Tokyo Jungle: Hands on JP

Posted by Catolf (2653 posts) -

 

  Tokyo Jungle was a game that when I saw it I knew I had to import, I preordered this puppy (ha) from Playasia and waited with anticipation for it to arrive. I had first found out about that game thanks to Bon and his interest in it, so I had to check it out and see what it was all about. Needless to say I ended up getting it shipped to my house and throw into my ps3 (thanks no region lock!)
 
So my expectations were low, don't get me wrong, but this was and is one of those games that is so fucking... Japanese I had to have it.
 
I popped in the game and to my surprise I understood a lot more than I thought I would, most of the menu's are in English, the swap of the circle button for the X did throw me off just a tad, but like with Catherine I got used to it quick. I took to the tutorial first, the concept is very simple. Survive. You have a Health gauge, a Hungry gauge and your stamina meter. Being Hungry is your main threat, it run's out rather quickly, but thankfully drinking water does help lessen that other than just meat, but your going to be hunting, and your going to be doing a lot of it if your a carnivore. For those who'd rather play as a deer or other herbies and the like, you'll be going after certain grasses and water sources.
 
Can you hunt as a Herb?
 
Sorta.
 
 Gotta pimp that cow out!

Unlike with a carnivore the Herb's use hunt's to take out the carnivores or other herb's that will eat the grasses and flowers your after. As a Deer I was attacked by a group of rabbit's for donkey kicking one of it's brethren cause I wanted that group of plants to eat or I would die. It's a dog eat dog world and I wasn't planning to share. With the Herbs you don't get points for hunting, you get points for markers you find (think of establishing territory) and the plants you eat which goes into a point system that 'level's up your rank.
 
The better your rank, the stronger you can become, and the better the mates you can get and the more babies you'll have and if you manage to live and hunt and survive long enough with them to grow up, they become your extra lives.
 
The thing is though, to get a mate you need to clear the area so to speak of other animals that hold the territory as their own, once for me it was a family of beagles, then Hyena, then some toy terrier's and cats. If you don't get rid of them, your mate won't be escorted to the nesting area to breed.
 
Novice: (not good mates, no stat bonus/crap bonus not worth trying to breed.)
Veteran: (decent mates, but the stat bonus are better and more babies)
Boss: (fantastic mates and boosts for Heath and strength and speed and more babies)
 
Mates are an intricate part of this game, not just because the babies you make can become your extra lives. Why?
 
 Daww.. I'm so cute.. BUT I CAN KILL A FUCKING HYENA IN ONE BITE.
Because your animals do get old and they can die. (did not find that out until last night, I lived 20 years and keeled over.) During Survival you could say the years tick by like minutes, each minute a year goes by and you'll get points for how long you manage to live and how well you can hunt and find food. The longest I managed to live was 30 minutes with 3 generations on my belt.
 
It sounds a little harsh, but the game itself hides presents, sometimes inside the animals you kill, be it a bottle of water or even a revive pill (so far very rare) which come in very handy in a time where water is scarce or your too far out exploring to find food. Let alone the hazards of the animal life itself (I came back to my territory to find a tiger family had invaded. Not good for a family of Pomeranian's.) or the weather changes.
 
Weather?
 
Yes, from extreme heat that makes the water dry up, to torrential rain or dark night, even a poison gas spilling out and slowly killing you and the other animals around you. (the gas is the worst, the prompt will warn you when it's about to happen) There was a point where the gas came through and I was low on health and was desperately hungry and found a dead animal, I jumped at it to eat but it only poisoned me further. Not worth it.
 
There is plenty to unlock and even a store to spend the points you make in survival on to make sure you last a lot longer the next time. (i haven't figured out how to work that just yet.) But there is plenty of animals to unlock and choose from, some just DLC and others you can earn (even a fucking Rapter and a Wooly-mammoth.. i kid you not) Right now I am using the Pom and a Japanese Deer. I find it EXTREMELY satisfying killing deer and large wolves with a Pom. (I plan to move up and strike my revenge against tigers next.)
 
There is a story mode but from what I can tell you need to unlock it during survival, which isn't exactly a con for me, it's just more incentive to get better at it.
 
This little gem IS coming over which i did not think it would, but I don't regret buying it.
 
