Twisted Metal gets early access to Axel as pre-order bonus

The long-awaited Twisted Metal revival is getting an homage to its roots in the form of a pre-order bonus. Today the PlayStation Blog revealed that pre-ordering the upcoming title will give players "early access" to the classic character Axel, as well as his two-wheel monstrosity -- both of which are locked at the start of the game

The blog says Axel is available from "participating retailers," which according to the Twisted Metal site includes GameStop, Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Best Buy. The offer seems to go for North America only, but we've contacted Sony to check for our European friends.

Twisted Metal is set to hit retail, exclusively on PlayStation 3, on October 4.