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Full Afrika Details Discovered

What is Afrika? Well, thanks to Famitsu and a recent media event in Taiwan as reported on by GNN, we now know.

As you probably could've guessed by the early media, the game is basically a Safari and you will be a photo journalist visiting the great continent of Africa. Your job is to take photos of the vast variety of animals roving the plains in the interest of research, and these assignments will come from "headquarters." After securing the location you wish to investigate, you will be led there by an AI driver or tour guide (no driving on your own), and when you reach your destination, you start snapping. You can either take the photos from the jeep or disembark to get a closer shot. This may sound easy, but ask any photo journalist who works in the field if what they do is "easy," and they'll tell you the truth...

If you get too close, the animals will get spooked and run, and the predators might attack. GNN has said the animals they've seen (giraffes, gazelles, etc.) are "extremely lifelike" and it's similar to "watching the National Geographic channel." Your camera will also be authentic, as you must change all kinds of settings including the focus and aperture. There will be different cameras available to you as well, and if you're shaky with the controller, the shot will come out blurry. The Sixaxis motion sensing can be used to adjust angles, but you'll need a steady hand! The goal is to take the best photo possible, and headquarters will determine the overall quality of your work. They'll base this on "composition, rarity and clarity."

Obviously, herein lies your incentive to do a good job. With better photos comes more funding and with more funding comes money to buy better cameras. We're wondering if you can purchase new modes of AI transportation, but as it's a Safari, your options would be somewhat limited. Anyway, Afrika is now fully detailed, and it's certainly a unique and ambitious project. Nature fans and animal lovers, this one seems to be designed specifically for you.

Related Game(s): Afrika

6/14/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (15 posts)

LCF
Saturday, June 14, 2008 @ 1:11:00 PM
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It's nice to have something fresh for a change,just hope it comes to the U.S ^^;

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smotpoker420
Saturday, June 14, 2008 @ 1:12:56 PM
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Sounds kinda lame they need to add more than just taking pictures like hunting for food or fishing. Something that adds something no other game has.

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Reccaman18
Saturday, June 14, 2008 @ 3:46:32 PM

I believe that they did that for monster hunter. you know, hunt animals, cook meat and fish. But it sounds kinda ambitious to me. Might be a neat and addicting game. hell, katamari doesnt seem like fun until you actually sit down and play it.

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djduke316
Saturday, June 14, 2008 @ 3:41:05 PM
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Yeah, there certainty has'nt been any "hunting/fishing" games ever made.

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Fabi
Saturday, June 14, 2008 @ 6:12:54 PM
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Sounds really interesting, but in my sick mind all I can think of is how cool it would be if they gave us the chance to drive around disturbing the animals, maybe even being able to be "mean" to them...

Anyone with me?

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Kiengo
Saturday, June 14, 2008 @ 7:28:44 PM
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So it's hi-def Pokemon Snap for the PS3? Hmmm...

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bamf
Saturday, June 14, 2008 @ 7:31:47 PM
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I'm a nature lover and have David Attenborough on DVD and blu-ray, I love watching nature programmes. But I have to admit it would be better to watch an episode on DVD than take photos in a game. Taking photos in a game is not going to be like taken a photo in real life no matter how many times they tell you how cool it is.
I'd rather be in a tribe and have to hunt for meat and learn to survive.

Its going to be like a simulated fishing game that simply doesn't work.

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Loogs
Sunday, June 15, 2008 @ 9:05:23 AM

I believe it's the quality of being different and unique that will set this game apart. I can't help but point out your hypocrisy, stating first that taking pictures in this game will be nothing like taking photos in real life, then secondly, you state that it would be better off to simulate a tribe and hunt for food...Is that more easily simulated than photography? Compared to photography, that would be a lot harder to simulate accurately. That's just what every video game is; I've been drumming for 11 years and the drums in Rock Band are ridiculously inaccurate on many levels but I'm not going to bias against it just because I'm an expert in that field, and even though everyone loves MGS4 to death, it will never recreate what it truly is like to be a tactical espionage agent.

A video game is a video game, every single one is just an entertaining simulation. Since when has ANY video game been like real life? I have played and currently own over 500 video games (collector) and not a single one has ever truly captured the essence of the real thing in life...The only substitute for real life is real life! Don't be hatin' on Afrika

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Solidgearz
Saturday, June 14, 2008 @ 11:04:32 PM
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cool, lookin forward to it

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orangpelupa
Sunday, June 15, 2008 @ 12:22:37 PM
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well, afrika is for taking pictures, and afrika graphic is very standard...

a game that highlight taking picturs/photos need to ave photo-realstic graphic and life-like movement.

something that still need to be improved from the trailer i watched

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Bottlecap
Sunday, June 15, 2008 @ 3:39:34 PM
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LOOG, i agree 100% nd im also a drummer been playin for a few years and rock band is rediculously out of sync

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bamf
Sunday, June 15, 2008 @ 7:58:34 PM
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@Logos
For one I'd never said it would be better to simulate a tribe and hunt for food. I said it would be better to have that sort of gameplay. Something like from Monster Hunter for the hunting and cooking of food but only done better.

About the photography not being realistic. I agree that it can never be like real life but that is also my argument. If its not like real life, then why bother. The whole point of photography is to be there to capture the moment, that's the frill in it. Can you really see yourself moving the in-game camera to save the image? How boring would GT be if all it was is you buy the car, place it somewhere and take a snapshot of it? Where's the gameplay in that?
How will this game be any better than watching a DVD on your PC and at a certain moment you take a snapshot and save it the the hard drive? Not very exciting.

I just don't think its going to work. I do applaud developers for trying something new but I think the real attraction with this game is its visuals, it just doesn't have any gameplay as far as what we're told.

Hopefully more will be reveiled about more gameplay and taking photos will be a side quest of some sort.

My comments wasn't about trying to make a game like real life although some devs give it a try, i.e EA sports.

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Tatsujin
Monday, June 16, 2008 @ 12:52:04 AM
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This game sounds as fun as... Me sitting down and doing nothing...

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m2tbo
Monday, June 16, 2008 @ 10:31:15 AM
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Everyone is getting down on this game, why? It sounds like a blast. You get to go around amazing exotic landscapes, use strategy to sneak around the wildlife, and shoot animals(in pictures of course). As long as the rewards system and the game play is solid this should be a very entertaining game.

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Tatsujin
Tuesday, June 17, 2008 @ 1:22:56 AM
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... No thanks.. Ill take pictures of my little brother running around in circles... Hes much more of an animal than... those animals. You know? haha... Im not paying 60 bucks to take some pictures! But, that's just me...

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