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US$ 38.311 d, 00:37:26
Call of the Wild
- aka. Afrika
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.
|Release Date||Aug 28, 2008|
|Average rating:||Too few reviews (min 3 reviews required)|
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Surprisingly one of my favourite games this generation. The only flaw this game has is .. well i can't really think of them. The game has stunning graphics.. alot of detail and care went into the hundreds of animals in this game. There are alot of missions and exploring in the great african continent. There are alot of beautiful moments in the game. For example getting close to a baby elephant in the river and taking photos, trying not to scare or draw attention from the larger elephans, or taking a photo of a family of lions against a stunning sunset in the background. There are hundreds of missions given to you, with many upgradable real sony camers. missions vary from finding a certain bird that only appears at a certain time of the day, to following a battle between a crocodile and hippopotamus, a herd crossing of buffalows, to rare birds, flaura/fauna, rare animals, .
The game has several environments whcih you can travel by foot or car, day night evening mornings, with many african wildlife to discover. AN amazing ambitious game, which sadly probably didnt sell alot meaning we won't get a sequel.
This game is a beautiful journey, so get this game before it is gone for good.
It's like Aquanaut's Holiday on land.
this one used to 19.99usd, waiting that time again.
Very cool photography game, gonna snap them all
a bit laborious... even my 5 year old loses interest after a few mins of watching me play.
Nice concept, but average game play.
This game looks very impressive. The gameplay is great fun. This version doesn't have trophies, but the game is great anyway.
It's a nice game for those who loves animals and nice graphics. Fun game and the american version have trophy support. Must buy!
A beautiful safari game that was released in japan first and then 2 years later released to the USA. Game is fully english but never received a trophy patch
great is relax not serious i like this game
It made me love more natural.
Tassanai beautiful trees
Very nice game, but the online function is closed down. And there are no trophies :( And from what I have read there will be no patch to support trophies :(
Great ideas... the visual and interface of the game area beatifull. Like photohraphy, the like Afrika.
Wildlife in PS3!!!
Afrika brings a new experience of play. This game is really different from other. Sony surprises us with a title really relaxing! You take picture, hide to see animals living in their place... A game to possess and to show at children to make them understand that you can play and have fun without any action of violence !
If your interested in Wildlife or photography this game is incredibly fun. You basically work on an African safari and need to take photos of the animals for websites and magazines. Its a fully 3d environment that needs exploring with loads of animals to discover. Its a really fun game.
Wow! This game is a surprising amount of fun! I thought it might be boring because it's just taking photos of animals but it is really alot of fun!
Your driver in the game is abit crazy though. He doesn't seem to understand the concept of safe driving...
It's game for relaxing.
Very good game specially for people whom are into photography. Only gripe is lack of trophies. Other than that it's beautiful. It is an encyclopedia of its own.
this is a fun game if you give it a chance. it does start fairly slow, and has some annoying load times when begining, however this is forgivable when you get a game that is like nothing else currently available
As someone that really enjoys unique games, I was interested to check this game out. I was expecting an open world photography game set in an African setting and that's exactly what I got. Taking pictures of the various animals was pretty neat but the 'big game' scenarios in particular were really cool.
However some of the problems I ran into really made my opinion of the game take a hit. Distant animal animations are only a couple of frames long so they look horrible, the loading times are absurd, some items can only be used in very specific locations and 'unlocking' animals/situations through the game is kinda ridiculous.
All that said, I don't regret buying it at all. It's still a good game and is a much more interesting experience than a vast majority of games out there.
Relaxing, Education, no violent,... Afrika is one of the most pleasant, enjoyable and gently engrossing games.If you like it quiet, Afrika's peacefulness and sense of freedom offer something to savour. Some people may think it just a boring - waste of time but not me i'm happy have it in my collection. That the way PS3 is you can FPS every where but can only find special game on PS3.
The game is really about wild animals and photography. Unless you are interested in either of those, avoid this as it can only get pretty boring.
The game is beautiful considering its initial date of release. It's unique, relaxing to play and not too complex. Overall, good game but not for everyone.
I have fond memories of the alternative gameplay in Pokemon Snap on the 64 so I thought I'd give this a go.
Definitely something different. It has some limitations (like your photos can be exported but they're low res???) but variety is the spice of life and I just had to buy this.
I was expecting a spectacular view and gameplay from this title, but I guess it was my fault for expecting too much. It turn out boring and shallow title for me
If you want a game about photography, wild animals and Afrika so what are you waiting for ? Buy this game! :)
Madly interesting photo-hunting. More than 100 most interesting missions.
Game for all family.
