I thought the first TM games were terrible, but Black was awesome. However, after listening to Jaffe on Weekend Confirmed, i'm mixed. Jaffe said it's the best single player TM game so far, but it's really focused on multiplayer / online. So, I cancelled my preorder and will wait for massive price drop. Thanks Jaffe. You saved me $60.
Interesting. I had the exact opposite reaction to TMB. I liked TM1, LOVED TM2, and tolerated TM3&4. I bought my PS2 just to get Black, and man, what a letdown. Too far removed from the action, not enough carnage, and the game seemed to lack an edge without all of the crunchy 80s inspired guitar riffs.
To this day I can still sit and play Twisted Metal 2 for hours and not get bored. I still remember most of the cheats and hidden combo moves!