Thursday, July 10, 2008

Ponkotsu Roman Daikatsugeki Bumpy Trot: Vehicle Battle

Irem's Bumpy Trot game makes a move from the PS2 to the PSP and takes on the guise of a 3D tournament-based brawler. Bumpy Trot was originally an RPG with action-packed fighting sequences but the PSP is mainly an action game with interaction sequences and 200+ missions mixed in for good measure. Players take control of a Bumpy Troy mech which may be customized and upgraded with new parts to make it a unique vehicle with the ability to punch, pick up objects, and thrust forward like a Votoms mech.

The action takes place in Orion City where Bumpy Trot drivers from around the world have gathered together for a battle royale. Since the PSP version of Bumpy Trot is basically an action game, Irem has tweaked the game engine so that it's more conducive to fast-paced gameplay where Bumpy Trots are more mobile and easier to handle. Players who've maneuvered a clunky PS2 Bumpy Trot should be heartened since the action sequences play somewhat similarly to the PSP Gundam releases. We were reminded of Gundam this morning because the mechs can jump-jet, thrust forward, and perform slashing attacks... just like an RX-78-2.

Up to four players may participate in the ad hoc mode where the screen is split into four sections and everyone gets a unique view of the battlefield from his own perspective. Bonus: All orders include a redemption card.

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