It was very interesting to play together with my wife. =)
if you looking for action, stay away from this game. It's more a relaxing game, like fishing. It's something to enjoy the graphics.
Afrika is a brilliant game, and it's great to see Rhino studios trying something so different and innovative so early in a console's lifecycle. The gameplay revolves around travelling around different parts of an African Wilderness capturing moments on film, and it does this really well. It's slow-paced, relaxing and enjoyable. You won't find action or virtual violence here, but you will find a very creatively constructed photography sim, covering some of the most interesting animals to photograph available. The animations of the animals (while not flawless) are up-close the best animated animals I've seen in a game, and the camera 'simming' was great, with the lenses and settings feeling appropriate. Only minor gripe was that you couldn't adjust the ISO on your camera, but you've got control over shutter speed, aperture and camera/lens selection, and that's the most important stuff.
This game captures the spirit of Africa, it's just like you making part of one NatGeo documentary, but with far more interaction.
It's a great game to sit back an relax.
Awesome. The meaning of tranquility!
Great game to wind down with after a long day, stalking animals and taking the perfect shot is a lot of fun to do and very satisfying.
Highly recommended for casual players and hardcore alike.
Hakuna Matata is a very good game, for a very good price. If you like trophies, pony up a bit more and get the US Afrika version, which has them - this version does not support trophies.
Graphics: Very good, with great animations. Animals look and behave believably.
Audio: Sound effects are fantastic! Animals sound life-like. The audiotrack is okay, if a bit repetitive.
Gameplay: Hakuna Matata is a very laid-back game. You hop into a jeep and drive around looking for animals to take pictures from, most often to send back to publishers who ask you for specific shots (i.e. a shot of a giraffe drinking water). The camera behaves well and does not get in your way. Gameplay is simple and can be very rewarding for the patient ones - sometimes you just have to find a good spot and wait for the perfect opportunity.
Overall: Very good, relaxing game. You can't "die", nor is it possible to get lost or miss anything in the game. Recommended for playing with family, or girlfriend/boyfriend not used to gaming etc.
Unfortunately, given the recent US release implemented trophies which were not back-patched into this release (and the devs do not appear have any intention of doing so), buying the English/Korean version is not advised.
If your a fan of animals, you should get try this game because their mannerisms are quite realistic. This is as close as you will get to the real thing without actually being there.
The only negative is the graphics from far away and being able to go where you want with the car at the beginning of the game.
Hopefully they fix this in the sequel!!
The idea is a simple one, take photos of animals in the wild. The depth is incredible. For anyone interested in photography, beginner to professional, this is a great game for learning how DSLRs work. This is the kind of game that you can apply real world knowledge of manual settings on camera and having them actually work in a video game. I bought this game with limited knowledge of photography and through gradual playing and learning, have come to know the terms and obtained the skills to take better photos. Only downside is that only Sony Cameras are featured, but that's to be expected, I suppose.
If you don't have time to take vacation to Africa, this game is definitely a must have for PS3 owner. The game is not only present the beauty of the land and all inhabitants, but also introduce us to the work of wild life documentary. Starting from camera with multiple option of lenses to remote controlled video camera, make you believe that you are currently shooting the wild life. The photo session is so realistic that it can teach you the basic and intermediate use of DSLR camera and its complete collection of lenses, which is so expensive to afford in real life :)
The only down side is there're only Sony products since they are the main sponsor :)
it is a game for relaxing and explring diffrent animals, i will givw it 4/5, becouse what anoy me is travling from place to place take ages... :)
but in general it is a family game, especially for childeren to gain knowledge about africa world of aniimals
If you want something different and enjoy beautiful scenery as I do then you should definitely enjoy this game.
Touch fuzzy, get dizzy. This is probably as close as I'll get to a new Pokemon Snap. Very cool stuff.
Not the best game on PS3, but worth buying! Excelent graphics it is what most draw our attention on it!
It is a relaxing, interesting and educational game. I really enjoyed it because is a different style than we are accustomed, we don't shoot or kill anything. The graphics are beautiful, the sound is very good, and does not hinder gameplay. And, this game is lincenced by National Geographic. Very good!
This game was addictive for all the right reasons. I was always pushing myself to get higher quality photos. It really felt like I was running my own African safari.
Those of you who've played Aquanaut's Holiday will already have an incling as to what this game is. Hakuna Matata takes its time and eases you through its ultimate goals: understanding & appreciating the natural world of North Africa and understanding & appreciating the photographic hardware on offer from Sony. Bottom line, if you're either a serious documentary buff or a budding photographer, this is a must have! If you're only looking for the next FarCry 2, best keep looking.
