Just bought the game today, can't wait to play! :]
I bought this and am enjoying it. It's going to be on my top 10 2012 list for sure. I hope more of these games are brought outside of Japan because I need more Japanese weirdness and less brown first/third person shooters.
Played this quite a lot at Eurogamer Expo this weekend. Is it bad how much I am considering getting a PS3 for this. Thanks for the review Tricky.
Damn, I'm going to have to buy this.
I've really been enjoying this game because, despite how goofy and out there the setup is they commit to it with full sincerity. Makes for one of the weirdest games I have ever played but it is easily one of my favourites this year.
I'm all over this shit if it makes it to PC. What a strange and beautiful thing.
WELCOME TO THE TOKYO JUNGLE.
Patrick needs his cartoon avatar beside his score! it feel so emty without it.
P L A Y S T A T I O N 3 bitches!
It's a Sony first party game isn't it? Not sure why you'd see that on the PC.
The live stream stuff was funny but there's no way I could ever play this game.
I guess its good they found a market for this thing, apparently.
@FCDRandy said:I'm all over this shit if it makes it to PC. What a strange and beautiful thing.It's a Sony first party game isn't it? Not sure why you'd see that on the PC.
Yeah, not likely to happen. Been looking forward to playing this though. Should be a good and goofy time.
I'd like to get a chance to play this at some point. Don't really have the money right now, but even if I did Sony seems to hate any credit card info I put in regardless. Just seems like a fun game that kind of came out of nowhere (though it's original US trailer was pretty great).
I can definitely agree with this one. The game has a few faults and annoyances here and there (a little too much grinding, some annoying invisible walls, odd ways to unlock story), but I am legitimately enjoying it and always going back for more. It gets a fairly strong recommendation from me.
I was annoyed at the DLC animals myself at first, but after playing it, I don't feel like I even want them. There are so many animals already that I'd probably get burned out long before I want even more. 15 dollars is a spot on price for what you get at base.
That said, this is one game where I really want to see what a sequel would do for it. Making the world a little less side-scrolling and more open safari-like might do great things for the potential franchise.
Glad to see you finally getting into reviews, Patrick!
I'm glad to hear this game seems to be as enjoyable as it first appeared. I wish crazy game designers like the ones that almost had to be involved in this nothing but success and love that they were able to put out a perfectly sound game. Now, if there'll ever be some sort of PC version I will not be capable of saying 'No' to this.
Why doesn't Patrick have a review image yet like Alex, Jeff or Brad?
Just stick any one of the images from SNS's gallery:
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.
Kinda bizarre that there isn't a demo for this on PSN. This kind of game deserves one--most people (non-duders) are going to look at this, see that there isn't a demo, and move along. That's too bad.
ahhh no cartoon for Kleptoc? Great review regardless!
I'll definitely check out this game if it comes to PC or Xbox. :)
It's a real shame this isn't coming out for the Vita (remote play doesn't count). Seems like a great handheld game.
Thanks for the coverage of this game it was totally under my radar before the quick look. I want to play it but like others I want to see it on PC or Xbox since my ps3 isn't hooked up at the moment. Do you have any idea if it's coming out on other platforms? I'm not holding my breath.
Because he hasn't really done many reviews in the past.
I can't read this review. Patrick has no picture to indicate to me how happy he is. Get the Persona Giantbomb guy to make him a bunch!
C'mon... use the cartoon review patrick images that papercut made.
It looked boring from what on Spill.
This is the first game in a very long time that's made me wish I had access to a PS3
The fact that you can play as a beagle is god damn enticing enough! Glad to hear the game is more than just a quick write off.
@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.
Nice to have two rad PLAYSTATION®3 games this year between Sound Shapes and Tokyo Jungle. Any game where I can play as a Pomeranian with a hip-hop bandana is a-ok by me!
I killed a panther with a Pomeranian the other day, only after eating some beef Jerky and using a nail file while I was wearing the Lion's Mane that I found in the sewers after running away from the crocodile which I encountered because I had to escape to the sewers to avoid the poison in the air so my newly born children could live a couple years.
Only to then be killed by a pack of Lions.
This game is pretty cool.
@mrsmiley: its made AND published by Sony, so......yeah, not gonna happen :)
Patrick's a good writer - I wanna read more reviews from him.
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.
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......
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.
Still need to buy this gem, seems like it's worth the 13 euro.
tokyo jungurrr <3
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 :-/
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.
Based on my time with the game, I think 4 stars sounds about right.
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!
How am I supposed to take this review seriously. It doesn't have a little cartoon Patrick next to the stars!!!!
@patrickklepek That seems like a 5 star review...but only 4 stars given?
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.
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.
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
Everything is an RPG, everything is a roguelike.