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So, Tokyo Jungle Might Be The Greatest Game Ever Made…
…no, not really. But, it REEKS of so bad, it’s good fun, so I’m willing to admit I’m kind of looking forward to its release. I mean, what could possibly go wrong with a game that looks like the National Geographic documentary of my dreams?
In case you haven’t heard about it, Tokyo Jungle is a PS3 downloadable game looking to join in the crowded genre of games taking place in a post-apocalyptic world. But instead of zombies, you’re facing off against other native species of animals. It should also be mentioned that you’re one of those species of animals. Yep. Wildlife warfare.
The game features 50 different kinds of animals to play as, from adorable Pomeranians to Panda Bears. Your goal is simple; just survive. Survive in this nightmarish world after the age of man, with prey pitted against predator in an epic wildlife battle the likes of which you’ve never seen. It’s pretty much Fallout, just, you know, without the RPG elements, story, immersion…okay, yeah, it’s nothing like Fallout.
But what I like about it is that it looks like it’s just a shameless survival-based game, featuring all the funny quirks the Japanese are known for. Why are cats wearing hard hats? Why is that dog decked out like royalty? Who knows? But the beauty of it is that the game looks to be shameless video game fun.
Here are some of my favorite screen shots of the game (and why I love them):
A Wild Pack of Pomeranians Approaches!
From the trailer, it looks like some species of animal are going to work together in packs as they scavenge and hunt the other surviving animals of Tokyo. And yeah, one of those species is the Pomeranian. Everyone knows that the Pomeranian is pretty much the cockroach of dog breeds and will survive even a nuclear holocaust. So, naturally, they’re in the game as one of the surviving species of canine. This is my current choice for when I do finally get to sit down and play it. Violently hunt prey while looking like an animal that should be named Mr. Cuddles? I’m in.
And Here Comes the Cleanup Crew…
Why are they wearing hard hats? Because they’re safety conscious, of course. I have no idea what that PS2-era-looking slop is on the ground, but it appears these creatures are on the case with cleaning up toxic slime. And it’s a good thing, too. Wouldn’t want those other animals getting diseases, or something…
Predator vs. Predator!
It’s every animal for itself in Tokyo Jungle. Never mind that there are wolves fighting tigers in an area where they logistically should never meet. This is the end of the world, here, people. There’s no time for specifics; we’ve just got to deal with what we’ve got in front of us.
I’m interested to see how the combat of Tokyo Jungle will work. I mean, there are dinosaurs in this game, but you can still take on the role of a baby chick or a pack of Pomeranians, which I assume means you can defeat said dinosaurs with small, fuzzy animals. How this works, I don’t know. And that’s why I can’t wait to see it.
And Now, A Dog Wearing the Queen’s Curtains
There’s an internet meme somewhere in this picture, I just know it.
Long story short, it looks bizarre and, well, not very good. But in a good way. I’m planning on dropping the $15 for it when it releases on September 25th. And a word to the trophy whores out there…while it might not be this year’s Skyrim, it does have a healthy list of trophies ready to be earned.
Oh, how I wish I could have been a fly on the wall when this game was first pitched. And I really hope “Urban-Based Animal Survival Game” becomes its own sub-genre.