Worth a look for something unique but some slower paced missions can frustrate.
With a cheap price offered by Playasia, you should not miss it...While its kind of slow, its does make you appreciate all the pictures you going to take and show it to your family.. Good graphics and good gameplay.. And a good relaxing game for once...
Easy game, amazing Afrika!
and Super CHEAP!!!! was delivered very quickly and very happy with the game! good stuff
Very good game, worth buying
When you first crack open Hakuna Matata, you just get excited. The opening of the game makes you feel like you're in the Jurassic Park movie. The score just fills you with excitement. Who'd have thought taking virtual photos of virtual animals could be so fun? Worth every penny.
The graphic is just amazing, i specailly love the landscape. The animal behaviour is almost lifelike. The variation of animal is great too. However, after playing for sometime, the mission feel repetitive, not many challanges and reward. Overall, this game is a great game for relaxation...With this price listed at Play-Asia, BUY IT !..
This is a relaxing game which is perfect for those who had spent hours playing tensing game such as those FPS or RPG.
The graphics of the environment and animals is superb. The details are fascinating. The animal profiles are detailed and great for those who wants to know more about information about the animals in real life.
However it takes patience to play this game as one have to drive around exploring the safari and wait for animals to come into distance etc. Overall I'm glad I gave this game a tried and never regerted it m/
Funny game, good graphics. For all photographer's lover
This completely English version of the game is fun for those who enjoy photography and wildlife. The graphics are great and the animal motions are random enough so they don't appear too repetitive. The game offers different challenges which keeps it from becoming too boring. The cameras allow you to adjust many settings like a professional, or you can just point and click in auto mode. Great game if you're looking for something relaxing.
... There is no option to invert your up/down camera movement. :(
You are forced to keep default camera settings.
I would have rated 5 stars if they would have added the option for this. Not the fault of play-asia though. :)
There are a lot of unique animals to shoot with your camera and the graphics/animation look great! But travelling from camp to different locations gets a bit bland at times. Overall, its a unique experience like no other. If you like Aquanaut's Holiday, you'll also like this!
Exploring and taking pics of exotic animals makes this a fun and rewarding experience
Different and relaxing game. I like it. And completely Engilish.
nice gfx good price...... only wished there where some tranquiliser shooting segments to study and tag the wildlife!
The more you play Hakuna Matata, the more the world opens up. The visuals are excellent and the music is some of the best heard in video games. Great game for all ages.
This game is fun especially for people that love african wildlife. The graphics is beautiful and this game is very different to all the other games out there. Definately recommend this to african wildlife lovers.
This is a game which i find very relaxing to play, it is easy to while away plenty of time just cruising around. The early stages are a bit frustrating in that you only go where the driver takes you. My biggest complaint is that you can set up new games/players as much as you like but you can't access a choice of game from the main screen. this caused trouble when my children played with my wifes character!!
Very good game, differente than most games out there.
Definetly a gaming experience no one should go without.
This game is not the typical game of shooting or fighting. It's more on your quest to explore the African landscape looking for the best picture for your assignment. You don't have to be a professional photograher to understand how a good picture looks like. You'll know just from taking pictures of the animal itself (some pictures are shady, too dark, too bright, etc).
If you want an enjoyable game with no intensity and really nice graphics, this is the game for you.
Shoot them ALL
Everyone in my family play this game but don't expect any trophy support. If you love animals,nature and exploring you'll love this.
For those of you who love nature and taking pictures of nature, then this is the game for you.
Story: you're a photographer in Africa whose sole purpose is to take pictures and upload them to a magazine in exchange for money, which you can then use to buy better equipment.
Controls: quite intuitive and I never had any problems with them, though this game doesn't exactly require precision as even the poorest photos will garner money.
Graphics: very stunning! The animals were so life-like! No complaints here!
Gameplay: This is the biggest issue I have with the game. Not only does it install on your PS3, it also takes up a lot of room for the photos you take, so be forewarned. Additionally, the only thing you're really doing is taking pictures. Unless you REALLY like doing it, I'd avoid this game. My biggest gripe is the load times; even with the install, load times are atrocious.
Overall: I likely would not have purchased this game had I known that you were ONLY taking pictures of the animals. Very little interaction if involved. Additionally, instead of getting the Eng/Kor version, consumers may want to wait for the NA version coming out soon if they're desperate for photographic gameplay.
One more great game to add to my collection.
If you are interested in photography and nature, this game is perfectly suits you. It's alike photography simulation and plus the game has good graphics, relaxation environment and almost no stress.
This game is something different from PS3 library.
Good graphics game.
Very relax like you go to Africa.
