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Platform PS3, PlayStation Mobile Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment Developer PlayStation C.A.M.P. Release Date 2012-09-25

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Tokyo Jungle review: survival of the fittest

In most post-apocalyptic games, a handful of men and women struggle to survive a bleak future. In Tokyo Jungle, humans are already extinct. Animals and plant life have taken over the abandoned streets, skyscrapers, and subway stations of Tokyo. Don't let the depressing setup throw you off. While it has some minor social commentary, Tokyo Jungle embraces its bizarre, overactive imagination. It's a game about the end of civilization, but it's also about settling that eternal debate between 10-year-olds over who would win in a fight between a bear and a saber-toothed tiger. Tokyo Jungle's breathless one-upmanship can seem juvenile - "Panthers are cool, but what if there were dinosaurs?" But the kids-on-a-trip-to-the-zoo mentality is backed up by elegant game design. Tokyo Jungle may wear...

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Housemarque's top-down shoot 'em up game, Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition, is headed to the PlayStation 4 , according to a post on the PlayStation Asia Hong Kong Blog, revealing that the title will launch in the region in March. The posts states that Dead Nation will be free to download for PlayStation Plus users in the Hong Kong region from March 6, along with other titles including Tokyo Jungle and Malicious Rebirth. We have reached out to Sony for information regarding a release in other regions. Dead Nation was initially released in 2010 in North America on PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 3. Players take on the role of one of two zombie apocalypse survivors, Jack McReady or Scarlett Blake, as they embark on a quest to collect a tissue sample from Patient Zero to...

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How the Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt NES cartridge eventually led to Tokyo Jungle

Yohei Kataoka, who entered the game business after making it into Sony's "Game Yaroze" game-creator project, is the main man behind Tokyo Jungle. Remember Tokyo Jungle? The PSN downloadable game where Tokyo's an abandoned wasteland and you control animals like deer and lions and Pomeranians in a survival-oriented story mode? That one. It was a pretty nutty title, and as you'd expect, Kataoka (head of indie game studio Crispy's) had an unusual route into the game business. His first inspiration came in his early youth spent in the northeastern US. "I lived in Boston when I was young," he told Famitsu magazine, "and I ran into the NES for the first time when I was three or so years old. I wasn't all that good at English at the time and so I had trouble getting along with a lot of the...

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Journey, Limbo, more discounted on PSN for PAX Prime indie sale

The Penny Arcade Expo shines a bright spotlight on indie games, and Sony is joining in the celebration with a weeklong sale on a number of top-tier PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita titles from small studios. Sony's 2013 PAX Prime Indie Game Sale offers discounts of up to 65 percent — and up to 75 percent for PlayStation Plus members — on 11 games that were exhibited at previous PAXes. Here are the games in question: Closure - $7.49 ($3.75 on PlayStation Plus; regularly $14.99) Dragon Fantasy Book 1 (PS3 and PS Vita, Cross-Buy) - $4.99 ($2.50 on PS Plus; reg. $9.99) Dyad - $7.49 ($3.75 on PS Plus; reg. $14.99) Journey - $7.49 ($3.75 on PS Plus; reg. $14.99) Limbo (PS3 and PS Vita, Cross-Buy) - $7.49 ($5.99 on PS Plus; reg. $14.99) Penny-Arcade Adventures: On the...

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Tokyo Jungle for PlayStation Mobile trailer showcases top-down combat

A Japanese-language trailer released by Sony reveals gameplay for the PlayStation Mobile version of Crispy's! animal survival game, Tokyo Jungle. It was revealed earlier this month, via Famitsu, that the game was launching to PlayStation Mobile in Japan on July 10 for 300 yen ($3) on release day and 600 yen ($6) after launch. The new Tokyo Jungle version, which features a top-down perspective, is now available on PlayStation Mobile in Japan for PlayStation Vita and Android-operated devices. The original version was first published on PlayStation 3 via PlayStation Network in September. Polygon contacted Sony to ask if the title will hit PS Mobile in other regions. For more information about the game, check out Polygon's review of Tokyo Jungle and our article on how developer...

