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Twisted Metal: Black (PlayStation 2)

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Title Screen

Twisted Metal: Black

Developer: Incognito Entertainment
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released in US: June 18, 2001
Released in EU: December 7, 2001

AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
CharacterIcon.png This game has unused playable characters.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
MovieIcon.png This game has unused cinematics.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
DummyIcon.png This game has unusual dummy files.

PrereleaseIcon.png This game has a prerelease article

To do:
*A lot more regional differences. Source

Twisted Metal makes its way onto the second generation of Sony consoles, after their last few outings on the PlayStation left a lot to be desired.

It's also the most popular of the Twisted Metal games, probably due being absolutely covered in such prime early-2000s edginess that even the Carmageddon franchise hadn't dipped their toes into.


Read about prerelease information and/or media for this game.
Prerelease Info

Hidden Cheats

Twisted Metal Black Everything.png

While inside the game, hold L1 + R1 + L2 + R2 and press the following buttons:

Button Inputs Reward Effect
Triangle, X, Left, Right Health Regain It's unclear how this works.
Square, Square, Square, Down Infinite Weapons Gives you all weapons and unlimited ammo.
Up, X, Up, X Everything Unlocked (Enable Code) You will hear a confirmation gun sound effect if inputted correctly. No message will be displayed. This is needed in order to activate the cheat above.
Left, Circle, Left, Circle Everything Unlocked Unlocks all cars and players. You will need to activate the cheat above first or this cheat will not work. You will also need to wait 12 seconds after activating the cheat above for this cheat to work. After 12 seconds have passed, you may enter this cheat. You cannot exceed the time limit of 24 seconds or the above cheat will reset.

The unlock everything cheat is pretty tricky to get right. If you fail to activate it under 24 seconds, you will need to enable the "Everything Unlocked (Enable Code)" cheat again.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Playable Warhawk

Twisted Metal Black -razor.png

His image as seen above is in the character select screen. It is not normally possible to play as him however, with hacks the player can play as him.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Car Select Screen

Twisted Metal Black -unused select screen.png

Most likely a mockup version of the final car select screen. And also to note, Shadow is presented here as a placeholder before Axel was made.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Cutscenes

Intro cutscenes for Manslaughter, Warthog and Axel are present in the MOV folder. Only their outro cutscenes are used in-game, with their stories told by loading screen text.

(Source: Tekkenlord05)

Unused Junkyard Level

To do:
Find out what is different in this level.

Twisted Metal Black -unused junkyard.png

A unused mini version of this level can be put back in One Player Challenge mode with the following GameShark / CodeBreaker code for the US version.

Enable Code (for console only)
90225B58 0C08967E
Put All Maps in One Player Challenge Mode
20425E88 00000000
20425E94 00000000
20425EC4 00000000
20425E9C 00000000
20425EA8 00000000
20425EB0 00000000
20425EB8 00000000
20425EC0 00000000
20425EC8 00000000
20425ED4 00000000
20425ED8 00000000
20425EDC 00000000
204869C4 00000001
204869CC 00000001
404869D0 000C0001
00000001 00000000
D04FB29C 00000013
00426014 00000013
(Source: Original TCRF research)

Wireframe Mode

Twisted Metal Black -wireframe.png

A debugging mode that turns cars into colored lines can be re-enabled with the following GameShark / CodeBreaker code:

204FB878 00000001
201C8EE8 10450245

Normal car collision is green, anything that is damage or has been damaged turns red, and car tires turn yellow.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Regional Differences

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Due to the excessive violence contained in the cutscenes, the European versions remove nearly all of the cutscenes (and thus the whole backstory) as well as the flavor text from the loading screens. Fittingly, the "Movies" option on the main menu was replaced with a "Credits" option.

In the US version, blowing up a vehicle will either send the driver running out screaming while on fire or get thrown out of their car. The European version removed this. Moreover, due to the European version being released after 9/11, the plane in Junkyard has been already crashed and the player can access the secret area with no additional effort. However, this makes getting the "Jet Fatality" bonus impossible.

(Source: Movie Censorship)


Early Designs Of Characters In Car Select Screen

Three Characters uses early designs during the development of Twisted Metal: Black in the car selection screen.

  • Billy Ray Stillwell, in the car select, has more of a mutated face, plaided shirt, more messed up hair, and his top head has been exposed while the in-game cutscenes have a less mutated face, the plaided shirt is less noticeable and his hair is normal.
  • Agent Stone, in the car select, has no helmet, or gloves, and the word "S.W.A.T" on his right chest and his vest is a bit different. While the final in-game cutscenes removes the gloves and the "S.W.A.T" on his right chest and gave him a helmet.
  • Raven, It simply has black lipstick and a pentagram while the final in-game cutscenes have an ankh and normal red lipstick

John Doe's Inconstant Tattoo In Cutscenes

Some of the cutscenes in development were toned down to avoid controversy one of them was John Doe's tattoo with the words "One race, one country." along with a swastika-like tattoo only the words were removed though you can catch glimpses of it in the middle cutscene and the ending cutscenes.

Interesting Dummy File

A dummy file that exists on disc (ZZZDUMMY.BIN) says the following:

Move along, nothing to see here....

Guess there's nothing to see here ¯\_(ツ)_/¯