This game sounds great.
It's games like these that make me wish I had the money to buy a PS3. At least I have me some Earth Defense Force!
Very cool review Tricky. I bought this game on launch after seeing it on the quick look and TNT. I can only play it in fits and starts because as goofy as it is it's hard to get a real sense of progression when you don't manage to finish an animal unlock mission. I think 4 stars is a bit generous for a retail game but for $15 it's an appropriate score. I think I got sick of the music the first time I played the game so that's a knock against it. Seems like a game that you need a custom soundtrack for. Some Snoop Dogg or Snoop Lion might be more appropriate than the bland electronica track that you get stuck with.
@cthomer5000:Thanks for the link! I couldn't find it through the forum search function, and actually spent time cropping and resizing the big hot dog pictures instead for my userscript but these are much more appropriate.
Great review, been loving it myself. Sold a copy to my mate by playing it co-op at the weekend
Been really interested in this game since I started hearing about it, hopefully there will be a Steam release sometime since I don't own a PS3.
Great review making me even more wanting to play the game ASAP!
I'm going to get this now. Awesome review Patrick, I wouldn't have expected this after the quick look
I feel like you have to grind too much to unlock stuff. And with so much grinding, the graphics started to wear on me. Unreal Tournament 2004 called, they want their graphics back.
UT2K4 still looks fantastic.
Patrick needs his cartoon avatar beside his score! it feel so emty without it.
Here you go
@fluxbit: Thanks, I appreciate the compliment. I probably will once I've played some more, seems like I have barely scratched the surface of the game so far. Gotta get my hands on those dinos!
I hate to be dissenting here, and I'm not putting down anyone that's digging the game, but it sounds like the hooks are a crazy story/premise and grinding. That doesn't equate to fun for me, but hey, I'm glad other people are enjoying it.
This review convinced me i should play story mode, so far i only did survival runs.
Thank you Patrick! Great review!
Between this and the Musou exclusives I kind of want a PS3.
First thing I noticed too.
more like a discovery channel special but yea
I would love to see a bad Syfy film based on this game. Just finished the story today, it would work.
Other than the last couple chapters (which are super crazy), the story moment @patrickklepek mentioned and pictured in the review with Chief Bear was probably my favorite part.
Solid review- good job balancing your enthusiasm for the concept with the identification of the game's shortcomings.
After being obsessed with this game for the last week, my heart would want to give it 25 stars, but I agree with your assessment of Patrick's review. I think it's excellently written, and the same score I would give if I was being objective about it. There are definitely some camera issues, invisible walls while platforming are occasionally a pain, and it can be a bit grind-y.
But the game is so funny and well-designed, and the core gameplay loop of eating, fighting, mating, exploring is oh-so-satisfying (at least to me) that I'm still playing and trying to unlock the rest of the animals. It's just a breath of fresh air that's a lot of fun to play. Tokyo Jungle will definitely be on my top ten list at the end of the year.
I am glad to know that it gets even a deeper later on. I bought the game based on the TNT footage and after own two 40 (or so) minute sessions I already feel like I have gotten my money's worth and based on this review, it sounds like I have plenty more to look forward to.
This game is such a surprising experience to me. After seeing the quick look I told myself I needed to buy it because of how damn weird it was, but after playing it I realized that I was sticking around because of how fun it is.It may not look great, but it has an undeniable charm in every area. The unlocking of bigger, better, badder enemies that Patrick mentioned is also incredibly addicting, giving you a reason to want to go back again and again. I personally just unlocked my first Horse, and running around at the speed that he is capable of is exhilarating and incredibly rewarding because of the fact that I have been playing as such slow, weak animals up to this point. Now the animals that I feared I can just outrun... until I unlock the next animal, and then I will start the cycle all over again.One of the most surprising things about Tokyo Jungle has to be the story, though. The last thing I expected was something so engaging, and it is more bizarre than you could ever imagine. At this point in the story, things are unfolding in very much the same way they would in an old school mob movie. Except instead of brooding, emotive men, you have silent, yet still incredibly emotive animals. All who don't speak a word... yet.Tokyo Jungle is a game that I wouldn't have played without first seeing it on Giant Bomb, so I've gotta thank you guys and especially @patrickklepek for that. Tokyo Jungle is a hell of a game, and one of those games that I think I will remember long after I'm done with it. Anyone who is on the fence about it, hop off and buy it, I highly doubt that you will regret it.Plus if you keep sitting there someone might just push you off.
This game is such a surprising experience to me. After seeing the quick look I told myself I needed to buy it because of how damn weird it was, but after playing it I realized that I was sticking around because of how fun it is.
It may not look great, but it has an undeniable charm in every area. The unlocking of bigger, better, badder enemies that Patrick mentioned is also incredibly addicting, giving you a reason to want to go back again and again. I personally just unlocked my first Horse, and running around at the speed that he is capable of is exhilarating and incredibly rewarding because of the fact that I have been playing as such slow, weak animals up to this point. Now the animals that I feared I can just outrun... until I unlock the next animal, and then I will start the cycle all over again.
One of the most surprising things about Tokyo Jungle has to be the story, though. The last thing I expected was something so engaging, and it is more bizarre than you could ever imagine. At this point in the story, things are unfolding in very much the same way they would in an old school mob movie. Except instead of brooding, emotive men, you have silent, yet still incredibly emotive animals. All who don't speak a word... yet.
