Sunday, March 23, 2008

Japanese Import Review: Bakusou Dekotora Densetsu BLACK

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Mention Bakusou Dekotora Densetsu Black and most people would go a wa wa what? It's a truck (or lorry, if you are a Brit) racing game for the Nintendo DS.

I don't really like trucks. They are akin to adding fuel to fire that is rush-hour traffic. The sight of them clogging up the Kesas highway is usually accompanied with a lot of finger tapping on the steering wheel while inching along a 3 kilometer stretch.

Bakusou Dekotora Densetsu Black is anything but a traffic jam. In fact, it has more in common with Burnout! You race AI-controlled boss trucks who in turn have an endless supply of henchmen cars who would try to thwart you. Just use your truck to ram into these cars and the boss trucks. You win a race by destroying the enemy boss truck.

It's a pretty simple premise backed up by a simple looking 3D engine. Since you are mainly racing on straight roads with a jump or two thrown in for good measure, the graphics do not stop the onset of sleepiness when you are playing this game. Couple this with forgettable audio (I don't even remember whether the game has a soundtrack), you are much better off playing Mario Kart...or Burnout on the PS2.

Hardcore Japanese import fans can probably satisfy their curiosity by buying the game. It is available at Play-Asia for USD 48.90 (click here for details). But for the rest of us (and that applies to yours truly as well) stay well away.