen or sixteen players online. That's a lot of meat wagons and ice cream trucks.

Factions

The Clowns

Pals with Needles Kane (nicknamed Sweet Tooth, after his ride), the trademark serial killing mascot of the series, the Clowns of Twisted Metal tear up the pavement with burning chainsaws, sawed-off shotguns, and more. The iconic ice cream truck can once again turn into Sweet Bot, a Transformers-type flying vehicle that can rocket through the air, rain bullets down on enemies, and run on solid ground. With exploding clown heads for missiles, this is one of the hottest factions available.

TM - The Clowns

The Dolls

Who was Dollface? A pink-haired beauty who was wounded in a gruesome car accident. Perceiving horrible disfigurement where there was only a minor facial scar, Dollface internalized that anger and ugliness. Now tragedy is her revenge. Her gang of Dolls are vengeful models who wield sub-machine guns, sniper rifles, and similar weapons.

If you're drooling over Sweet Bot, consider trying the gigantic, airborne Iron Maiden on for size. With wiry pigtails and a mouth full of fire, she's a robo match for Godzilla.

TM - Dolls

The Skulls

With a face painted black and white like a skeleton's, the insane motorcyclist Mr. Grimm is competing in Calypso's Twisted Metal tournament for an unusual reason: redemption. Can the wish-granter turn back the clock to right Grimm's wrongs and save his father?

The Brothers Grimm are two special monster trucks unique to this faction. They'll crush anyone unfortunate enough to get in their way.

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The Holy Men

Preacher wants one thing: to spread his religious beliefs with pain and murder and get back in God's good graces. His latest crusade? To tear down Calypso's "tower of sin." No doubt fans are excited to see the character make his return from Twisted Metal: Black. His followers are known as the Holy Men.

TM - Holy Men

Characters and Vehicles

Axel

Who wouldn't want to ride around like an evil hamster on a wheel? A pre-order special, the Axel sandwiches players between two enormous tires. Just try not to choke on the nauseating smell of burning rubber.

The Axel (character) of previous games was strapped to the machine by his sadistic father. In Twisted Metal: Black, he engineered the machine himself to enter the tournament and avenge his late wife.

Axel

Sweet Tooth

This one's a classic. Take to the streets in Needles Kane's infamous ice cream truck... a rolling nightmare for children everywhere.

Sweet Tooth is the only vehicle in the series to have the same driver behind the wheel with each game. Needles relentlessly searches for "the one that got away" — a young girl and his only victim to have survived.

Sweet Tooth

Darkside

Semi-trucks are good for two things: big firepower and ramming. The bulky vehicle is made for size and strength, not nimble maneuvering.

In past games, Darkside was driven by Dollface and Mr. Ash, thought to be Satan.

Darkside

Reaper

The motorcycle equips players with a chainsaw they can drag across the ground, igniting sparks to full-fledged fire. This type of vehicle is great for speed and tight control when driving, but its small frame and open seating leaves players exposed to the brunt of any mayhem.

Reaper is routinely associated with Mr. Grimm and now also his gang of stuntmen.

Reaper

Shadow

The Shadow is a classy, flame-decaled car loaded with explosive coffins. Killing with the already post-mortem? Now that's style.

The two characters Mortimer, an avenger of the dead, and Raven, a female driver who has only appeared in Twisted Metal: Black, have taken this vehicle for a spin in previous titles.

Shadow

Crimson Fury

An apt description of this car is in the name: It's red and it's furious. Speed is this vehicle's greatest asset, but how good is your steering?

Agents Stone and Shepard have both driven this Lamborghini Diablo.

Crimson Fury

Death Warrant

Another speed demon, the Death Warrant packs a lot of raw muscle under the hood. It's a good pick for beginners. This vehicle is new to the series.

Death Warrant

Juggernaut

This beast of a machine is all semi, tractor, and trailor — and a moving turret factory. It takes wide turns and can be hard to handle, so use its brute force to your advantage. Like the Death Warrant, Juggernaut is a fresh entry in Twisted Metal.

Juggernaut

Junkyard Dog

This tow truck won't give you a lift, but it will drag you down. This little green contender launches taxis — as if bullets weren't good enough.

In Twisted Metal: Black and Lost, this vehicle was manned by Billy Ray Stillwell, a simple farmer who was horribly disfigured by a renegade pilot. He murdered his wife in his anger.

Junkyard Dog

Meat Wagon

This frantic ambulance doesn't save lives — it adds to the body count. It even shoots out a controllable gurney strapped with explosives. Talk about an emergency.

The Meat Wagon is new to the roster.

Meat Wagon

Outlaw

The Outlaw is a mean off-roader and a one-stop shop for grenades. It's durability means its tough on armor, giving it a naturally boosted defense.

This vehicle dates back to the first Twisted Metal and has been driven by Carl Roberts and his sister Jamie Roberts, good cops trying to put a stop to Calypso's game, and also by Agent Stone.

Outlaw

Road Boat

This '70s hunk of metal is good for pushing around the competition. Maybe you could do a little interior decorating to make it feel like home? This new vehicle's special offense is a magnet that draws opponents to its front, where they can be fired off at will or rammed into a wall.

Road Boat

Roadkill

This muscle car is a dream for people who love planting deadly mines.

The Roadkill was originally driven by Captain Spears, an army commando who lost his fellow soldiers in a war. Marcus Kane, a homeless man who's considered the split personality of Sweet Tooth, is the most frequent driver. And finally, the tattooed amnesiac John Doe drove the car in Twisted Metal: Black.

Roadkill

Spectre

This flashy car is built for speed and style... and the manufacturers threw in a flamethrower to boot.

This 1965 vehicle has changed drivers with almost every game: the restless Scott Campbell was the first, followed by the narcissistic Ken Masters (TM2) and the similarly characterized Lance Wilder (TM3), the misfit Bloody Mary (TM: Lost), and the avaricious Chuckie Floop (TM: Head-On).

Spectre

Talon

Head for the skies and weed out enemies from above. You can even sweep down low to magnetically pick up enemies for a merciless drop they won't survive.

A showpiece of the game, Talon is perhaps a variant on the Warhawk helicopter of Twisted Metal: Black.

Talon

Vermin

Need to bring in the exterminators? Run down enemies in a bright yellow van with a dead rat on top. This rodent mounts a rocket that can be fired from the vehicle. This is Vermin's first appearance in the series.

Vermin

Warthog

This station wagon is more like an army tank with the massive platform of treads cruising under it. Try not to get steamrolled.

The Warthog is a challenging unlockable in this game. It's been driven by such characters as Commander Mason, Captain Rogers (a ghoulish war veteran and possible reference to Captain America), and Cage — the only driver of this vehicle without a military background.

Warthog

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