Pretty Cool Game
I really liked this game, at first at least. It was a good game but it was a little reduhndant. The challneges were actually challenging though. It is a very good game for the attention given to it. The graphics arent that great though, and they could have had a better plot than: A compony asks for a specific type of picture, you go there and it is perfectly set up, you send it in and get paid for it and you recive a new request untill you unlock cool stuff!
i love it
i love this game the only problem is the frame rate . notice go slowdown sometime . in graphics is good and animals is realistic.the game is entretaining . if you like take photos you like this game.awesome
Gives a New Meaning to Photography
Afrika is amazing. The graphics are outstanding, along with everything else in this game. You can get close to dangerous animals, and stay outside the wild habitats of Africa in the mid night. You can take pictures of a cheetah hunting down an antelope. Do I need say more? Afrika is a great game, very casual mixed with the right amount of fun.
A swing and a miss
This game looks really good in the preview and since my girlfriend loves africa and photograghy, i figured this would be a great buy that we can play together. WRONG. At first it was kinda cool seeing all the animals and taking cool pictures and such, but thats all you do. there is no storyline to this game. you get emails from people asking you to take pics of animals. you drive forever to find the animals, you spend 30 mins trying to figure out how to take the picture right, then you go back to the camp and you email the picture to them. One cool thing is you can buy new cameras and camera gear with the money you get from the challenges. After about an hour, tops, you are ready to throw this game away. If you want to take cool pics of animals, then rent this game, dont waste ** ***** because you'll regret it.
Embrace the Essence of Wildlife Photography
I have to admit, I was a little worried that this game would be somewhat like, well, what many people write it off as being, without giving it a second look, and that is boring and pointless. After playing it, I am relieved that it is such a good experience for anyone interested in wildlife cinematography and photography. For those of you interested in photography, here's a little insight into the level of sophistication the game has to offer. The game allows you to accumulate and upgrade cameras and purchase lenses. It does a great job of creating depth of field changes with aperture settings, and you have shutter speed settings that affect exposure and motion blur as in real world cameras, and there are priority modes or even full manual settings that can be played around with, with realistic results in your photographs. There is enough devotion to real life photgraphy put into the development of Afrika to make it a gem on that premise alone. Here's a tip to keep in mind -- patience is rewarded, as you will realize that the new cameras and lenses you unlock and purchase are dramatically improving the quality of your photos. The beginning camera takes lousy pictures and it would be sad if people didn't realize that the game intends the quality to start out poor, just like in the real world starting out with cheap cameras. As the game begins, you choose your character and start out at base camp with a laptop, camera, binoculars and GPS. You get emailed requests to take specific types of pictures and you are on your way, driving here and there with a guide. Gameplay is more like an animal watching sim than anything else. While there is no hardcore gaming action going on here, there are grand moments in the game such as photographing a mother elephant with her calf in a herd, driving alongside a cheetah, getting attacked by an African Bufffalo ... damn those African Buffalos .... they attacked me over and over again. Unfortunately, when you are attacked, the animal charges at you (many different animals can attack you) but before any kind of contact is made, the screen fades, and you are sent back to Base Camp to start your daily safari all over again. So there is no real violence, just the implication of it. After a few missions, you eventually lose the guide and drive yourself to wherever you want to go. You can buy a tent and camp out in other areas, away from your base camp, if you decide to not return to base camp when the sun sets. The graphics are superb and do justice to the 720p display but can be a little overly sharpened on the trees and foliage at times, giving it a less real look and more "video game" look. Distant vistas and mountains look great, the animals look great also and are animated well enough that you feel like you are around real wild animals. The animals look fantastic through the binoculars and it is pleasing that the camera work progresses toward that quality you see through the binoculars as you upgrade your gear. The sounds of the animals are authentic and very well done. Just playing the game brings the sounds of the outdoors into your home. The music is mostly grand orchestral and for the most part is very cinematic and movie-like large, but at times is African light melody. Sunsets and sunrises are cool looking but kind of foggy at times. There are a few activities to choose from within the main menu. You can start or continue your "Safari", which is the main game mode, allowing you to progress through the game. There is also a "big game trophy" mode that allows you to replay the more exciting photo shoots you unlock. Having this mode is really nice. There is a built in National Geographic library of real life photographs and information that unlocks and expands as you encounter each animal. There is also an environment "viewer" that allows you to play customized video clips that showcase each area and the animals that inhabit it. You also have your p
Pretty good if your into this sort of gameplay.
Afrika is a Photography Sim set in Africa. It Has Open world gameplay, Sony and National Geographic as sponsors and good production value. However it is a game that will only appeal to a niche audience. Pros : Unique Game! : Great Graphics and sound effects : Open world Gameplay : Authenticity (great animals with information and real life photos and video) : Camera settings (Shutter speed, aperture, color settings) : Decent amount of animals and variety. Cons : Unresponsive R1 button. (which is what snaps the picture) : Slow Gameplay (very simplistic) : I only counted 58 animals in the game field guide but it says over 60 on the box : first few hours you are stuck on a linear path until your tour guide lets you go on safari's solo : Shipping problems... This game is incredibly difficult to find even when being almost a week since release. : Niche gameplay.. This will bore some people and be a Gem For others. Its all about what you need from a game Summary: Its a great game if your into this kind of gameplay, However it wont appeal to everyone. This is a great title none the less with a lot of care put into making it as realistic as possible. Personally I love it. Thank you Natsume.
