David Jaffe is not the soft-spoken type. The man behind Twisted Metal is known for calling out journalists and members of the community that spout off misinformation or generally act stupid. He’s also no stranger to the darkest corners of the English lexicon, which is why this latest rant shouldn’t come as a surprise.

G4TV’s review of Twisted Metal was less than complementary, but certainly not obscenely low. The game received a 3.5/5, with reviewer Jason D’Aprile citing the game’s poor driving mechanics and lackluster single-player content as basis for the score. Of course, this riled fans who, of course, took to the comment section of the review to denigrate the reviewer, his mother, his pets and every person he ever befriended. You think I’m kidding? Have you never visited a video game forum?

D’Aprile decided to address his detractors, and rather than take the high road, he stooped. You can read the content of his response below, courtesy of Examiner, who was quick enough to grab the comment before it was deleted.

Wow. Thanks everyone for your usual level of insightful commentary. I can always count on you guys for this sort of feedback.

In case you didn’t know, I’m the guy who wrote the review (not Adam, so leave the poor guy alone). Without going blow-by-blow, I’ll say a few words on the matter.

First off, 3 was my optimistic score. If you’re happy playing a game that’s nearly 20 years old, more power to you. Most gamers, I believe, expect there to be some kind of evolution in gameplay and Twisted Metal doesn’t have any. Seriously, if you just want the same damn thing you got when you were nine, that’s fine. More power to you, as the developer has given you exactly that.

Twisted Metal is a game built on the homage to the sort of heavy metal slasher-themed B-movies one might assume the developers loved, but the problem with this genre–be it games or movies–is that it’s really hard to do well. TM gets the atmosphere right with its cinematics, but just feels cheap in most other places. The graphics are completely lackluster and there’s just bits of laziness throughout. The handbrake is a perfect example–go ahead and hold it down without pressing any button, then steer. The car magically goes in a circle. Lame.

Also, to all those who are so adamant that the driving mechanics don’t matter… What? This clearly isn’t a racing game–as the racing levels vividly prove–but just because the gameplay focuses on shooting is no excuse whatsoever to not have a decent driving model. To suggest it doesn’t matter is ludicrous. No matter what you want to believe, this is a driving game… it’s a CAR combat game, and driving is the activity you constantly engage in. Shooting is the activity you engage in as much as possible, but the odds are if you’re shooting you’re also driving… The driving model feels 20 years old.

I love car combat games. Love them. And I’ve played a ton of them, including all the old Twisted Metal games. They were decent, if unexceptional games, period. Fun, shallow, and dumb. Much as we all like to jump aboard the nostalgic retro train the simple fact is this: games are better now. Technology and design have come a long way, and I’m sick to death of developers (particularly those from the 90’s) who feel content to just shove out the same old crap they always did. It’s a particular issue I have with most of the AAA-shooter houses from the 90’s. And they don’t like me much either.

Finally, give it a rest with the “G4 is biased against Sony” or “paid off by Microsoft”. Many of us who review these games don’t even work for G4 directly, we just happen to love and care about games and the industry. I divide my time pretty heavily among all platforms and most of my favorite games of last year I personally played on my PS3(s)–Killzone 3, Batman: AC, Uncharted 3, Resistance 3, LBP2… just to name a few. The system we, as reviewers, play on is virtually irrelevant.

Just because our opinion doesn’t match up with yours does not mean we’re on some mythical take. Eventually, you’ll have to understand that different people have different opinions and that doesn’t mean you can act like an idiot over it. Unless you actually do want to keep living in your mom’s basement wondering why real girls won’t talk to you.

Also, and for the record, I really can’t stand the Call of Duty games. So comparing any of those damn games to a review I write is pointless. I’m not that fond of Halo either.

Thank you and good night.

It was after that diatribe that Jaffe pulled the trigger, accusing D’Aprile of being disrespectful. OK… the word choice was a bit more colorful. Jaffe called him a “dick.”

 

Note that Jaffe isn’t taking issue with the score or even the content of the review, rather the tone of the comment made by D’Aprile. Jaffe later went on to tweet that his issue was less with the “Mom’s basement” dig than it was about D’Aprile’s predisposition to hate anything from the 90s.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen developers comment on scores, content and misinformation in reviews. Cliff Bleszinski lashed out at Destructoid’s Jim Sterling over his Gears of War 3 review and Dylan Cuthbert took aim at misinformation in Daemon Hatfield write up of PixelJunk Sidescroller for IGN.

We’re living in the social media age. That pipeline to the stars you love so dearly? Yeah, that’s a two-way street. So, next time you tweet, hit up Facebook or post a comment containing something hateful, just remember, you never know who’s reading.

14 COMMENTS

  1. David’s right. Write a review, it’s your job. It’s in most cases able to be considered “Constructive criticism”. To bash an entire fan base though, is another thing. Making it even worse are the choice words he used. Still, I guess I’m not hardcore enough of a gamer to berate an editor for his/her review. Both sides of the sword cut too deep on this one I think. As far as the game is concerned, I got to be honest, I was disappointed. Twisted Metal Black in my mind was an excellent portray of what a Twisted Metal game should be. I’m not goth in any means of the term or anything you could affiliate with the coming words but I was into how dark the game’s persona was. What really drew me in was, every character had a different story, complete with it’s own twisted side of things. I didn’t get that feeling in the new one. TWB had 14 different story lines to follow I believe, Twisted Metal only has 3. And no where near as dark in my opinion. Sweet Tooth seemed to stay relevant. Dollface’s story was lacking some, but the biggest disappointment was going from Grim in TWB to this new one, it felt almost insulting. Graphically, not much had changed which I was okay with but as far as the levels themselves were concerned, I saw less. Not in size of course but in character. Again, wasn’t as dark as previous TW games had given. Driving I rather enjoyed. It was very quick paced and hectic, to be expected. Soundtrack was pretty nice. Maybe not as creepy as I had hoped for but I definitely picked up on what songs where what and they seemed to fit the mood well. Scoring 1-10 though, I give it a 7.5. It’s good, just not great. I hope to see a RipTen review soon and what you guys have to say about it. I seriously love this site and what you guys have done and continue to due with it. I’m on here everyday at least 5 times a day just to check it out. You guys are my way of knowing what’s what in the gaming world. Even if the topic isn’t something that might spark my interest, I still read. Thanks RipTen!

