Twisted Metal: Black ONLINE is the network-only variant of the full retail release Twisted Metal: Black
, and was originally released as a free inclusion (in the form of a voucher the owner would fill out and mail away) with the Network Adaptor peripheral for the Sony PlayStation 2 one year after the full games release. As a limited time offer, Sony later stopped including the free voucher with the Network Adaptor, but would eventually include the game with the Greatest Hits version of Twisted Metal: Black.
The servers for the game were shut down on June 30th, 2008.
The game allowed for 4 players over a broadband connection (limited to only 2 if on a dial-up connection) to duke it out online. Later, (through server-side updates by the developers) the count was raised to 8 players over a broadband connection, while the player count for users bound to a dial-up connection remained at two.
Additionally, originally the game featured a lobby system devoid of any chat communication -- the server-side updates eventually brought forth a chat system, usable either with an on-screen keyboard or a USB keyboard.
Game Modes, Arenas and Vehicles See Twisted Metal: Black page for full information on Cars and Arenas.
All 15 cars and every arena from the full game were available in this release. Four game modes were playable:
- Last Man Standing