Has great looking graphics, but would it really be fun? its like pokemon snap but not as cool because in pokemon snap you take pictures of fake creatures but in this game they are just normal animals. If your really into photography this looks great but if you like action it doesn't.
It is mix of good and bad.
I have played the Asia version (in English) of Afrika, which is called "Hakuna Matata" The graphic is awesome, the game is educational, fun and the cameras (all Sony brand) setting really have a big impact on how your picture comes out. The animation of each animals are unique and I really feel the sense of being in the wild, not in a zoo. The worst thing about this game is the car driving mechanic. You can drive your jeep into the animals but you do not sense the impact of the crash, but rather your partner will tell you not to hit the animals. Also, I do not feel the driving is fluid at all. The jeep feels like the most unresponsive vehicle on earth. I would also like voiceover on the main characters. But all those complain are just minor issue and can be easily overlooked. Overall, this game will not win game of the year but it definitely an above average game.
In-Depth Review/Description of the Game
GAMEPLAY - You are a photographer sent out by National Geographic (licenced in the game) to take photo ops in a new wildlife refuge in Africa. You have a base camp that starts the day off. You'll check your laptop for emails from your boss and other random people that will give you your missions. Stuff like, "We need a head-on shot of a Zebra." or "Could you get a picture of a giraffe from eye-level?" They start off very sublime and can get really challenging, later in the game. You have another AI-controlled person with you. They'll feed you information and will even go with you on some photo missions. Think of them as a guide pointing you further into the games features. Lastly, you have your driver. Early in the game, he will drive you in a jeep to various locations so you can take your pictures and, drive you back to base camp. Soon enough though, you're given full access to the Jeep (licenced in the game) and are able to roam around all you want. You start off with access to only one fairly large area to roam around. After the initial tutorial-like missions, you'll have free reign to go wherever you like and take pics of whatever you can find. Take the pics the bosses are looking for or, just let your creative mind loose. Maybe you just want to spend the day scouting out the perfect location for an Afican Savannah Sunset shot. It's really up to you. You'll eventually want to finish the tasks given to you because, that's where you'll make your money. You'll need money to upgrade you cameras, buy camping gear (so you don't have to return to base camp at night), customize your Jeep, etc. etc. Also, finishing the set missions, will unlock new places to visit and, (most importantly) more animals to capture on film. Throughout the game, you'll reach these special missions. Sitting here, I can't remember exactly what they call thme in-game but, here's how they work. The missions are pre-set and you'll be taken to the situation you're suppossed to capture the "perfect" shot. In the very first one you come to, your driver informs you that a cheetah has been spotted on the plains. Your assistant thinks the magazine would really love a great shot of a cheetah chasing and taking down a gazelle. So, cut to a gorgeous shot of a cheetah setting herself upon a rock so she can get a better view of her prey. You and your driver pull up just in time to see the cheetah pounce off the rock and start a running sprint towards the gazelle herd. You have a few seconds to get the settings on your camera to how you like them. Appature, shutter speed, etc. etc. Then, it switches to an in-camera point-of-view and you start shooting pics. Of course, the car is bouncing around and both the cheetah and, it's unfortunate target are moving along at a furious pace. Center the shot, make sure it's in focus, hold the shutter button down as the camera auto-clicks three frames in fast succession. Keep doing it until the cheetah catches up and brings down the gazelle..... PHEW!!!!! Exciting stuff. Take a breath and review the 20-30 shots you were able to get during the whole thing. The game will tell you which picture was technically the best... That will be the pic you send off to the magazine. Sure, it's a different kind of excitement than playing Killzone2 but, it's still... Eventually, you'lll find yourself one day, amazed that after sitting in the bushes for over 15 mins, waiting for the perfect light and animal's position, it was still fun and exciting. Plus, the developers keep an in-game accessable site that players use to show off their favorite pics. It's incredible the amount of creativity and shot ops are possible. I've owned it for over six months and I still pop it in for a couple hours a week... Can't say that for many games I've owned. Throw in frequent themed photo contests like, "Family Moments", "Animals at Play" and you'll never regret grabbing this (sure to be under-appreciated) title.
Hopefully this will be a breath of fresh air.
What grabs my attention about this game is that it's not a FPS with gallons of blood filling the screen. Finding a game these days that isn't based on killing and isn't geared towards elementary school kids is as easy as finding a needle in a haystack. It's times like these that make me worship my SNES and N64. From what I've seen, this game has incredible graphics. In all of the preview videos it's nice to see vibrant colors instead of the gritty, dark colors that we've seen so much of these days. The amount of detail put into the animals, including the animations, looks very well thought out and shows that the creators wanted to create a realistic experience for the players. The gameplay seems reminiscent of Pokemon Snap on the N64 which should be appealing to the nostalgic crowd. Judging from the previews, Afrika looks like it will be a free roaming game with options of different travel methods (jeep and on-foot). It also seems like there will be different objectives to complete, which could determine how you get around in the game, and the ability to just roam through the land freely doing nothing, but feeling like you're accomplishing something (Like in Super Mario 64). Overall, this game looks like it will be a breath of fresh air compared to the games we have been seeing these days. No gallons of blood, no gritty colors, no temper tantrums when someone ends your kill-streak online, etc. Hopefully, this game will bring about the return of variety in video games.