  2. Aside from the “mom’s basement” and “can’t talk to real girls” part near the end – which I’m willing to chalk up to frustration at the irrational fanboy rage – I thought his reply was fine. He makes good points about the game, and while he may have some underlying baggage regarding studios not evolving much since the 90’s, I didn’t read that as “bias” or an “agenda” at all.

    David Jaffe has a reputation for being a reactionary hot head, and IMHO *he* is the one who looks like an ass in all this. If you make a game that hasn’t evolved the core mechanics much since the originals, you deserve to be called out on it. I think the ass-kissing he gave for G4 (not surprising, given that he was just on their show Feedback yesterday, and gets a lot of love from that company) just serves to cover his real motive – he didn’t like being called out on making a mediocre game.

  3. Whatever.  The game sucks.  I give it a 1/5.  There!  Jaffe’s the one with the agenda.  How childish.  The liars and cheats always try and turn it around on ya, don’t they? Look, the game got delayed, they killed the demo, and they packed in Twisted Metal Black and a bevy of other freebies.  How was this game NOT supposed to fall flat on it’s face?!  Obviously, everyone else will call this post ludicrous, and that’s fine.  Twisted Metal has plenty of redeeming qualities, but the bottom line as far as I’m concerned is that this is not what I payed 60 dollars for, and the free demo was in fact a much better gameplay experience overall.  Twisted Metal PS3? Yougone!

  4. David Jaffe is such a douchebag.  He creates a half assed game that has been wildly anticipated for years, only to have it fail expectations because of shoddy graphics, bad controls, and just flat out goofiness within a game.  

    For a DLC charging maybe 20 bucks at most, yes, it’s a pretty good game.  But for a 60 dollar game?  Sorry.  That’s overpriced and overrated imo.  

    The writer was right about this game.  100% on point.  I’ve already been attacked by Twisted Metal fanboy douchebags online and they are really really bitter about what I have to say about this game.  By no means am I even trolling them.  They just can’t face the reality of it all.

  5. David Jaffe is such a douchebag.  He creates a half assed game that has been wildly anticipated for years, only to have it fail expectations because of shoddy graphics, bad controls, and just flat out goofiness within a game.  

    For a DLC charging maybe 20 bucks at most, yes, it’s a pretty good game.  But for a 60 dollar game?  Sorry.  That’s overpriced and overrated imo.  

    The writer was right about this game.  100% on point.  I’ve already been attacked by Twisted Metal fanboy douchebags online and they are really really bitter about what I have to say about this game.  By no means am I even trolling them.  They just can’t face the reality of it all.

  6. David Jaffe is such a douchebag.  He creates a half assed game that has been wildly anticipated for years, only to have it fail expectations because of shoddy graphics, bad controls, and just flat out goofiness within a game.  

    For a DLC charging maybe 20 bucks at most, yes, it’s a pretty good game.  But for a 60 dollar game?  Sorry.  That’s overpriced and overrated imo.  

    The writer was right about this game.  100% on point.  I’ve already been attacked by Twisted Metal fanboy douchebags online and they are really really bitter about what I have to say about this game.  By no means am I even trolling them.  They just can’t face the reality of it all.

  7. David Jaffe is such a douchebag.  He creates a half assed game that has been wildly anticipated for years, only to have it fail expectations because of shoddy graphics, bad controls, and just flat out goofiness within a game.  

    For a DLC charging maybe 20 bucks at most, yes, it’s a pretty good game.  But for a 60 dollar game?  Sorry.  That’s overpriced and overrated imo.  

    The writer was right about this game.  100% on point.  I’ve already been attacked by Twisted Metal fanboy douchebags online and they are really really bitter about what I have to say about this game.  By no means am I even trolling them.  They just can’t face the reality of it all.

    •  I am one of the most biggest Twisted Metal fans ever. I never bought a PS3 because Twisted Metal wasn’t released on it. After the decision of cutting down the roster to 3 characters, I’m not buying it.

  8. I am usually of the opinion that reviews from a variety of perspectives is useful, but I think it’s better to employ a reviewer that appreciates the genre, because if a person who hates FPS games is buying an FPS with a good score (just an example) and they don’t like it, it’s their own fault, not a reviewer’s.

  9. You can’t just TAKE OUT of your CLASSIC saga ALL of your CLASSIC characters.
    Twisted Metal characters are like ICONS as fighting games sagas are.

    Imagine a new Mortal Kombat only featuring Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Kitana and Shang Tsung.
    WTF?

    Or Street Fighter with Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li and Bison. It’s such a HORRIBLE idea.

    I know “the cars” are there. but… it’s not the same. Sweet Tooth on a motorbike? Not the same.

    Sorry. I’m not buying it.

  10. I don’t even know why someone like D’April was assigned to write this review. He obviously has no love for older gamers. He’s not the target audience, so he had no business attempting to write about the game.

    The people who agree with him also aren’t the target audience and should just crawl back under a rock to continue humping for the next Call of Duty game.

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