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featured reviewPuNiao (365) on 17, Oct. 2008 14:19 (HKT)
Call of the Wild
As games go, Hakuna Matata, also known as Afrika in Japan, is a curious beast that's hard to classify. Yes, it's the same title as that song in the Disney animated classic: The Lion King. Flashback: Pumbaa, the warthog sings Hakuna Matata, which means "no worries" in Swahili. Think of it as the safari version of Grand Theft ...[read more...]
- aka. Afrika
descriptionYou are a photographer stationed in Africa in this adventure, as a professional you will have the newest equipment such as camera lenses and computers.
Accept missions by viewing proposals via your email system, finding and tracking animals are only the start of your mission, you might be asked to take photos of them at unique angles, such as taking a close up shot of a giraffe's face. You'd realize you need a lot of skills to be an accomplished photographer.
You'll have a lot of equipment to choose from, from cameras to your camping gear. Of course these cost money, so be sure to accept as much missions as you can manage, besides, some organizations provide you with useful equipment such as tripods that you can use even after you have completed their request.
The game makes use of PS3's stunning graphical capabilities to render animations of animals to the most life-like degree. Remember how a clip from the game is used as a demonstration of the PlayStation3 prowess during the console's promotion? Now you can see why.
|Official Release Date||Aug 28, 2008|
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|Average rating:||(4.5 out of 5)|
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I just wish I could read Japanese better. This game is (seems) to be very good, and with the help of an online English-language walkthrough, I'm making slow but steady progress.
A shame it does not support trophies, but with the age of the game I doubted it would, so no surprise there.
The graphics are quite good and, well... that's all I can say really for a game I cannot fully understand. I'm shopping about for a Japanese home-help so they can guide me through and laugh at my efforts (joking).
This game has intrigued me since I became aware of it all that time ago, but was never released in Europe. Now I have it, and I'm happies!
As games go, Hakuna Matata, also known as Afrika in Japan, is a curious beast that's hard to classify. Yes, it's the same title as that song in the Disney animated classic: The Lion King. Flashback: Pumbaa, the warthog sings Hakuna Matata, which means "no worries" in Swahili. Think of it as the safari version of Grand Theft Auto (GTA) - replace the guns and criminals of GTA with digital SLR cameras and animals that you're not far off the map. Hakuna Matata allows you to enjoy almost-photorealistic wildlife images just for the pleasure of it. Basically, you're a photojournalist - a National Geographic contributor of sorts - tasked to shoot pictures of the animals, from elephants to lions, roaming the African-landscape. This Japanese-language game is no walk in the park, though. You need Metal Gear Solid-styled sneak skills to hunt down the creatures and line them up within sight - without alerting them. Get spotted by your prey and you'll be trampled on within a few heartbeats if you don't hoof off in time. However, worry not. This is a kid-friendly game and nobody dies. That animal attack, though, might just wipe out all the shots you've spent an hour getting, driving you up the wall. The first few hours of the game feels like a guided safari tour. However, you will get the keys to the jeep eventually, so you can drive around the African grasslands and explore where the local party animals hang out. Oh, watch out for the Zebra crossings. The challenge level can be tough for non-photographers. Imperfections mean you cannot move on. Not only do you have to track and get close to shoot the specific shots that your "employers" demand (like a mugshot of a giraffe or a herd of elephants crossing a river), the shots have to be technically sound - in other words, in focus, well composed and correctly exposed. After all, your shots might make the cover of the National Geographic magazine. While the graphics, music and sound effects are pretty much par for the course for a PS3 game, the presentation is somewhat of a throwback to the PS2. No human voices create a strange aural vacuum, especially since voice acting is so common in games now. Also, there's too much waiting in between most menu changes. These bugbears are enough to take you out of Africa, so to speak. Overall, if you love wildlife photography, realistically portrayed animals and cannot afford a real safari tour but would like to experience one, you'll go wild over this game.
really good game thanks play asia. I'm glad that i bought this game, excellent scenery animations and graphics and challenging to get the right shot, really relaxing and calm a nice change from all the combat games i play.
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