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Back in 2007, a downloadable PSN game entitled Calling All Cars was released. The game combined elements of Twisted Metal and NBA Jam’s gameplay, while glazing it with a cartoony veneer. Looking back, designer David Jaffe says it was a “mistake.”In a response to Adam Sessler’s question regarding whether Jaffe would call Calling All Cars a casual or hardcore game, Jaffe responded “well, I call it a mistake.”He cites a poor prediction of market response as the reason the game didn’t do fantastically. "While the game was cartoony, our gameplay was more hardcore and modeled after some of the great Midway arcade games like NBA Jam," said Jaffe. "So we had a casual theme, a hardcore play mechanic, on a machine people just spent $599 for." Basically, it didn't know what it really wanted to be, or it didn't speak to a specific audience. "If we were to make it again we would have skinned it entirely differently." There’s been speculation that Jaffe’s next game will continue his Twisted Metal series. Further fueling the Twisted Metal myth, he says his next game will be "in between God of War and Calling all Cars."He also mentions that little was known about good price points for PSN games. Landing on the $10 spot appears to have been a shoot-from-the-hip decision. “$10 bucks? Why not?,” said Jaffe."I mean, we didn't completely fail -- we made a little money. But we didn't make enough to do more just like this," explained Jaffe. He finally remarks that better marketing tactics can be employed in general. "Let's think a little more about what the consumer wants."Did any of you purchase this mistake? I’ll be honest, I didn’t have a PS3 at launch, and by the time I was on PSN I definitely glossed over this game. Source: 1up
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13th. Who cares. Ive heard of this game, but never paid it any real attention.
great game tho
Yea, I've never even heard of it, but then again, I only just got my PS3 last summer.
I have to say it looks/sounds a little bit interesting and I actually am almost tempted to give this game a little more research now, but it's likely I won't get it.
Dead-erSpace, you're fantastic. And this game looks like $h!t
Oh wait ur really cool KimboFife
I got it for free with a Qore subscription back in '08 and I had a blast with it. I agree, a $10 price point is a bit high for it, but the game was still loads of fun. I still play it once in a while.
Of the near 100 PSN games I have downloaded I never even considered this I know what it is I just don't want it.
Eh,I saw this in the playstation network and I wondered about it,though I never picked it up.Its front logo that was shown was quite odd,I didn't really guess it to be a car based game like this.It had some sort of cartooney bald guy running from a car with a bag in his hand,personally I thought it was a Sly Cooper type game.
The guy with the bag does have relevance to the game. The basic premise is, there's been a jailbreak and you're a bounty hunter who has to capture the criminal and transport him to one of the various drop-off points in the map. The other cars can steal the criminal from you to try to score the points for themselves.
I feel like prices are *still* an issue on PSN sometimes. I bought and played Braid, and it was cool, loved the writing, loved the gameplay, and I realize it's a high quality title, etc. etc. but... $15? I don't know.
Calling All Cars was a fun distraction. Worth $10.
However, it was not at all what I expected from the creator of God of War. It seemed more like a "burned out, mid-life crisis" sort of game. I think he wanted to create something simpler after pouring so much into God of War.
Corey Barlog quit after creating God of War II, as well. I wonder if Stig Asmussen will be around for the next installment of the God of War franchise after GOW III, even if Kratos isn't.
Never even heard of it x.x
Yeah, I just glanced at it and continued on. I had no idea that Dave Jaffe made it until now.
Just announce Twisted Metal already Jaffe!
I had debated whether I should buy it or not. It kinda looks cool, but I have bombed on downloaded games before. I didn't see a demo for it and didn't know anyone else who had played it. So, I chose not to take the risk.
Calling All Cars was and still is a great game. It's a shame that Jaffe views it as a failure. A good game is still a good game whether it's $5, $10 or $60. Whether it was received well or not. Numbers don't alwasy tel the true story. Just because the servers were never packed doesn't mean there aren't people battling offline. I for one have gotten way more than my $10 worth out of this game, and I would pay $10 again for a game like this. Calling All Cars delivers consistent fun. If laughter is the best medicine, than this game is highly responsible for helping keep me sane, as it has provided many hours of fun and laughter for me and my friends.
never heard of it.
Isn't there that thing on Game Informer to stop the first comments?
First of all, why is he saying this NOW, three years after the game came out?
And second of all, What the hell is he talking about? That game ruled!
I'm the bees knees dude.