This game is great for people that want to experience a safari in Africa but can't get there.
For people who wants to experience how is to go after some wild animals. The graphics is not good as expected and has some slowdows. The save game is huge, so be prepared to save some space in PS3 HD.
Lovely graphics for the animals and safari.
The photography game mechanic is pretty easy. With some help, even very young kids could play this. Very child friendly.
Definitely something different for your PS3, and very relaxing. Completely in english.
Another "different" game from the PS3 library. This is actually more "active" than Aquanauts. Meaning you are doing more things and have a lot of variety.
I really like the way you are upgrading your equipment a little RPGish, but not too much.
A good game to show your kids!
This game is not for everyone. Gameplay only taking picture of animals. The quality of graphic is realy bad, feels outdated. Just like PS2 games. and also long loading times.
But if you like taking picture of something, this game is realy worth to try. The Korean version is 100% english, but the manual book is korean language.
Hakuna Matata (aka Afrika) is an amazing and refreshing game. Based in Africa, you are sent out on photographic missions, stalking animals to snap with your camera.
As you progress, you access new areas, new animals and unlock new cameras and lenses for purchase, which realistically mimic the quality and resolutions of their real world counterparts.
If you are a patient person who has any slight interest in this game, you won't be disappointed! Being able to browse the photos you have taken in-game and hare them online is a great feature, and you have the option to export them from your PS3 as well!
Worth your time and patience for sure!
Pros: Great non violent game the kids can play or watch others play and actually learn something from.
Cons: Massive save file (takes a while to save).
Good: Pokemon snap in the real world.
Bad: Huge save file 400+MB and long loads.
This game lets you explore a virtual African landscape as a wildlife photographer. You get "missions" that typically consist of particular animals to photograph, exhibiting particular behavior.
The visuals are good, and realistically capture the environment. The animals are surprisingly lifelike and have some reactive behavior (running away from you and your jeep, for example).
One interesting aspect is the collection of real-world cameras used in the game. The game display changes slightly and the interaction (you can even use the tilt-control of the controller to switch between landscape and portrait pictures) changes depending on the camera model you use. This is a nice bonus for camera/photography fans.
The Korean/English version works without any patch/modification on my US 60G PS3. One small caveat -- the savefile for this game is unusually large (~400MB!) and takes a very long time to load/save. This is fairly unique amongst all the PS3 games I've played.
There's no need to repeat the fact that this game is quite diferent from your tipical shooter, that it belongs on it's very own genre, that it's very nice looking or that it's a experience you will not find anywhere else.
I already expected all of those but the game still managed to surprise me with some more.
First of all the soundtrack is quite good, it's very relaxing and fit's the mood of the game.
Also the game has an online portion I didn't expect at all. Don't get you hopes up, it's just a very small community driven in-game webpage where you can upload your photos, rate other people pictures and participate in themed contests. Still it's a nice touch that I didn't expect.
Finally, as the title suggest, this is one of the few games on the system that I can play with my daughters, they just love the way the animals move and interact.
The only downside would be the huge save, wich takes about 500Mb from your HDD, besides the instalation.
The game is not for everyone, but for the price, it's worth the try.
If you like the setting and ready to explore unique style of non-violent gameplay, than this game will provide a memorable experience for you.
Incredibly boring, PS1 graphics, dull, repetitive. Avoid it
After all the killing and dashing and slicing and smashing and breaking and kicking **ses !!! Here comes a game with a nice and quiet atmosphere where you are one with the nature and hope you can find the Lion King somewhere around !
Totally recommended with 100% english translated menu/in game details...etc.
Hopefully YAKUZA 3 will be translated soon (only text though!!)
This morning game is arrived to me. This is great game, and full english.
Everyone must buy this game !!! It is very interesting game. We can see wild live like on TV. I've never seen game like this before... so real..
I Think Englsih / Chinese version really can help us to understand plot of the game.
I Give Five Stars for the graphics and of course plot of the game (new genre too)
It is a really good game. I like the Graphics, It looks like real. I can't stop playing this game because I like to get a better shot of the animals. Thank Play Asia.com.
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.
It seems like evaluations for this could be different depending on whether or not you prefer the freedom to explore your own personal scenery over having missions. It really is moving when you discover scenes of animals being one with nature. Amongst this abundant nature discover a colorful array of animal life and take pictures, take pictures, take pictures!! This sounds simple, and it really isn’t an exaggeration to say that’s everything in this game. It takes a lot of patience to stick around until the decisive moment to snap a picture. People who have their own goals, saying to themselves stuff like “This angle is no good!” or “I want to take pictures of each animal’s tail” should have fun.
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