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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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I hope he does another twisted metal.
Calling all Cars was crazy fun. I seemed to loose something online but playing on the couch with others was a blast.
@ by KONFLIKT Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 05:55 PM
Laughing is almost mandatory while playing this game.
*runs to GAF to see if he's getting ripped to shreds and flaming members*
Im willing to bet that a new Twisted Metal: Black will come out this year. Seeing as how the Sweet Tooth action figure is due out in July. Not to mention that its the TM: Black Sweet Tooth.
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Dude David Jaffe dropping the God of War franchise, making this crap, and virtually falling off the map was a big mistake. That's what you get when you fill your head with hot air and get full of yourself. Also how you become a one-hit-wonder.