I was going to post what the scoring system kinda looks like, but GB won't let me do it, so I'll just link from my twitter.Thats my second best score, the best one was 30K which I neglected to take a picture of :C
 
Anyway, this is my hands on, as I figure things out I might add more to the blog.
#1 Posted by Catolf (2653 posts) -

 

  Tokyo Jungle was a game that when I saw it I knew I had to import, I preordered this puppy (ha) from Playasia and waited with anticipation for it to arrive. I had first found out about that game thanks to Bon and his interest in it, so I had to check it out and see what it was all about. Needless to say I ended up getting it shipped to my house and throw into my ps3 (thanks no region lock!)
 
So my expectations were low, don't get me wrong, but this was and is one of those games that is so fucking... Japanese I had to have it.
 
I popped in the game and to my surprise I understood a lot more than I thought I would, most of the menu's are in English, the swap of the circle button for the X did throw me off just a tad, but like with Catherine I got used to it quick. I took to the tutorial first, the concept is very simple. Survive. You have a Health gauge, a Hungry gauge and your stamina meter. Being Hungry is your main threat, it run's out rather quickly, but thankfully drinking water does help lessen that other than just meat, but your going to be hunting, and your going to be doing a lot of it if your a carnivore. For those who'd rather play as a deer or other herbies and the like, you'll be going after certain grasses and water sources.
 
Can you hunt as a Herb?
 
Sorta.
 
 Gotta pimp that cow out!

Unlike with a carnivore the Herb's use hunt's to take out the carnivores or other herb's that will eat the grasses and flowers your after. As a Deer I was attacked by a group of rabbit's for donkey kicking one of it's brethren cause I wanted that group of plants to eat or I would die. It's a dog eat dog world and I wasn't planning to share. With the Herbs you don't get points for hunting, you get points for markers you find (think of establishing territory) and the plants you eat which goes into a point system that 'level's up your rank.
 
The better your rank, the stronger you can become, and the better the mates you can get and the more babies you'll have and if you manage to live and hunt and survive long enough with them to grow up, they become your extra lives.
 
The thing is though, to get a mate you need to clear the area so to speak of other animals that hold the territory as their own, once for me it was a family of beagles, then Hyena, then some toy terrier's and cats. If you don't get rid of them, your mate won't be escorted to the nesting area to breed.
 
Novice: (not good mates, no stat bonus/crap bonus not worth trying to breed.)
Veteran: (decent mates, but the stat bonus are better and more babies)
Boss: (fantastic mates and boosts for Heath and strength and speed and more babies)
 
Mates are an intricate part of this game, not just because the babies you make can become your extra lives. Why?
 
 Daww.. I'm so cute.. BUT I CAN KILL A FUCKING HYENA IN ONE BITE.
Because your animals do get old and they can die. (did not find that out until last night, I lived 20 years and keeled over.) During Survival you could say the years tick by like minutes, each minute a year goes by and you'll get points for how long you manage to live and how well you can hunt and find food. The longest I managed to live was 30 minutes with 3 generations on my belt.
 
It sounds a little harsh, but the game itself hides presents, sometimes inside the animals you kill, be it a bottle of water or even a revive pill (so far very rare) which come in very handy in a time where water is scarce or your too far out exploring to find food. Let alone the hazards of the animal life itself (I came back to my territory to find a tiger family had invaded. Not good for a family of Pomeranian's.) or the weather changes.
 
Weather?
 
Yes, from extreme heat that makes the water dry up, to torrential rain or dark night, even a poison gas spilling out and slowly killing you and the other animals around you. (the gas is the worst, the prompt will warn you when it's about to happen) There was a point where the gas came through and I was low on health and was desperately hungry and found a dead animal, I jumped at it to eat but it only poisoned me further. Not worth it.
 
There is plenty to unlock and even a store to spend the points you make in survival on to make sure you last a lot longer the next time. (i haven't figured out how to work that just yet.) But there is plenty of animals to unlock and choose from, some just DLC and others you can earn (even a fucking Rapter and a Wooly-mammoth.. i kid you not) Right now I am using the Pom and a Japanese Deer. I find it EXTREMELY satisfying killing deer and large wolves with a Pom. (I plan to move up and strike my revenge against tigers next.)
 
There is a story mode but from what I can tell you need to unlock it during survival, which isn't exactly a con for me, it's just more incentive to get better at it.
 
