Heya Mr Malstrom. I recently found out about a strange little game for the PS3 called Tokyo Jungle
Now, it got Japan all crazy, being no1 in the sales charts for like 2+ weeks? Anyway, here’s a trailer.
It really reminded me of when videogames were always about new experiences. Instead of
FPSSHOOTER X or GRIMDARKRPG Z, it’s about… surviving animals in a wasteland rendition of
Tokyo. Humanity has gone extinct.
It’s all about survival in the wild, where you can select a large amount of animals. It’s
arcady with some light simulation (breeding!) and even a ridiculous Story mode. There’s also
a local COOP mode (sadly no online modes) and a ranking leaderboard.
Dunno if it’s telling of the state of the industry that a game about a bunch of animals
killing eachother got me hyped since ages, but here I am.
Oh hey, I got NSMB2 (too much money) and it’s actually fun, but it’s too much of a
Super Mario Bros: Lost levels to truly gain mass appeal. It’s just a literal rehash
with coins added.
Anyway, keep on trucking with yer blog!
OK… I can’t imagine this game ever selling in the West. This game is very modern though. It tries to be ‘realistic’ and ‘gritty’ but use animals instead in a post-apocalyptic setting. It seems more like a modern game but just a little funky.
When I think of the good old days, I think of games more like this…
This Tokyo Jungle game wouldn’t have even sold back in the 1980s. Gaming largely revolved around ‘cool protagonists’ or even ‘mascots’. Do people want to be an ostrich?