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Tokyo Jungle coming to PlayStation Mobile in Japan July 10

Animal survival game Tokyo Jungle is coming to PlayStation Mobile in Japan on July 10, according to leaks from the latest issue of Famitsu. Remoon reports the leak shows the title will be from a top-down perspective, a deviation from the PlayStation 3 version visuals. The title will be available at a special discounted price of 300 yen ($3) on release day, but will cost 600 yen ($6) after launch. In Tokyo Jungle, players take on the role of animals in an abandoned, flora-overrun city in which all of humanity has been wiped out. Players will hunt for resources and fight other animals with survival being the top goal. Tokyo Jungle was published to PS3 through PlayStation Network last September. The game will be available on PlayStation Vita and will support Android devices when it hits...

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Keiji Inafune says Japanese developers need to learn from overseas devs

When asked about the state of the Japanese game industry, Keiji Inafune — producer of Soul Sacrifice, Resident Evil and Dead Rising — believes Japanese developers have to learn from their overseas counterparts, according to an interview with IGN. "I hope Japanese game developers are breaking through the stagnation," Inafune told IGN. "However, the reality isn't as good as I want it to be. I see they're starting to be aware of the problem and that they have to do something. They know they have to learn more from western games and create games that'll sell more in the western market. However, they don't know what to do or how to do it." Inafune went on to say that although some developers are saying the Japanese industry is fine, he believes that it is "wishful thinking." "Words are...

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Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1 rated by ESRB, including Tokyo Jungle, Sound Shapes

PlayStation 3 players may be getting a Best of PlayStation Network bundle soon, according to a listing on the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. The collection, titled Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1, is said to include four games: action real-time strategy title Fat Princess, in which players try to save a princess while simultaneously feeding her to make it difficult for enemies to capture her; Tokyo Jungle, a survival game centered around animals living in abandoned Tokyo; side-scrolling musical platformer Sound Shapes; and action title When Vikings Attack. The ESRB has given it a T rating for "blood, lyrics, suggestive themes, violence" and the inclusion of some online features. Polygon has reached out to Sony for more information and will update this story with details as...

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How inexperience and failed pitches led to Tokyo Jungle

Before Tokyo Jungle, he said, the team at Crispy's! went through numerous alternative game concepts, including a courier game and a role-playing game about the final days on Earth before a doomsday meteor hit. Eventually the team settled on a platformer that would have taken place in a single 2D world, divided by sky, land and underground settings. According to Sony, the pitch lacked fun, and so the team once again rebooted their development process. Kataoka said he was motivated by a a desire to make games that enrich lives. Undeterred by the setback, he set out to combine "universality" and "originality." Using Tokyo Jungle as an example, he pointed to animals and familiar characters and a ghost town as a popular fictional setting. Together, they produced something unique. The game...

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A look at Tokyo Jungle's 2D prototype

In the footage, we see a game that resembles the Tokyo Jungle available now on the PlayStation Network Store, but the wild animals and urban setting are drawn in beautiful 2D instead of the familiar 3D graphics. This isn't the first time an "alternate" version of Tokyo Jungle's been shown to the public. When the game was announced in 2010, the characters were 3D but hopped around a 2D plane. This prototype, however, looks more like the game's hand drawn box art. In the footage, the gameplay is both wackier and more violent. One moment, blood spills from abandoned cars; the next, an antelope bounces off a springy tree top. Kataoka was willing to share the footage with our readers, but he had a number of requests. Due to legal concerns, he asked that we cut up the footage and film off...

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Tokyo Jungle director advises Japanese indie developers to be unique

As the second keynote speaker at today's BitSummit independent developer conference in Japan, Yohei Kataoka took the stage to discuss his desire to see Japanese developers use their unique qualities to their advantage. Kataoka, CEO and game director at Crispy, is best known for PSN animal combat game Tokyo Jungle, published by Sony. He began by talking about his history, noting that he entered the game industry by founding a company with a couple friends out of school, without much knowledge of how to make games. His first project was called MyStylist, which allowed women to take photos of themselves dressing up in different outfits. Eventually he transitioned to Tokyo Jungle, a game inspired by his idea to combine a sci-fi setting with animals. It went over well in Japan, he said...

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North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 09/25/2012
    • Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
    • Developer PlayStation C.A.M.P.
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  • PlayStation Mobile
    • Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
    • Developer PlayStation C.A.M.P.
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