This little gem IS coming over which i did not think it would, but I don't regret buying it.
 
I was going to post what the scoring system kinda looks like, but GB won't let me do it, so I'll just link from my twitter.Thats my second best score, the best one was 30K which I neglected to take a picture of :C
 
Anyway, this is my hands on, as I figure things out I might add more to the blog.
#2 Posted by ESREVER (2684 posts) -

I'm still not sure if I should pick this up or not. I definitely want it, but I don't know if I should pick it up while I'm here, or get the version that comes out in the EU and import that one. Since you said the menus were pretty easy to navigate, I could probably be able to pick it up while I'm in Tokyo. Oh wells!

#3 Posted by PixelPrinny (1030 posts) -

@ESREVER said:

I'm still not sure if I should pick this up or not. I definitely want it, but I don't know if I should pick it up while I'm here, or get the version that comes out in the EU and import that one. Since you said the menus were pretty easy to navigate, I could probably be able to pick it up while I'm in Tokyo. Oh wells!

omg you're alive! We thought you'd fallen off a tall building in Japan while drunk.

Anywho, good read, Cat, and it sounds like an absolutely crazy game. Good to hear it is coming stateside, so I may hafta give it a go when it does.

#4 Posted by ESREVER (2684 posts) -

@PixelPrinny: Hi Pix! I miss youuuuuu. Everytime I've popped into mibbit (all 2 or 3 times) you haven't been there. :<

I have been drinking more than I have in the states, but not enough to fall off tall buildings. I don't think I get that kind of drunk.

#5 Posted by SamStrife (1282 posts) -

I saw a trailer for this game and had no idea at all what it was. This helps clear things up somewhat and for that, I thank you. It sounds quite cool actually.

#6 Posted by Pazy (2563 posts) -

Oh Japan, you so crazy.

#7 Edited by Smashlampjaw (220 posts) -

Is there a Asian-English version of this game by any chance?

#8 Edited by PenguinDust (12499 posts) -

From what I've read elsewhere you have to unlock everything to get anything done. I'm not completely against that, but it does slow down those wanting to just get in and set up some bears vs dinosaurs. The troubling thing I heard is that all animals play the same with the exception of their attack power and such. So each animal doesn't have it's own unique ability based around its real world counterpart. I don't know if that's true, I'm just repeating what I gleamed from another hands-on. I'm still interested in the wackiness of it all.

I believe it's going to be a PSN exclusive in North America, but Europe will get a boxed copy.

#9 Posted by Catolf (2653 posts) -
@ESREVER: Menu's are real easy to pick up and so on, but you might as well wait for it to hit EU or NA cause of all the challenges that I can't make sense of just yet.
 
@PixelPrinny: Yeah it's rather insane, but it's a real good time.
 
@SamStrife: I figured this might help, might as well sense I got the game. NP
 
@Smashlampjaw: As posted this will get a PSN release over this way and I hear it's not long from getting here. If your in the EU you won't have a long wait either. but if your wanting it now Play Asia will have you covered with the copy I got, but beware, while the menu's to an extent are in english the challenges are not.
 
@PenguinDust: Yeah I noticed that as well, aside from the extra life or the strength you need the animals do more or less play the same, cept your not eating herb's as a herb. But for me there is enough "Wtf Japan" to keep me going. Good to know some of that information from this hands on. Looks like I need to get on my deer run to continue the pom story. I only found the data stuff int he pom's.
#10 Posted by ESREVER (2684 posts) -

@Catolf: I'll probably end up getting both if one comes to NA PSN. Get it now and join the cool club of having a Japan version, whilst playing the NA version.

#11 Posted by Catolf (2653 posts) -
@ESREVER: lol yuh us cool kids got it early XD
#12 Posted by eroticfishcake (7783 posts) -

"Buh? Wuh? Huh?"

That's basically my reactions to reading this. I'm not sure why but in my head I thought this was a kart racing game of some sort since the whole thing is rather...vague. Having said that there's more to it then I originally believed (which is to say not a lot) and the whole concept does sound rather intriguing. I dunno, I guess I just have to wait until it comes to Europe and try it out myself whenever that'll be.

"Uh?"

#13 Posted by Catolf (2653 posts) -
@eroticfishcake: it's certainly different thats for sure, plenty of wtf Japan in it to make anyone pleased.

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