Tokyo Jungle is a game that I wouldn't have played without first seeing it on Giant Bomb, so I've gotta thank you guys and especially @patrickklepek for that. Tokyo Jungle is a hell of a game, and one of those games that I think I will remember long after I'm done with it. Anyone who is on the fence about it, hop off and buy it, I highly doubt that you will regret it.
Plus if you keep sitting there someone might just push you off.
It's all about the follow through
Wow. Surprised it was reviewed this fast considering it's a smaller game. Awesome.
I decided to save my money after reading the 5/10 Gamespot review and nothing in this review changed my mind. I'm glad a lot of people seem to be enjoying it though.
I couldn't help but assume this game was going to be another gimmick wrapped in bizarreness. Very cool that it turned out to be so much more.
I really wanna try it but I'm having a hard time convincing myself to update my PS3 and go out to buy a PSN card to do so.
...all the talk of beagles is really wearing me down though.
don't underestimate the kangaroos...
Just finished a run with a beagle. 81 years and 8 generations. Got quite a lot of loot which I haven't seen much of previously. I really didn't have much of a chance once the gators, lions, bears, and raptors started living everywhere. Although I did one shot "Clean Kill" a cheetah with my beagle.
Maybe the loot drops get more abundant in the later generations/after more challenges are finished? I'm thinking I'll pick this one up, so I can see for myself, but it seems like "I only played until the next animal unlocked" and "I didn't find much loot" could be related.
Had my first run in with a golden retriever. My Pom pack never stood a chance.
...since so many of ‘em...
For how ridiculously overpowered the Story unlocks are I don't think the price is unreasonable; the only animals that are "better" are the absolute top of the food chain and it takes a while to get there as well.
I saw this at Eurogamer and was completely taken a back by it. I saw these little poms fighting away and was hooked by its weird premise. I ended up buying the game yesterday and this game is no joke, especially if you go after the challenges. I'm currently playing as a Beagle and the game is just trying to fuck with me. I'm on B challenges and I need to mark 8 places (A level requires 10) but the marking seems really strange as it doesn't stack and trying to mark more and more places each time is a huge challenge especially now as I'm getting spawn in entire packs of lions, elephants and alligators. The problem I ran into was just trying to get places and my entire pack was wiped out buy a lab :/
The random elements are what keeps getting me. I was having a very good early run with the Beagle and had a set list of easily accomplishable tasks which didn't involve marking 20 places or travelling too far out but I was holding out on my first life for quite some time so I thought I should go back to the starting area, find a prime and mate. So getting to the mating area, there were 2 cows and my dog was rather hungry so I attacked the cow, it barely had any health left after I got some good attacks in, it hit me twice in quick succession and game over.
Great review. I probably need to get this actually.
Everything is an RPG, everything is a roguelike.
i know that one day i will own this. I dont know when or why. but i will. I feel like a sort of magnetism will pull me
Patrick really needs one of those cartoon things next to the summary statement, even if he does only review something every now and again. The blank space is making me sad.
Nice review. I've only jumped in a couple of times but I definitely want to try the story at some point. Especially now I've seen that bear crossing his arms.
Great review Patrick. I first noticed the game when Jew Wario showed it off on his You Can Play This video, and thought it was a pretty cool idea for a game.
@patrickklepek That seems like a 5 star review...but only 4 stars given?
How am I supposed to take this review seriously. It doesn't have a little cartoon Patrick next to the stars!!!!
There are fundamentally "this is actually broken and not supposed to be this way, this needs a patch of polish" unfair moments of bounding boxes and scripting getting busted screwing you over in Story and Survival, and that took it to 4/5 for me because it led to the rumble function no longer working in my DualShock..
..keep a spare pad around if you're the kind of gamer who at a rare frustrating moment maybe once every five years will drop your joypad in anger.
The raw rogue-like ruthlessness of it all is perfect though, even when it's bad-spawn-orama!
Based on my time with the game, I think 4 stars sounds about right.
Yeah this game is pretty cool, I'm looking forward to playing more of it when I have time.
Much as I love digital distribution and can't complain about the price this still feels like a game I'd want a boxed copy of, maybe I'll get a Japanese copy one day.
@patrickklepek: Very slight correction, but Tokyo Jungle largely takes place in and around Shibuya and not Shinjuku, as you wrote in the review. Not a big issue either way and the game doesn't make that super explicit in the scenery if you aren't a resident, but the closest that the game geographically gets to Shinjuku is Harajuku and Yoyogi Park, which are both just south of where Shinjuku proper would begin. As a former resident of Japan who'll be going back soon enough and lived in Tokyo for a while, I just wanted to mention it.
Absolutely love the game. I really wish NA got a disc version because i hate digital only content, i am more of a physical content guy.
Longest i have gotten was a little over 50 years though :-/
tokyo jungurrr <3
Still need to buy this gem, seems like it's worth the 13 euro.
Come on guys, you got those fucking awesome user-made Patrick and Alex caricatures you could take five minutes to throw into the old code. There is no reason not to do it, let alone abandoning the caricatures for the redesign.
This has nothing to do with the review; I just felt like making this point.
Okay, I feel Patrick is honest.
So I really do not know about the game play experience..not that it is good or bad, I'm not saying that. I do not know if it interests me to spend hours at it, even as a big cat. But it is only 15 dollars...
What I am interested in...THE STORY! What happened? And perhaps what is continuing to happen. Extremely curious......
If you are purposely dying as soon as you unlock the next animal you are missing some of the best parts of the game. Better loot drops the longer you go and some loot is tied to the challenges you complete - some of which are at 45 years or more - and there are random events and bosses like robot dogs that you will only see if you live for a long time.